Wanderlust, the UK travel magazine, has just announced its readers’ choice awards in categories ranging from “most desirable” — Britspeak for “ooooh!” — country, region, and island to emerging destinations and top gastronomy, wildlife, and culture. There’s enough here to inspire dozens of vacations, with each category divided into global and European-centric lists.
British Columbia is the most desirable region in the world, according to Wanderlust readers, followed by the Galapagos Islands and California. The most delectable country is, of course, Italy, while Costa Rica is the most appealing destination for wildlife enthusiasts. And the list of the world’s most desirable islands spans the globe, from Cuba to Sri Lanka and the Philippines archipelago.
Some locations are so remote that we had to look them up — and we still have no idea where they are. There are multiple Saint Helena islands, including a British Overseas Territory in the Southern Atlantic 1,600 miles west of Angola, where Napoleon was exiled and later died. There is also a Saint Helena Island National Park in Australia and a Saint Helena Island in South Carolina. (However, we’re betting on the remote mid-Atlantic island. It’s British, like Wanderlust’s readers, and the site has an entire travel guide devoted to it, complete with directions. It’s much easier if you own a yacht or a private plane.)
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the world’s most beautiful islands. The full list, as well as all the tempting destination details, can be found at www.wanderlust.co.uk.
Top 10 most desirable islands in the world
- Palawan, Philippines
- Langkawi, Malasia
- Sri Lanka
- Saint Helena