Top 10 Travel stories of 2015

Top 10 Travel stories of 2015

This year, we went on some incredible adventures together – but you definitely had your favourites.

From finding out the right way to drink whisky in Scotland to discovering unknown architectural wonders in Pakistan, here’s a look back at the 10 tales you loved the most. Have another read and fall in love with the world all over again.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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1. Bhutan’s dark secret to happiness

Citizens of one of the happiest countries on Earth are surprisingly comfortable contemplating a topic many prefer to avoid. Is that the key to joy?


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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2. Can Canada teach the rest of us to be nicer?

Life is hard enough, with plenty of jagged edges and pointy bits. Why not coat it with a glaze of politeness and humility?


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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3. 50 reasons to love the world

We asked a range of people, from writers and chefs to musicians and photographers, to share one experience from the last year that truly inspired them – something that, in no uncertain terms, reminded them why they love the world. Madly. Here’s what they told us.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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4. Living in 2015’s hottest cities

These five destinations will be in travellers’ sights this year, but what is it like to live there? We asked locals for the inside scoop.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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5. Why you should never drink whisky on the rocks

The Thirsty Explorer heads to the Scottish island of Islay where he learns the important differences between malt and whisky – and how to order it in a bar.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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6. Vienna’s recipe for living well

Austria’s capital slays the myth that you have to choose between efficiency or relaxation. You can have both.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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7. Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Coliseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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8. The Swedish cheese that can’t be moved

Despite being on the menu at royal weddings and Copenhagen super-restaurant Noma, Västerbottensost can only be made in a single northern Sweden village – and no-one knows why.


Top 10 Travel stories of 2015
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9. Living in the world’s best cities for expats

Where do foreigners find friendly locals, career opportunities and contentment? These five places ranked high in a recent survey.


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10. India’s chaotic lesson in letting go

If the point of travel is to challenge ourselves, then naturally we should seek out the most “difficult” destinations, like India. Not to change them – but to change ourselves.

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