Stories

The life-blood of travel is Stories: tales that evoke awe, wonder, a sense of adventure and curiosity; tales that inspire and challenge. Our collection of travel stories span the globe and take travellers on journeys that personalise the travel experience, providing the foundation for adventures yet to come.
The Wild South: Bluff and Stewart Island
Stewart Island, New Zealand
The Wild South: Bluff and Stewart Island

The second in a two-part series discovering Southland, New Zealand’s rugged and wild…

The Wild South: The Catlins and Curio Bay
Catlins, New Zealand
The Wild South: The Catlins and Curio Bay

The first in a two-part series discovering eastern Southland, New Zealand’s rugged…

Niseko — A Japanese Idyll
Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Niseko — A Japanese Idyll

A ski holiday in Japan is exotic, exclusive and intriguing. If one was to take the best elements of skiing from around the world, add an oriental flavour and a measure of perfection, then…

Exploring the Wilds of Malaysian Borneo
Malaysia
Exploring the Wilds of Malaysian Borneo

Although we’re a family that loves to travel, it can be difficult to pinpoint a destination that will appeal equally to everyone. Especially as I love to scuba dive, my husband likes to…

Reining Supreme: The New Zealand Polo Open
Clevedon, New Zealand
Reining Supreme: The New Zealand Polo Open

The sport of kings returns for its prestigious annual summer event, triumphant in the face of Auckland’s notoriously capricious climate.

Riding the Slots: Canyoning in Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Riding the Slots: Canyoning in Abel Tasman National Park

An apprehensive chuckle escapes my lips as I look down into the swirl of white water. The sound of my heartbeat drowns out the final instructions from our guide as I prep for the six-metre…

Where the Desert meets the Sea
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Where the Desert meets the Sea

The desert began at the edge of the ocean.

Endless Voyage: Aboard <em>The World</em> Residences at Sea
World
Endless Voyage: Aboard The World Residences at Sea

On January 28, 2017 a world record was broken. The World Residences at Sea — the globe’s largest private residential yacht — travelled the furthest south of any ship in…

Eastern Greenland and the Sound of Silence
Greenland
Eastern Greenland and the Sound of Silence

When I booked myself on an expedition to eastern Greenland, I had no idea what I had let myself in for, other than pure adventure and a chance to fulfil my dream of photographing icebergs. …

Peckham Bites Back: A Food Tour of South London
United Kingdom
Peckham Bites Back: A Food Tour of South London

Devout food-lover, pop-up restaurateur and writer Naomi Knill takes one lucky Londoner on a gastronomic tour of Peckham, arguably the city's most colourful and eclectic suburb.

On the Trail: Portland, Oregon
United States Of America
On the Trail: Portland, Oregon

Here at Destinations Magazine, we’re conscious that places aren’t experienced in isolation: it’s about the journey, too. In the last of a four-part series exploring the state…

On the Trail: Central and Southern Oregon
United States Of America
On the Trail: Central and Southern Oregon

Here at Destinations Magazine, we’re conscious that places aren’t experienced in isolation: it’s about the journey, too. In the third of a four-part series exploring the state…

Where Paradise Meets Luxury: Layana Resort & Spa
Koh Lanta, Thailand
Where Paradise Meets Luxury: Layana Resort & Spa

When the driver of our clattering tuk-tuk turned into the lush gardens that herald the entrance of Layana Resort & Spa, I felt as if I was stepping into a world entirely removed from…

Yakushima: Japan’s Unknown Island
Yakushima, Japan
Yakushima: Japan’s Unknown Island

Just a short boat ride from urban Japan is a peaceful island of captivating natural beauty; most visitors simply haven’t discovered it yet.

A Very Kiwi South Island Road Trip 
New Zealand
A Very Kiwi South Island Road Trip 

Driving along the magnificent stretches of New Zealand’s South Island highway between Christchurch and Central Otago without a care in the world, the sun streaming down from the bleached…

Bondi Beach and the Body Beautiful
Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach and the Body Beautiful

The sadist on the beach seems to have strange power over the slight figure crouching submissively in front of him in the pre-dawn light. He performs an exercise and his disciple frantically…

The History of Pilgrimage
World
The History of Pilgrimage

Pilgrimages are an age-old tradition stretching back through the history of nearly every major religion. Muslims journey to Mecca and Jews to Jerusalem. Buddhists travel to Tibet, and Hindus…

Beyond Cancun: Playa Del Carmen
Mexico
Beyond Cancun: Playa Del Carmen

Here at Destinations, we’re conscious that places aren’t experienced in isolation: it’s about the journey, too. In the last of a four-part series exploring Mexico’s Yucatan…

The Disappearing History of Porto
Porto, Portugal
The Disappearing History of Porto

Beyond the ornate facades and porcelain-tiled buildings admired by tourists, the colourful city of Porto is harbouring a secret architectural history. US journalist Peter Korn reveals the…

Stephen Sparks: A Volcanologist Shares His Thoughts on Risk Management
World
Stephen Sparks: A Volcanologist Shares His Thoughts on Risk Management

Stephen Sparks explains how countries and cultures around the world manage the challenges posed by volcanoes — from Indonesia, where volcanism is a daily reality for many people, to…

Ngā Tapuwae: First World War Trails, Belgium
Belgium
Ngā Tapuwae: First World War Trails, Belgium

“Shall I wear boots?” asks my boyfriend as we’re packing the car. “Definitely — it’ll be muddy,” I reply. We’re driving towards the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. It marks the…

Russia: A Voyage into Ecotourism
Russia
Russia: A Voyage into Ecotourism

Shane Feyers, Research Fellow at Yale University, takes an enlightening journey into Russia’s untouched countryside, which seems set to become Eastern Europe’s newest destination hot…

Haiti: Capturing Creativity
Haiti
Haiti: Capturing Creativity

Along with Cuba, Haiti was once the jewel of the Caribbean, the envy of its less sophisticated neighbours.

Images from a Warming Planet: Interview with Ashley Cooper
World
Images from a Warming Planet: Interview with Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper is more than a photographer — he’s a humanist, environmentalist and campaigner whose 13-year journey capturing the effects of climate change in more than 33 countries has…

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