| Extraordinary Experiences 2018
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Indulge in Dubai
traditions in Kerala
Flavours, afloat: Tasting
China’s eastern coast
Encounters on the mountain
HOW DO YOU DEFINE “EXTRAORDINARY?”
I had the privilege of travelling to some pretty incredible places
in 2017. From Maui to the Maldives, I saw beautiful sights, met
marvellous people, and checked more than a few items off my
But one of my most notable travel moments actually occurred
this past January, when I found myself sharing fried fish with my
in-laws at a public market in Cartagena, Colombia. While dining
on street food wrapped in brown paper may not sound like
a once-in-a-lifetime achievement to some, for my travel
companions – both historically all-inclusive-loving snowbirds – it
was a bucket list item they didn’t even know they’d had.
Funny enough, Colombia wasn’t on any of our bucket lists when
we chose it for our family vacation; we just wanted somewhere
sunny, warm and a little different. But there, in a dimly lit corner
of the loud and bustling market, as they squeezed lime over their
fish and sipped mango juice from mason jars, my family had
the unexpected pleasure of discovering something new about
themselves: when given the chance, they are adventurous at
Moments like these can be the best part about travelling. A trip
can start out as a simple jaunt to warmer weather, then turn into
something transformational in the blink of an eye. These are
moments that change you and stay with you forever – and
they’re extremely personal, because really, “extraordinary”
experiences mean different things to different people.
Maybe for you, “extraordinary” means tracking gorillas in the
jungle (pg. 38), or finding personal fulfillment in a remote Indian
paradise (pg. 20). Perhaps it’s dining your way through ancient
China (pg. 30), or setting new standards for extravagance in
glimmering Dubai (pg. 14).
Whatever your 2018 travel dreams consist of, I hope the
inspirational stories in these pages will help to freshen
up your bucket list, and take you – your heart, mind and
body – somewhere completely unexpected.
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