ed­i­tor ’s note

Lonely Planet (UK) - - News - Peter Grunert, group ed­i­tor @pe­ter_­grunert peter vg73

‘I am be­gin­ning to un­der­stand the real rea­son why we, in the 21st cen­tur y, travel from one place to an­other. We want to dis­cover sto­ries in the world, as we do in our books. We want his­tor y burst­ing out of stones, se­crets spilling out of streets and un­ex­pected con­ver­sa­tions that weave the text of our hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence, wher­ever we are, into our lives.’ So wrote Sri Lankan au­thor Romesh Gune­sek­era in the sec­ond-ever is­sue of Lonely Planet mag­a­zine, while cov­er­ing a jour­ney through the south­ern half of the coun­try of his birth – and cap­tur­ing a mo­ti­va­tion to travel that, al­most a decade on, is still ex­pressed through­out our pages. We pub­lished Romesh’s fea­ture at the mo­ment of the fifth an­niver­sary of the tsunami that wreaked such havoc on a na­tion also then spi­ralling into the fi­nal year of its civil war. Sri Lanka has been through a great deal of heal­ing since, and in the far north of the is­land – then way off lim­its to trav­ellers – new dis­cov­er­ies beckon. Join our in-house fea­tures writer Ror y Gould­ing (who has been on our mag­a­zine’s team since the very start) as he shares an ex­plo­ration of Sri Lanka’s north in this is­sue – and read more about our Best in Travel 2019 win­ning des­ti­na­tions, Sri Lanka in­cluded, from p50.

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