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.
To Cappadocia with the Locals
Turkey
To Cappadocia with the Locals

It wasn’t until I boarded the bus that would take me all the way from Bodrum on the Aegean Sea to Aksaray in the heart of Cappadocia, that I learned of the extraordinary company I would…

The Aroma of Roma
Rome, Italy
The Aroma of Roma

Six o'clock in the morning. Ten hours since I landed in the city of passion — Rome — eight hours since my kind taxi driver agreed to detour through the famous 'Ring' so I can feast my…

A Trip Into the Imagination of Dan Brown
Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Spain
A Trip Into the Imagination of Dan Brown

Fans of Dan Brown, author of some of the hottest-selling novels of the 21st century, know all about his flair for fast-paced, heart-in-the-mouth story-telling, and his ingenious use of…

Amazon Task: Ecuador’s Waorani Fight for the Rainforest
Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Amazon Task: Ecuador’s Waorani Fight for the Rainforest

From the beginning of my journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, I knew I was on a truly different kind of adventure. On day one my translator and guide Luis Garcia leaned towards…

Through the Treetops – The Ultimate Canopy Tour
Rotorua, New Zealand
Through the Treetops – The Ultimate Canopy Tour

We lift off from Advanced Flight’s Onehunga base in an impressive black helicopter which swoops us over and out of Auckland. Phenomenal views of the city, its harbours, the Hunua Ranges,…

Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands — A Story of Hope
Iberá Wetlands, Argentina
Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands — A Story of Hope

Until a recent trip to Argentina, I had never even heard of the Iberá Wetlands and was completely unaware of its scale and significance. Whilst travelling through the country, Iberá was…

Snapshot of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Snapshot of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sightseeing by motor coach has never been my thing. So, with a sense of trepidation, I boarded a bus crammed with tourists setting off on a one-day tour of the stunning coastline…

A Snapshot of Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor, Maine, United States Of America
A Snapshot of Bar Harbor, Maine

A sharp gust of wind pierced my body as I boarded the first tender of the day ferrying passengers from our cruise ship to the pier at Bar Harbor. After days of unseasonably-warm autumn…

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.

A Taste of the Amazon
Iquitos, Peru
A Taste of the Amazon

Once we land in Iquitos, Peru, a battered old Suzuki takes my boyfriend and me — two Americans in search of Peruvian jungle adventure — to the port on the bank of the Amazon river where…

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…

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…

Ecotourism in the Mountains of Timor-Leste
Maubisse, Timor-Leste
Ecotourism in the Mountains of Timor-Leste

The mist appears within half an hour of leaving Dili, drifting in and engulfing the trees as our car climbs the hills that flank the capital of Timor-Leste. For a small island, Timor-Leste…

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.

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