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International Traveller Mar/Apr/May 2018

Turn your dreams into reality, with International traveller you will be guided to the most irresistible destinations in the world. Whether you're after an adventure, or a luxury escape this magazine has got you covered

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Australian Traveller Media
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editor’s letter

Venture where few people do, to Antarctica, on p116 Explore the lantern-lit streets of Hoi An on p66 Roam wild in Mongolia on p124. Cruise back through time on Portugal’s Douro River, p106 As we were putting this issue together it became clear that there were two strong themes coming to the fore with the stories we have gathered together. A lot of them are real top-of-the-bucket-list destinations and experiences: seeing wild and perpetually hungry polar bears in the austere surroundings of Churchill in Canada; travelling to›the literal end of the Earth in Antarctica to be transformed by the all-encompassing remoteness and quiet white-on-white beauty of it all; taking a slow boat through the port-producing region of Portugal, one of›the›hottest hotspots in the world right…

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online

EUROPE BY CAMPERVAN: THE›ULTIMATE ODYSSEY WANT TO GORGE ON BLACK FOREST CAKE RIGHT FROM THE SOURCE? FANCY A HIGH-ALPINE FONDUE? COME WITH US AS WE EXPLORE MODERN #VANLIFE IN OUR FIVE-PART EUROPETRAVERSING ADVENTURE THAT WILL MAKE YOU TAKE YOUR LONG-SERVICE LEAVE IMMEDIATELY.SEARCH: ‘EUROPE BY VAN’ BEYOND THE OVER›WATER BUNGALOW If you can make it out of your honeymoon haven, here are eight things that we thoroughly love and recommended you do in Tahiti.SEARCH: ‘TAHITI’ 10 REASONS IT’S OKAY TO HEAD BACK TO ISTANBUL It’s been through some tough times but we’ve found some excellent reasons to head back to›this grand›city’s silver-tipped minarets, ancient bazaars and›peerless hospitality.SEARCH: ‘ISTANBUL’ IS TRAVEL KILLING OUR PLANET? It’s tough to ask the hard questions about…

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the lowdown

The pastel-hued town of Bosa, which could be just down the road if you move to Ollolai. SOLD ON SARDINIA With Australian property prices having long passed the ridiculous, there is an alternative to the soaring cost of a home, but it’s going to add a bit of time to your daily commute: the town of Ollolai on the rugged, sun-bleached Italian island of Sardinia is selling houses for just €1. Most of the 200-year-old stone dwellings are in need of serious restoration and renovation, and indeed this is one of the caveats of the bargain basement price; buyers must commit to refurbishing the house they buy within three years of purchase. The idea is to revitalise the town, which because of its ageing population and…

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five of the best: backpacks

CITY ADVENTURER BACKPACK, $129; LULULEMON.COM.AU MANSUR GAVRIEL LEATHER BACKPACK $1295; PRET-A-PORTER.COM MORGAN 3 IN 1 BACKPACK, $499; HILLSANDWEST.COM ANYA HINDMARCH MINI BACKPACK, $1620; PRET-A-PORTER.COM VON-RÖUTTE SOUSSE BACKPACK, $450; THEICONIC.COM.AU ■…

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modern wonders

Time was when libraries were grand propositions, where the learned and those who wanted to be so flocked to absorb knowledge in their hushed surrounds. Europe has some of the most stunning historic libraries but if the insanely brilliant Tianjin Binhai Library is anything to go by, we are entering a new golden age of architecture dedicated to the book. Check out these amazing structures on your travels if you are in any doubt: • BIBLIOTECA VASCONCELOS in Mexico City has been labelled a megabiblioteca (mega library), spread as it is over 38,000 square metres and encompassing works of art by prominent Mexican artists and a botanical garden. • The rounded exterior of the BRANDENBURG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY, in the city of Cottbus in Germany, features a jumble…

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flash back 1918: lithuanian independence

On 16 February 1918, the small Baltic nation of Lithuania restored its independence. But the declaration that was signed that day was lost in the turmoil of subsequent wars and Soviet occupation, only to be rediscovered recently in German archives. It has been returned to Lithuania for centenary celebrations, but just on loan for now. So FOLK, a local design studio, has devised a way to restore this document symbolically by recreating the font that was originally used. Named Signato, it took four months to create – with every letter redrawn with precision to emulate the old cursive script. ■…

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