They are our playgrounds, and our providers…

We spend our lives seeking them out, and sometimes, never leave…
Home to other worlds, above and below, they are filled with risk, discomfort and consequence…
But also, joy, opportunity and celebration…
And ultimately, immeasurable reward.
Issue 31 explores the pleasures and perils of islands around the world, and is on sale now (and makes the perfect Christmas gift for the surfer in your life…).
Inside, you’ll find 164 pages of untold island-inspired stories centered around surf, travel, adventure and creativity, accompanied by incredible photography.

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The Pleasures & Perils of Islands | A Special Edition
White Horses is a beautifully crafted quarterly publication about surf, ocean, creativity and adventure, delivering a worthy alternative to existing surf mags.

more at White Horses

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China Story|Images show a beautiful China

These photos are selected from a series of photographic exhibitions, Beautiful China, Dream China, launched in 2017 by photoint.net of the China Photographers’ Association.

Splendid Terraced Fields, taken by Li Peixiang.
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Old Bridge under Nightfall, taken by He Qingzhen.
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Yongjiang Bridge Winds Like a Dragon, taken by Yan Jun.
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Beautiful Thousand-Island Lake, taken by Xia Lixin.
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Autumn Scenery, taken by Guo Chenxi.
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China Story|Images show a beautiful China
more at photointer

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Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands

When you think about the most beautiful places on earth, images of pristine white sand beaches on remote tropical islands often come to mind. And while there are plenty of spectacular beaches on this list of the world’s most beautiful islands, there are other, more unexpected draws as well.

Reunion Island
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Corsica, France
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St. Lucia
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The Maldives
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The Seychelles
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Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Islands
more at Travel + Leisure

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Paradise for pennies

Historically, paradise on earth has cost the earth: Persian emperors constructed opulent private gardens (pairidaēza – from which the word ‘paradise’ originates), European nobles built lavish Renaissance mansions deemed divine and, more recently, exclusive luxury resorts promise holidaymakers ‘a slice of paradise’.
But does paradise have to be synonymous with extravagance? We don’t think so. Here, a selection of Lonely Planet staff share their stories of earthly paradise found on the cheap, proving serenity is found just as often in more humble surroundings.

Cambodia is home to many resplendent beaches and islands – though some are quieter than others © Tony Calandruccio / Shutterstock
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The Dead Sea produces some spectacular sunsets © GMa / Shutterstock
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Traditional terracotta Berber structures dot the Atlas Mountains © Alberto Loyo / Shutterstock
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Surrounded by sand dunes, the village of Huacachina is a wonder to behold © Andrew Clifforth / Shutterstock
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Paradise for pennies: our tales of budget bliss
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