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(2022 - Fall/Winter Issue)


Imagine getting on a plane to a far-flung destination without the hassle of carrying, checking or claiming your luggage. Guests of Six Senses resorts, dedicated to wellness and hospitality, make travelling light easy. Once you’ve booked your resort stay, click on the “Destination/How to get there” tab. Partner Luggage Free will organize contactless home pickup of your luggage, which may include golf clubs, bikes, skis or snowboards, and have it waiting in your room guaranteed upon arrival. Luggage Free also takes care of insurance and any customs paperwork required along the way. Sixsenses.com

Plan a unique adventure to the British Isles with the help of a beautifully illustrated new travel guide. In Treasured Islands: The explorer’s guide to over 200 of the most beautiful and intriguing islands around Britain (Bloomsbury), travel writer Peter Naldrett explores inhabited islands from the northern tip of Scotland to the south coast of England, including those where the poet William Butler Yeats found inspiration and where Star Wars: The Last Jedi was filmed. Naldrett includes must-see attractions, picturesque nature spots, local food specialties, sporting activities, the best places to stay and eat plus how to get there from the mainland. Bloomsbury.com/ca

Reduce your impact on the planet while travelling by donating to WILDCOAST, an international conservation organization that raises money to plant mangrove forests in tropical coastal regions threatened by deforestation. Not only do these dense thickets absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in their rich soil, but they also provide refuge to migratory birds, sea turtles and fish. In the past 20 years, WILDCOAST has already helped protect and restore 3,400 hectares of mangrove forests. It now aims to plant one million mangroves, one for every dollar contributed. wildcoast.org/millionmangroves

Using eye-tracking technology, the experts at Kuoni Travel have come up with a list of the world’s 10 most eye-catching natural wonders. In first place is Peyto Lake, Alberta, a glacier-fed lake in Banff National Park. Next up, Meeru Island in the Maldives, followed by the Jurassic Coast, stretching from East Devon to Dorset in southwest England, and California’s Yosemite National Park. Our own Niagara Falls comes in at Number 6, between New Zealand’s Lake Tekapo and Mount Snowdon in Wales. The Philippines’ Puerto Princesa underground river, Chile’s Marble Caves and Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest round out the list. kuoni.co.uk/best-natural-wonders-and-beaches

Of all Costa Rica’s fabulous wildlife, the sloth is considered a must-see. It’s also the Central American country’s newest national symbol. Both the two-toed sloth and three-toed brown sloth spend much of their lives hanging upside down from tropical trees. Their slow movements exemplify Costa Rica’s easy-going Pura Vida lifestyle. The furry mammal shares the national spotlight with the carreta, the colourful oxcart used to transport coffee beans; the Guanacaste or elephant-ear tree; and the Yiguirro bird, known for its long and spirited song. VisitCostaRica.com

Simplify business or family travel with two handy new gadgets. The compact LumiCharge LD is a lamp, charger and Bluetooth speaker in one. The lamp has a cradle for fast wireless charging and a USB plug that can charge two phones at once. Pair with a voice assistant like Google and talk directly to it. The lightweight Buddy Beat Light, meanwhile, comes equipped with two LED lights and sits comfortably around your neck. Perfect for reading in a darkened plane cabin while listening to music through the built-in Bluetooth speaker. Thelumicharge.com; spiceoflifeusa.com

If you’ve dreamed of an Arctic expedition, Churchill Wild awaits. In November, observe and photograph cloud wolves on the southern coast of Hudson Bay. Or sign up for next spring’s Journey to the Floe Edge, where you’ll guide a sea kayak through frigid waters, navigating around ice floes and ridges. Ride a fat-tire bike along the floe edge or settle into a dogsled for an authentic Arctic experience. Sip an aperitif at the water’s edge before returning to Seal River Heritage Lodge, one of the company’s three five-star ecolodges. In summer, Seal River is the place to observe polar bears and beluga whales. Enjoy personalized service, cosy rooms and fine tundra-inspired cuisine. Churchillwild.com

Experience the power and beauty of nature as part of a memorable small-group tour from G Adventures’ United States of Adventure Collection. Highlights include a seven-day expedition featuring the Best of Utah and Arizona National Parks. Hike through the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, marvel at the Navajo Sandstone giants of Zion, prepare for imposing views of the Grand Canyon and take a Navajo-guided jeep tour of Monument Valley. The nine-day Best of California tour includes Death Valley, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks followed by one of the most Instagrammable road trips down Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. gadventures.com

The Galapagos Islands, 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador, have mesmerized travellers and scientists for centuries with their unique nature and wildlife. To help ensure the archipelago’s survival, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica have created a new ocean highway that expands the region’s protected marine area by 45 per cent. Visitors can explore this new Galapagos Marine Reserve called Hermandad or “Brotherhood” by dinghy, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, glass-bottom boat, snorkelling and diving. Cruise aboard La Pinta, Isabela II or the Santa Cruz II, or stay at the secluded Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel to experience its new “Forest-to-Coast” wellness program. Metropolitan-touring.com

Southern California’s Big Bear Lake, a four-season mountain community surrounded by San Bernardino National Forest, offers an idyllic escape with its clear blue skies, cool forest trails and lively water activities. It’s also home to three stylish and eco-friendly Midnight Moon Cabins, located in the most picturesque parts of Big Bear with mountain views. Luxurious Moondance, Moonshine and Firefly cabins are fully furnished with room for four to six guests. All vacation rentals are dog-friendly. Feel at home and a million miles from home at the same time. midnightmooncabins.com

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