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Travel smarter with SUITCASE Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus. We’re spotlighting up-and-coming destinations, sharing our best-kept secrets from around the world and checking in with the people who are shaking up the way we travel. Thought all trips went smoothly for our editors? We’ll let you in on some of our not-so postcard-worthy moments too.
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Wrinkly potatoes dipped in mojo wolfed down in beachside boltholes; surf huts serving world-class red wines; hiking to walk it off in lush pine-filled forests – Tenerife is the ultimate getaway for the gourmet traveller. Calling upon two of Tenerife’s food-obsessed island insiders, Carlos Hernández and Xavi Riera, we shine a light on the island’s best restaurants, vineyards and beach shacks. Plus, we’ll be revealing just how to find one of the island’s legendary guachinches – a traditional eatery usually in the home of a local, small-batch wine producer – the chefs shaking up the island’s food scene and the must-visit restaurants you should have on your radar.  Seeking an outdoor adventure? As part of our partnership with Tenerife Tourism Corporation, our insiders also lift the lid on the secret spots to watch the sunset, the natural pools to seek out and Tenerife’s most magical hiking trails.This is a foodie pilgrimage and then some. Time to dig in.Start planning your trip at webtenerife.co.ukCarlos and Xavi’s Insider Recommendations to TenerifeBodegon el Puntero, Santa CruzEl Burgado, Santa CruzEl Aderno, Santa CruzEl Capricho de Nicomedes, Santa Cruz El Templete, Santa CruzNub, Costa Adeje La Caleta, Adeje Salitre, La Caleta Char, La CaletaCasa Paca, BenijoWant to know more about Xavi’s restaurant, Jaxana? Follow them on Instagram here.Keep up to date with the foodie experiences Carlos is planning here.
We hear you loud and clear. We’re itching to shake off lockdown fatigue and get back into the great outdoors. That’s why we’re bringing you a destination special dedicated to the island that has it all: Tenerife.As part of our partnership with Visit Tenerife, we’re shining a light on the design-driven boutique hotels, athlete-approved hikes and world-class wineries that you should have on radar.Plus, we’ll be joined by Canary Green’s founder – an eco collective championing sustainable tourism in the Canary Islands – John Dale Beckley and creative writer Grace Molan to get their insider recommendations. Listen up as they share their go-to restaurant for papas arrugadas, the beaches we should be paddleboarding to and the best place for stargazing on the island. Seeking meaningful travel and the chance to reconnect with nature? This one's for you.This is a deep-dive into Tenerife’s best bits. Start planning your next trip at webtenerife.co.uk.Our Insider’s Guide to Tenerife Hacienda CristoforoAlberto DornerFinca La CalabaceraBodegas MonjeTierra Cafe Whale Wise EcotoursTenerife Horse RescuePlaya de Diego Hernandez (the hippie beach)Find out more about Canary Green’s eco initiatives here.
Skincare obsessed? This one's for you.Join us as we transport you to the dunes, souks and oases of Morocco through the next cult beauty brand: whind. Fuelled by skin-saving science and a sensual Morrocan approach, join us as we chat to whind founder Hind Sebti about her pioneering range of skincare projects, how her homeland of Morocco inspired her and the beauty secret she swears by. Plus, Hind will be sharing her treasured tales from her homeland of Morocco. From where to sip mint tea in Tangier to a design-driven crash pad that’s perfect to rent with pals, she spotlights her must-visit recommendations. Prepared to be pampered. Hind Sebti’s go-to beauty buys for that envious desert-glow and must-visit Morrocan tips:Atlas Pure Purifying Whipped MaskKasbah Moonlight Transforming Cream to Oil Nightly MaskMarrakech Light Illuminating Magic OilOasis Fresh Dissolving Jelly CleanserSahara Silk Vanishing Cream Exfoliator Cafe Hafa, Tangier for mint teaLa Maison de L'Elephant BlancVisit Dakhla for the surf and up-and-coming creative scene, Casablanca if you’ve done Marrakech and Meknes for culture
Not just for wine buffs / oenophiles.Instead of getting hung up on malbec and merlot, noses and tannins, we’re raising a glass to the UK wineries shaking up the English wine-making scene.Join us as we speak to the innovative producers championing community and fuelling our love for locavore labels and natural tipples. We’re popping the cork on homegrown grapes and spotlighting the next generation of UK wineries. Plus, we catch up with Renegade Urban Winery’s Founder Warwick Smith who has ripped up the wine-making rule book and is producing outstanding wines beneath a railway arch in Bethnal Green. He shares his tips for picking a stellar bottle of plonk, the urban wineries we should visit and an easy trick to look like an oenophile. We’ll drink to that. We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or get yourself a copy of SUITCASE Magazine. Warwick Smith’s epic list of urban wineries to check out:Renegade Urban Winery, of course https://www.renegadelondonwine.comBroc Cellars, California https://broccellars.comBow and Arrow, Oregonhttps://www.bowandarrowwines.comDonkey and Goat, California https://www.donkeyandgoat.comInfinite Monkey Theorem, Colorado https://theinfinitemonkeytheorem.comThe Red Hook Winery, New Yorkhttps://www.redhookwinery.comNoita Winery, Finland https://www.noitawinery.fiAnd the UK wine producers he suggest paying a visit too:Charlie Herringhttp://www.charlieherring.comOffbeat Wineshttps://offbeatwines.co.ukLangham Winehttps://langhamwine.co.ukIndia and Fleur’s reccs for booze-fuelled weekends:Wild Escapes at Fullerton Farmhttps://wildescapes.comTillingham https://tillingham.comOxney Estatehttps://oxneyestate.comForty Hallhttps://www.fortyhallestate.co.ukWarden Abbey Vineyardhttps://wardenvineyard.org.ukArticles to help you seek out the best vineyards:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/uk-wine-industryhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/worlds-best-wine-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/underrated-wine-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-wine-hotels-europe
So far the 2020s have been, understatement of the century, a lot. We’re worn out, lethargic and our mind and bodies are craving some TLC. Before slinking off to a hedonistic weekend in the Balearics or booking that four-years-in-the-making road trip around the US, we’re securing a spot on a much-needed wellness retreat.Forget green juices and white robes, we’re spotlighting the next generation of wellness that focus more on community and connection than intermittent fasting. We’ll also be joined by Artah founder and former Psycle CEO Rhian Stephenson who shares her transformative travel experiences, how we can extinguish the flames of burnout and what the future of wellness looks like.So, who's joining us?We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or get yourself a copy of SUITCASE Magazine. Links and notes from the episode Find out where Artah’s first UK wellness retreat is taking placehttps://www.artah.coThe wellness retreats Rhian recommends:https://www.original-mayr.com/en/And read this for SUITCASE contributor Olivia Squire’s experiencehttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/hotel-story-original-fx-mayr-austriaThis is the Italian hotel Rhian cites as her favourite:https://www.alpinadolomites.it/en/India and Fleur’s wellness retreat recommendations:Lucknam Park Hotelhttps://www.lucknampark.co.ukLanserhof Tegernseehttps://www.lanserhof.com/en/tegernseeWildfitnesshttps://wildfitness.comHelios Retreatshttps://helios-retreats.comMojo Risinghttps://www.mojo.co.ukCamp Sarikahttps://www.aman.com/resorts/amangiri/camp-sarikaMissionworkshttps://lamingtongroup.com/brands/missionworks/Rockwater Hovehttps://rockwater.ukArticles to kick-start your wellness journeyWe talk a lot about some of these fab UK-based retreats that you can find here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/uk-wellbeing-retreatsCircadian travel is the wellness sphere’s next biggest trendhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/circadian-travelAnd you’ll find more inspo here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/wellness-panelhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/londons-wellness-wizardshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/affordable-wellness-retreats
Hands up who's desperate to return to the bel paese (beautiful country)? We know that The Upgrade listeners are as infatuated with Italy as us, so we decided to join forces with the duo behind Italy’s coolest creative crash pad.Tune in to this recommendation-packed episode as we’re joined by Villa Lena’s foundersLena Evstafieva and Jérôme Hadey, who share their Tuscan tips, under-the-radar restaurants in Rome and where to (hopefully) sip rosé this summer. That’s amore.Plus, India and Fleur chat about the group getaways they’re hoping to get off the ground this year. Think beachy boltholes in Formentera, an art-filled hotel in Beirut and a mid-century cabin in the Welsh countryside. This episode is filled with good, old-fashioned escapism. We’ll see you for aperitivo.We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or get yourself a copy of SUITCASE Magazine. Links and notes from the episode Lena and Jerome’s Italian recommendations:Ristorante Le Pineta, Marina di BibbonaCiberèo Ristorante, FlorenceViareggio for Italian seaside jauntsHotel Locarno, RomePierluigi, RomeLe Sirenuse, Positano Villa Feltrinelli, Lake GardaThe places Fleur’s (fingers crossed) slinking off to:Iraia, CornwallThe Gin Trap Inn, NorfolkArthaus Beirut, BeirutCasa Pacha, Formentera The Rooster, AntiparosIndia’s go-to group getaways:Hergest Lee, WalesFynbos Cottages, Babylonstoren, South AfricaCraveiral Farmhouse, PortugalKeep your escapism alive with these articles:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-beach-huts-uk-staycationhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/europe-seaside-town-revivalhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/self-catering-stays-reunited-travelhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/unique-UK-airbnbs
Sustainable? Tick. Slow travel? Tick. Affordable? Tick. Move over glamping, #vanlife is the latest travel trend we can’t get enough of. Whether you’re hitting the road in a revamped VW, careering through California in an RV or pitching up on a campsite in a static caravan, bundling your pals/ family/ pets into the back of a campervan is the way to adventure in summer 2021.We’re ditching the traditional flight-and-hotel model and riding the campervan trend as soon as travel gets back on the road. Helping us travel more sustainably, slowly and smarter, listen up as we deep-drive into why a holiday-on-wheels is the next outdoor trend. Plus, we reveal our own campervan travel tales, the road trip routes we want to take and whose vans we’re borrowing. We’ll also be joined by the trio behind the UK’s newest (and coolest) staycation retreat, Club Jupiter. Interior designer Whinnie Williams, interior writer and stylist Emma Jane Palin and travel journalist (and long-time SUITCASE contributor) Anna Hart have spent the last year of lockdown revamping a static caravan in Kent. Snazzy. Tune in as they share the hotels that have inspired them, nifty interior DIY tips and why we’re all seeking a dose of nostalgia. We’ll save a space for you by the campfire.We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or get yourself a copy of SUITCASE Magazine. Links and notes from the episode Follow Club Jupiter here:https://www.instagram.com/clubjupiteruk/Didn’t catch the name of the peer-to-peer campervan rental Fleur suggested (read: butchered), it’s here:https://www.yescapa.co.ukWant to join India on a motorhome adventure through Japan, check it out here:https://www.dreamdrive.lifeIn need of some #Vanlife road trip inspiration? From Sicily to Sydney, California to Cádiz, we’ve got you covered:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/us-road-triphttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/road-trip-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/australian-road-triphttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/italy-road-triphttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/road-trip-iberiahttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/sweet-nothings-a-road-trip-through-portugals-wild-westhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-road-trips-in-the-worldAnd for a dose of armchair escapism, you’ll want to read these:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/road-trip-books
After a short hiatus – spent producing SUITCASE’s newest issue Volume 33: Collective (India), watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch reruns (Fleur) and avoiding baking anything (both) – we’re back. Season two of The Upgrade podcast kicks off with us asking a very important question: have we killed the traditional holiday?As people take back control of their time and income, turn hobbies into side hustles and continue to blur the boundaries between work and play, the way we’re holidaying is changing. Join us as we deep-dive into the rise of the workation, reveal the destinations offering the best visas for digital nomads and share the places we’re planning to plug-in from. We’ll also be joined by the master of multi-hyphenates, Emma Gannon, whose best-selling book – one of five, we may add – rewrote the rules of working for a legion of millennial fans. We catch up with the broadcaster-cum-author to chat about the freedoms of multi-hyphenates, how to nail your slashie bio and the countries she’s itching to get back to. Oh and grab a pen, Emma’s carry-on book recommendations will have you hot-footing to your favourite independent bookstore quicker than you can say “beach paperback”.   We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or get yourself a copy of SUITCASE Magazine. Links and notes from the episode Need some workation inspiration? Read these:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/workationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/hotel-workcation-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-uk-hotels-remote-workershttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/hotel-workcation-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/multi-hyphenated-millennial-killed-the-traditional-holiday
It’s here. The big one. The SUITCASE guide to travel 2021 has landed.We’ve been itching to share with you the trips our travel editors are planning, the hotel openings on our radar and the travel trends on the horizon. Chatting about workations and carbon-neutral holidays, seaside-town revivals and a Hawaiian island that’s undergoing creative regeneration, India and Fleur share insider intel on the next big trips to plan. They’ll also be talking (read: arguing) about the next wave of hotel openings and why Southend-on-Sea is the new Shoreditch. We also catch up with travel influencer, content creator and podcast host Olivia Lopez to get the lowdown on the trips she’s taking, the places she’s revisiting and how her travel philosophy is changing.Race you to departures... We’d love to know where you’re going next. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or buy a copy of SUITCASE magazine. We’ll be back with season two soon.Links, recommendations and all you need to start planning: From the destinations we’re spotlighting:South Africahttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/ultimate-south-africa-itineraryhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/city-guide-cape-townBosnia and Herzegovina https://suitcasemag.com/articles/destination-inspiration-mostar-bosnia-and-herzegovinahttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/48-hours-in-mostar-bosnia-and-herzegovinaChadhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/destination-inspiration-chad-africaOsea Island, UKhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/osea-islandWant to explore Essex’s creative scene? FInd out more:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-independents-in-essexEmbrace the workations trend with these freelancer-friendly hotels:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/hotel-workcation-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-uk-hotels-remote-workersRead Rae’s fab piece on the England Coastal Path (or buy the magazine)https://suitcasemag.com/articles/walking-england-coast-pathOur hot hotels for 2021:The Harper, Norfolkhttps://www.theharper.co.ukFforest’s new forrayhttps://www.coldatnight.co.ukWild Escapes, Hampshirehttps://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/britain/england/hampshire/wild-escapesThe NoMad, Londonhttps://www.thenomadhotel.com/london/The Farmyard at The Newt, Somersethttps://thenewtinsomerset.comMayfair Townhouse, Londonhttps://www.themayfairtownhouse.comBeaverbrook Townhouse, Londonhttps://www.beaverbrook.co.ukHenry’s Townhouse, Londonhttps://henrystownhouse.co.ukGleneagles Townhouse, Edinburgh http://gleneagles.comKalesma, Mykonos https://www.kalesmamykonos.comCasa Formentera, Formentera https://casaformentera.comCan Ferrereta, Mallorca https://hotelcanferrereta.com/enKruger Shalati, South Africa https://www.krugershalati.comThe Aurum, Catskillshttps://www.theaurum.com
This year, 2020, has been one of collaboration. That’s the C-word we’re championing, forget the other one.We’re joining forces with the brands, businesses and like-minded people that share SUITCASE’s passion for connecting people and places all across the globe. Spotlighting independent businesses and expert craftspeople, we’re sharing the stories from those that have used the last few months to hone their art. As part of this collaborative celebration, we’re partnering with champagne house Krug to bring you a special episode of The Upgrade. We’re handing over the mics to Michael O’Hare, Krug ambassador and Chef-Patron of Michelin-starred The Man Behind the Curtain, and Mark Sansom, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Bars, who chat about chalet cooking in Morzine, the future of fine dining and how Michael’s creativity surged in the pandemic. Given India and Fleur’s questionable cooking kills – who else recalls the time India asked how to boil an egg? – we thought this was wise.Kick off your winter festivities by joining us in pouring a glass of the good stuff and tuning in to two food enthusiasts’ culinary tales. There’s no better way to see the back of 2020. We’d love to know where you’re going next. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or buy a copy of SUITCASE magazine. We’ll be back with Season 2 soon.Keen to flex your culinary muscles? Check out these at-home chef approved recipes:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/home-cook-recipeshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/20-global-cookbookshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/literatures-great-plates-recipes
Suffering from creative burnout? We’ve found the cure.At a time where burnout is all too common and creativity can be hard to muster, we’re helping you reignite your spark. Banishing the B-word for good, we’re dialling in with two powerhouse creatives who share their tips, tricks and secrets to reigniting that creative spark. We catch up with Chris Penn, co-founder of Birch, this year’s hottest “anti-hotel” opening that is changing the conversation around creative retreats. With extra curricular activities such as candle making (with our pals Earl of East), meditation and food from chef Robin Gill, Birch has an ethos that centres around your pursuit of happiness and shaking off city excesses. There’s nobody from which we’d rather seek advice.We’re also joined by The Coven founder Sapphire Bates whose online membership club has helped thousands of female freelancers, creatives and independent business owners thrive. Here, Sapphire reveals her secrets to managing stress, how to turn your home into a work-free sanctuary and what books we should read to relax. The two reveal their tips for banishing burnout, setting boundaries and achieving a better work-life balance. After the year we’ve had, we need it. We’d love to know where you’re going next. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or buy a copy of SUITCASE magazine. We’ll be back with Season 2 soon.Recharge your creativity with some of these SUITCASE articleshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-uk-creative-retreatshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/home-counties-creative-enclaveshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/creative-retreatshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/work-meets-travel-seeing-world-make-us-creativehttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/dreamsical-places-visit  
This is our love letter to London.In our debut season finale we’re shining a light on the London independents that we love. From Hackney’s hippest lifestyle collective to a sourdough hero who is shaping his neighbourhood one loaf at a time, these are the London shop owners that help their communities thrive. We catch up with Paul Firmin, one half of the duo behind trendy Earl of East. The seriously cool brand started on a Hackey market stall and has grown into two stores – one in Hackney and one in Coal Drops Yard – that regularly grace the pages of design-driven mags. It’s also our go-to for succulents and scents. We’ll also be joined by Max Tobias, founder of Dusty Knuckle bakery. What started in a shipping container in Dalston, is now a socially conscious bakery that supplies restaurants including Ottolenghi and the Chiltern Firehouse. This summer, they launched a “breadmobile” service which delivered loaves to locked down Londoners.Alongside baking banging bread, they provide employment opportunities to disadvantaged youths. The two pioneering London independents share with us their favourite neighbourhood haunts, the antiques market we must visit and how shopping local is changing the face of the British High Street.We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com or buy a copy of SUITCASE magazine. We’ll be back with Season 2 soon.Links and notes from the episode Earl of East’s Netil Market picks:Lucy Chip Bao (of course)Brother And their favourite neighbourhood haunts: Perky BlendersVinnie’sGnarly VinesOther london based brands they love:London Borough of Jam – we love Lily too. Triangle GoodhoodA New Tribe (for ceramics)Everything But The DogDIY-ers will want to check out these homeware stores: Labour and WeightCaravane in Coal Drops YardAlfie’s Antique Market for vintage findsSunbury’s antiques market is a must and worth the early startArch 389Head to Birch for workshops and creative retreats. Shop scents, bath salts and a curated collection of succulents at Earl of East here and here.Max Tobias from Dusty Knuckle Bakery local go-to’s:Gozleme House (465 Green Lanes) for lunch Visit Bora at Newington Green Fruit and Veg for your fresh produce Max’s favourite italian is this one, Pizzeria Papagone & Brouhaha for wine, beers and a cool crowd Order potato sourdough and the feta and honey pastry from the breadmobile (yes, we’re sure the name is sticking) here. 
Join our travel editors as they lift the lid on some of their favourite UK self-catering stays, from twee Cotswolds cottages to Pembrokeshire houseboats. No longer just a crash pad for laying your head, this is the kind of accommodation at the forefront of the staycation stampede. Expect design-driven bothies in the Highlands, the South Downs’ most swanky stately homes and Norfolk cottages that have been given extensive makeovers.We’ll also be joined by one half of the dynamic duo behind the award-winning Brownber Hall, arguably the plushest pad in the country. After upping sticks and moving from Hackney to Cumbria, Peter and Amanda Jaques-Walker opened Brownber Hall to rave reviews. Then the pandemic hit and they pivoted from running a boutique hotel to a self-catering bolthole. Peter shares their journey with us, his top Lake District picks – including a secluded wild-swimming spot – and introduces their new property, Brownber House.We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com. Links and notes from the episode Peter Jaques-Walkers top Lake District tips:Pendragon Castle with its River Eden swimming spot next doorThe Black Swan for grubBlack Bull for Japan-meets-Cumbria food The bothy India waxed lyrical about?Inverlonan, Argyll and Bute, ScotlandFleur’s glamping pick:Glen Dye, Kincardineshire, ScotlandThe glass-fronted homes hidden in the Scottish Highlands:57 NordCroft 103That dreamy Pembrokeshire houseboat…Pembrokeshire Houseboat, Kip HideawaysThe most elaborate folly with Notebook-worthy boating lake:The Walled Gardens, BathFleur’s heading to this Cotswolds barn with her family in tow:Bibury Farm Barns… and India to this Pinterest-worthy darling in Norfolk:Eden HallThe showstopper of the episode:Cadence, Petworth, West SussexOur pick of self-catering booking platforms:Canopy & Stars for treehouses, airstreams and other quirky accommodation Airbnb Plus (obvs)Living Architecture for Grand Design-worthy propertiesFish & Pips for all-out countryside party mansions 
This week we chat to trailblazer Jessica Nabongo, an influencer with actual influence. Her following – 197,000 and counting – watched her, as we did, become the first Black woman to travel to all 195 countries in the world. She slept in a yurt in Mongolia, toured pyramids in Sudan and broke bread in Pakistan before finishing her two-and-a-half-year race around the world on the shores of the Seychelles. We couldn’t think of a better guest to have on Episode 6 of The Upgrade podcast, which coincides with the launch of our Volume 31: The Freedom Issue. It comes at a time when the idea of “freedom” sits awkwardly with our social, political, economic and mental realities. Nevertheless, we believe that the culture of travel, of building connections across the world and immersing yourself in other countries and communities can be incredibly freeing. We chat to the influencer, travel expert and businesswoman Jessica Nabongo about her thoughts on diversity in the travel industry, the highs and lows of her journeys and how we can support African artisans through her new business venture, The Catch. We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com. Links and notes from the episode You can follow along with Jessica Nabongo’s 50-state US road trip herehttps://www.instagram.com/thecatchmeifyoucan/Want to fill your home with Jessica’s well-curated selection from artisanal items from around the world? Shop The Catch. https://www.instagram.com/thisisthecatch/And these are the Black-owned businesses Jessica recommends:The Honey Pot Companyhttps://thehoneypot.coThe Lip Bar (for your seven-minute full face) https://thelipbar.comAJ Crimson https://ajcrimson.comCoco and Seed (for Jessica’s plant babies)https://cocoandseed.comEssie Spice https://www.essiespice.comThis is the article about passport privilege India and Fleur urge you to read: https://suitcasemag.com/articles/the-right-to-travelAnd these are the articles we take a look at to help you become a better ally: https://suitcasemag.com/articles/otherness-superpower-journey-belonginghttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/blackness-becoming-and-breaking-barriershttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/us-cannabis-industryhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/neocolonial-tourismhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/breaking-into-travel-journalismWant to be one of the first to receive our brand new issue? https://suitcasemag.com/shop/subscriptions
Summer 2020 might not be what you hoped for, but we’re here to salvage what’s left of it. The travel industry was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, so we’re spotlighting the destinations we’re keen to help get back on their feet as and when travel restrictions allow. Rattling through a whole host of recommendations for this (or next) year’s summer jaunts, we lift the lid on our treasured European hotspots and dive into the reasons why we’re returning to these nostalgic destinations.We also catch up with Marie-Louise Sciò, CEO and Creative Director of the Pellicano Hotels and founder of Issimo – a new digital platform created for Italophiles. She’s spent countless summers at her family’s cult hotel, Il Pellicano, so she knows what’s what when it comes to getting a taste of la dolce vita and finding those lesser-trodden corners of Tuscany. Grab a pen; her recommendations are second to none. We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com. Links and notes from the episode Fleur’s service-stop recommendation if you’re road-tripping from Calais to Provence: Take a detour and stop off at Arras. Have a lunch-break baguette at boulangerie-pâtisserie Cori Nadège et Laurent. In Menton:Try and grab a table at Mirazur.If not, Le Petit Port is always worth a visit. Bed down at Airelles Gordes, La BastideIndia’s Italian hotel recommendations: Le Sirenuse (of course).And the Amalfi’s darling, Monastero Santa Rosa.The hotel in Poland Fleur was waxing on about?Galery69 – trust us, go now. Marie-Louise Sciò’s Italian recommendations A truly tuscan road trip, visit:Capalbio Pescia Romana Maremma … and Bolgheri for wineHere are the Tuscan islands she recommends: Giannutri, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo and Populonia (where the deer are). And her favourite place in Tuscany to eat:Da Petroio And in Rome: Da EnzoRoscioli Her guide to Ischia:Nitrodi thermal bathsLa Scarrupata for lunch (you can only get there by boat) restaurantCasamicciola Terme in the northern part of IschiaCraving a bit of digital dolce vita?Check out her new venture Issimo. Find the SUITCASE team’s favourite hotels that they can’t wait to return to here. In need of some summer escapism? Check out these articles:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/SUITCASE-team-travels-post-lockdownhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/Enneagram-Type-Summer-Destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/european-summer-holiday-destinationshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/destinations-making-comeback
As the world starts to open up again, we’re following the money and making sure your travel pennies are being pocketed by the communities that need them the most. Purchasing power – whether at home or abroad – is so important, even more so now as communities struggle to get back on their feet. Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus as we pick apart what it means to “spend like a local”, while spotlighting the neighbourhood initiatives helping us become more thoughtful travellers. We’re also joined by @brucepoontip, the founder of G Adventures, which has been pioneering community-based tourism for more than 30 years. He shares with us his top tips for spending locally, his thoughts on the post-pandemic travel landscape and how he balances being green with his love of venturing around the globe. We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change as lockdown restrictions ease. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com. Links and notes from the episode Keen to support community-led tourism? Read some of these…https://suitcasemag.com/trailblazers/shofco-kennedy-odede-nairobi/https://suitcasemag.com/travel/stories/erbil-iraqi-kurdistan/https://suitcasemag.com/articles/mauritius-beach-sustainabilityIf you want to know how air bridges can work for you – and find out which Polish beach Fleur was banging on about – read our guide here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/air-bridgesIndia & Fleur’s top picks to help you spend locally: @spendwiththemEn Via, Oaxaca Eat Like a Local Mexico CityBantu WaxAnd their recs for Ibiza and Formentera:To stay: Petunia IbizaCan TresAtzaroTo eat: La EscolleraA Mi ManeraBeaches: Cala Tarida, Cala Gracioneta, Cala CarboAnd this is the secret (don’t tell everyone) Sicilian hotspot India is heading to:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/destination-inspiration-egadi-islands-sicily
Let’s be honest, we’ve had a lot of time to plan our next big adventure. Post-lockdown, when it’s safe to do so, we want to head out on an epic voyage of discovery. No more manana manana (“tomorrow, tomorrow”) it’s time to seize the day.Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus, as we discuss (read: fight) over the trips we’re going to be taking, deep-dive into why adventure travel is set to rise and consider pressing pause on city breaks for a while.  We also catch up with world-record holder and environmental activist Kiko Matthews to discuss her intrepid adventures, tackling 50ft waves and how Prince Harry fuelled her love for adventure.We’d love to know where you’re going next and how you think the travel landscape might change post-pandemic. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com. Links and notes from the episode As soon as we're allowed to, we’re fleeing to the Azores and you should too (provided you’ve had a COVID test, it’s negative and you carry it with you, of course).https://suitcasemag.com/articles/azoresKiko Matthews is awe-inspiring. Discover more of her travel tales in her book.https://www.polperropress.co.uk/page/book/kiko/Read all about India’s Madagascan adventure here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/madagascar-off-road-expeditionThen, drool over Mark’s photography from their epic Jordan trip:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/riders-on-the-stormSee what inspired Fleur to start planning her trip to Pakistan:Shola Karachi Kitchenhttp://www.sholakitchen.comGather inspo for your next wild getaway here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/disconnect-reconnectStill hungry for more? Check out these issues of SUITCASE Magazine for a dose of  armchair adventure:https://suitcasemag.com/shop/vol-25-pioneer-issuehttps://suitcasemag.com/shop/vol-26-nostalgia-issuehttps://suitcasemag.com/shop/vol-23-adventure-issue
What do two travel editors do when they’re faced with months of lockdown and lots of paused plans? We side-step tie-dye projects and sourdough starters in favour of creating our own at-home adventures.For the past few months, we’ve fantasised about travel more than ever. Whether rustling up our favourite dishes from the Amalfi Coast, immersing ourselves in diverse cultures through literature or binging on Netflix’s globe-trotting flicks, we’ve become obsessed with incorporating travel into our daily lives. Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus, as we discuss how you can do the same. We catch up with chef Tom Brown, the culinary creative behind Hackney Wick’s hit restaurant Cornerstone. He talks to us about his travels in Japan, secret beaches in Mexico and reveals how to nail the recipe for those crab crumpets. We’ll also be revealing the European hotels we’re checking into as lockdown measures ease.We’d love to know where you’re travelling next and how you think the travel landscape might change post-pandemic. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com. Links and notes from the episode Peckish and in need of a chef-approved snack? Try whipping up one of these recipes from our favourite chefs.https://suitcasemag.com/articles/home-cook-recipes… or one of these global plates: https://suitcasemag.com/articles/chefs-reveal-favourite-holiday-dishesAdd to your lockdown library with our Sub Editor Rae’s well-curated selection:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/books-every-female-traveller-should-readhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/best-life-changing-travel-bookshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/books-on-sustainability-and-climate-changehttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/dismantling-racism-books-podcasts-filmsSupport your lock bookstore and buy your stash from one of these independents:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/independent-bookshopsCombining our love of food and literature, dig in to one of these SUITCASE-approved cookbooks:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/20-global-cookbooksFind out when our favourite European hotels are opening here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/favourite-european-hotels-re-openingNetflix and chill more your bag? Tune into these far-flung flicks:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/netflix-best-travel-serieshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/indie-travel-filmshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/favourite-films-to-inspire-your-travelsOr if you’re after something more avant-garde, these are the museums and galleries you can (virtually) wander from home:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/mueseums-and-galleries-to-virtually-tourChef Tom Brown’s favourite spotsCratehttps://cratebrewery.comPearl https://pearlhackneywick.comNatura http://naturapizzeria.comSilohttps://silolondon.comHenne Kirkeby Krohttps://www.hennekirkebykro.dkYnyshir https://ynyshir.co.uk… and don’t forget the Shibanuma soy sauce https://www.shibanuma.com/en/India and Fleur’s top picks and recommendationsBooks:Educated by Tara WestwoodAlone in Antarctica by Felicity AstonWalls of Change: The Story of the Wynwood Walls by Jessica Goldman Srebnick What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin NewmanWomen Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe by Faith Conlon Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin Our favourite European hotels:La Bastide de FléchonProvence, France https://www.bastidedeflechon.comTorre del MarquésTeruel, Spainhttps://www.hoteltorredelmarques.comSublime ComportaComporta, Portugalhttps://www.sublimecomporta.ptMiramontiAvelengo, Italyhttps://www.hotel-miramonti.com
Restless and itching to get out? Us too. That’s why we’re bringing a dose of escapism to wherever you may be listening. We’ll be dissecting what post-pandemic travel might look like in the first episode of SUITCASE’s debut podcast, The Upgrade.Helping you to travel smarter, we’re exploring staycations as the new holiday of choice and looking forward to the positive impact this new trend will have on the travel industry. Join us for the ride; we’ll be spotlighting some of our favourite British hotels and UK destinations along the way.We also catch up with Robin and Judy Hutson, the pioneers behind The Pig hotels, as they share their thoughts on how COVID-19 is set to change the hospitality space.We’d love to know where you’re travelling next and how you think the travel landscape might change post-pandemic. Send your voice notes to fleur@suitcasemag.com or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at suitcasemag.com Links and notes from the episodes:Guilty of neglecting some of the UK’s most beautiful hotspots? Find your staycation inspiration here:https://suitcasemag.com/articles/britains-best-beacheshttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/instagrammable-uk-destinations-that-could-be-abroadhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/abandoned-places-to-visit-ukhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/great-day-trips-london We’re gushing about Bruton A LOT. Read our pocket guide here:https://suitcasemag.com/travel/city-guides/bruton-somerset-uk/Margate, too:https://suitcasemag.com/travel/city-guides/guide-to-margate-kent/And here’s our guide to St Ives if you’re looking for a Cornish beaches-and-cream getaway:https://suitcasemag.com/travel/city-guides/a-pocket-guide-to-st-ives-cornwall-uk/Keep up-to-date with The Pig Hotels and Robin and Judy Hutson here:https://www.thepighotel.comIndia and Fleur’s hotel hot picks  Artist Residence https://www.artistresidence.co.ukHeckfield Place, Hampshirehttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/heckfield-place-hampshireBeaverbrook, Surreyhttps://suitcasemag.com/articles/beaverbrook-surreyThe Newt, Somersethttps://thenewtinsomerset.comSwallow Barn, Fromehttps://www.swallowbarnfrome.comBlonde Hedgehog, Aldenery, Channel Islandshttps://blondehedgehog.comThe Yan, Cumbria https://www.theyan.co.ukL’enclume, Cumbriahttps://www.lenclume.co.ukKilliehuntly, Kingussie, Scotland https://suitcasemag.com/articles/killiehuntly-house-kingussie-scotland  Lakes by Yoo, Cotswoldshttps://thelakesbyyoo.com
Introducing The Upgrade, a new travel podcast from SUITCASE Magazine designed to help you travel smarter. We’re launching our debut episode on Wednesday 3 June, bringing a dose of escapism to wherever you may be listening. Every two weeks, we’ll bring you intel from trailblazing hoteliers, our favourite chefs, off-grid explorers and the local heroes shaping their neighbourhoods – these are the people changing the way we travel.Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus will be dissecting emerging travel trends, deep-diving into up-and-coming destinations and, of course, sharing our recommendations, stories and the odd lost luggage disaster from across the world.Can’t wait until Wednesday 3 June? Check in with us at suitcasemag.com
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