Favourite stories of the year about travelling

As the year comes to a close, we’ve been looking back over our favourite features of 2016. We published around five hundred articles and photo stories this year, working with contributors from around the world.

Here, we’ve collected our favourites. A huge thanks to our brilliant team of writers, photographers and editors and – of course – you, our readers, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible. Here’s to another great year of travel.

 

Meet the 80-year-old explorer who just won’t stop exploring

In February, we spoke to Robin Hanbury-Tenison, who’s still embarking on fascinating expeditions around the world at the age of 80.

He’s been awarded the Patron’s Gold Medal by the Royal Geographic Society and is currently undertaking eight challenges in an effort to raise £80,000 for Survival International.

 

Longread: Riding the Ghan through Australia’s red centre

Join Shafik Meghji, co-author of The Rough Guide to Australia, on one of the world’s great railway journeys, from Darwin to Adelaide. “It felt a bit like taking the Orient Express across Mars”, he said of the experience.

 

It turns out we’re not the only ones addicted to travel, as more than half a million of you watched this video, edited by Colt St George. If you rarely see a plane without wishing you were on it, this short film is for you.

 

Our author has crossed the Ghats many times on updating trips for The Rough Guide to India, taking this series of photographs between 2010 and 2014.

In this piece he takes us on a visual tour of this rugged and remote region, from the slopes of Kolukkumalai, the world’s highest tea plantation, to the fascinating hill station of Matheran.

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List: Britain’s best seaside towns

Lovingly compiled by our editors, this list combines childhood bucket-and-spade holiday destinations with the latest up-and-coming coastal hotspots.

Whether you’re dreaming of fish and chips on the quayside or long stretches of golden sand, you’ll find summer holiday inspiration aplenty.