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The volcano miners

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The acidic wasteland of the Ijen crater is a world of hard work and danger, where men descend each day into the belly of the fiery pit to live and die by the sulphur they mine.


A precarious life in Mongolia’s north

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Despite facing hardships and prejudice, a tiny, marginalised community of nomadic reindeer herders is attracting people from around the world with their unique style of living.
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Sleep in Kim Jong-il’s bed

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In North Korea’s Mt Chilbo Homestay, guests can mix with locals and wander the grounds under the watchful eye of “Dear Leader’s” portraits. Just stay within the electric fence.
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The Quora Column

Seven of the world’s riskiest roads

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In many cases, these routes are less travelled for a reason: they feature terrifying drop-offs, unpredictable mudslides and a complete lack of concrete paving. Yet people still go.
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Living in... the world’s most affordable cities

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Inexpensive housing, food and transport make these five cities some of the world’s most budget-friendly – but it is their energy and atmosphere that make living there truly priceless.
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Mumbai’s urban jungle, after dark

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Spend the night in the city’s beloved Sanjay Gandhi National Park, home to bears, bats and even the occasional leopard.
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