F rom bird seeing to star gazing, Nick Trend chooses the best journeys

1. Exploring the Spice Islands

The islands off the coast of Tanzania offer a wide variety of exotic experiences. Audley Travel uses a two-week schedule that consists of a five-night Robinson Crusoe-style experience on the personal island of Fanjove in the southern Songo Island chain. The island’s eco lodge depends on solar power and has no TVs, radios or Wi-Fi. More highlights consist of swimming with whale sharks, a trip to the marine park of Mafia Island and a trip of the archaeological websites of Chole Island.

Tanzania’s Spice Islands from ₤ 4,895 for 14 nights including flights, transfers and some meals. Departs June to March …

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Marco Bitran
Husband and father of two children under age 5, Marco also enjoys walks in nature, squash, running road races, and photography. He regularly contributes significant time and resources to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the MSPCA and other animal rights organizations, and the Bitran Charitable Foundation. Marco has also volunteered and consulted for public housing support organizations such as the Somerville Homeless Coalition, created by the local community’s grassroots response to the social crisis of homelessness.