REMEMBER TO LOOK DOWN: AN ARCTIC AWAKENING

For a city girl with a near-constant feeling of claustrophobia, the wide-open, barely inhabited Canadian Arctic was the antidote... Katie Palmer shares her experience at the northernmost lodge on earth: Arctic Watch.

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WHAT A CARRY ON: FIVE COMPANIES THAT ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF LUGGAGE AS WE KNOW IT

Innovative startups may have caused a storm in a lot of areas in the travel industry, but until recently few have thought to rethink suitcases. Emma Tucker fills us in on startups and hotels who are working to fill this potential goldmine of a gap in the market, and to make schlepping our stuff from A to B that little bit easier.

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CONSERVATION LAB 2017: FIVE WAYS TO ADDRESS THE CONSERVATION FUNDING SHORTFALL

Our fellow pioneers at the 2017 Conservation Lab gathered several leading thinkers in the African conservation sector to discuss the difficulties and opportunities surrounding the funding shortfall in conservation. The panel outlined five areas worthy of exploration for conservationists, travel brands and the two working in tandem – read the full report here.

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UNCHARTED WATERS FOR THE CRUISE INDUSTRY, AS MILLENNIALS SET SAIL

Experience is the new luxury and the open sea can offer unrivalled experiential extravagance – waking to new horizons each morning can inspire and rouse. Millennials have set sail, and the cruise industry is on a new course…

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FAT IS BACK: A RE-EDUCATION IN FOOD AND LIFESTYLE FROM MELISSA HEMSLEY

We all love our food…but we don’t all live and breathe it like Melissa Hemsley. Katie Palmer caught up her with just before her Wellness Workshop at the Kitchen Table at MATTER 2017. See what she has to say here. You're in for a treat, although not the super-sugary kind...

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WILDLIFE ON THE GALAPÁGOS ISLANDS: A ‘LOVE’ STORY

Stanley Stewart examines the behavioural trends of the wildlife on the Galapágos Islands. Transfixed by the coquettish behaviour of two blue-footed boobies on the North Seymour Island, he contemplates the two questions as old as time itself: Will they? Or won't they?

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HOW TO DO WELL BY DOING GOOD: WORDS OF WISDOM FROM A REAL ESTATE AGENT TURNED SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Meet Taylor Conroy: he is a Canadian firefighter turned real-estate agent turned social entrepreneur with the most eclectic of stories, and with dreams that prove he has no intention of throwing in the do-gooder towel any time soon.

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FIVE TOP TRENDS AT MATTER 2017

With 17 rooms and over 50 speakers, MATTER, brought to you by Tourism Australia, was fit to bust with content – here are the top five trends that emerged from PURE’s bigger, better un-conference.

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THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC

Plastics are one of the biggest environmental threats – predictions are that if nothing changes by 2025 there will be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish in the ocean. So how can the travel industry help?

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DO THE TIME: MEET THE EX-CON CHANGING WORLDS

Fitness can change your body, but for today's MATTER speaker and founder of ConBody, Coss Marte, fitness has changed his entire life for the better – as well as the life of many other ex-convicts like him.

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MIND OVER MATTER: HOW ‘THE ICEMAN’ USES TRAVEL AS MEDICINE

'The Iceman' himself took to the stage at MATTER today to enlighten PUREists as to how we can harness the power of the cold for the good of our health. Katie Palmer chatted with Hof to get the low-down on his 'Wim Hof Method' – and find out why he believes anyone is capable of performing such impressive feats.

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SHOULD HOTELS BE DOING MORE WHEN IT COMES TO FURNITURE DESIGN?

Identikit hotel room pieces are no longer enough. Hotels everywhere are ditching the safe option for everything from bespoke designs and unconventional pieces to a charmingly hodge-podge mix of contemporary furniture and lighting mixed with vintage pieces.

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FROM THE FARAWAY: HOW D.H. LAWRENCE AND GEORGIA O’KEEFFE FOUND INSPIRATION IN NEW MEXICO

D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams are just three of the writers and artists who've cited New Mexico as their inspiration – Stanley Stewart hikes the Santa Fe Trail in search of the 'Faraway'.

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PEOPLE WHO EAT TOGETHER, CHANGE WORLDS TOGETHER

Social enterprises are emerging as a potent force for change. #CookForSyria founder Serena Guen reflects on her realisation that no business or individual is too small to make an impact – and what this means for the travel industry.

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THE ART OF THE EXPERIENCE

Gone are the days of stock art on hotel walls: Emma Love investigates the retreats where art is part of the experience.

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THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURER

The Extraordinary Adventure Club isn’t a ‘travel brand’ per se; rather, founder Calum Morrison's vision is to use travel as one facet of a comprehensive personal development programme. Ahead of his talk at MATTER this September, Katie Palmer caught up with him to find out more.

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WHAT TO DO DURING AN EXTINCTION

Ditch Beyonce and make like David Attenborough: that's Anton Crone's advice for helping to avoid the sixth mass extinction in the history of our planet.

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE: HOW TO USE INFLUENCERS

We catch up with Amanda Ho ahead of her MATTER talk about using influencers to drive content and ROI, delving a little deeper into what delegates can expect to hear.

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WHO IS GENERATION K – AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

There’s a new buzzword in town. Forget millennials: Katie Palmer investigates why trendsetting brands should get to know Generation K – and discovers that age isn’t everything.

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8 BEST MARKETS IN LATIN AMERICA

Local markets are a hive of culture, and Latin America is no exception. From Ecuador to Argentina, we've plucked out the most happening spots to get a taste of the destination and do some souvenir shopping to boot...

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