2018

July

We're off! The Monocle Travel Annual: where to explore, stay, set sail and stretch out.

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Editor's letter

We're going to places we've never been before. Who's with us?

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Welcome to our world

We know our readers venture far and wide, and once you arrive at your destination it’s often the first-hand local knowledge that’s most interesting – people who know the stories behind the cities. So relax and let us tell…

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Meeting of minds

Rocky but relaxed, this French-administered, Italian-influenced Mediterranean island is undergoing an awakening. Artisanal industries and unspoilt beaches – along with new transport connections – are bringing a grande armée…

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High society

When snow falls, the globally mobile head to the mountains – preferably by plane – but not every pilot has the stomach for the most-demanding runways in Europe. We hop to the Alps’ top ski locations to meet the airline and…

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Making tracks

Nothing epitomised the golden age of travel like the Orient Express. But with the venerable service now existing only as an upscale tourist attraction, anyone wanting to savour its classic itinerary has to catch a hotchp…

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How can we help?

Our Big Interview Series this year is all about service, whether it’s a case of a mayor looking after their citizens or an airport CEO keeping passengers happy. Our six interviewees all provide eye-opening perspectives on…

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Treasure island

Removed from the bustle of city life, Zamalek has become a mainstay of the wandering wealthy. But the enclave’s architecture, cultural hotspots and green spaces make it a welcome hub for all.

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Ahead of the pack

Who knows what the year ahead might hold? Will, for instance, the next 12 months be the time when you finally make real those long-hazy dreams of starting a small shop, plotting out space for a countryside pension or jac…

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Paradise found

Decades of uncertainty have kept this tropical island off travel itineraries. But its beguiling mix of colonial architecture, lush landscapes and a budding culinary scene have cemented its destiny as a destination on the…

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Great awakening

The Portuguese island is shaking off its sleepy reputation to show that it’s much more than a sedate stop-off for cruising pensioners in search of a glass of fortified wine.

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Break of day

It’s 05.00 and you’re wide awake – so don’t just lie there. Embrace your jetlag, spring out of bed and see the city as it opens its eyes to you. You’ll find that there’s a certain magic in the air before the day takes hold…

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Travellers' tales

Whether it’s a scientific look at what jetlag does to our brains, a spiritual take on how pilgrimage can change your life or even the creation of a brand new country, we ask six people to share their stories on the theme…

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Travel Top 50 2018/19

We meet the airlines, hoteliers and service stars worthy of celebration in our annual honorifics for the best in the world of travel.

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Vested interest

Bright colours, tempting textures and the best of the seasonal looks to see you through the year ahead.

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Staying power

From French mansions resting atop ancient limestone cliffs to 500-year-old settings in South Tyrol, here we peek through the keyholes of boltholes that have stood the test of time and a few newer sanctuaries that look set…

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Fit for purpose

There’s no such thing as the wrong weather – just the wrong outfit. Take our packing advice and make sure you’re so comfortable that your only concern will be getting people to notice how good you look.

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Get your fill

Whether you’re travelling to Panama to stir your appetite with a vibrant cocktail, indulging in freshly caught seafood in a central London location or keeping it simple in Calgary, we’ve got the bars, cafés and restaurants…

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Enjoy the journey

No matter where you’re going, with these upstanding examples of the written word and gadgetry you won’t be in a rush to arrive. We start with suggestions for swifter trips; over the page you’ll find options for more elon…

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Downhill from here

From mouthwatering raclette and fireside spots to natural springs to soothe aching muscles and smart spas for ultimate relaxation, let our trusty skiers be your guides to the ultimate Alpine getaway.Illustrator Studio Tipi

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The wheels keep turning

Robert Bound reporting from the road from New Orleans to Marfa: Our senior editor’s journey from Louisiana to Texas takes in gumbo, drive-thru liquor stores, pink pistols and vast stretches of not very much at all. But…

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