RESURRECTING WILD PLACES

5 -min. read Let's put the wild back into the wilderness: Alladale founder Paul Lister is on a rewilding mission to restore balance to the fragile Scottish ecosystem – he explains why support from tourism is a crucial tool in turning his dream into a reality.

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HOME SWEET HOME

8 -min. read James Davidson explores how the co-working (and co-living) revolution is redefining what a hotel can be, as well as taking its nomads back home.

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SLOW TRAVEL: BACK ON THE TRACKS

3 -min. read Out of the skies and on to the tracks: train travel is due to boom. Understand its growing appeal and take a peak at the lush trains that are paving the way for the development of this trend in luxury travel.

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SOUL-SEARCHING: MEETING WITH A SHAMAN IN GUIZHOU

8 -min. read Stanley Stewart describes his extraordinary encounter with a shaman in Guizhou: it appeared that ghost ducks and small spiders were on the soul revitalisation menu...

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WHY CHINESE MILLENNIALS ARE FLOCKING TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

3 -min. read The boom of Chinese farmhouses in countryside regions echoes a new societal phenomenon similar to the Brooklyn-isation of the Western World, as younger generations seek a different lifestyle away from the urban tempo.

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SEEING BEYOND SPACESHIPS AND HUMANOIDS: HOW THE EMO-TECH REVOLUTION IS SHAPING OUR TRAVEL FUTURES

8 -min. read From blockchain-assisted transport to itineraries curated by artificial intelligence, James Davidson outlines how tech is revolutionising the high-end travel industry from behind the scenes.

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TRENDS IN THE WILD

6 -min. read Can’t see the wood for the trees? Luxury travel brands need to step outside their own industry and start thinking big picture in order to spot the travel trends of the future, explains TrendWatching’s David Mattin.

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WHY VISCERAL LANGUAGE IS THE NEXT BRAND-BUILDING TERRITORY

4 -min. read Symbolic, visceral and more closely linked to memory than any other sense, smell is a powerful brand language that convincingly conveys identity and differentiation; so why are many brands yet to crack the code of olfactive branding?

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ARCHITECT OF DREAMS

6 -min. read “I do not put any limits when I dream for my guests, because these are the most important moments of their lives…” Driven by a philosophy of putting clients first, creator of Maison des Rêves, Thierry Teyssier, is truly an architect of dreams. He talks to Cynthia Rosenfeld about his latest fantasy-worthy ventures, and how he’s reconstructing conventions on guest experience.

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THE NEW ESCAPISM

6 -min. read For the longest time the travel industry has been obsessed with authenticity, but what happens when the real world just isn’t that appealing? James Davidson charts the emergence of New Escapism, where travellers are immersed in highly choreographed, complete and utter fantasy.

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5 PIECES OF TECH THAT ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE TRAVEL

5 -min. read New technology is causing a storm in the travel industry, enabling consumers to experience the world the cleverer and craftier ways. Get acquainted with five gadgets that are impacting everything from communication to healing.

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DESTINATION WELLNESS: RETREATS THAT GO BEYOND THE SPA

4 -min. read The wellness experience in resorts has burst beyond the bounds of the physical realm as more and more realise the vital importance of mental self-care.

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FOUR BRIGHT SPARKS FROM MATTER 2017

2 -min. read Missed out on the amazing insights from MATTER 2017? Or maybe you just need a recap? Go back in time and soak up the wise words of this year’s inspirational SPARK speakers.

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REMEMBER TO LOOK DOWN: AN ARCTIC AWAKENING

6 -min. read 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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MEET THE ANCIENT TRIBES ALONG THE OMO RIVER

7 -min. read Stanley Stewart ventures down the Omo River to uncover the lifestyle of the other-worldly tribes living beside the water. In a culture where the Western up is down and the Western down is up, anything goes in this traditional and remote corner of the world.

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WHAT A CARRY ON: 5 COMPANIES THAT ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF LUGGAGE

5 -min. read 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

2 -min. read 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

6 -min. read 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

8 -min. read 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

7 -min. read 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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