The best travel stories of 2013

Go to hell and back with this year's ultimate Dazed trips

BACARDI HOUSE BREEZING
Photography by Dean Bein

This year, Dazed went to hell and back to cover the world's most interesting and radical moments and scenes. Take a trip under the waves and across the seas, from fighting Assad with Anonymous and staying chill with the most important warehouse in underground pop to Southbank's final skate jam and breezing through South Africa's townships. 

ANONYMOUS IN LONDON

Following a string of emails from a mysterious hacker, Dazed's Fiona Cook took to the streets when hacktivism's unforgiving army were out in force in London to speak to some of the masked avengers about the future of Anonymous. 

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anonymous
Photography by Grame George

OCCUPY ISTANBUL

When Istanbul's streets erupted with revolts in June, Bugu Melis Caglayan gave us an insider perspective – "We are fighting back for the sake of a FREE city, a FREE country and a FREE world."

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OCCUPY ISTANBUL
Photography by occupygezipics.tumblr.com

BACARDI HOUSE BREEZING

Like US rap music, house is both pop and folk music in South Africa. It is ubiquitous, essentially the only thing played in the majority of clubs (besides Rihanna, oddly). So, we got True Panther Sounds to take a trip to South Africa to hang out in shebeens (juke-joint bars) with 'Township Funk' producer, DJ Spoko. 

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BACARDI HOUSE BREEZING
Photography by Dean Bein

HOW WE BROKE SYRIA'S BLACKOUT

On Tuesday May 7th  2013, the Syrian government shut down internet access to the entire country leaving helpless civilians and opposition activists trapped in the information darkness. Here one sleep-deprived Anonymous member recounts his 40-hour struggle to bring Syria back online. 

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HOW WE BROKE SYRIA'S BLACKOUT

SOUTHBANK'S LAST SKATE

As cafe culture threatens to kill off one of London's most vital, genuine shared spaces, we report on a triumphant final jam. 

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SOUTHBANK'S LAST SKATE
Photography by Sophie Wedgwood

SURVIVING THE WACO SIEGE

We speak to a surviving ex-Branch Davidian haunted by Koresh's ghost 20 years after 51-day stand-off between US law enforcement and the Branch Davidians culminated in a fatal inferno.

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WACO

FABIEN COUSTEAU'S UNDERWATER APPARTMENT

We caught up with ocean-exploring royalty, Jacques Yves Cousteau's grandson before he heads under the sea to conduct a subsurface experiment.

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FABIEN COUSTEAU'S UNDERWATER APPARTMENT
Image courtesy of Mission 31

SEX ON THE BEACH

We kicked off our #Tripping series with this tale of New York's homo getaway, Fire Island. From tanned torsos to straining Speedos, it's a place where the promise of fun and sex and sun and more sex gets everyone giddy. 

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SEX ON THE BEACH
Photography by Henrique Plantikow
THE WAREHOUSE OF ARBUTUS RECORDS
Photography by Emily Kai Bock

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