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.