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The place to be… to discover passion

Passion, the poster-child of 21st-century emotions, has travelled far from its origins. From the Latin ‘pati’ – to suffer – passion once described the suffering and death of Christ; transformed, it’s now a millennial must-have, a necessity for a successful life. Through history, passion’s dark side – its uncontrollable nature, its tinge of madness – has been respectfully, even fearfully, acknowledged. In classical times, it was regarded with dubiousness. ‘Subdue your passion or it will subdue you,’ warned Roman poet Horace. By Benjamin Franklin’s time (‘if passion drives you, let reason hold the reins’), it was still being handled with care. What happened to passion? Its edges rounded off, its wildness curbed, passion has been tamed for corporate seminars and self-help books. But as we travel the world we can see its mad traces – the romantic excesses, obsessive projects, wild desires, zealous pursuits. Although ‘finding your passion’ has become a cliché, when we travel it’s easier to find ourselves in passion’s path.
The Taj Mahal at sunset, as seen from the banks of the Yamuna River

Taj Mahal

Commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal – the world’s best-known monument to romantic love – took more than 20 years, 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to build. (Although some of the facts of the story are less than romantic. Mumtaz was one of three wives of the emperor – though she was his first and favourite – and she died giving birth to their 14th child, at the age of 39.)

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In the March issue… follow the coast of New South Wales south from Sydney on a Great Escape taking in art, wildlife and seaside dining; get a local's view of four less-visited neighbourhoods in Rome; discover craftsmanship and poetry in the cowboy country of northern Nevada; pick the right countries in which to find joy, adventure, passion or solitude; and much more