JOURNAL

NEWS, INSIGHTS AND INTERVIEWS FROM PURE HQ

18
Jan
2017
TRAVEL TREND #1: TRANSFORMATIONAL TRAVEL

Editor-in-Chief of Travel Weekly and Press Roundtable moderator Arnie Weissman gives his prediction for the next big trend in experiential travel.

17
Jan
2017
TAKING THE WORLD’S MOST STYLISH SHORTCUT ALONG THE PANAMA CANAL

Ponant’s Le Boréal is a cruiser for travellers who don’t like cruisers, as adept at breaking ice in Antarctica as she is slipping gracefully through the Panama Channel.

12
Jan
2017
HANGING WITH THE MAASAI

Stanley Stewart embarks on a trek in Kenya’s Loita Hills with a group of Maasai elders, getting their take on bachelor life.

09
Jan
2017
AGRICULTURE IS KILLING US

Meat production is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – that’s more than the world’s cars, trains and planes put together. Make it your New Year resolution to contribute to the solution.

06
Jan
2017
SECRETS TO INSTA-SUCCESS FROM SAVVY INSTAGRAM STORYTELLERS

We asked some of our favourite Instagram storytellers to share tips on how to optimise your storytelling via the super-hot social media channel, from shooting the perfect photo, to why you should be paying attention to Instagram Stories.

23
Dec
2016
#IWEARCULTURE

Purposeful travel with a focus on finding true treasures is not only a trend, but a movement towards culturally responsible tourism and philanthropy.

22
Dec
2016
A DESIGN STATE OF MIND

Design is just a state of mind according to Yatzer’s Costas Voyatzis, as he takes us through the true meaning of mindfulness when applied to travel experiences.

21
Dec
2016
HOW TO FIGHT ABOVE YOUR WEIGHT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MARKETING SMALLER LUXURY AND EXPERIENCE-BASED BRANDS

More choice and personalisation of media channels has allowed smaller, focused businesses — particularly in the travel and hospitality realms — the ability to fight well above their weight in terms of articulating their message, value, and attracting an audience. Read on for a few key tips to maximise your return.

19
Dec
2016
SLEDDING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

We hear Lapland is a bit busy at this time of year… So why not cross the Norwegian Sea for a white Christmas in Greenland instead?

19
Dec
2016
EDUCATE A GIRL, EDUCATE THE WORLD

Katie Palmer discovers the true value of education at EFA’s boarding house in Asni.

15
Dec
2016
MIDNIGHT ON THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS

Stanley Stewart climbs aboard the Eastern & Oriental Express, only to find himself surrounded by characters straight out of an Agatha Christie novel.

13
Dec
2016
NATIONS SET TO VANISH DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Small promises to help reduce climate change – like those many pledged at PURE 2016 – can be significant if taken on a large scale; especially considering that some may never walk on their own soil again.

08
Dec
2016
STEPPING BACK IN TIME IN SANTO STEFANO DI SESSANIO

Witnessing the revival of the once near-derelict, now turned high-end retreat: Italian mountain village, Santo Stefano di Sessanio.

08
Dec
2016
BACK TO THE ROOTS: IS THIS THE NEXT BIG FOOD TREND?

Marcella Echavarria explores dining experiences that go back to the roots of a destination, in more ways than one.

07
Dec
2016
RIDE TO EAT: THE BEST NEW CULINARY BIKE TRIPS

Cycling trips are no longer just about getting fit while exploring beautiful landscapes: the incentive to ride is all about being able to indulge in local food and wine – Jen Murphy uncovers the hottest cycling tour operators tapping into the best of both.

30
Nov
2016
GORILLA WARRIOR

Two years after the world was captivated by Oscar-nominated film Virunga, Park Director Emmanuel de Merode explains why tourism is the key to bringing change to the park’s wildlife and communities.

25
Nov
2016
A FAMILY AFFAIR

Children’s Concierge LLC’s Sandra Dee Hoffman on navigating the highs and lows of family travel.

22
Nov
2016
ARCADIAN AMBITION

Stanley Stewart traverses Mongolia in search of its nomadic soul, but discovers a journey of a different kind.

18
Nov
2016
PEOPLE ON THE PERIPHERY

The more we understand, respect and support people living closer to the wild, the better we’ll be able to conserve our environment together, argues Anton Crone.

16
Nov
2016
7 NEXT-LEVEL SURF RETREATS

New surf-focused hotels and tour operators are curating experiences that go way beyond catching waves – these retreats deliver an epic experience even when the surf is flat.

10
Nov
2016
THE WHITE CONTINENT

Forget crossing the infamous Drake Passage to reach the White Continent: hop on a plane and fly in style to Antarctica.

10
Nov
2016
GIRL GUIDE, MARYAM MONTAGUE

Designer and long-time humanitarian worker, Maryam Montague, explains how her tourism-funded community project uses education and sports to guide girls in the right direction.

09
Nov
2016
THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

Stanley Stewart takes us on a journey along the path of enlightenment to Jiuhuashan, one of China’s four Buddhist holy mountains.

25
Oct
2016
TRAVEL FOR REAL

Marcella Echavarria on how building bridges with local communities can evoke real, human, spontaneous interactions with travellers.

14
Oct
2016
INTO AFRICA

Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer get a taste of the old-school as they embark upon a mobile camping safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, led by none other than Africa’s finest, Ralph Bousfield.

11
Oct
2016
THE REAL IMPACT OF VOLUNTOURISM

Anton Crone explains why volunteers wanting to change the world should start by changing they way they travel.

06
Oct
2016
CHANGE WORLDS AT THE CONSERVATION LAB

Beyond Luxury Media has launched the second Conservation Lab, taking place from 28 April – 1 May 2017. Find out more and apply to take part now.

03
Oct
2016
ROQUE SEVILLA: A TRUE SENSE OF PLACE

Travel journalist Marcella Echavarria interviews this year’s winner of the PURE Award for Contribution to Experiential Travel: Roque Sevilla, founder of Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador.

29
Sep
2016
PURE’S PROMISE TREE GETS A NEW HOME WITH EDUCATION FOR ALL

Once PURE 2016 came to a close we transported our Promise Tree to a boarding house in nearby Asni managed by PURE’s chosen charity, Education For All.

26
Sep
2016
CASTAWAY WITH ALVARO CEREZO

Docastaway’s Alvaro Cerezo explains why today’s hyper-connectivity is making time alone the new luxury – even if that means being shipwrecked.