Chosen by Tony Wheeler
‘There’s a lot to be said about a destination that takes you completely by surprise, somewhere which has simply not registered despite all the guidebooks and all the Instagram pictures. Like Chad. Of course, it’s not exactly in popular travel territory – Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, Niger to the west and Central African Republic to the south. But when you get there, wow! Who knew the Sahara had mountain ranges? Or extinct volcanoes? Gorges, canyons, camel trains and oases sound familiar, but ancient (and beautiful) rock art? Or a stretch of desert sands littered with dead Soviet-era tanks, the result of a spectacularly unsuccessful Libyan Gaddafi invasion?’
Tony Wheeler is the co-founder of Lonely Planet and won the Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing Award.