Wish youwere here?

Friday - - Editor’s Letter -

My name is Karen and I have a con­fes­sion to make – I suf­fer from PTD. It usu­ally starts when I’m on a beach star­ing at an azure sea, but can sud­denly come on when I’m hav­ing a par­tic­u­larly de­li­cious or ex­otic din­ner at a Miche­lin-starred restau­rant abroad or fan­tas­tic spa treat­ment. Symptoms in­clude feel­ing misty-eyed when play­ing withmy two chil­dren on the sand, or be­com­ing an­noyed while pack­ing my suit­case to re­turn home. Over the years the syn­drome has eased, es­pe­cially since mov­ing to Dubai, but an attack is likely af­ter a par­tic­u­larly won­der­ful hol­i­day.

Yes, I can ad­mit I have post-travel de­pres­sion, which can start on the plane home, or min­utes af­ter putting the key in the lock ofmy front door. Now, though, in­stead of wish­ing I was in the Mal­dives, New York or Syd­ney, I fo­cus on the great things I have at home: my fam­ily, my shih-tzu Rex and my ca­reer.

Be­ing away means I have time to think of new ideas for a re­design of Fri­day (com­ing soon!); catch up on all those books I’ve been mean­ing to read; spend qual­ity time with my fam­ily; and ex­plore new coun­tries.

But it also means I can ap­pre­ci­ate what I have at home. See­ing my fluffy dog jump­ing up with pure de­light be­cause we’re back, or the view frommy Ma­rina apart­ment, is enough to makeme re­alise how lucky I am. And it’s th­ese lit­tle things that re­ally mat­ter. That’s why we’ve spo­ken to some lo­cal well-be­ing ex­perts in our fea­ture on PTD on page 58 to see what they miss about home. And as it’s our travel spe­cial, we’re giv­ing you the low-down on our favourite lux­u­ri­ous ho­tels on page 64, the hottest beauty prod­ucts to en­sure you ar­rive look­ing your best on page 54 and the cap­sule wardrobe you need to jet-set in style on page 48. En­joy! Un­til next week,

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