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Behind the 'zines: Lonely Planet Traveller's January issue

The bumper new issue of Lonely Planet Traveller UK is now on sale, chock-full of inspiring travel ideas for winter and beyond – plus a free 2017 calendar featuring some of our most wanderlust-inducing photos from the last year.

Picture Editor Claire makes her edit on an upcoming photo story Picture Editor Claire makes her edit on an upcoming photo story

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at a few of the team’s favourite pictures that didn’t quite make the cut this month, from assignments spent high in the mountains of Switzerland, exploring the best of Taiwan and discovering Iceland’s wild west.

The hospice sits at the highest point on the pass © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet The hospice sits at the highest point on the pass © Justin Foulkes / Lonely Planet

Valais, Switzerland

Photographer Justin Foulkes took this picture of the 11th-century Great St Bernard Hospice for our feature on trekking the Great St Bernard Pass, a storied route that links the Swiss and Italian Alps.

‘It was early in the morning when writer Oli Smith and I set off on a snowshoe hike. I turned around to speak to him and saw this magical scene of clouds drifting off the peak of Mont Mort behind the hospice. Needless to say our hike took longer than expected due to the constant stopping to photograph the incredible scenery. Making a selection for the feature was hard, to say the least.’

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Grand views at Liberty Square, Taipei © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet Grand views at Liberty Square, Taipei © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Taipei, Taiwan

Writer Rory Goulding visited the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, for our feature on the best of the country.

‘Taipei is a city that mostly looks like it has grown in a haphazard fashion, so a grand, geometric vista is unusual. This view is from the steps of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, looking towards the main gate of Liberty Square, with the National Theatre and Concert Hall buildings to the left and right (there’s a good bubble tea café beneath the latter). The whole ensemble is meant to echo Chinese imperial architecture, but don’t be fooled – these buildings are from the 1980s. In the end, we used a view taken in the opposite direction: back towards the memorial hall.’

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Horsing around in Skard, West Iceland © Jonathan Gregson / Lonely Planet Horsing around in Skard, West Iceland © Jonathan Gregson / Lonely Planet

Skard, Iceland

One of Art Director Hayley Ward’s favourite images from our feature on the landscapes and legends of Western Iceland is eider duck farmer Snorri Victor Gylfason with one of his Icelandic ponies.

‘I love this pony and the man – they almost have the same winter coat on! Unfortunately we already had several pony shots so couldn't really run any more. There were just too many good photos to choose from in this feature – we could’ve laid out the story twice!'

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