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editor’s note


I’m typing this with the wobbliness of fingers that comes from a mix of excitement and frayed nerves. The Lonely Planet magazine team has been brainstorming, researching, designing and writing flat-out over the past few months to introduce the biggest changes to your magazine since I started work on its launch over nine (nine!) years ago. Our mission, more than ever, is to give you reasons to turn to us for ideas for original travel experiences and to feed your curiosity about the world – giving you a friendly refuge among the many apps, websites, social channels, books and blogs that vie to do the same. We’ve introduced new front sections called Explore (p9) and Journal (p33) that up the pace and deliver more across the board: more local tips, food and drink, boundary-pushing activities, opinions, and tales from the road that celebrate how the surprises – let’s call it ‘the mess of travel’ – can be half the fun.Turn over for details of what you’ll find in Explore and Journal, and know that I’d love to include your feedback as we try out more new ideas – email me at

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