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On our watch • Love it or hate it, the #selfie is an inescapable fixture of modern-day travel. Since the term became Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” back in 2013, the act of snapping a quick self-portrait in front of [insert landmark here] has grown to have its own International Day (June 21), spurring smartphone brands to install in-built “beauty” filters for optimal face-flaunting. Cafés are now pouring “selfie lattes,” and Google can even match your noggin to an artwork from its extensive museum database. Six years later, the craze is only getting more ubiquitous. Below, what’s on the horizon for global self-absorption in 2019.
#TLASIA • WINTER IN ASIA IS A GREAT TIME TO COMMUNE WITH NATURE; HERE ARE A FEW OF YOUR COZIEST SHOTS FROM THIS SEASON.
Now’s the time to book a trip to this long-lost island paradise. • The remote and undeveloped Mergui Archipelago in Burma’s part of the Andaman Sea has more to offer than just a cruise from afar. As the government begins to hand out more hotel licenses, a few new resorts now offer island stays to help explore this pristine region. Go now, before the word gets out.
Hong Kong’s heritage hub has become the hottest place to eat and drink.
Get inspired by the art scene in Nairobi.
Sleep in the ancient caves of Matera, Italy.
Bangkok is sleeping and eating better than ever.
Singapore’s grande dame is reopening soon, with Crazy Rich menus to boot.
Prague’s culinary map is expanding, and foodie travelers are paying attention.
Luxury stays in Uttarakhand have taken northern India to the next level.
Go vineyard-hopping in France.
Go off-the-beaten-sailing-route on these luxe liveaboards in Indonesia. • New sailing companies are reimagining traditional boats into high-end cruises for intrepid island-hopping.
This is the year tented camps will inherit the Earth.
Toronto is offering Modern art in a new museum as well as on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Follow the Hollywood trail to Scotland.
Historic Hoi An is steering into the future. • An influx of creatives is bringing new life to one of Vietnam’s most beautiful ports.
Experience outback life in the Northern Territory.
Tisvildeleje and the Danish Riviera has all they hygge you can handle.
Oman has earned some extra bling.
Brisbane is having a cosmopolitan coming of age.
Manhattan has a new playground.
Beach-town Boutique • With a prolific population of creative, locally minded cool kids, the place to be in Bali right now is surf town Canggu. Jeninne Lee-St. John visits this healthy hamlet next to Seminyak before the big boys move in.
Paint the Town • The streets of India’s biggest cities are becoming life-sized canvases for the country’s growing street-art movement kickstarted by a local creative foundation. As the project continues to evolve, we document just a few of the eye-catching works livening up the inner-city districts.
National Treasure • Dense with jungle and surrounded by a single enclosed coral reef, the French Polynesian island of Raiatea is also home to one of the world’s rarest blooms. Fighting blood, sweat and masculine pride, Adam H. Graham...