The more I travel, the more I realize just how much I haven’t seen. There is always a new up-and-coming destination to explore, or even in places you might return to every now and again, incremental changes that allow you to see and experience them from a new perspective.
One illustration of that is the level of creativity found in Chiang Mai these days. Our Thailand-based contributor Simon N. Ostheimer heads there to see what’s brewing in and outside MAIIAM, the city’s first contemporary art museum, and meets the artists who are making their mark on the local scene.
Over in South Korea, Pyeongchang is gearing up to host the Winter Olympics this coming February. I still remember when it was chosen back in 2011, beating out Munich and Annecy in the very first round of voting. For me that seemed like a strange choice at the time—frankly, Pyeongchang was a place I’d never even heard of. But Jonathan Hopfner’s report from the county is a real eye-opener, and for fans of both the outdoors and Korean cuisine, there is plenty to keep one occupied beyond those winter attractions.
Then we have a fashion feature shot by Alexander Beer on remote Fogo Island in Canada. Admittedly it’s not the kind of place I would ordinarily visit, but it looks ideal if you crave an unconventional off-the-grid experience with a dash of culture on the side. Last but not least, our cover story this issue by Jason Overdorf centers on Delhi’s growing appreciation for its built heritage. I admire the trailblazers who are bringing its architectural gems to light and actively conserving them for future generations.
This past year— our 16th, no less—has been a real highlight for us, with two of our biggest issues yet. I’m optimistic that 2018 will be even better, and I hope that it will bring you some great discoveries as you jet off into the unfamiliar.