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TRAVELLING ALONG THE TRANSSIBERIAN RAILWAY, VICKY JONES DISCOVERS A RENEWED SENSE OF PURPOSE AMIDST THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES OF RUSSIA, MONGOLIA AND CHINA

TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

Turning 30 was a wake-up call. Six years after leaving the Royal Navy a black cloud of depression had slowly crept up on me, to the point where I found it terrifying to even leave the house. Considering that I had been on active duty in the Gulf during the second Iraq War, the dread of facing the outside world was new and confusing. Confronting this fear, as well as a new decade, and in a bid to motivate myself, I decided to write a bucket list of 300 things to accomplish before I turned 40.

I started small – the first thing on my list was to wax my legs. Still unable to leave the house, my neighbour’s daughter did this for me. It hurt like crazy and afterwards I wished I’d asked her to just do my eyebrows. But it was a tick on the list. As I continued to complete challenges – from holding a tarantula to releasing a song (House of Cards, in aid of the charity Wipe Homophobia) – I discovered a book about walks off of the beaten track. This encouraged me to get out of the house without worrying about running into people. Exploring new places, my long-lost adventurous spark ignited, and after some time I even felt ready to venture further and visit family in Canada. The trip gave me a new sense of accomplishment and before I knew it, I was addicted to travel. Within the space of three years I visited Iceland, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and Cambodia, but one big bucket list adventure remained. So in June I flew to Moscow for an adventure on the Trans-Siberian Express.

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Looking bloody adorable on the cover this month is the incredible Ellen Page, who talks to DIVA about her new film Flatliners, being gay in Hollywood, and how coming out has changed her life for the better. Also in this issue… Win a wedding worth £15,000! Below Her Mouth: We speak to the stars of the hit lesbian film Suits you! Bridal fashion for the gentlewoman Nicole Faraday: Bad Girls helped me accept my sexuality Happily ever after? One cynic’s search for long-lasting love Living History: Marguerite McLaughlin on why older generations are our strongest link to our future Rainbow Honeymoons Fantastic books and where to find them Plus travel, culture and much much more!