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.
With Modernity in Mind: The Mira Hong Kong
Hong Kong
With Modernity in Mind: The Mira Hong Kong

Before arriving at The Mira, I already knew this was an unusual hotel. Anywhere that accepts bookings via Whatsapp, the instant messaging app, is clearly striving to break the mould.

LA’s Hidden Creative Hideaways
Los Angeles, United States Of America
LA’s Hidden Creative Hideaways

It may be an infamous mecca of entertainment, yet Los Angeles can be a strangely uninspiring location when it comes to travelling alone. For all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the stark…

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.

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…

Rhythm of the Desert: Jordan’s Wadi Rum
Jordan
Rhythm of the Desert: Jordan’s Wadi Rum

I have seen and heard much about the spectacle of Wadi Rum’s amazing technicolour sandscape, but turning off Jordan’s main highway into the desert, I still can’t quite believe my eyes.…

Setting Sail in Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Setting Sail in Abel Tasman National Park

This January, whilst New Zealand was being attacked by unseasonable wild storms, four intrepid travellers decided to take to the sea. Fortunately, the voyage was along the north coast of the…

Journey Across the Top of the World
Canada
Journey Across the Top of the World

With a plodding movement that’s lumbering and elegant all at once, the polar bear traces its way down a finger of partially submerged land, its nose in the air, the late afternoon light…

The Pacific's Last Frontier: Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
The Pacific's Last Frontier: Papua New Guinea

With a cheer from the crowd surrounding a hut nearly buried in palm fronds — a precaution against the prying eyes of the village's women — the dragon charges drunkenly into the sunlight…

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…

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…

Norfolk Island: A Small Wonder in the Pacific
Norfolk Island, Australia
Norfolk Island: A Small Wonder in the Pacific

My morning stroll takes me past old ruins, pine trees and tranquil turquoise waters. In town I browse Irish linen, Venetian glass and English china, buying goods with unhurried pleasure. No…

The Four Kings of the East: Diving Raja Ampat
Indonesia
The Four Kings of the East: Diving Raja Ampat

I first heard of Raja Ampat from a diving buddy of mine. It was one of those destinations whispered about by avid scuba divers over a few cold beers, its mention so often followed by a…

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…

I Am a Global Citizen: Competition Winner
Spain
I Am a Global Citizen: Competition Winner

Alongside our I Am a Global Citizen video campaign, we ran a competition inviting readers to tell us what…

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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