Where to Why
Challenging the status quo, thinking differently about travel begins with our Where to Why Ideas Incubator. Take this moment in time to reflect and shift your thinking from where you want to go, to how you could get more from travel and why you’re travelling at all.
Lessons from the Sandbox: What luxury travel should learn from gaming to thrive and survive
May 02, 2020 by Philippe, 7 minute read time
Computer games are infinite worlds. They provide escapism, companionship, education, challenges – they are a very quick way of slipping into a different state of mind and a different state of place.
Sensory Travel Makes Sense
April 27, 2020 by Mark, 6 minute read time
The importance of sensory experience is much researched. Sensory play is an essential element in early years education, and young classes are often taken out to explore nature by touch, smell, sight, sound and taste.
My Holiday to Covidlandia
April 27, 2020 by Catherine, 7 minute read time
When people ask me how things are going, I’ve been saying that once you get beyond the sadness of COVID19’s negatives, it’s rather like travelling without the inconvenience of having to actually go anywhere.
Why travel at all?
April 27, 2020 by Philippe, 10 minute read time
Why do you travel? Perhaps that’s not the easiest question to answer. Some people would say they travel to relax. Some to experience something new. Some to spend valuable time with their family. But all of these things can be done from the comfort of our own homes. So why do we really feel the need to invest our valuable time and resources in exploring the globe.
Restrictions & Loss of Liberty
April 23, 2020 by Philippe, 6 minute read time
Liberty is a human right. Liberty makes its appearance in many country mottos such as Colombia’s Libertad y Orden (Liberty and order), Uruguay's Libertad o Muerte (Liberty or Death) and France’s Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité (Liberty, equality, fraternity).
Discovering Happiness at Home and Abroad
April 23, 2020 by Mark, 10 minute read time
The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental right. It is mentioned in the US Declaration of Independence that all persons have the right to freely pursue joy, and live life in a way that makes them happy (as long as they don’t do anything illegal or violate the rights of others).
Grief & Loss go Hand in Hand.
April 23, 2020 by Rose, 7 minute read time
There is an assumption that grief is solely a reaction to death. This isn’t true. The actual emotion of grief is more about loss. The loss of something valued in your life. There are many different ways in which we grieve throughout our lives. With that in mind, yes, a loss of a relative or friend would of course trigger grief but losing a relationship or a lifestyle is also a bereavement.
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Virtual Reality: The next stage in social evolution?
April 23, 2020 by Philippe, 7 minute read time
Virtual reality has been around for a while now. But perhaps in recent months, humankind is starting to access a different kind of VR. Our new reality is that a lot of social interaction, work and play must be done virtually.
Healthy Working from Home Habits
March 24, 2020 by Sophy, 5 minute read time
For many of us, this will be our first experience of working from home. We’ve gathered together some helpful hints and tips, to make working from home as easy and productive as possible.
March 24, 2020 by Sara, 5 minute read time
As everyone knows, time spent without a specific aim or goal can drag on interminably. And if you’re suddenly working from home, you’ll start to find it’s important to differentiate your work time from your relaxation time. We recommend making use of this sudden gift of free time to put together a list of targets and get started on making some changes for the better.
March 24, 2020 by Catherine, 5 minute read time
With the current lack of air traffic, and emissions down globally, now is a brilliant time for a spot of star gazing!
Living in Confined Spaces
March 26, 2020 by Paul, 10 minute read time
Suddenly being in the situation where I have to spend a lot of time at home with other people, led me to ponder the question: how small is too small?
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Shooting in Monochrome
April 09, 2020 by Philippe, 6 minute read time
Sometimes you have to take a step back to go forward. I started shooting with a Leica M Monochrom a few years ago. My friends said I was weird. Why would I use a digital camera, that only shoots in black and white, that’s only manual focus and that makes me take every other possible creative decision to make the photo my own?
April 08, 2020 by Mark, 4 minute read time
Just as travel offers therapeutic benefits art does too. Last time I spent time in an artist’s studio I was visiting Adam Dix and Piers Secunda in London. An hour with each of them felt like mind-blowing time travel. It was journey into their mind, their inspiration, their particular artistic brilliance and of course, into their art.
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Voyager by Russell Banks
May 02, 2020 by Mark, 2 minute read time
“Voyager” is part autobiography, part lush imagery, this collection by award-winning writer Russell Banks, shares tales from a half century of exploration — from traveling to Cuba to interview Fidel Castro and trekking the pristine Alaskan wilderness to climbing the Himalayas at age 72.
Kingdoms in the Air by Bob Shacochis
May 02, 2020 by Dean, 2 minute read time
“Kingdoms in the Air” is a collection of Pulitzer Prize finalist Bob Shacochis’ travel essays from 1989 to the present, full of signature bravado recounting death-defying adventure. But in addition to rugged action stories, nuanced portraits emerge of his travel companions and global plights.
Thrilling Cities by Ian Fleming
May 02, 2020 by David, 2 minute read time
First published in 1963, Thrilling Cities chronicles the James Bond creator’s jet-setting assignment from the Sunday Times to visit 14 cities around the world (including a European road trip in his Thunderbird convertible) and report back. These fascinating tales stand the test of time and provide Bond enthusiasts with insight into Fleming’s settings and character choices.
Letters from Hawaii by Mark Twain
May 02, 2020 by Philippe, 2 minute read time
Working as a newspaper correspondent, Mark Twain spent four months in 1866 exploring the Sandwich Islands, as Hawaii was then known in the West. Descriptions of his travels among the islands will inspire you to book tickets on the next available flight.
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Films to Inspire
April 08, 2020 by Philippe, 6 minute read time
Films have the power to make you dream. Here are a few that we’ve found captivating. Tell us yours and why you love them and we may add them to the collection.
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March 27, 2020 by Freddie, 4 minute read time
Nasi goreng literally means ‘fried rice’ and although you can eat it any time of the day it is particularly popular in many South East Asian countries for breakfast.
Khachapuri Recipe (Georgian Cheesy Bread)
March 24, 2020 by Chris, 5 minute read time
When you travel to Georgia, you’ll see this ubiquitous dish everywhere you go.
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April 08, 2020 by Philippe, 5 minute read time
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April 23, 2020 by Catherine, 7 minute read time
Did you know theres an independent state entirely surrounded by Italy? And no it’s not the Vatican City. And it’s not San Marino either.
April 23, 2020 by Philippe, 4 minute read time
Rapa Nui, more commonly known as Easter island, is on the of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. Oral tradition claims that the island was originally settled around 1200 AD when a Polynesian colony took to the seas to flee from a neighbouring chief.
April 23, 2020 by Mark, 10 minute read time
Tuvalu. Truthfully most people would struggle to pinpoint it on a map. And fair enough. It is officially the least visited place on earth with just 2,000 international visitors in 2017, and only one flight arriving in the country every three days.
The Other Amazon
April 23, 2020 by Catherine, 6 minute read time
The Amazon is the topic of a million school projects, a thousand charity fundraisers, hundreds of government deals and treaties. People around the world are familiar with this vast rainforest ecosystem and the exotic animals that dwell there. But how familiar are we with our fellow human inhabitants of the jungle?
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Making Memories Stick
May 02, 2020 by Philippe, 9 minute read time
Once you’ve come home from vacation, how much effort do you put into holding on to your memories? Do you keep a journal, scrapbook or a note on your phone? Should you? Do you often talk about memories, and concentrate on recalling the details, or do the photos just live on your phone or hard drive?
Inspiration for More Meaningful Travel – Altered States
May 01, 2020 by Philippe, 10 minute read time
A subject that came up recently during a team lunch on Portobello Road, was ayahuasca ceremonies, and the impact altered states can have on mental health.
April 30, 2020 by Philippe, 5 minute read time
I was asked why I am so optimistic about the future. We all know people who are irritatingly optimistic for no apparent reason. They can be annoying. The more preferable type of optimism is based on knowledge. I’m optimistic because I see signs for hope.
Liberation of Limitation – limiting choices for a happier life
April 30, 2020 by Philippe, 6 minute read time
We may like the idea of choice, variety and endless possibilities but counter-intuitively, having fewer choices may be better for us. More often than not people want the illusion of choice. They want to know what there are options but prefer to be given a firm recommendation that they can accept or reject. It’s just easier for them that way.
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