Ed­i­tor’s Note

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - Vishal Jain Ed­i­tor-in-chief ed­i­[email protected]­el­magazine.com

Ihave al­ways as­so­ci­ated Christ­mas with a crisp cold Lon­don evening, over­cast skies and a stiff, chilly breeze, the for­ever ex­pec­ta­tion of snow, twin­kling of street­lights and warm brightly lit shops with hun­dreds of peo­ple (lo­cals) walk­ing briskly shop­ping bags in one hand and brolly in the other. The black and brown over­coats out with gloves and Burberry scarfs com­plet­ing the get-up. The buses head­ing down Re­gent Street are packed and the pubs al­ways have a cheer­ful life of their own. The trio; Christ­mas, the year-end and the cold weather find com­pan­ion­ship with con­ver­sa­tions on hol­i­day plans, par­ties or sim­ply the joy of soli­tude.

A visit to the nearby Christ­mas mar­ket is es­sen­tial, not for any­thing else but to ward off any pangs of de­pres­sion brought on by a lack of sun­light! In my opin­ion, Lon­don doesn’t do Christ­mas Mar­kets as well as Europe. In Con­ti­nen­tal Europe, the mar­ket is a proper minia­ture theme park done just right with a sprawl­ing as­sem­blage of craft and food, carols and laugh­ter. The quin­tes­sen­tial Christ­mas Mar­ket is a des­ti­na­tion and an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self.we round up unique Christ­mas des­ti­na­tions each with a twist to get your eggnog on.

For those for­tu­nate enough to en­joy this fes­tive sea­son sur­rounded by a thick, pow­der-soft blan­ket of snow, wak­ing up to a hot cup of co­coa with melt­ing marsh­mal­lows or step­ping into a hot tub with cham­pagne in hand over­look­ing the alpine won­der­land that is the French Alps – wel­come to ski coun­try. The Cha­monix re­gion and win­ter wal­halla Val d’isère are an out­door play­ground with per­fect ski slopes, thrilling ac­tiv­i­ties and plenty of lux­u­ri­ous op­tions for down­time. The snowy won­der­land of the French Alps is an in­spir­ing place to be dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son. To ex­plore this place fur­ther, one of our fea­tures in this edi­tion cov­ers this re­gion in the French Alps and our ‘where to stay’ de­part­ment in­cludes some of the best ski re­sorts in the world.

When it comes to des­ti­na­tions be­yond this year end, our team has spent con­sid­er­able time de­lib­er­at­ing on the places that need to be on the watch list of savvy trav­ellers. Our top 10 picks are Mon­go­lia, Bhutan, Oman, Jor­dan, Sri Lanka, Colom­bia, Namibia, Mex­ico, North­ern Italy and In­done­sia, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der. These are not the usual sus­pects. Far from it. These places of­fer unique ad­ven­tures, ex­pe­ri­ences and are lesser known pieces of par­adise that are sim­ply put, far su­pe­rior. What are the rea­sons for these 10 be­ing on our 2019 watch list? – Read the fea­ture in the pages that fol­low. We are con­fi­dent you will en­joy be­ing a part of the lo­cals in Verona, sip tea in a café in Muscat or beach bumming on the golden sands of Cey­lon.

Flight by Hot Air Bal­loon Sos­susvlei dunes, Namibia

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