Your March issue of Country & Town House magazine is hitting newsstands on Friday, and this month it’s the Travel issue featuring Levison Wood, Peter Hughes, Emilia Wickstead and Peter Oborne…
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Inside the March travel issue, you’ll find…
Postcards From New Zealand: Fashion designer extraordinaire and Auckland girl Emilia Wickstead takes us on a tour of her favourite places
The Road To Damascus: Peter Oborne falls in love with Syria again, and encourages readers to do the same
Meet The Insta-Tsars Of Travel: Rosalyn Wikeley helps fuel our wanderlust while scrolling
A Whale Of A Time: Peter Hughes finally finds paradise in eastern Indonesia
Plus: Levison Wood heads to Afghanistan to walk the Wakhan Corridor; the new hotel openings to get excited about; Bryan Adams’ bucket list; 48 hours in Saint Paul de Vence; four magical places to stay in Mexico; the best places in Peru and much more…
Our contributors share their holiday essentials and favourite spots…
The trip you’re most looking forward to this year is… Returning to Nepal in the spring to discover the projects currently being run by the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
You would never return to… Never say never! I’ve had some rough experiences in various places, but I would never use a moment in time as a yard stick to measure an entire country.
A great hotel is one that… Pays attention to the small details, and in doing so makes you feel at home.
Your three packing essentials are… A notepad for recording my journey, my Leica camera to capture the essence of a place and its people, and a white linen shirt, because you never know when you’re going to be invited to a wedding or to meet the Dalai Lama!
The trip you’re most looking forward to this year is… A journey to the Middle East with my wife Martine who is a vicar. We want to visit ancient centres of Christianity, including the Holy Land, Egypt, Syria and Iraq – and take ages on our spiritual journey.
You would never return to… The United States. Boring. Materialistic. Who was it who pointed out that the US passed directly from barbarism to decadence without the intervening period of civilisation?
A great hotel is one that… Is understated. I can never make up my mind whether the best hotel I have stayed in is the American Colony in Jerusalem, the Albergo in Beirut or the Hindukush Heights in Chitral.
Your three packing essentials are… Dollars, my passport and a pair of stout shoes.
The trip you’re most looking forward to this year is… Brazil at the end of the year. We travel there every second year to be with my husband’s family for Christmas. We spend 10 days at the beach and two days in São Paolo where my husband’s family is from. It’s the perfect balance of relaxation mixed with some city fun.
Where would you never return to… I have been fortunate to have only had great experiences.
A great hotel is one that… Is on or right next to the beach, and has a huge bathtub and an open fire.
Your three packing essentials are… Always Sisley sunscreen – their spray can sunscreen is unbeatable; my E.W. x Matches Fashion swimsuit and, finally, my family. It’s impossible to holiday without them – I would miss them too much.
The trip you’re most looking forward to this year is… Delving into unchartered mental planes. It is, after all, the end of yoga.
Where would you never return to… Nowhere. Then again, South Africa – a month there betrays the ineradicable apartheid ethos of South Africans (blacks call themselves ‘African’). And yet, I’d return to visit the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, which I didn’t get round to, having fled South Africa after 32 days in horror.
A great hotel is one that… Changes the way you see a destination or life itself.
Your three packing essentials are… Chanel No 5, Chanel No 5, Chanel No 5.