Kicking off our photo essays for this issue is Lynn Gail, who introduces us to the people and traditions of the staggering island of Madagascar. Another island – this time, Madeira – is the focus of Giulia Verdinelli’s photo essay, where we see how much its topography has influenced its cuisine.
In Jeonju, South Korea, Mark Parren Taylor’s photos bring to life the ancient art of traditional bibimbap bowl making, while Kav Dadfar introduces us to the atmospheric festival of Loi Krathong in Thailand. Lewis Burnett brings us face to face with sharks as he shares his experiences diving with these mighty creatures off the coast of southern Africa while Julian Elliott takes us on a journey through the remote Upper Mustang region of Nepal.
Complementing these pieces are a handful of insightful articles, including our cover story by Ross Clarke, which explores the often overlooked but magnificent interior of Gran Canaria. Simon Richmond shows us the quiet drama of the so-called ‘Fifth Continent’ on Kent’s southeastern coast, and Imogen Lepere leads us into Brazil’s interior to see how remote communities are using ecotourism to secure their future. Sustainability plays a significant role in Simon Urwin’s travels in Cambodia, too, while in Oman, Joe Worthington travels the Frankincense Trail in search of this aromatic resin and lost cities.