Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2012 with another wanderlust-inspiring issue of Traveler magazine. Our cover story transports readers to Venice, Italy where Editor at Large Sheila Buckmaster masquerades as Charlie Chaplin to gain a rare, inside glimpse of Italy’s famous Carnevale. Stunning photos by contributing photographer Dave Yoder capture costumed revelers filling tiny streets, grand piazzas, and extravagant ballrooms.
Also in this issue, Editor at Large Don George revisits the verdant island of Shikoku, Japan to reveal the country’s warm soul, still unchanged after 30 years. Melina Gerosa Bellows takes a spiritual sojourn to Mexico, and Mark Jenkins reconnects with his teenage daughter during an African safari in Tanzania.
Our columnists deliver great travel insights for 2012: Daisann McLane expounds on how improvising on the road, though risky, can bring surprising rewards; Boyd Matson meets an aging headhunter in India’s Nagaland (watch the bonus video on our iPad edition); travel insider Christopher Elliott questions rewards programs amid increasingly convoluted airline prices; Editor in Chief Keith Bellows interviews activist traveler Erin Michelson about “adventure philanthropy”; and Costas Christ reports on the environmental ebbs and flows of the world’s beaches.
Plus, explore an expat’s Beijing, spend 48 hours in Lisbon, get cozy at New England‘s ski lodges, road trip along South Africa‘s Western Cape, and take the kids to Hong Kong.