In my last post I started talking about travelling as staying in touch with the world and as “staying in touch with ourselves”. Today, I want to talk to you more about the “pre-part”, about gathering information. Personally, I never use/read travel magazines; I try to avoid arid, same, told over and over again stories by different people as if they all experience the same place in the same way. We all don’t enjoy the same things, that is one of the reasons I started this blog. To show you a lot, told for my perspective, and to then let you pick a little of this and a little of that.
Today you have websites to tell you the facts and people to talk to about their experiences…or, at least, that’s the way it should be. One of my so-called resources is a UK magazine Monocle. Some of you probably know it and are thinking what does Monocle have to do with travel? It’s just news from all over the world… Well, that’s exactly why. Monocle includes Affairs, Business, Culture, Design and Edits category, every of which end with a Briefing – shortcuts on various topics. The reason why I believe it’s a good resource is because, well, except that I don’t perceive travel as sightseeing, it has a different outlook on the country, city, place… Without the usual “you should go there” and “Oh, it’s so beautiful…” you get to form your own opinion after you’ve read the article.
That is how I’ve found out about The Faroe Islands, that you can get there by helicopter, about the society faced with many challenges, their plans for the future and about the distinctive landscape. Also, where will you find out that Paris is building a new sculpture park, that 20,000 immigrants enter Italy illegally every year, about an interesting graphic retail in Barcelona or the art of making kimonos? The positive and the negative sides, they are all in Monocle.
Monocle has also opened its first shop, not long ago, in London. They offer a range of products created in partnership with leading design brands, some of which are very appealing to travellers. If you’re in London, find Monocle shop in 2A George Street.
What are your travel special resources? What is your area of interest?
Stella – European Travelling Advisor