Female (Malaysia) - - FEMALE NOVEMBER 2018 -

Seven glo­be­trot­ters share some of their most un­for­get­table travel ex­pe­ri­ences as they visit the places you might never think of go­ing to.

Travel is a con­tra­dic­tion. We drive to a grand canyon or climb a moun­tain to see how im­mense the world is, only to be re­minded of our in­ad­e­quacy. We pho­to­graph the great beasts and im­merse our­selves in indige­nous cul­tures, only to re­alise we are all star­dust in the end. Yet some­thing com­pels us to see the world, its blind­ing beauty, taste its feral food, buy its win­some wares, touch a life and hold our breaths.

For the trav­ellers fea­tured here, the im­pe­tus ranges from a de­sire to record an­cient mon­u­ments, dance in the desert, dis­cover the in­ner truths of build­ings, or sim­ply be at the top of the world – bud­gets be damned and bound­aries be doomed.

Each trip is unique in its own way – epic, ele­giac and un­for­get­table. Each jour­ney mat­tered, be­cause ev­ery­one trav­els and car­ries their bag­gage with them and then they hope­fully find some­thing. You hold that in your hand and your heart, and you re­turn a lit­tle big­ger than be­fore you left.

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