India Today - - THE GOOD LIFE -

freshly brewed cof­fee in your head, pic­ture the sink-in-me bed, and imag­ine dip­ping your toes into sand so soft it makes you want to give up the flip flops eter­nally. Travel is made of mem­o­ries and very of­ten, we travel to make new ones that en­velop us like a cloudy af­ter­thought, long af­ter that mo­ment in time has passed. In our travel is­sue this month, we chase the beauty of fine travel, the lux­ury of un­hur­ried vis­tas and the ec­stasy of new dis­cov­er­ies.

Our cover man, Ayush­mann Khur­rana has had a busy year as both his films, And­had­hun and Bad­hai Ho, have done ex­cep­tion­ally well at the box of­fice. The ac­tor seeks inspiratio­n in na­ture as he trav­els out of the city with us, far from all that sig­nals rou­tine. While he is al­ways trav­el­ling for shoots and film pro­mo­tions, what he loves best is put­ting his feet up and al­low­ing the smells and sounds of na­ture to take over as he con­tem­plates his next big project.

Travel in­for­ma­tion to­day is at our fin­ger­tips, and you feel like you have walked through the sites well be­fore you have boarded that flight. We look at how tech­nol­ogy has trans­formed the travel ex­pe­ri­ence through the lens of a travel In­sta­gram­mer. While many ex­pe­ri­ences are cre­ated for that per­fect #in­sta­wor­thy pic­ture, how has hav­ing a phone re­place the cam­era changed how we view travel?

Our sto­ries re­mind you where you should be spend­ing your travel money this year and what’s re­plac­ing the ‘ex­pe­ri­ences-only’ seg­ment. We also nav­i­gate old spa­ces with new forms of travel, like a spe­cial rail jour­ney on board the Bel­mond in the United King­dom. Kiwi land also charms us with its lux­ury itin­er­ar­ies. We trade a four-wheel drive for a bike, specif­i­cally the Har­ley David­son as that helps us shimmy through the by lanes of Prague as the brand cel­e­brates its 115th an­niver­sary in this quaint, his­toric city.

From the big­gest ho­tel launches to travel ac­ces­sories and fash­ion that makes plan­ning a va­ca­tion that much more fun, this is­sue packs a punch and helps you make in­formed de­ci­sions as you get ready to get new stamps on your pass­port. Safe trav­els.

(Aroon Purie)

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