WORDS: PRIMROSE MONTEIRO-D’SOUZA
I love diaries. Not notebooks, but actual diaries with dates and place for notes. Over the last few years, mine have overflowed with work stuff and to-do lists, but, this year, I’m going to treat myself to another diary. A diary of indulgences. One full of dreams – of books I will finally get down to reading, recipes I will cook, journeys I will take…
Because there’s nothing like the blank pages of a diary for putting down travel dreams. If you’re like me, you’ll find plenty of inspiration this issue. Start with Baja California, Mexico – with an itinerary that gets you in high spirits in pristine wine country, riding with cowboys at the peninsula’s heart, and swimming with whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez. Then, there’s Laos, explored by way of the mighty Mekong River, and a selection of great Indian train trips that will have you planning your next ride on the rails. And, if that were not enough to get you scrambling for a diary of your own, we’ve got our YOLO! (you only live once, for the uninitiated) feature – so many experiences across the world that you’re going to want to add to your personal bucket list. Or, if you really want to navigate relatively uncharted territory, we’ll help you get to São Tomé and Príncipe.
Of course, life is about big and small journeys – and our Easy Trips this issue are perfect for making new memories close to home. Be inspired to live a purer life when you stay on an organic farm in the Cumbum Valley down south, trade in Delhi’s smog for fresh air in the hinterlands of Haryana, step lightly between dinosaur fossils in Balasinor, look every which way as you discover Bangalore anew, and find a temple or a sari that calls out to you in Kanchipuram.
We live for new inspiration, new discoveries, new journeys. May we all have great travels in 2018.