National Geographic Traveller (UK)

magazine January - February 2021 · National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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Each issue is packed with authentic travel experiences and vivid photography, plus insights and tips to inspire would-be explorers to travel widely, ethically and safely. We are passionate about experiencing the world, championing sustainable travel and celebrating journeys from a local or cultural perspective.


National Geographic Traveller

Editor’s Letter

SNAPSHOT Karimkol, Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan

BIG PICTURE Reserva Nacional de Paracas, Peru

WASHINGTON, D.C. TALK OF THE TOWN • All eyes are on the US capital, but beyond the politics, there’s a bevy of new openings and anniversaries to celebrate

FRILUFTSLIV STEP OUTSIDE • As winter sets in, the temptation to stay indoors grows. So, embrace the outside world like the Norwegians

NEW MUSEUMS OPEN DOORS • These new and upcoming museums are set to feed your curiosity for the months ahead

A TASTE OF MYANMAR • London-based sisters Amy and Emily Chung share their highlights of Burmese cuisine

ON THE TRAIL YUCATÁN • A drive through the heartland of Mexico’s Mayan culture reveals natural wonders both above and below ground

WHERE TO STAY ANTWERP • Belgium’s capital of cool has a number of suitably stylish pads to choose from

FAMILY HOW TO TRAVEL IN 2021 • What sort of journeys will your family be setting off on next year? We look at the latest trends, from virtual tours to private cruises

Mad Alice’s favourite historic escapes • Alicia Stabler — best known by her alter-ego ‘Mad Alice’ — is a local tour guide who leads the award-winning Bloody Tour of York.

INSIDE GUIDE YORK • Known for its medieval streets and iconic Minster, the ancient city blends its historical highlights with a thriving modern food scene

STAY AT HOME ISLE OF WIGHT • With vintage theme parks, beaches galore and idyllic countryside, there’s no better place to head to for a classic English break

THE WORD WINTER WARMERS • These bright new books offer some itinerant inspiration for those dark winter nights. Words: Sarah Barrell

WIN A FOUR-NIGHT STAY IN THE LAKE DISTRICT • National Geographic Traveller (UK) has teamed up with Graythwaite Holiday Cottages to offer a stay in a country cottage in scenic Cumbria

DENMARK • An encounter with an ancient burial site outside Copenhagen reveals something fundamental about the human spirit

KIKI BOSCH • Without a wetsuit or any apparatus, Kiki Bosch free-dives in the world’s coldest waters — a healing therapy she turned to after a sexual assault

WHAT’S ONLINE GET A TASTE FOR NATURE ON A FUNGI FORAGING COURSE • Learn to tell your russulas from your boletes as you get to grips with fungal families on a one-day mushroom foraging course. Words: Chris Horton

TOP STORIES • Here’s what you’ve been enjoying on the website this month

FROM MY CITY TO YOURS: INSIDE NEW YORK’S LGBTQ+ SCENE • Discover a different side of the Big Apple with tour guide Michael Ventriello, who offers insights into the city’s fun-loving, inclusive LGBTQ+ community.

MALTA • Beyond its ancient history and melting-pot cuisine, Malta’s islands offer striking, sun-blessed coastlines for outdoor adventures. Words: Nora Wallaya


TOP 5 Feasts and festivals


TOP 3 Prehistoric sites

THREE MORE GOZO WALKING ROUTES • The tiny island of Gozo covers an area of just 26 square miles, and with little road traffic and a variety of jaw-dropping coastal scenery, it’s ideal for exploring on foot or by bicycle. These three routes — each around six miles in length — take in some of the island’s...

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