Flitting from cool-and-cacophonous New York to find conch and coconuts in Turks and Caicos over a long, languid weekend certainly tops my ‘best trips’ list. The stark contrast of Manhattan’s rambunctious mood against Turks and Caicos’ laidback character, sets the tone for the perfect duality of urban-cum-island experiences.

It’s this ‘best of everything’ notion that fuels this issue, taking you to some of the world’s most intriguing cities like Phnom Penh, and to some of the most fascinating islands, such as Sri Lanka, the Balearics, and the Maldives. While the experiences couldn’t be more contrasting, they complement each other too, giving us space to expand our horizons in new ways, which is what travel is all about, isn’t it?

In Sri Lanka, we look to the future, celebrating the island’s revival, and in the Maldives, we spotlight the resorts championing sustainability and using conservation to elevate the guest experience.

On that note, we’ll be heading to the Arabian Travel Market this month, which is back for its 30th edition, this year with a theme of ‘Working Towards Net Zero’, discussing how the future of the travel industry can – and must – evolve to be more sustainable. We all need to be part of the conversation, so hopefully we’ll see you there.


Emily Baxter-Priest