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Editorial Director: Maria Pieri Contributing Editors:

Editor: Pat Riddell Jo Fletcher-Cross, Zane Henry,
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Assistant Editors: Amelia Duggan,
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After five years and countless visits, I still find Tamsin Wressell Designers: Hanna Clements,
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Australia’s Northern Territory is a John Stergides Credit Manager: Craig Chappell
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“Is Iran safe?”— the first question travellers
ask. I’ll state it loudly here: absolutely. What’s National Geographic Traveler (US) Communications Director:
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more, visit and you’ll discover vibrant cities Editor-in-Chief: George W. Stone Senior Vice President, Global
and one of the oldest, most hospitable Publisher & Vice President, Media & Experiences: Yulia P. Boyle
Global Media: Kimberly Connaghan Senior Director, International
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London — a fascinating city with lots to Multimedia Producers: Editorial Director: Susan Goldberg
rave about, but often snubbed by Brits. Yet Adrian Coakley, Jess Mandia Chief Financial Officer:
Associate Producer: Caity Garvey Marcela Martin
there’s a generation of young Europeans Deputy Art Director: Chief Communications Officer:
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Before visiting Tbilisi I’d expected to find
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bold nods to the future. That’s certainly
true, but I hadn’t anticipated just how cool
the city is, with pop-ups, design shops and
bars squeezed into every space. TBILISI P.150

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Adventure guide
s we approach the New Year, attention inevitably Our free 68-page Adventure guide this month
turns to what lies ahead. We’ve searched the globe brings you tales of derring-do from Chile,
Jordan, Peru and Sweden.
and come up with a list of the 18 places we think
should be on your travel radar for 2018.
Clearly, we’re not able to see into the future — yet — but
we hope our fourth annual Cool List will point you in the
right direction when it comes to planning your trip. We’ve
taken into consideration everything from the latest direct
flights to anniversaries, significant openings and places on
the up. It’s a diverse group of destinations, as far-flung as From a week for four in Provence to a three-
resurgent Sri Lanka and effervescent Bristol. night break with Forest Holidays, don’t miss
out. natgeotraveller.co.uk/competitions
While we can’t take the credit, it was heartening to see
many of last year’s Cool List — the likes of Donegal, Peru,
Santiago, Aarhus and Iran — growing in popularity among
global travellers.
Also in the magazine are the results of our third annual
Reader Awards, revealing everything travel-related that’s
impressed you in the past year — your favourite
National Geographic Food
destinations, airlines, hotels, attractions and more. Our sister title is in the shops now, exploring
All in all, there’s plenty in this month’s issue, we feel, to food in all its guises, from recipes and produce
fuel your hunger to pack a suitcase. to trends and nutrition. natgeofood.co.uk


Destinations: 1-4 February

Head down to the Destinations Show at
@patriddell London’s Olympia where we’re hosting a
@patriddell Travel Geeks (p.54). destinationsshow.com


British Travel Awards 2017: Best Consumer Holiday Magazine • British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2017: Best Travel Writer • ATTA Media Awards 2017: Best
Cultural Article on an African Destination, Best Blogger on Africa & Best Online Coverage on Africa • British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2016: Best Travel Writer
• LATA Media Awards 2016: Online Blog Feature of the Year • British Travel Awards 2015: Best Consumer Holiday Magazine • British Travel Awards 2014: Best
Consumer Holiday Magazine • British Guild of Travel Writers Awards 2013: Best Overseas Feature • British Travel Press Awards 2012: Young Travel Writer of the Year


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