Our favourite travel stories of all time

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Our team of writers and photographers have travelled all over the world for Condé Nast Traveller. We’ve gone to the frozen edges of the earth and into the most chaotic cities, journeyed across expansive deserts and sought out the most peaceful countryside. Here, we ask our team for the one piece that has stuck with them over the years – the story that transports them straight to the streets of Kolkata or the backwaters of Papua New Guinea. These are the stories we keep going back to, to inspire your armchair travel.

This is our directory of escapism: our favourite travel stories.

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    A solo road trip through the Atacama Desert

    CHOSEN BY MATT BUCK, PHOTOGRAPHIC DIRECTOR

    ‘I often think about this trip while I’m on the normally horrendously overcrowded tube journey into work because it is the polar opposite to that experience. No people for miles and miles, just empty space and some of the most beautifully arresting scenery on the planet. Like a mental first-aid kit.’

    Read the story: The Atacama Desert: take the long way from Argentina to Chile

    A solo road trip through the Atacama Desert

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    Exploring the faded splendour of Kolkata

    CHOSEN BY MELINDA STEVENS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    ‘Steve King’s piece is so beautiful. But it also marked a turning point for the magazine. In it, he consciously doesn’t seek out the new, young or hip – he goes absolutely into the heart of the old city of Kolkata with all its brilliant bluster. It reminds us that travel is about other – and difference – and not about the world becoming a carbon copy of itself.’

    Read the story: a travel guide to Kolkata, India

    Exploring the faded splendour of Kolkata

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    St Petersburg: Russia’s regal city

    CHOSEN BY ISSY VON SIMSON, EDITOR

    ‘There is a kind of symbiotic magic between Jonathan’s words and Alistair Taylor- Young’s pastel dreamscape photographs. Here is the city distilled into its purest essences: music, art and culture. Jonathan takes us deep into it, to the apartment of one of the greatest poets, to encapsulate what St Petersburg means in the tiny trinkets, ashtrays and relics of a time gone by. It’s a usefully directional piece – do this, go here – neatly spun into a delicious story.’

    Read the story: St Petersburg, Russia – a guide

    St Petersburg: Russia’s regal city

  • Trip out in Salta

    CHOSEN BY PETE WINTERBOTTOM, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

    ‘Jonathan Bastable’s piece on Salta, Argentina’s far north-west, is what Traveller does best. Transporting the reader to some of the most remote areas on the earth. Alistair’s opening image of the Cono De Arita Volcano is just mesmerising, standing at a 150 metres high, it looks like a whale breaching the surface of the ocean.’

    Read the story: Salta and the puna desert, Bolivia

    Trip out in Salta

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    Japan’s spiritual heartland: the Kii Peninsula

    CHOSEN BY SARAH JAMES, ONLINE ASSOCIATE

    ‘I remember reading this on one of my first days at Condé Nast Traveller and being completely transported by Jenny Zarins’ dreamlike photographs to a part of Japan I’d never really heard anything about. I’d always been drawn to the country’s mega-cities, but Charles Spreckley’s story of his journey into this mountainous region of storytelling and tradition after living in Tokyo for 15 years put Japan firmly at the top of my save-up-for travel wishlist.

    Read the story: Kii Peninsula, Japan – the top things to do

    Japan’s spiritual heartland: the Kii Peninsula

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    Prince Edward County: Canada’s coolest island hideout

    CHOSEN BY TABITHA JOYCE, DEPUTY DIGITAL EDITOR

    ‘This piece instantly made me want to pack my bags and get on a flight to Canada, having had no previous urge to do so at all. I’d never even heard of Prince Edward County before. But that’s the whole point of travel writing – to eek out cute corners of the world for others to discover. What could be nicer than a place where everyone is able to leave their front doors unlocked and their car keys in the ignition?’

    Read the story: Prince Edward County on the edge of Lake Ontario, Ontario, Canada

    Prince Edward County: Canada’s coolest island hideout

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    Go off-grid on safari in Namibia

    CHOSEN BY PAULA ELLIS, ART DIRECTOR

    ‘Alistair Taylor-Young’s photographs have such majesty and beauty, the landscapes feel so textural and epic. I’m reminded of a trip I made to this extraordinary country in 2000. This story is my go-to for a dose of wild off-grid adventure.’

    Read the story: Safari holidays in Namibia

    Go off-grid on safari in Namibia

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    Osaka, Tokyo’s feisty little sister

    CHOSEN BY KATHARINE SOHN, ASSISTANT TO THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    ‘This piece from Japan’s fun-loving city has a sense of wonderment and excitement. There is something so mesmerising about the bright urban lights of Japan and the odd dichotomy of endless movement yet complete tranquillity of the people. And the food is enough of a reason to visit this street-food capital.’

    Read the story: Download the March 2020 issue from the App Store

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    An Insider’s Travel Guide To New Orleans

    CHOSEN BY GRAINNE MCBRIDE, CHIEF SUB-EDITOR

    ‘I love reading pieces about places I’ve yet to visit – both for inspiration and escapism. Yet my favourite story is about somewhere I have already been. Timothy immediately embeds us in the crazy, free-wheeling, live-for-the-minute clamour of NOLA, a city of beaded houses, blaring brass and the coolest creatives you’ll ever meet.’

    Read the story: An Insider’s Travel Guide To New Orleans

    An Insider’s Travel Guide To New Orleans

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    The Arctic islands of Svalbard

    CHOSEN BY ROSALYN WIKELEY, CREATIVE CONTENT EDITOR

    ‘Sorry to dash tropical expectations but I’ve always been drawn to cold, cruel and hauntingly pretty landscapes – the further north or south (and more silent), the better. I love how Michelle Jana Chan’s evocative piece on Svalbard explores the psyche of its people – chipped, battered yet fortified by howling winds, unforgiving temperatures and shifting light. “You come here for the remoteness; for the silence; to feel the air whooshing into your lungs… and above all, to remember your unimportance” It’s that depth of humility found in the clutches of nature’s wrath that I find so pure and thrilling and this piece captures it beautifully.’

    Read the story: Holiday in Norway’s Arctic Svalbard islands

    The Arctic islands of Svalbard

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    An adventurous safari along Zimbabwe’s back roads

    CHOSEN BY OLIVIA MORELLI, DIGITAL ASSISTANT

    ‘I loved Peter Brown’s Zimbabwe piece in the 2020 Gold List Issue. I was completely captivated from start to finish. The story spans anecdotes from his childhood spent in the country to evocative descriptions of sun-dappled landscapes, dramatic valleys and granite hills still riddled with bullet scars and vestiges of the Rhodesian Bush War.’

    Read the story: What it’s like to safari in Zimbabwe: wildlife spotting and ruin hopping

    An adventurous safari along Zimbabwe’s back roads

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    The world’s most influential chefs share their favourite foodie finds

    CHOSEN BY LAUREN BURVILL, ACTING AUDIENCE GROWTH MANAGER

    ‘I’m always fascinated by what the best chefs in the world eat, so this article stands out to me. It’s not just a list of the same restaurants either, but the actual nitty-gritty meals and even ingredients the chefs love, from where Yotam Ottolenghi orders a flat white in London to the native honey from The Kimberley in Australia that Jock Zonfrillo likes to use in his paperbark ice cream.’

    Read the story: Top chefs tell us their favourite ingredients

    22 of the world’s most influential chefs share their favourite foodie finds

  • Our favourite travel stories of all time

    Papua New Guinea: Land of Mysteries

    CHOSEN BY SOPHIE KNIGHT, DIGITAL PICTURE EDITOR

    ‘This is one of my favourite pieces – particularly because of the pictures by Philip Lee Harvey. He’s managed to photograph the tribes without being too invasive, yet still capturing authentic moments and allowing us to see the way of life in a part of the world we can only imagine.’

    Read the story: Papua New Guinea holidays

    Papua New Guinea: Land of Mysteries

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