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The extreme polarities of a winter in Hokkaido

Hokkaido offers some top-rated skiing gems in a treasure box that includes hot springs (onsen) and volcanoes amidst a cultural experience of culinary flavours and Eastern traditions in the land known for karaoke, karate, origami, sushi, samurai and sake. This trip was never going to just be about the skiing.

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Explore Thailand

From tropical beaches and golden, glittering temples to wildlife, sunset boat cruises and cuisine bursting with fresh flavours – Thailand has it all. It’s a place where the warmth of the sun and Andaman sea is reflected in the locals’ welcoming smiles. It’s a place like no other.

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The potholed road to paradise

The only reminder of last night’s adventure was the muddied cars that stood parked between me and my view of the ocean.  Incredibly, and overnight, with a little help from the sunshine, this landscape had transformed into a paradise beyond my expectations.

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The day I didn’t get shot on the line of control

Hearing gunfire echo around the valley reminded us that we were not in the Swiss Alps!We silently contemplated the prospect of spending a night in the woods, acknowledging that we were unlikely to all wake up in the morning.

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How the Glass Passport opens doors to travel

Richard trades his impressive photography skills for three currencies: food, lodging, and transportation. He’s photographed events all over the world, from London to Singapore and everywhere in between.

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Stairway to the clouds – Mua Caves in Vietnam

Epic limestone karsts rise out of the green rice fields for miles around to give the landscape a middle-earth feel. The misty cloud that characterises the area further adds to the effect and creates a wonderful contrast with the brilliant green paddies below.

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On top of the world!

The next day I somehow find myself even higher still, simultaneously clutching my seat for dear life while whooping in excitement. Pascal (paragliding pilot extraordinaire) and I are flying high above the snow, circling and turning and spinning and generally acting like excitable puppies let off the leash.

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The best adrenaline-fueled activities and where to find them

Nothing beats that pure moment of ecstasy when your adrenaline kicks in and you feel like you’re on top of the world. These moments are amazing. You feel like you’re unstoppable—invincible even! But these moments can be pretty hard to plan. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list of six activities that will get your adrenaline pumping. And the best part? You can do them in some of the coolest places throughout the U.S.A.

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At home in the hills on the Fanie Botha Hiking Trail

The Kruger Lowveld, named because of its proximity to one of the area’s greatest attractions, the Kruger National Park, is an absolute paradise for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts. A well-known multiday hiking trail traverses the forested slopes between Sabie and Graskop, and this was one of the highlights of our visit to this region.

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