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Wanderlust: Last Chance to See

St Helena represents everything I love about travel in a world where everything is increasingly fixated around electronic gadgets and convenience. Five days to get there; old-fashioned yet real experiences of community and friendship; unspoilt nature and peace; and a history kept relevant by its gritty inhabitants. It’s an island for people who really want to be there” – Mark Stratton on St Helena

All aboard the RMS St Helena! However, if you’re unable to juggle the time off for this amazing trip to the untouched south-Atlantic home of St Helena then read Mark Stratton’s article for Wanderlust on St Helena. Wanderlust really is the ideal magazine for adventurous travellers and Mark has brought the island of St Helena to life, covering the best three elements; nature, community and travel.

And in terms of travel to St Helena, who can forget of the promise of the island’s first airport on the island in 2016? Inevitably this will change the island in many ways and may have been partly why Wanderlust dedicated a nine page feature on the island; St Helena really is a “last chance to see”.

We checked in with Mark on his return from his epic South Atlantic adventure and he has kindly shared some of his great pictures exclusively for our humble blog:

Mingling with the local Saints (St Helenians) at the Carnival in the capital, Jamestown

Mingling with the local Saints (St Helenians) at the Carnival in the capital, Jamestown

 

Meeting Jonathan the Tortoise, supposedly the oldest living reptile on the planet having been born in 1832!

Meeting Jonathan the Tortoise, supposedly the oldest living reptile on the planet having been born in 1832!

 

Venturing the St Helena Coastline around Egg Island

Venturing the St Helena Coastline around Egg Island

Inspired to visit St Helena? Then consider Mark’s top five highlights from the island; Hiking to Lot’s Wife’s Ponds, sitting on Napoleon’s chaise longue at Farm Lodge sipping St Helenian coffee, enjoying a healthy swig of White Lion spiced rum, tracking Wirebirds with Eddy Duff and the camaraderie and games on board the RMS St Helena!

If you’re not tempted by the rum or St Helenian coffee, then I’m afraid you’re a lost cause. Otherwise do let us know which part of the island you would most like to see.  Keep it adventurous!

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