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What is beauty? I went round the world to find out

A 3-month-long journey reveals how much there is to discover about the outside world

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I am back home after travelling 49,000km round the world on a ship to 21 countries over 98 days.

The Peace Boat, a Japanese-run vessel to promote peace and goodwill among the peoples of the world, set off from Yokohama in September, sailed the three great oceans, through the Suez and Panama canals and countless seas in between.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline What is beauty? I went round the world to find out. Subscribe