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The place to be… to enjoy solitude

‘I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.’

So wrote Henry David Thoreau in 1854 in his classic tome on backwoods living, Walden; Or, Life in the Woods. It’s a book that elevates the experience of being alone to a semiexistential state, and a century and a half later, in a world of social media and information overload, it’s a book that seems more prescient than ever. In it, Thoreau abandons his comfortable city life for a rustic cabin in the Massachusetts woods, and in so doing, learns the benefits of self-sufficiency and self-reliance: the simple pleasures of chopping firewood, foraging for food and sitting in silent, solitary contemplation of nature.

The red sands of the Empty Quarter, Oman
PHOTOGRAPH: JUSTIN FOULKES
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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