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The place to be

Whether we go for a weekend or a year, most of us travel to see unforgettable sights and enjoy new experiences. But, ultimately, we travel in search of a feeling. That feeling might be a sense of surprise that we don’t receive in our daily routines, or we might want to find the mental space for thoughtful reflection. Read on to discover the very best places to feel the emotions of joy (p52), adventure (p68), passion (p84) and solitude (p96) most strongly.
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The place to be… to feel joy

For Monet, it was all about colour. For Da Vinci, it lay in understanding the ways of the universe. To Emily Dickinson, it was in ‘the mere sense of living’. We’re talking about joy, that most soughtafter of feelings. It’s sometimes used as a synonym for happiness, and it can be that. But it can also be more, a deeper, more profound sense of physical, emotional or spiritual wellbeing. Research has shown that while achieving something – winning an award, finishing a marathon, buying a fancy car – brings a fleeting happiness, it’s the journey to get there that brings the joy. Shakespeare wrote, ‘Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.’ We’ve collected a list of ‘doings’ that will help you find your own joy.

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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