Travel & Outdoor

AFAR Mar/Apr 2018

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abu dhabi the next great cultural capital

Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by starchitect Jean Nouvel, debuted in Saadiyat Cultural District in November 2017, and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will soon follow. The city’s hotels are masterpieces in their own right, notably Emirates Palace and Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. —Kristen Korey Pike, KK Travels Worldwide Abu Dhabi offers a fully urban experience, but with an authentic Middle Eastern feel. Its heritage lives on at places like the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, where you can see an awe-inspiring demonstration of falconry. Unforgettable desert adventures include dune bashing, sandboarding, and camel riding. —Jennifer Wilson-Buttigieg, Valerie Wilson Travel My absolute favorite Abu Dhabi recommendation is the beaches of Saadiyat Island. Most travelers aren’t aware that they rival those of the Caribbean, with crystal-clear blue water and the softest white sand. You can enjoy…

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take the #travelunplugged pledge

THE OTHER DAY, my three-year-old daughter looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Mama, you’re not listening to my words.” She was right. She had caught me in the act: I was mindlessly scrolling through news feeds on my phone and not paying attention to her. I wasn’t listening to her words. Board a subway car or walk down the street: People are tethered to devices as never before. American adults spend nearly five hours a day on smartphones, and an astounding 11 hours a day in front of some kind of screen, be it a personal computer, television, tablet, or phone. At AFAR, we believe that travel offers the chance to step away from the never-ending noise and distractions of modern life, and actually connect with your fellow humans—and the…

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disconnect. and find a deeper connection.

NOVEMBER 29. The morning after my 38th birthday. I’m in midtown Manhattan in a van that’s heading to a meditation center in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. I have meditated before, but not like this. When I arrive, I will take a vow to be silent in body, speech, and mind for 10 days. I am immersing myself in an ancient meditation technique whose ultimate goal is embodied in its name: Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are. I like to take big leaps, and, well, this is a big leap. It is 6:35 p.m. on day 4. For the third time today, I’m spending an hour sitting cross-legged on a cushion, eyes closed, without moving. Before the retreat, I’d never done this for more than 10 minutes, let alone…

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Kevin Faingnaert Photographer Slow and Steady p.78 Rise and shine: “In Dubrovnik, I took most of my photos at 5 a.m., when the streets are less crowded. That’s also when the locals come out to prepare their shops or go for a swim—they have the city to themselves.” The welcome wagon: “This was my third time going to Dubrovnik, but my first time traveling there alone, which made it easier to meet people. One day, a couple saw me taking photos at a bar and invited me to their home. We drank coffee and talked for hours.” Spot more shots: on Instagram @kevinfaingnaert Peter Bohler Photographer A Walk on Japan’s Quiet Side p.66 Hiking in style: “We saw so many wonderful details along Japan’s Kumano Kodo trail— beautiful Buddhist statues and, at one point, a face made out of…

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upstate state of mind

•Sims and Kirsten Harlow Foster were once among the stressed-out Manhattanites they now try to lure from the city. The husband-and-wife team recently opened the DeBruce, an inn located on 600 acres in the town of Livingston Manor in the Catskill Mountains, a two-hour drive north of New York City. Sims, who was born in Livingston Manor, and Kirsten are part of a group of entrepreneurs who are reviving this historic vacation area, dubbed the Borscht Belt during its mid- 20th-century heyday, when hundreds of local resorts catered to Jewish families. The food-focused DeBruce is one of four inns the Fosters have opened in the western Catskills to create an immersive escape for nature-starved city dwellers. “In today’s fast-paced digital world,” Kirsten says, “we crave a more grounded, analog lifestyle, which is…

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let’s get lost

Where’s our blue locator dot? Staring down at the blanket-size map of Sweden, I knew logically that a piece of paper couldn’t reveal our coordinates. But it wasn’t until that moment, sitting in a rental car at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, that I grasped how completely technology had infiltrated my consciousness. Without that little blue dot reassuring me that we were at least facing the right direction, I couldn’t figure out how to begin. You asked for this, I reminded myself. I had wanted to spend a week driving across Sweden without the help of technology. And fortunately, Jeannie, my travel partner for life, was game to forgo Google Maps for the paper kind, Yelp for actually talking to people, and our iPhones for an Instax instant camera with only 60 sheets of…