Wanderlust, the UK travel magazine, has just announced its readers’ choice awards in categories that range from “most desirable” — Britspeak, we think, for “ooooh!” — country, region and island to emerging destinations and top spots for gastronomy, wildlife and culture. With each category divided into global and European-centric lists, there’s enough here to inspire scores of vacations.
The most desirable region in the world, Wanderlust’s readers have declared, is British Columbia, followed by the Galapagos Islands and California. The most delicious country is, of course, Italy — and the most appealing destination for wildlife lovers is Costa Rica. And the most desirable islands list circles the globe, from Cuba to Sri Lanka and the Philippines archipelago.
Some spots are so remote, we had to look them up — and we still don’t know where they are. Turns out there are multiple Saint Helena islands, including a British Overseas Territory 1,600 miles west of Angola in the Southern Atlantic, where Napoleon was exiled and later died. There’s also a Saint Helena island in South Carolina, and a Saint Helena Island National Park in Australia. (Our money’s on the remote mid-Atlantic island, though. It’s British, just like Wanderlust’s readers, and the site has an entire travel guide devoted to it, including tips on how to get there. Psst, it’s much easier if you have your own yacht or private plane.)
Here’s a sneak peek at the top islands around the world. Find the full list and all the tempting destination details at www.wanderlust.co.uk.
Top 10 most desirable islands in the world
4. Palawan, Philippines
7. Langkawi, Malasia
8. Sri Lanka
9. Saint Helena