Happy birthday BBC Travel!
Images from one year of amazing travel stories.
One year ago today, BBC Travel embarked on a journey, offering insider advice, unexpected and inspiring travel ideas and an intimate understanding of local culture that inspires you to engage more deeply with the world.
David Allan, BBC Travel’s Editorial Director, equated launch to a “train whistle, a call to embark on trips to the fun, exotic, and relaxing destinations you always wanted to see or return to the destinations you already love”.
It has been an incredibly exciting year. We’ve added more than 50 destinations and themes, we started a blog, The Passport, and we feel honoured to be part of such a vibrant, intelligent Facebook and Twitter community.
We’ve published hundreds of incredible stories over the last year. To celebrate BBC Travel’s one year anniversary and get you up to speed if you recently started following us, we compiled a highlight reel of editor’s picks from around the globe:
In Africa and the Middle East
- The secrets to shopping in Marrakesh
- Zambia, the new adrenaline frontier
- Safari by water in southern Africa
- Vestiges of historical Dubai
In Asia and the Pacific
- Hong Kong's unsung noodle shops
- Hiking through a microcosm of Earth
- Scale the Great Wall of Vietnam
- Nepal’s shrinking Annapurna Circuit
- James Bond’s London
- St Petersburg goes back to the future
- Iceland’s Cinderella story
- Where the Marquis de Sade and Pierre Cardin meet
- Prague’s historic coffeehouses
- Living in... Paris
- London from the tide line
In North America
- Vancouver Island’s wild side
- The tides are turning in Halifax’s north end
- Kauai’s hidden adventures
- Portland versus Portland
- Seattle's chocolate renaissance
- The rebirth of Detroit amid modern-day ruins
- A vegetarian in Texas
- Portland, Oregon’s Art Deco movie houses
- Culver City, ready for its close-up
- Touring wineries in Texas Hill Country
- The wiedergeburt (rebirth) of New York’s biergartens
In South America
- What most people miss at Machu Picchu
- International cuisine in Buenos Aires’ puerta cerradas
- Santiago’s heart, through its stomach
What has your favourite story been this year? Leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Thank you all for reading, commenting, sharing and engaging. Here’s to year two!
David Allan and Allison Busacca
Editorial Director and Associate Editor, BBC.com/Travel