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Lonely Planet March 2018

Feed your love of travel with award-winning Lonely Planet. Inside you'll find topical ideas for easy inspirational weekend breaks and more adventurous experiences to try out, helped by the insider knowledge of Lonely Planet's many experts around the world. You'll be taken on a journey through words and beautiful photography, with highly atmospheric features transporting you to spectacular landscapes and allowing local people to reveal their culture, history ,food, drink and the natural wonders that surround them.

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editor’s note

Three out of five British employees experience some form of mental health issue as a result of their work, according to a recent study for the charity Business in the Community. Help comes from recognising the struggle to disconnect from our thoughts about work pressures and to connect with our emotions, also in staying active, eating well and resting well. To all this, naturally enough, I’ll add the intertwined benefits of travelling well. If you were to ask me where or how on a personal level I’ve travelled best, my first instinct would be to rattle off a list of places and experiences: South Australia, Kenya and Ecuador; and exploring, coming closer to nature and understanding a different culture. Yet the true mental refreshment from those trips came from the…

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behind the scenes

LETTER FROM THE SOUTH POLE This month saw the LP digital team interview four Antarctic base workers about their life on a frozen island the size of a football pitch. Surrounded by glaciers and icy blue water, the base workers also have no fewer than 2,000 gentoo penguins for neighbours. The team is on a mission to keep Antarctic history alive: they look after six historical sites along the Antarctic Peninsula, working on behalf of the Antarctic Heritage Trust. They also happen to run the most southerly post office on Earth. They stamp over 70,000 polar postcards per year between them, making them perhaps the world’s most intrepid postwomen. Learn more at lonelyplanet.com/kids - made for the youngest explorers! GOING SOLO? The LP publishing team have cooked up a new book all about solo travel.…

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postcards

KOMODO ISLAND, INDONESIA Here be dragons I rented a local fishing boat with its crew and island-hopped around Komodo National Park. Besides meeting the Komodo dragons, one of the highlights here is to hike on Padar Island. When I arrived, hardly anyone was there, since it was still early in the travel season. It felt like I had the whole island to myself. The first thing I did was to hike to the top of this hill. It was tiring, but the view was amazing: I could see most of the island and its three coves, and the setting sun added a lovely light to the scene. I felt very lucky to get this shot, especially as the crew told me there had been a storm the day before I arrived. MOUNT POPA,…

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globetrotter

Colour clash Spring celebrations don’t come any more colourful than Holi – the Hindu festival that heralds the end of the winter and sees young and old doused with technicolour water and gulal (powder). Though it’s celebrated across India (more intensively in the north), few places put up a more spirited display than Vrindavan – the historic hometown of Hindu deity Krishna. Here, Holi festivities continue long after the rest of India has scrubbed its clothes clean, running for over a week against a backdrop of towering temples. Look out for the Phoolon Wali celebrations at the Banke Bihari temple – here, flowers are thrown instead of powder. Holi begins 1 March; for more see lonelyplanet.com/india…

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the games are back

Though South Korea may not spring immediately to mind as a winter sports destination, its well-developed resorts and abundance of snow make it one of Asia’s foremost skiing and snowboarding spots. Plus, it’s also one of the few places in the world where you can hit the slopes by day and descend to a big city (Seoul) for some slightly less wholesome entertainment by night. Before any competitors strap on their skis, we took some time to pick our favourite Winter Olympics emblems from the archives – symbols that have been as divisive and as unifying as the games themselves. DIY KOREAN OLYMPICS Don’t worry if you didn’t qualify to represent your country in the bobsleigh event – Korea’s winter sports are accessible to all (providing there isn’t, say, some major sporting…

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comedy of errors

The Museum of Failure, a temporary exhibition of innovative disasters, has proven such an unlikely success, it is soon to have a permanent home in Helsingborg, Sweden (guided tours from £22; museumoffailure.se). Here are some items you can find on show... WHAT’S THE BEEF? A frozen dinner eaten through gritted teeth. COKE THE SEQUEL Introduced in the ’80s, withdrawn in 2002. WRITING’S ON THE WALL Bic’s ‘feminine’ pens provoked an uproar in 2012. ROTTEN APPLE Apple’s 1990s ‘Newton Message Pad’ crashed like fruit from the famous tree.…