Lodestars Anthology is an independent magazine-meets-journal for curious travellers who long to be inspired, see the world and meet interesting characters along the road. Focusing on one country per issue, Lodestars is a scrapbook of place, a magazine that goes deep into the heart of a location and uncovers its quirks, flavours and splendour, taking a truly personal, beautifully crafted and slow approach to the art of travel journalism.
With stunning photography, thoughtful and beautifully written stories, and original illustrations - produced in Bristol by a small independent press with an eye for detail and a love for print – Lodestars is a thing of beauty in its own right. You’ll probably want to keep it atop a coffee table, or perhaps fill it with scribblings and notes and stow it away in your travel bag for inspiration whilst on the road, or simply indulge in a spot of armchair travelling.
16 Spain: An ode to slow travel, splendour and sun. Que viva España. Contributors have descended into caves in the name of cheese, gone in search of volcanoes, wandered ancient pilgrim paths, ridden horses into the sunset, been enthralled by architecture, cooked the way their grandparents did and penned odes to lace. Reacquaint yourself with Spain through the eyes of others.
Featured destinations: Ibiza, Tarifa, Oviedo, Toledo, Granada, Segovia, Seville, Valencia, Lanzarote, Montserrat, Formentera, San Sebastián, Santiago de Compostela
15 Greece: A magazine about Greece - a celebration of her myths, mountains and glittering seas. It contains glimpses of island life and odes to olives, and lashings of wildflowers, ruins, wilderness and awe. A place of gods and romance, Greece has always offered multitudes - so soak up these pages and allow yourself to fall under her spell.
Featured locations: Zagori, Corfu (a personal favourite), Messolonghi, Mykonos, Santorini, Syros, Kefalonia, Simi, Athens, Pelion, Rhodes, Ikaria, Andros, Kasos, Crete, The Mani, Halkidiki Eleusis
14 Wales: An ode to Wales - a celebration of its soaring peaks and dazzling waters, its wilderness, song and lore. Venture here to walk in the footsteps of saints and ancient kings, and to explore landscapes - diverse, dramatic and sublime - destined to fill you with awe. You’ll cross paths with artists, poets and lavender farmers, feast on Welsh cakes and bara brith, wallow in the history, swim in the sea, hike hills, forage, revel and bask in the beauty. All the while knowing that here, there may well be dragons.
Featuring: Hay-on-Wye | Fforest | Pembrokeshire | Gower Peninsula | Wye Valley | Brecon Beacons | Snowdonia | Portmeirion | Farmers' Welsh Lavender | Dyfi Botanicals | Old Lands | Palé Hall | Llŷn Peninsula | Ynys Enlli | Skomer | Conwy
13 Mexico: And, my word, Mexico is beautiful. It is timeless, multilayered, mesmeric and utterly indefinable. Peruse these pages, dream of the faraway, ignite your wanderlust and prepare to fall in love.
Featuring: Puebla | Mexico City | Oaxaca | Mérida | Tulum | Puerto Escondido | San Miguel de Allende | Guadalajara | San José del Cabo | Ensenada | Tecate | Tepoztlán | El Arenal | Isla Holbox | Teotitlán del Valle | Colima | Lacandón Jungle
12 Switzerland: Splendid and suave, Switzerland - with its mountains, lakes and palatial hotels - is remarkably good for the soul. Steeped in history, Switzerland is both lavish and refined - chocolate-box perfection guaranteed to surprise. It is a playground, refuge and wonderland. A hideaway and delight. And amongst these pages are hints of all it has to offer. There are tales of intrigue and adventure, romance and the sublime - of towns where time is kept and paused, cantons that charm, literary escapades, wilderness, trains and alpine fare that is very fine indeed.
Featuring: Neuchâtel | Lausanne | Geneva | Gstaad | Mürren | Zürich | St. Gallen | Bad Ragaz | St. Moritz | Ascona | Lugano | Bern | Great St. Bernard Pass | Bürgenstock | Scuol | The Orient Express
11 Portugal: Awash with castles and cork, sunshine and salt, Portugal is a wonder, a grande dame and muse, a place to seek solace and beauty.
Here, there are island oases, pilgrimage trails, artisans and waves - azulejos and pastéis de nata - and one should feast on all that they can; climb mountains, sip Port, meander through markets, swim, savour and walk into wilderness. Layered in history, there is a sublime sense of melancholy - an awareness of the things that have passed, matched by awe of all that remains. Warmth, colour, tradition and light. In Portugal you have time, space and reason to feel.
10 India: India is changing. It is an impassioned, tumultuous wonderland that embraces visitors, reveres its past, disregards the status quo and offers all who journey there an brilliant, indelible, distinctive experience.
You may wander along sacred waterways, bathe in colour, appreciate the poetry of the everyday, celebrate a southern paradise, traverse the country by train, discover enduring, ancient cultures and cities at the cutting edge, grasp the complexity of tea and tradition, calm the mind, scale peaks, experiment with spices, encounter something wild, question your boundaries, live in the moment and seek out the unexpected. This is a place of craft, civility, history, culture, grace and grandeur. You will be overcome, consumed, saturated, lost in matchless moments, and left craving more.
7 Japan (Revisited): Journey to Japan and discover a land of tea and tropics, wabi-sabi and wonder. A place where symbolism abounds and nothing is without purpose. For here you’ll find an ancient and powerful landscape that has shaped history yet still dictates the rhythms of modern life. There are illuminated capitals and pockets of untouched wilderness, both marked by a deep sense of spirituality. Art flourishes, design inspires and others come first. May the light never dim on the Land of the Rising Sun.
This updated reissue contains a host of features from the original issue plus new stories and artworks.
3 Australia (Revisited): Fall in love with Australia - story by story, again and again in this updated issue relaunched late November 2021.
Featured Destinations: Mount Mulligan • Fraser Island • Kangaroo Island • Adelaide • Darwin • Alice Springs • Uluru • Ningaloo Reef • Wilpena Pound • Karijini National Park • Cape to Cape • Hobart • Scenic Rim Trail • Kimberley • Cradle Mountain • Port Fairy • Daylesford • Larapinta Trail