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Flanders: A Flemish primer


History is so clearly present in Flanders that it is palpable in everything in everyday life, and blessed with a unique cultural heritage, it is home to no less than seven UNESCO listings. Here are 5 ‘B’s’ that make up Belgium’s Flanders region.

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3 claims about coconut oil debunked


The humble coconut oil – an ingredient used in much of our local cuisine – has recently enjoyed a worldwide cult status as a sort of ‘superfood’ that’s lauded for its ability to do anything from helping you lose weight to reducing the risk of heart disease. But are these claims scientifically proven? Here are some of the supposed benefits of coconut oil:

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Kyushu: The Land of Fire


Kyushu is appropriately called the “Land of Fire”, as gigantic caldera volcanoes are omnipresent on the island. The entire island comprises 5 major caldera areas where volcanoes are located, stretching from Aso in the north to Ata in the south. All of these volcanoes can be visited (either up close on foot or seen from the air); however since almost all of these are active, check on their updated status before visiting.

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Veggies: Frying is healthier than boiling?


Everyone knows that fried veggies are unhealthy. But is boiled veggie the answer? It certainly doesn’t taste as flavorful, but what does science have to say about it? According to a new study published by the University of Granada in Spain, frying veggies is actually healthier – and tastier – than boiling them in water.

Cooking reduces vitamins C and E, along with beta-carotenes and phenols – the main reason most of us eat veggies. The study’s purpose was to see the effects of cooking methods on important antioxidants and phenols in vegetables.

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Nov/Dec 2017 Issue Out Now!

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Our Culture+Wildlife Issue is out!

It’s time to plan for the long year-end break! This issue’s theme is ‘wildlife and culture’, combining the best in cultural and wildlife themes. Check out historical forts and gigantic vultures in Spain, or experience Inuit hunting and whale spotting in Greenland. But that’s not all our latest issue offers – from Chile to Komodo to New Zealand, we’ve got you covered on the ground.

Plus, in this issue we have a special publication on “Beer Cycling in Flanders“, an introduction to two of the region’s famous icons: beer and cycling.

Pick up our free mag now (check locations here) or read online!

Hilarious Finalists Of The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Batuangus Nature Reserve, Indonesia © Katy Laveck Foster / CWPA / Barcroft Images

The finalists for this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been revealed, and they are as hilarious as usual.

There were more than 3,500 entries from 86 countries, with a total of 40 finalists announced, ranging from penguins going to church to a pair of monkeys zooming off on a motorcycle.

The winners will be announced on December 14. Which is your favourite?

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - Final 40

Three king penguins approach the only church on South Georgia Island © Carl Henry / CWPA / Barcroft Images

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - Final 40

Baby Dormouse on a yarrow flower in Monticelli Brusati, Italy © Andrea Zampatti / CWPA / Barcroft Images

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - Final 40

Outsourcing Seatbelt Checks © Graeme Guy / CWPA / Barcroft Images

2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards - Final 40

WTF? © George Cathcart / CWPA / Barcroft Images

Issue 78 | Nov/Dec 2017 | Wildlife+Culture Issue

Our Wildlife+Culture Issue is out!

It’s time for the end-of-year holidays, and whether you’re a culture vulture, or a wildlife wanderer, we’ve got you covered. This issue’s all about visiting culturally-rich areas that happen to also have abundant wildlife: from Pyrenean Spain’s medieval forts and giant vultures, to Greenland with its strong Inuit culture and Arctic creatures, and many more, we’ve got you covered.

Read our issue online here if it doesn’t appear below.

Read this issue’s special publication on “Beer Cycling in Flanders“, an introduction to two of the region’s famous icons: beer and cycling. Check it out here if it doesn’t appear below.

Biohacking a bulletproof lifestyle: for beginners


You may have heard of the Bulletproof lifestyle, but even if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard of the weird trend of butter coffee – a trend that Dave Asprey (the creator of the Bulletproof lifestyle) brought back from his trip to Nepal where he was enamored with yak butter coffee.

So, what is the ‘Bulletproof lifestyle’ exactly? If you haven’t heard of it, it’s pretty much similar to many of the dietary principles out there: a ketogenic diet of low carbs, combined with intermittent fasting, and of course, butter coffee.

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South Africa in Autumn


South Africa, popular on almost every traveller’s bucket list, is a great place to visit at any time of the year but this September promises to be particularly special. Beyond iconic experiences like the Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and the Durban beaches, there’s a whole lot more going on this time of the year.

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Banff on foot, horseback or skis

@ Paul Zizka

@ Paul Zizka

Located about 130km west of Calgary, Banff is Canada’s first national park, designated in 1883.

While summer is popular for hiking, mountain biking, photography, and climbing, the best time to view its seasonal colour is during autumn when the larch trees – the only coniferous trees to lose their needles in winter – turn yellow. In winter, it’s a mecca for downhill and cross-country skiing with its 3 major ski resorts; ski season runs from November to May, and in addition to skiing, you can go ice walking, snowshoeing, and dogsledding.

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