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It’s easy to fall into the trap of think­ing the whole of the Mid­dle East is a no-go zone, yet even coun­tries bor­der­ing the hor­ror show that is Syria are still open for busi­ness. In­deed, to the more free-think­ing or con­trar­ian trav­eller, now is an ideal time to go, when the more risk-averse are li­able to post­pone their plans, leav­ing ho­tels va­cant and trails more lightly traf­ficked than usual. In this spirit, next is­sue we sam­ple the snowy de­lights of Tur­key in the com­pany of the time­less ski vagabond him­self, Jimmy Pet­ter­son, while

Paul Niel and fam­ily go scram­bling in the aus­terely beau­ti­ful canyons of Jor­dan on the trail of the an­cient Na­bateans. Com­ing closer to home, we then jump into a kayak for an epic run­ning of the falls of the Mekong in Laos with Lachie Car­racher. We also take a look at the Philip­pines’ fas­ci­nat­ing on-go­ing ex­per­i­ment with en­forc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards by pres­i­den­tial de­cree on the is­land of Bo­ra­cay, while the next in­stal­ment in our ‘Sum­mits of your life’ se­ries presents the horned Mt Kin­a­balu in the Malaysian province of Sabah.

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