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From our Editor: Embrace the art of armchair travel

Photographer: Matt Munro

Explore Every Day. That’s the Lonely Planet tagline. Exploring every day entails sitting back and dreaming of travel for a while – which I know is one of Team LPMI’s favourite activities and yours too. So much of the excitement in travel lies in planning and imagining our journeys in the future, so, for all of us right now, this is a time to plot and plan our discoveries to come.

The Great Outdoors theme this issue is perfect for little and large adventures in the making. Our big features will have you travelling across the Austrian Alps, walking across the peaks of the Balkans, getting goosebumps in Svalbard in Norway, and wandering through national parks in the USA and across Kakadu in Australia; little-known Sanjay-Dubri National Park in Madhya Pradesh gets its time in the spotlight too. Look for the theme flag-offs across the issue to give you more inspiration to get out there – you’ll love that we have so many desi travellers hitting the road. Catch up with how four Indian women rode motorbikes on a 17,000km journey from India to the Mekong and back, and our readers’ experiences with camping. Closer to us in Mumbai, 11 travel influencers took an early-morning bicycle ride with us to promote #sustainable travel in February. Now, a month later, they tell us how their new Kross bikes are doing,and their plans for them; bike names include Herbie, Lynee, Olive and Carlton! And, then, there are the big players: six cycling enthusiasts in India who will inspire you to ride in your city, take a group cycle trip, ride (slowly) from Manali to Leh, and, upping the stakes, get into competitive cycling, become a randonneur or even a triathlete!

But, until you’re ready to hit the road, sit back comfortably in your favourite armchair and start planning.
The Great Outdoors will wait as it always has.
You’ll know when it’s time.

— Primrose Monteiro-D’Souza, Editor