For 30 issues we’ve traversed across wild landscapes, pushed boundaries and inspired travellers to go beyond well-trodden tourists paths. We’ve kayaked across Swedish archipelagoes, rode through the desert on horseback and salsa danced through the cobbled streets of Cartagena.

We’ve met orangutans and monks, been chased by a pack of Romanian wild dogs and munched through Michelin-worthy hotdogs at the edge of the world. In the spirit of armchair adventure, we’ve trawled through our epic back catalogue to bring you our favourite SUITCASE photographs of all time.

The best of SUITCASE Magazine, in pictures

Photographer: Aron Klein Destination: Shōnai, Japan Story: Our Print Editor-in-Chief, Olivia, journeyed through this rural, sake-producing region in search of family-run farm-to-table restaurants and Japan’s greatest food artisans. Issue: Volume 24: The Slow Issue

Photographer: Emily Garthwaite Destination: Sabah, Borneo Story: Borneo’s Sabah state is prime territory for adventure. In the country’s ancient rainforests are abundant with wildlife – saltwater crocodiles, pygmy elephants and the famed orangutang. Issue: Volume 23: The Adventure Issue

Photographer: Francesca Petryszak Destination: Warsaw, Poland Story: Before it was blitzed and bombed during the Second World War, Warsaw earned the nickname “the Paris of the North”. Indeed, it was once said to have been more beautiful than Prague. Nowadays, its scars are accompanied by culture of resilience and resistance. Issue: Volume 28: The Cities Issue

Photographer: Issy Croker Destination: Ile de Ré, France Story: Parisians’ answer to Padstow, le de Ré makes its visitors submit to a relaxed vibe, with its wild beaches and cobbled streets. Photographer Issy Croker journeys across its dunes, past pastel-green shuttered houses and along the dusty roads backed by oyster farms. Issue: Volume 21: The Islands Issue

Photographer: Mark Leaver Destination: Transylvania, Romania Story: Despite never owning a pair of padded lycra shorts and having not jumped on a bike since she was 15, our Editor-in-Chief India Dowley, experienced a cycling-induced epiphany amid the “very hilly” terrain of Transylvania. Issue: Volume 24: The Slow Issue

Photographer: Adrian Morris Destination: Ithaca, Kefalonia Story: Cut off from mainland Greece, both Ithaca and Kefalonia represent limitation and escape, retreat and return. Singapore-born Sharlene Teo deep dives into the islands’ history, mythology and unvarnished magic. Issue: Volume 27: The Books Issue

Photographer: Jacob Elwood Destination: Botswana, Africa Story: Olivia Squire, our Print Editor-in-Chief, had previously shunned the idea of safari, until she suspended her cynicism, swallowed her preconceptions and submitted to the ancient stirrings of the savannah. Issue: Volume 26: The Nostalgia Issue

Photographer: Johan Lolos Destination: Lofoten Islands, Norway Story: The most northerly inhabited island on Norway’s Lofoten archipelago hosts a four-day food-centric retreat bringing Michelin-quality chefs into the wilderness. The weather is brutal, the living equally so, but the food is outstanding. Issue: Volume 29: The Taste Issue

Photographer: Karan Sachdev Destination: Ladakh, Kashmir Story: Still lakes, deep gorges and towering mountains were a part of India that felt unfamiliar to Indian-born chef Romy Gill. For our Homelands issue, she travelled to Ladakh and navigated the highs and lows of being a tourist. Issue: Volume 20: The Homelands Issue

Photographer: Kevin Faingnart Destination: Cartagena, Colombia Story: As heart-wrenchingly romantic as Paris or Rome, Cartagena is Colombia’s vivacious Caribbean jewel. Steeped in history amid stories of battles and victory, its colourful colonial architecture and the expressive population live to tell centuries-old tales. Issue: Volume 27: The Books Issue

Photographer: Jacob Elwood Destination: Sankt Anna Archipelago, Sweden Story: A self-guided kayaking adventure through the 6,000 islands that make up Sweden’s Sankt Anna archipelago gave Anna Hart and photographer Jacob Elwood a chance to go at their own pace and adhere to the realisation that slowness is the true definition of luxury. Issue: Volume 24: The Slow Issue

Photographer: Mark Leaver Destination: Petra to Wadi Rum, Jordan Story: Journeying through Petra’s wind-blown terrain into the far desert of Wadi Rum on horseback was a test of resilience for both photographer Mark Leaver and Editor-in-Chief India Dowley. Issue: Volume 26: The Nostalgia Issue

Photographer: Yuri Andries Destination: Gansu, China Story: The legendary Venetian explorer Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to document his travel along the old Silk Road. For our adventure issue, Yuri Andries retraces a small part of his epice route, voyaging from the city of Lanzhou to the Buddhist grottoes of Dunhuang. Issue: Volume 23: The Adventure Issue

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