World Traveller December 2019

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Welcome note

Time flies when you're having fun, and that's certainly the

case for 2019 – where has the year gone? The World Traveller

Middle East team has been busy racking up the air miles and

ticking some of the most coveted destinations off our wish list.

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Chief Creative Officer

John Thatcher

General Manager

David Wade

Managing Editor

Faye Bartle

faye@hotmedia.me

Content Writers

Habiba Azab

habiba@hotmedia.me

From the glamorous shores of Sicily to the

spellbinding Seychelles and exotic allure of the

Maldives (read our experience of swimming with

manta rays on page 58), we've certainly expanded

our horizons, and we hope that you have too.

There's still a little time to squeeze in one last

trip, or at least a few staycations, before the

year-end. From glamming it up on the beaches

of Goa to embarking on a peak adventure in the

Himalayas, our cover story, which highlights eight

great trips to take in India, is sure to point you in

the right direction (turn to page 26).

If you're feeling festive, we say head to Vienna to

check out the famous markets and to soak up the

fairytale-like charm of this winter wonderland that

begs discovery (see page 52). If you've burned

through all your holiday allowance, however, don't

fret, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts on

the doorstep that are pulling out all the stops for

the end of year celebrations (page 62).

Happy travels – see you in 2020,

FIVE THINGS

WE LEARNED

THIS ISSUE:

1

It's the peak season to

see the mesmerising

Northern Lights in Oslo,

p13

2

In Copacabana, people

celebrate the New Year

by wading into the ocean

and jumping over seven

waves while making

seven wishes, p16

3

You can now go on an

African-style safari in

Saudi Arabia, p20

Editorial Assistant

Ronak Sagar

Art Director

Kerri Bennett

Senior Designer

Hiral Kapadia

Senior Advertising Manager

Mia Cachero

mia@hotmedia.me

Production Manager

Muthu Kumar

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December 2019 // Issue 140 // Magnificent India / Florence / Cambodia / Vienna

Faye Bartle

Produced in Dubai Production City

ISSUE 104 | DECEMBER 2019 | COMPLIMENTARY COPY

CAMBODIA

MALDIVES

STAYCATIONS

TRAVEL OFFERS

A long

weekend...

in Vienna

COVER IMAGE

Getty Images

INSPIRED BY

India’s great eight

Take your pick of our memorable trip ideas that

showcase the very best of this vibrant country

Find us at…

SILENT

NIGHTS

Why Florence

is more magical

in the winter

Win!

A two-night stay

at JW Marriott

Marquis Dubai,

p75

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4

India has some 50 tiger

reserves, which are

home to around 2,225

of the beasts – and

Bandhavgarh National

Park in Madhya Pradesh

is one of the best, p33

5

Hanifaru Bay in Maldives

is the largest manta

feeding region on the

planet – go between

June and November

when they gather in

groups of 150 or more,

p58

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