19 journey insiders on the locations they love most

To have fun our new problem, Love & Journey, we requested a few of our favorite travellers to inform us their journey love tales. From engagements in Thailand and Dorset to household reunions in Hong Kong, Ghana and Cornwall, these are the locations that imply probably the most to them and the folks they love most.

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HONG KONG: Gina Jackson, @ginagoesto

Gina is a lodge professional, journey influencer and creator, recognized for her snaps of the UK and past. However Hong Kong is the place which means most to her. ‘Hong Kong is a really particular place for me and my household. It is the place my dad grew up and the place plenty of my household stay, so we have visited as a household yearly since I can bear in mind. Each time my sister and I arrive again in Hong Kong, it appears like a homecoming of types – a part of our id is woven into the town, regardless of us by no means having lived there.’

The place is your favorite place to remain?

‘We have stayed at The Upper House yearly because it opened – the workers really feel like an prolonged household, and at all times make sure that we really feel at dwelling. We love the slick interiors and superb views over central Hong Kong – however it’s the little touches which are most memorable. The workers at all times depart home made candies in our rooms, and even personalised photographs and items to greet us each time we come again.’

What are your favorite locations to go to?

‘In addition to visiting native haunts for dim sum, and conventional Hong Kongese ‘milk cafes’ that may be discovered throughout, I like Yardbird for contemporary Japanese fare, Mott 32 for elevated Chinese cuisine, and Sevva for cocktails with a view (or a decadent afternoon tea). For brunch, my favorite locations are The Cupping Room and NOC, and for good espresso, I like Omotesando and Arabica.’

What do you like most about Hong Kong?

‘I like the juxtaposition of metropolis life and nature. The town is all tall skyscrapers and hustle, however it solely takes you half an hour to journey to extra relaxed, distant components of the island, the place you may go to the seaside or go for hikes. Within the metropolis itself, you will discover a mix of previous and new: skyscrapers draped in bamboo scaffolding sit proper subsequent to conventional market stalls. I additionally love how protected Hong Kong is: it is a metropolis the place I really feel very comfy exploring alone and getting misplaced, realizing that I will at all times stumble throughout one thing new.’


CORNWALL: Laura Jackson

A broadcaster, meals columnist, cookbook creator, podcast host, co-founder and CEO of way of life model Glassette Laura Jackson has rather a lot to say on the subject of journey and way of life. ‘Cornwall is a particular place my household have been holidaying at perpetually. My nice aunt lived in Cornwall till lately and we simply cherished going to go to her. It is also the place I received married – on the seaside surrounded by all of my favorite folks. Now we have been going to the south coast religiously and it is a custom I want to sustain with my circle of relatives. The one draw back is that my secret spot is now-not-so-secret!’

The place do you keep in Cornwall?

‘I like to lease homes, from Kip Hideaways to little Airbnbs. Staying in a brand new place each time feels actually enjoyable and though we now have been to Cornwall one million occasions it provides every journey a brand new sense of journey.’

The place is your favorite place to eat?

‘I presently love going to Newlyn and exploring. We begin with lunch at Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar, adopted by a pint at The Tolcarne Inn and an ice cream at Jelbert’s.’

What do you like most about Cornwall?

‘Some components of Cornwall really feel like England‘s final true wilderness. There’s something so charming in regards to the rugged coastal paths. In the summertime, the blue crystal waters really feel virtually Caribbean-like. There may be nothing extra satisfying than discovering a hidden seaside, taking all of your garments off and going for a swim.’

Jessica Fernando & Renato SotoRyan Wijayaratne

SRI LANKA: Jessica Fernando and Renata Soto

A café, lodge and artist’s residence, Mond is a community-minded house in Hiriketiya on Sri Lanka’s south coast, opened in 2019 by couple Fernando and Soto. Subsequent up is Studio Mond, a group of objects crafted in collaboration with native artisans. ‘As our relationship evolves, so does how we work collectively. We attempt to keep versatile and discuss it out when “issues” come up’

The place is your favorite lodge on the earth?

‘Our favorite place to remain is Tonnara di Scopello in Sicily. In 2015, we went on a street journey by means of Italy with a mattress behind our Volvo. More often than not we parked alongside the coast or within the woods, however we spoiled ourselves by staying at an residence on this former tuna manufacturing unit.’

The place is your favorite bar on the earth?

‘Our prime drink spot is Bar Sacchi, a pure wine bar in Zürich owned by our good friend Claudio. We don’t order: he simply serves us his newest finds.’


GHANA: Stephanie Yeboah, @stephanieyeboah

Stephanie is an award-winning blogger, creator, activist and content material creator. She lives in South London, however the vacation spot which means most to her is the nation she grew up in.

‘Ghana accommodates so many treasured recollections from my childhood, rising up alongside my cousins close to the native sugarcane fields and going to highschool. It was a healthful time.’

Do you could have a favorite lodge in Ghana?

‘I like the Labadi Beach hotel, principally due to the gorgeous white seaside with panoramic views of the coast.’

The place is the very best place for meals?

‘Bloom Bar is certainly one of my favorite spots to eat at and is without doubt one of the hottest bars in Accra. The ambiance is at all times energetic with the very best stay DJs, and their Blackberry Mimosas are to die for! Ghana additionally has the very best street food, stuffed with bursts of flavour and vibrant colors.’

What do you like most about Ghana?

‘The persons are what make Ghana what it’s: they’re a few of the friendliest folks on earth and I’ve at all times been made to really feel extremely welcome.’


PARIS: Madeline Lu, @lumadeline

A photographer, content material creator and journey, way of life and meals blogger, Madeline has lived in every single place from China and Canada to the UK and Switzerland. ‘Paris will at all times have a particular place in my coronary heart – it was one of many first locations we travelled to as a household. Now we have been again a number of occasions through the years, however nonetheless, we haven’t seen sufficient of it. There are at all times new issues to find and expertise.’

The place is your favorite place to remain in Paris?

Le Meurice is certainly one of our absolute favourites. Not solely is it lovely and chic in an understated manner, however it additionally has a implausible location – proper reverse the Jardin des Tuileries and a five-minute stroll to the Louvre.’

The place do you go to eat?

‘I like Restaurant Le Dalí at Le Meurice, Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée, Le Prepare Bleu, and Le Grand Véfour. My favorite Michelin-starred locations are Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse and Marsan by Hélène Darroze. For cafés, I like Carette, Pierre Hermé (they’ve probably the most scrumptious macarons), and Café de Flore.’

What do you like most about Paris?

‘It’s a lovely, culture-rich, numerous and complex metropolis. It has a few of the greatest museums, artwork galleries, opera homes and restaurants in the world. It has been a relentless supply of inspiration for me and my work.’

Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece

NEW YORK CITY: Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece

The most effective-friend duo are behind the model Ashya, which makes lovely leather-based journey equipment, from passport holders to belt luggage and cross-body luggage. In 2022, it will likely be stocked at department shops Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, and the pair will unveil a primary collaboration with an as-yet- unnamed big of the style world. ‘The important thing to our partnership is that we now have a lot real love and respect for one another. We’re elsewhere (me in NYC, Moya in Jamaica), however being nice buddies has helped us to beat all of the obstacles of working a enterprise collectively.’

What’s your favorite lodge on the earth?

‘We love travelling to Santa Monica Proper Hotel. Designer Kelly Wearstler manages to make these actually artistic, textured areas which are additionally cosy, which have impressed our houses. There or Jamaica, which has grow to be a spot of rediscovery, solace and pleasure.’

Matt and Mike FrenchAnastasia Digiallonardo

WEST COAST, USA: Matt and Mike French

The French brothers are behind the Western-style Pioneertown Motel close to Joshua Tree and Captain Whidbey, a restored island inn north of Seattle. ‘We’ve at all times been shut so working collectively felt pure, although our first enterprise in trend was an entire flop. We’ve put plenty of effort into making a relationship that stands the take a look at of time. It additionally helps to be neighbours!’

The place is your favorite lodge on the earth?

‘One among our favorite inns is the Click Clack in Medellín, Colombia. Within the coronary heart of Poblado, it has all of it, from experimental design to numerous eating choices.’

What’s your favorite place on the earth?

‘Our favorite locations are Huge Sur – these monumental views – and Marina del Cantone in Italy. A small cove simply south of Positano, it appears like a dream. From right here, we like to hike to Conca del Sogno seaside membership for drinks.’

Hana Tsukamoto & Irene Chang

KYOTO: Hana Tsukamoto and Irene Chang

Childhood buddies Chang and Tsukamoto opened Maana Properties, a group of restored machiya townhouses for lease in Kyoto, on the finish of 2019. They’re presently engaged on a store and restaurant, in addition to a collection of latest areas.‘We met at boarding college within the USA. I barely spoke English and requested Irene for a dictionary. Then, in 2016 when my mom handed away, we went to Spain collectively to clear my head. Throughout that journey, we determined to work on one thing that excited us and scribbled concepts on a paper tablecloth in a restaurant. The partnership works as a result of we now have full belief. I take care of the artistic and operational facet as I’m based mostly in Kyoto, whereas Irene does the funds. It helps that we grew up collectively; she’s like a sister to me, and we all know one another’s strengths and weaknesses.’

The place is your favorite lodge on the earth?

‘We love locations which are surrounded by nature. Irene’s favorite lodge is Forestis Dolomites in Italy for its stability of wellness and journey. Round Kyoto there are millions of mountaineering trails and gardens; through the pandemic I used to be fortunate sufficient to discover with out anybody round.’

Sonu and Eva ShivdasaniMatt Porteous

THE MALDIVES: Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

The husband-and-wife founders of Soneva inns are pioneers of barefoot eco luxurious within the area. They’re internet hosting the inaugural Jaipur Literary Pageant at Soneva Fushi in Could. ‘We work effectively partly as a result of we now have clear boundaries between work and day without work, so on vacation we are able to focus on ideas however not day-to-day points.’

The place is your favorite place on the earth?

‘Our favorite place on the earth is the Maldives. We spend a lot of the 12 months at Soneva Fushi, and are sometimes on a convention name at our desks when dolphins swim by.’

The place is your favorite lodge on the earth?

‘We love Florence, the place our favorite inns are the Lungarno and Villa San Michele. We nonetheless bear in mind a beautiful lunch on Villa San Michele’s terrace one hazy sunny afternoon, with a really good classic of Sassicaia.’


DORSET: Alice Tate

In addition to her profession as head of PR and communications at The Hoxton Lodge group, Alice can be a devoted journey author and way of life blogger. What began as a Tumblr account within the early 2000s, Flash Anthology become a ardour undertaking exhibiting her travels, writing, passions and pursuits in wellbeing.

What’s the vacation spot you consider while you hear the phrase ‘love’?

Dorset! My boyfriend and I went on the nicest tenting journey there for our first journey out of the primary lockdown and received engaged. We had superb climate, went on attractive coastal walks, and did a lot swimming — it’s going to at all times give me the happiest recollections.’

The place is your favorite place to remain there?

‘Primrose Fields campsite close to Wareham is simply good – it’s a wildflower meadow and simply so relaxed and wonderful.’

The place do you go to eat and drink?

‘The Star and Compass is a good watering gap in Value Matravers. There’s an amazing Nationwide Belief stroll that takes you all alongside the coast path and proper previous the pub — it’s good for a sunny pint or lunch within the solar post-sea-swim at Winspit Quarry.’

What do you like most about Dorset?

‘I like the South West Coast Path a lot – it’s so releasing. Plus, swimming, fish and chips, pub pints, crab sandwiches… What’s to not love?’


USA: Katya Kaykova, @eastlondonmornings

After rising up in Klaipeda in Lithuania, Katya moved to London in 2008 and began a weblog to doc her discoveries. 13 years on, @eastlondonmornings is larger and higher than ever, and Katya travels world wide, uncovering lesser-known spots and journey developments as she goes. ‘It isn’t a vacation spot that makes my journeys so particular, however the reference to my buddies. I like spontaneous, unplanned journeys the place you be happy – and what higher place to expertise freedom than within the USA?’

What’s the vacation spot which means probably the most to you and somebody you like, and why?

‘I’ve a number of locations that imply rather a lot to me due to buddies who stay domestically and make journeys there really feel very particular. Among the best journeys I’ve taken was to California. I initially booked it as a solo journey, however my good friend Katya spontaneously determined to affix me and flew from Portland so we might discover the vineyards of California collectively.’

The place is your favorite place to remain within the USA?

‘In LA, we stayed on this superb residence by Venice Beach. It belonged to a Hollywood movie director and was filled with props from his motion pictures. On a visit to San Francisco with my good friend Natalia, we stayed on this little boat moored at Pier 39. Every morning, we’d get up to greet our neighbours: pleasant sea lions that may come and say hiya. It was an unforgettable expertise.’

The place do you go to eat and drink in your travels?

‘I at all times attempt to ask locals – taxi drivers, Airbnb hosts, and many others – for his or her favorite locations to eat. These are the locations that aren’t prone to be in any information. This was how we stumbled upon Taco Home #1, the very best tacos in the entire of California.’


COLOMBIA: Andrew Sim and Emily Gough, @alongdustyroads

Londoners Andrew and Emily stop their jobs within the UK and headed for Mexico. They launched a journey weblog, Along Dusty Roads, designed to assist folks journey extra and journey higher. ‘We’ve travelled collectively for a decade, and are lucky that we share the identical love for locations. We don’t outline our journey type as being suited to at least one single place, aesthetic, or kind of expertise.’

What’s the vacation spot which means probably the most to you each?

Colombia is the vacation spot which places the largest smile on our faces. With a tumultuous current historical past, the South American nation is writing new tales to alter the narrative. The shoreline, espresso triangle, fairly colonial cities and full of life cultural metropolis hubs beguile each traveller, however it’s the infectious spirit, music, color, and persona of the nation which will get below your pores and skin.’

The place is your favorite place to remain there?

‘On our final journey to Colombia, after a scorching, sweaty bus experience and a bike taxi alongside a number of miles of dusty roads, we discovered a dream-like place referred to as Dos Aguas in Rincón del Mar. Constructed from the sand up by a younger Colombian-Italian couple, the hostel’s sustainability and community-based credentials are refreshingly optimistic and significant, whereas the open-sided wood structure between the tangled mangroves and a secluded seaside is one thing we dreamily reminisce over.’

The place do you go to eat?

‘Anywhere that’s common with locals with out an English-language menu, ideally with vibrant painted partitions and a tempting menú del diá written up on a whiteboard that morning.’

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LONDON: James and Tamara Lohan

Having met on an Ibiza dance ground, the couple based boutique lodge guidebook Mr & Mrs Smith in 2003 – now it’s a reserving web site and curated assortment of world stays. ‘In our early days of courting, we’d repeatedly e book weekends away within the UK that ended up being disappointing street journeys. We thought: there’s received to be a greater lodge information than the one which promoted these locations, so we determined to publish our personal. We prioritised whether or not two might match within the tub and the standard of the Martinis. That was our first expertise of working collectively, and it simply felt proper.’

What’s your favorite restaurant on the earth?

‘One among our favorite eating places is Juan y Andrea on the sands of Playa Illetes in Formentera for an extended lunch of rosé and contemporary fish.’

The place are you travelling to subsequent?

‘We hope to go to Castello di Reschio in Umbria quickly. The property itself is unbelievable – however the transformation of the thousand-year-old fort at its coronary heart is the showstopper.’


CORNWALL: India and Magnus, @haarkon_

Skilled photographers India and Magnus started documenting their travels on their web site in 2015. Now, greater than 200,000 followers eagerly await new photos and sneak peeks into their journeys by way of their web site,, and Instagram.

What’s the vacation spot which means probably the most to you each?

‘For a lot of causes, Cornwall is a spot that we return to time and again. It’s a wonderful a part of the world that we now have a reference to and someplace we each really feel concurrently impressed by; the rugged coastal path, characterful cities and distinctive seashores make us really feel as if there may be at all times extra to see.’

What do you like most about Cornwall?

‘Staring on the sea and watching the sunshine transfer throughout the water; the countless colors and textures of each seaside; seeing the Cornish translations on street indicators; noticing native suppliers on restaurant menus; by no means being far-off from the ocean; the swish and sway of barley in a subject… All of those causes and extra.’


THAILAND: Callie Thorpe, @calliethorpe

Initially from Wales, , Callie Thorpe has stolen hearts throughout the web, selling kindness, positivity and wellbeing. Now dwelling in London, Callie is a speaker, author and podcast host, and founding father of @theconfidencecorner, a digital members’ membership for plus dimension ladies. Plus, her dreamy journey images are sufficient to make you e book a flight instantly.

What’s the vacation spot which means probably the most to you and somebody you like, and why?

‘In 2014 for 5 complete weeks my husband and I travelled collectively throughout South East Asia, however undoubtedly it was Thailand that captured our hearts. The journey altogether took 5 weeks, which was the longest journey we had taken collectively and it actually gave us the chance to get to know one another on a deeper stage. It was additionally the place the place we received engaged. We had been kayaking all day across the islands in Krabi, the place the water was the color of jade. The day ended with a sundown on a wonderful seaside the place I used to be proposed to below an exceptional purple tinged sky. The journey itself cemented a love for journey that has not left us and was the start of our journey into sharing our travels throughout social media.’

Do you could have a favorite place to remain in Thailand?

‘We did a combination of backpacking and mid to luxurious stays throughout our month in Thailand and every had their very own great character. One night time we stayed in a bamboo hut overlooking Cheow Larn Lake, within the coronary heart of Khao Sok Nationwide Park, surrounded by lush inexperienced rainforests and birds singing within the bushes as our morning alarm. We determined to finish the journey in type to have fun our engagement on the five-star Lebua Hotel – the Sky Bar on the sixty fourth ground has one of many highest rooftops on the earth!’

Did you could have a favorite place to eat?

‘I might write an essay on the meals in Thailand and I feel I might go so far as saying it’s the very best meals we’ve ever had on a visit collectively. Chiang Mai was the very best for its road meals, particularly on the well-known Saturday night time market the place they served steaming pots of the area’s well-known dish Khao Soi, a wealthy and savoury soup made with contemporary and crispy noodles, topped with aromatic lime, pickled mustard greens and shallots – it’s really a style sensation.’

What do you like most about Thailand?

‘To not go all ‘Eat Pray Love’ however it’s a kind of locations that by no means leaves you. The panorama, the folks, the range of experiences. It has all the things from seashores to jungles and temples. The meals and flavours are unmatched, and the sunsets are a few of the greatest I’ve ever seen. Maybe it was the love bug that received us, however we each left Thailand feeling enamoured for journey in addition to restored and excited for our future lives. We can’t wait to get again to Thailand to expertise it’s marvel once more.’

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MARRAKECH: Cyrielle Astaing and Julien Phomveha

When creatives Astaing and Phomveha met in Paris, he was an artwork director and she or he was a photographer and mannequin. They moved to Marrakech, opening Riad Jardin Secret in 2015, and now consider inside design tasks.

 ‘We’re a real partnership. Our ardour for artwork, classic furnishings and Moroccan strategies led us to create genuine interiors with a up to date twist at Riad Jardin Secret. Whereas Cyrielle has the artistic drive and intuition to craft new items, I search for the proper supplies, artisans and strategies to show her concepts into actuality.’ 

The place is the very best place to go for a drink?

‘Nothing is ever fallacious when we now have a drink at La Mamounia, a Marrakech establishment since 1923 with a world-class assortment of classic Champagne.’

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PUGLIA: Pascale Lauber and Ulrike Bauschke

Over the previous 27 years, the life and enterprise companions have renovated 16 properties collectively. Their most up-to-date is Paragon 700, a former palace turned lodge in Ostuni, Puglia, which opened in 2020. ‘Our partnership works effectively as a result of we preserve our roles separate. Pascale is the inside designer and architect, and takes possession of all the things design-led. I’m concerned within the renovations and accountable for the funds.’

What’s your favorite restaurant on the earth?

‘Our favorite restaurant is Cooks Warehouse at Beau Constantia, a winery in Cape Town, the place we lived for 13 years. We frequently have the tapas-style menu to share; the southern Thai linefish is particularly scrumptious.’

What’s your favorite lodge to remain in?

‘Our favorite lodge must be Aman Tokyo. From the minimal design to the unbelievable meals and views, it’s the sort of place you need to keep at repeatedly.’

Invoice Bensley & Jirachai RenthongOkay. Wasan Puengprasert

BANGKOK: Invoice Bensley and Jirachai Renthong

Architect Bensley runs his eponymous lodge design studio along with his horticulturalist husband Renthong. They’re behind greater than 200 properties, together with current arrivals The Slate lodge in Phuket and Lodge de la Coupole in Vietnam. ‘We met in late 1989. I noticed Jirachai coming down the steps at a celebration and that was it. He was finding out political science however his real love was crops. We moved in collectively in Bangkok. The home had a naked backyard; inside a 12 months he’d turned it into paradise.’ ‘Our partnership works as a result of we each have our personal tasks so we don’t step on one another’s toes. At dwelling, Jirachai’s ardour is the backyard and mine is portray.’

The place is your favorite place on the earth?

‘Our favorite escape is the wilderness of Mongolia; it’s a spot that the world hasn’t tousled but. You possibly can go for weeks with out seeing anybody.’

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Travis Levius, @misterlevius

After leaving his educating job in Atlanta to maneuver throughout the pond, Travis is now based mostly within the UK. A contract author and editor, content material creator and hospitality guide based mostly in London, he showcases his travels by way of his Instagram account, @misterlevius.

What’s the vacation spot you like most, and why?

‘Although it may not be the commonest vacation spot, I’m certainly in love with Johannesburg in South Africa.’

Do you could have a favorite lodge there?

‘My lodge of desire within the metropolis will depend on my mind-set. If I need a slick metropolis lodge expertise close to the colourful areas of Maboneng and Jewel Metropolis, I’ll mattress down at Hallmark Home. If I need a lush, five-star city oasis for a extra stress-free base, I’d go to The Saxon Lodge & Spa.’

The place is your favorite place for meals?

‘Marble, a wood-fire focussed restaurant and rooftop lounge in an upscale neighbourhood, helped put the town on the culinary map when it opened and stays a favorite hang-out of mine.’

What do you like most about Johannesburg?

‘Johannesburg’s lure is intangible – there’s an essence, a thrumming buzz the town emanates that I am unable to get sufficient of. The folks I’ve met in my many visits are sensible, open-minded and downright fabulous. I’ve made lifelong buddies right here greater than most different locations. It’s the closest place to ‘Wakanda’ for me.’

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