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Hav­ing just re­turned from an is­land-hop­ping break in eastern In­done­sia, it’s won­der­ful to see the va­ri­ety of places cov­ered in this is­sue. In Shang­hai, cor­re­spon­dent Amy Fabris-Shi checks out the small restau­rants that are blaz­ing a new trail in a city whose res­i­dents are al­ways on the look­out for novel ex­pe­ri­ences. Dara Tip­pa­part’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing pho­to­graphs are enough to make any­one hun­gry.

We then jet off to the In­dian Hi­malayas, where Deb­bie Pap­pyn joins a self­taught fash­ion de­signer on a jour­ney to meet the no­madic goat herders who pro­duce some of the world’s purest cash­mere wool. Else­where in the coun­try, Kendall Hill goes in search of Ra­jasthan’s palace-ho­tels and finds ar­chi­tec­tural trea­sures in un­ex­pected places.

New York has al­ways been a fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion of mine de­spite the time it takes to get there (per­son­ally, I can’t wait to try out busi­ness class on the non­stop flights from Sin­ga­pore that are re­sum­ing in Oc­to­ber). But to stick only to city’s fren­zied streets would be a mis­take, as Matt Du­tile il­lus­trates in his fea­ture story on the idyl­lic Hud­son Val­ley.

Per­haps one of the great­est con­se­quences of travel is how it in­spires us to look at even the most fa­mil­iar places with new eyes. For­mer Sin­ga­pore res­i­dent Michael Meyer re­calls his multi-day jour­ney by foot around the is­land’s fringes in search of a dif­fer­ent side to the city-state. His de­ter­mi­na­tion and re­solve is es­pe­cially in­spir­ing, given the trop­i­cal heat and hu­mid­ity that sends most peo­ple in­doors. In a sim­i­lar vein, Leisa Tyler em­barks on a pil­grim­age in south­ern Por­tu­gal, soak­ing up its lesser-known ru­ral charms—and the breath­tak­ing coastal scenery— en route to Cape St. Vin­cent. My hope is that all these sto­ries will stir your cu­rios­ity and help you set out on mem­o­rable jour­neys of your own.

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