NATASHA DRAGUN

Wrote “No Man’s Land”

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Hav­ing spent more than nine years liv­ing and work­ing in Asia—first in Beijing, then Jakarta— Dragun knows a thing or two about big cities. Which is why now, as a res­i­dent of Syd­ney, she swaps sky­scrapers and neon for wide, open spa­ces when­ever she can. “Chilean Patag­o­nia is one of the world’s great ad­ven­ture play­grounds,” she says. “And it’s won­der­ful to see that there are peo­ple so com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing its nat­u­ral bounty. Hav­ing the chance to meet Kris Tomp­kins, whose gen­er­ous land do­na­tion to the coun­try’s gov­ern­ment will see close to 4.5 mil­lion hectares of over­farmed land trans­formed into na­tional parks, was in­cred­i­bly in­spir­ing. Then get­ting out there, hik­ing the moun­tains and see­ing how Tomp­kins’s work re­gen­er­at­ing the coun­try­side is hav­ing an im­me­di­ate pos­i­tive im­pact, was life-chang­ing. It re­minded me why I love travel so much.” A con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor to DestinAsian, Dragun also writes for Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Trav­eller, The Aus­tralian, and CNN, among oth­ers.

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