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Baden-Baden

– the elegant Spa-Resort in the Black Forest

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The wld’s “mt beautiful casino“ Today, the town of Baden-Baden presents itself as a modern spa resort and cultural centre. Here, all relaxation needs are catered for thanks to the thermal baths with their 2000-year-old history and the magnificent parks and gardens. Besides these, attractions such as Europe’s Located in inopera the house BlackandForest, combines Mediterranean second largest concert Baden-Baden hall – the Festspielhaus, the Kurhaus, the Trinkhalle, flair with the elegance of the Belle Epoque theCulture cosmopolitanism a major city. ofBaden-Baden, with its two thermal baths is an oasis for the theatreand and the Mile traversing theofparks and gardens the Lichtentaler Allee enable Baden-Baden to position itself as a refined international hotspot. spa, beauty and wellness. The town, where everything is in walking distance, is also a paradise for culture Join us on a virtual of our town. Experience Baden-Baden up closeopera and in 360 degreesmany museums and “the world’s most enthusiast. Thetour Festspielhaus - Germany’s biggest house, with the enclosed virtual reality viewer. Or scan the pictures in this brochure with your mobile beautiful to Marlene Dietrich, located in Baden-Baden. device for ancasino”, impressive,according 360-degree, augmented reality experienceare of the sights – and that’s without using the VR viewer. 1. DOWNLOAD: install the free virtual & augmented reality app on your mobile device. 2. Augmented reality experience using this brochure. SCAN: align the camera with one of the pictures in the brochure and explore the attraction in 360 degrees. 3. Virtual reality experience with the VR viewer. Be a part of the action and visit our attractions in 360 degrees with the enclosed VR viewer. Open the packaging for more information. Have fun!

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LESS TRAVELED 18 FOOD Street food around the world. A GLANCE 24 AT Romantic universe in Bora Bora.

CULTURE 44 BALINESE An Indonesian photographic journey.

FAMILY SPRING BREAK 28Let’s take the kids to Mexico.

FESTIVALS 56 MUSIC Must attend festivals for 2017.

CANADA 32 VANCOUVER 48 hours on the West Coast.

EDITOR 64 TRAVELLING Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong.

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SPRING 2017 Spring is in the air and travel lovers like you are planning their next big adventure. From family and couple getaways, to adventure, foodie and cultural journeys, this issue of DRIFT brings you countries, hotels and events for every type of traveler. Come along on the journey! 4 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

WEEKEND 38 GIRLS Sharing time in Victoria, B.C.

ECUADOR 72 FASCINATING Quito and its many delights.

76 #WHERETONEXT A Northern Ireland road trip.


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EDITOR Tolkien once wrote:

NOT ALL THOSE WHO WANDER ARE LOST. So true! Once, we were all nomads; a race that was never meant to stay in one place for a lifetime. Perhaps that is why so many of us have an insatiable need to discover the world. I love to journey to new places. Don’t you? In this issue of DRIFT, we are off to explore the world with interesting articles and exquisite travel photography from more than 30 countries! Enjoy a photographic journey of Balinese culture, a family spring break trip to Mexico, and DRIFT picks for the seven most beautiful national parks on the planet! It is the season of fresh beginnings, and the perfect time to plan the trip of a lifetime. What is on your travel bucket list? I would love to hear about your travel plans as well as countries, events or cultures you would like to see featured in DRIFT. Email me or tag me on Instagram (below). I cannot wait to hear from you. In the meantime, turn the page and come along on the journey! Travel often and live well,

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GIRLS ONLY WEEKEND IN VICTORIA, BC CANADA

This vibrant coastal city on Vancouver Island is the perfect place to stay, spa, eat and shop.

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WHERE THE COOL KIDS STAY IN HONG KONG

Spacious, chic and affordable living in Hong Kong is hard to find and I uncovered a rare gem!

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FINDING THE PAST IN A MODERN ECUADOR Tracey Drake Editor-In-Chief | Creative Director email: editor@DRIFTtravel.com instagram: @TraceyDrakeEditor

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Unexpectedly modern, and unapologetically traditional two reasons I love Quito.


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7 NATIONAL PARKS TO VISIT IN 2017

BY: JOSIE SALDAT

Regarded as somewhat of a lost travel art, national parks have fallen from the peripheral of many travelers. However, the roots of why we travel, and the many wonders we hope to discover on our journeys, is deeply seeded in the world’s national parks. DRIFT is sharing our recommendations for seven outstanding national parks. You might want to include one of these in your travel plans!

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BANFF NATIONAL PARK Canada

Known as “The Canadian Rockies” or “the high backbone of the lower 48”, the Rocky Mountains is a span of dramatic and diverse wilderness stretching 3,000 miles with peak elevation at Mount Elbert of 14,449 feet. On the Canadian side of the Rockies lies its crown jewel, Banff National Park, which is Canada’s first National Park and the world’s third. Covering 2,564 square miles, the park consists of glacier mountains, lush forest, fresh raging rivers, valleys and hot springs.

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2. Iguaza National Park

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IGUAZÚ NATIONAL PARK Argentina

Located in the Northeastern tip of Argentina and bordering Brazil lies one of the world’s most visually stunning natural sites, Iguazú National Park. The heart of the park is a semicircular waterfall which covers 2,700 miles in width and 262 feet in height and flows into the Iguazú River’s “big water”. Dense broadleaf forest covers a protected area of 259 square miles. This park is home to an array of rare endangered species including the giant otter and anteater and was declared an UNESCO World Heritage to protect the environment and value as heritage to humanity.

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

United States of America Nestled between North Carolina and Tennessee is a magical mountainous region, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Not only is this the busiest park in the nation – over nine million visitors per year, but also one of the oldest mountain ranges in America. Spanning across 816 square miles, this park is filled with hikers, campers, wildlife enthusiasts, bikers, horseback riders and more. With a large range of vegetation and old-growth and home to over one hundred native species, the park is an international biosphere reserve.


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ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK Namibia

Covering a vast total of 8,598 square miles in Namibia, Etosha National Park is one of the world’s greatest wildlife sanctuaries. Mirages blur the distant horizon on this enormous stretch of white sand that matches the size of Holland. During dry season, herds of animals flock to waterholes and visitors can experience the majestic scenery of wildlife on the savanna plains. Etosha is home to elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs and many other game as well as 340 bird species.

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GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK Australia Accessible by sea or sky, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia is the largest living structure on Earth. This 1,430 mile long park is known as “Australia’s great natural wonder” and is visible from space. It is home to the world’s largest coral reef; this natural masterpiece is heaven to scuba divers and snorkelers wanting to study marine species.

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FUJI-HAKONE-IZU NATIONAL PARK Japan It is no wonder why this National Park is one of the most sought after places to soak in mother nature. The park is divided into four large scale areas including hot springs and Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji at 12,388 feet above sea level. Originating from volcanic activity, this park covers 463 square miles and is noted for representing the true natural beauty of Japan.

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FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK New Zealand Occupying the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand is Fiordland National Park. 4,826 square miles of skyscraper fiords and wonderment of unexplored land with only 311 miles of walking trails, which barley scratch the surface of New Zealand’s largest National Park. Mitre Peak, at 5,551 feet above the sea level is one of the numerous remarkable sights here.

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THE FOOD

LESS TRAVELED BY: FRANK BURES The best meal I ever ate was at a roadside restaurant in the middle of Nigeria. I was in a microbus heading north through an otherworldly landscape strewn with giant boulders. It was midmorning when we pulled over at an open-air restaurant. The counter where people were ordering was jammed. An old man, seeing my confusion, explained the menu and ordered for me. We sat down, and the waiter brought our food: a ball of pounded yam and a bowl of egusi soup, made with crushed melon seeds and containing a hunk of beef. The waiter asked if I wanted utensils. I looked around. No one else had them. The old man leaned over. ‘You know,’ he remarked, ‘they say your food tastes better when you eat it with your hands.’ So I waved the waiter off, broke off a piece of yam, dipped it in the soup, and scooped up a piece of the meat. It all melted together in my mouth, sweet, savory, and delicious. The meat was tender and rich from stewing in a sauce. Sometimes I still wonder why that meal was so transcendent. I was very hungry, but that can’t have been the whole reason. It must have had something to do with the experience with the people, the place, the journey itself. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 19


Of the 5,000 or so meals I’ve eaten in my life so far, only a few stand out in my mind. Most of those I’ve eaten while traveling. I remember, for example, sitting with my wife in a field next to the Cloudy Bay Vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand, with some cheese and bread. In the tasting room, we’d emptied our pockets and pushed a pile of change across the counter for the cheapest bottle of sauvignon blanc they had. We lay in the grass, gazing at the mountains in the distance, sipping one of the best wines in the world. I can still taste its fruity crispness. I felt the same sense of perfection at a pizzeria in Italy and at a tiny holein-the-wall restaurant in Thailand. Some meals, of course, are memorable for less idyllic reasons. In Tanzania, where I was teaching school, we were once served rice with a kind of cow stew poured over it. Dora, the other American teacher, leaned over to me. ‘Do you want these?’ she asked, pointing to some large meaty tubes and a bit of stomach lining. ‘Sure,’ I said. When no one was looking, she forked them onto my plate. I ate them happily. Strange food can be one of the great joys of travel, but there’s an art to eating it. It has to do with letting go of what you think food should be, and being open to what it is. If you can do this, you will be rewarded with an expanded sense of what

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you can love. You will also, with any luck, develop a strong stomach. Even then, food may sometimes defeat you. On my way through Burkina Faso in West Africa, my bus pulled over near some vendors, and everyone climbed down to get something to eat. Cuts of goat and sheep sizzled on a grill. I got a packet of mutton wrapped in newspaper, which was salty and delicious. But I was still hungry, so I pointed to something else, which was half the price. This seemed like a bargain until I realized after a few bites that I’d ordered a kind of meat Twinkie: a creamy fat center encased in a golden layer of tripe. It remains one of the few things I haven’t been able to finish. The search for new and different flavors has long been one of the great joys of travel. In fact, the quest for flavors helped drive the age of exploration. When Vasco da Gama landed on the Malabar Coast of India, he was asked what he’d come for. He said, ‘Christ and spices.’ Columbus headed west for the same reason, and when Magellan’s ship arrived in Spain in 1522 (without Magellan) after sailing around the world, it was loaded down with spices.

Travel is written in the food in front of you. If you go to Bologna, Italy, you might order lasagna in hopes of eating an authentic Italian meal. And it is one except that two of the main ingredients are not native to Italy. Pasta arrived from North Africa in the early Middle

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Ages, and the tomato which came from the Americas along with potatoes, corn, peppers, avocados, and squash didn’t appear in Italian recipes until the 1700s, and was originally called pomo di moro, or ‘apple of the Moors.’ Everywhere people have traveled, conquered, or proselytized, they have left culinary tracks. The baguette is sold all across Frenchspeaking West Africa, where it’s sliced open and slathered with meats and sauces. In former French colonies like Vietnam and

Cambodia, you will find those same baguettes filled with cilantro, marinated meat, and vegetables. Across East Africa, corn is a staple of local diets, often ground and made into a kind of porridge. In Somalia, the Italian and Indian influences have led to dishes such as pasta with goat meat and mild curries.

a little Vietnamese restaurant, where no English is spoken, I stop in regularly for the banh mi sandwich. At an East African restaurant, not far from my house, the ugali (stiff maize porridge) and nyama choma (roasted meat) bring me closer to Tanzania than I’ve been in many years.

As I walk around Minneapolis, where I live now, I inhale the smells of kitchens from around the world. I stroll through Asian grocery stores and wonder at the fishballs and giant waterbugs. At

And that is what I love most about food when opening my mouth means opening my mind, and I’m transported into another world.

FIVE TIPS FOR STREET EATING You’ll find some of the best (and cheapest) food in the world at street stalls. Many travelers fear what their local health department might say, but the food is often at least as safe as your hotel buffet. Here are a few tips: 1. GET IT HOT: Fresh off the fire is best, so look for food that’s prepared while you wait. 2. FOLLOW THE CROWD: Local people know which food is the best, and the safest. 3. HOLD THE MAYO: A condiment such as mayonnaise must be refrigerated. If a sandwich looks like it’s been sitting out for a while, steer clear. 4. ICE? NOT SO NICE: Order drinks without ice, because you don’t know if treated water was used to make the cubes. 5. LIVE A LITTLE: If you do get a stomach bug, it’s usually not a big deal and will pass in a day or so. If you’re worried about it, bring along some Pepto-Bismol or Imodium.

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CENTRE OF THE ROMANTIC UNIVERSE BY: ELIZABETH DEAN

On this mystical island with its necklace of white-fringed coral islets, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora redefines the South Seas escape. Exotic overwater suites, sprawling beach front villas with pools and a cathedral-like spa immerse you in ultramodern comforts and the warm and welcoming spirit of French Polynesia. Romantics from around the world have laid claim to this island where castle-like Mount Otemanu pierces the sky and perfect white sand beaches give way to emerald waters. From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and amenities of the over-water bungalows, Bora Bora is the most romantic island in the world. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 25


Tidal bore rafting. There’s nothing quite like that moment when the river shifts directions and goes from serene to exhilarating. And just think, rafting the most extreme tides in the world is only one of the things in Nova Scotia that will make your heart skip a beat.

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BY: TODD TALBOT Since attending a friend’s wedding in Playa Del Carmen a few years ago, our children have been missing Mexico. Many times, they have come up with the brilliant idea; “Let’s go to Mexico today!” So when my wife and I found ourselves with a week off, we jumped at the chance to take the kids back to the land of warm weather and all-you-can-eat Jell-O! With the stress of flying, living out of suitcases, sleeping in close quarters and eating out every meal in public, family trips may not always feel relaxing. An allinclusive resort can certainly take the work out of the vacation and most of the stress too.

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Our first step was choosing a vacation package through AirTransat. We went online and chose the ‘family’ option. Their website (transat.com) populates all the options for southern destinations in the Family Collection. These properties are geared towards families because they offer multiple activities and options for the kids which in turn provides a relaxing holiday for parents. All the resorts in the Family Collection accommodate families of four or more. Here’s what we loved about our family vacation in Cancun … WHITE SANDY BEACH Trading in the rocky shores and ice cold waters of the west coast for sand that you can sink your feet into and a tropical ocean can really set the mind at ease. We spent the first day of our stay at Dreams Playa Mujeres alternating between the surf and the sand; jumping waves, building sand castles or laying in the sun. By the time we finished our ultimate sand fortress we couldn’t believe it was dinnertime already. KID FRIENDLY DINING Our kids do not love eating out for the main reason that they have to be patient for everything. With the allinclusive buffet at our resort there was never a wait for a table and the kids could go straight to the food and choose exactly what they wanted to eat. And the promised reward of a wiggly-jiggly dessert, made healthy dinner choices that much more enticing. 30 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM


KIDS CLUB Because family vacations often turn into kid vacations served by parents, some adult time is the final step to really feeling like you got away from it all. The Explorer’s Club at Dreams Playa Mujeres really was a benefit. There were so many fun things for the kids to do including bungee trampoline jumping, a climbing wall, water park, smoothies, movies, arts and crafts and Lego-building. Our kids didn’t miss us at all. We were able to go to dinner or for a swim in the adult infinity pool and connect with each other. At the heart of it all, connecting with each other makes any vacation great but with all-inclusive meals, a kids’ club and the beach at your fingertips, a Mexican holiday makes it a dream…for everyone in the family.

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VANCOUVER BY: SYLVIA TENNANT There is much to discover in British Columbia’s largest city. It’s packed with trendy, sophisticated neighborhoods that deliver a combination of laid-back coastal vibes, multicultural diversity and tailored luxury offerings. Vancouver has consistently ranked in the top 10 best global travel destinations and is one of the most livable cities on the planet. Hugging the Pacific coastline, one can easily get lost in the surrounding natural wonders and forget that a fully-loaded metropolis lies here.

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The Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s outstanding downtown location and historical significance is my top pick for a stay in the City of Glass. Opened in 1927, this was the first hotel to bring luxurious ambiance to Vancouver and it has hosted a long list of royalty and Hollywood’s elite ever since. The Rosewood offers a glimpse back to that time with its opulent decor and swanky Prohibition Bar, where you’ll find live jazz and an impressive cocktail list. The rooms are spacious and elegant with plenty of specialized amenities (including a 24-hour 32 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

fragrance butler). The hotel also features an extensive Canadian art collection sprinkled throughout the lobby and halls. If you’re an over-packer like me, do not worry, Marlene Dietrich once brought 40 suitcases with her.

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Start with breakfast and tea at Canada’s only TWG Tea Salon (1070 W. Georgia Street). Conveniently located just a few blocks from the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this mecca of luxury tea culture boasts a collection of over 800 varieties of elegant blends and harvests derived from source gardens in every teaproducing country in the world.

They also offer an incredible array of tea-infused gastronomy - I’m still dreaming of the Darjeeling Quiche. Wonderfully formal, yet warm and inviting, the TWG Tea experience is world-class. Or head to the ocean for dinner. On the edge of downtown is Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio (1600 Howe Street, #2), a restaurant inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Their menu draws on Peruvian and Japanese influences, featuring sustainable seafood and local ingredients. Cultural fusion is a hallmark of Vancouver and the dining scene is no exception.

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Skyline view - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The best part about Vancouver is that it caters to a variety of interests within a very localized area. Adventurous? Hike the Grouse Grind to be rewarded with awe-inspiring views and fresh mountain air. Love a good stroll? The Sea Wall around Stanley Park is easily accessible and wonderfully scenic, especially at sunset. Granville Island has been a top tourist destination for years, and for good reason. It is filled with the colors, smells, and energy of a fast-paced food market, and is lined with an assortment of artisan shops and locally owned eateries. While I do recommend a structured visit, leave some wiggle room in your schedule – you never know when a pod of whales will put on a show.

SHOP

Vancouver is bursting with great shopping. From South Granville’s long row of boutiques to Main Street’s colorful array of local goods, there is a district to suit Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Eastside Flea Market taste. My advice? Have a game plan. If you happen to be in the city on a weekend, you may have a shot at experiencing one of Vancouver’s newest cultural hubs, the Eastside Flea. As a vintage-obsessed serial shopper, I can confirm that it doesn’t get any better than this.

Some of Vancouver’s best pickers are curated among emerging local brands and artisanal foods to create what I believe to be the best kind of shopping: sustainably minded, community-driven and inclusive. Add old-school music playlists and a bar? Not. To. Be. Missed.

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So there it is. My recommendations for your most amazing forty eight hours in Vancouver. Whether you’re passing through or a returning traveler, you’ll find a million reasons to fall in love with this vibrant coastal city.

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We are all guilty of over packing. It seems to be almost impossible to figure out what you want to take and what you will NEVER use. Do you really need a 28” suitcase for two or three days?

FOR HER What you DON’T need: 1. MORE THAN 3 PAIRS OF SHOES: A pair for night with some height, a pair for day and a pair for activities or play (pack 2 + wear 1). 2. MORE THAN 4 MAKEUP ITEMS: A lipstick that works day to night, mascara, a multi-stick and a sheer foundation with SPF. (*Leave the eye shadow, contouring kit and eyeliner at home). 3. MORE THAN ONE PAIR OF JEANS: Pick a cropped medium wash with a little stretch that works with flats and heels. 4. LOADS OF JEWELRY: Two pairs of earrings (one stud and one dangle for night), a cuff that goes from day to night and one necklace. Pick a metal: silver or gold. 5. BULKY SWEATERS: They are not versatile and take up too much suitcase real estate! Think multitasking layers!

HIS & HERS

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FOR HIM What you DON’T need: 1. SHAVING GEAR: Go ahead - let it grow for the weekend! Beards have been proven to produce pheromones. Grrrrrrrrrr! 2. RANDOM ITEMS: Think in terms of outfits that you will actually need. Men tend to under-pack and what they do pack is usually what they don’t need. Think Garanimals for adults. . 3. YOUR FAVE SPORTS TEAM APPAREL: Unless you are headed to the Superbowl for your weekend away, save it for your buddies at home. You’re a grownup - dress like one. 4. BAD SHOES: As in old, worn, out of date and not in style. A pair for night, a pair for day and a pair for activities or play (pack 2 + wear 1) 5. ALL YOUR SPORTS GEAR: It’s only a weekend, you won’t have time to use it all and unless you are a scratch golfer with custom clubs, you can rent whatever you need.

ERIC'S EXPERT TRIP TIPS: • • •

Your skin is your biggest organ, protect it with a hat and sunscreen. Leave delicate or items that wrinkle easily at home - you don’t need the headache. A weekend trip demands a carry-on suitcase - no waiting time for your luggage and no chance of it getting lost.

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GIRLS WEEKEND IN VICTORIA ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA

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BY: TRACEY DRAKE I have come to learn that weekend getaways are a necessary ingredient for sanity. A few days stolen from the chaos of everyday living. Somewhere not too far away and with someone you love spending time with. A few months ago, I spent a weekend in Victoria, BC on Canada’s West Coast, with my very good friend, Dana. Together, we planned the perfect retreat that included a lovely boutique hotel, amazing locally sourced dining, sightseeing, spa time and of course, shopping! With the mildest weather in all of Canada, and pretty as an English postcard charm, Victoria is a wonderful island city that hums with tourist activity pretty much all year. The historic downtown core hugs up against the beautiful inner harbor and almost everything is within walking distance.

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Dana and I were searching for a boutique hotel property that could live up to our much anticipated girls weekend. We chose Magnolia Hotel & Spa, located at 623 Courtney Street in the downtown center, just one block from the water. It is a 64-room boutique hotel that offers elegant and spacious updated suites, onsite dining, a full-service spa, and genuine hospitality that did not go unnoticed. For the last four years, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa as been named Top Luxury Hotel in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® Travelers’ Choice® awards we were obviously in good hotel hands! It’s the little things... We each had our own hotel rooms (one of us is a night owl and one of us snores!). Our 7th floor rooms overlooked the city and had a refined mix of dark wood furniture with modern touches, and raw silk inspired walls. The bathroom, which offered L’Occitane toiletries, was truly spa-like with a huge soaker tub and separate glass shower. The room details like the oversized plush “curl up with champagne for a girls talk marathon” armchairs, cozy gas fireplace and evening views of the twinkling lights on the BC Parliament buildings made our stay that much more memorable. 40 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM


Staff always remembered our names and nothing was overlooked; we reveled in being made feel special with nightly turn-down service, handmade chocolates on our bedside tables, fresh fruit and in-house filtered water. Hot breakfast was included, and Catalano’s Restaurant on the hotel’s main level, serves up a lovely morning menu with specialty coffees and eggs Benedict. Of course, a girls weekend is not complete without an indulgent trip to the spa and it was awesome that we didn’t have to leave the building to get pampered! We both opted for the Transformation Pedicure, which began with a luxurious foot soak, followed by customized exfoliation, nail shaping, cuticle grooming, lotion and polish. Feeling like royalty, Dana chose ruby red and I chose sapphire blue for our polish colors. We were relaxed, polished and ready to take on the city! Dana and I both appreciated that the Magnolia staff were so knowledgeable about Victoria, and provided us with insider tips on the best places to visit, suggestions on where to eat dinner, and even pointed us in the direction of a TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 41


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Street) down a hall and through big doors, you will be blown away by its sophisticated ambiance and impressive menu. Ingredients are sourced from their own working farm and you can really taste the difference. Plates are created by a skilled chef with an exceptional palate. We recommend: Meat & Cheese Board: House cured meats and local cheese - house made jam, olives, pickled vegetables, ale and caraway mustard.

Chicken Liver Pate: Sliced thick and served with toasted puff rice, freshly baked brioche. Grilled Celery Root: Wild mushrooms, potato chips, black pepper sauce. Duck Breast: Lentils, fennel, charred pear puree, pear duck sauce.

If it is true that a change is as good as a rest, then it is also true that when you combine a quick weekend rest with a change of scenery, and share it with a good friend, it is doubly restorative and rejuvenating. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always allow for long trips and vacations. Think about packing your weekender bag and doing a little West Coast island hopping.

Local Berryman Farm Pork Belly: N’duja croquettes, roasted parsnips, pickled apple, apple cider, n’duja gastrique. Chocolate Ganache: Chocolate ganache, house made farm sorbet, honeycomb, berry coulis, chocolate streusel.

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BALI a photographic journey

Featured Photographer: Steve Drake Steve has traveled more than 50,000 miles over the last twelve months, photographing people, places and events around the globe. In a recent trip to Indonesia, Steve’s lens was captivated with the rare authenticity and cultural richness of Bali and he captured a series of images that tell the stunning story of every day Balinese life.

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Photographer Notes (left, above and previous page): Tirta Empul (which means Holy Spring) temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple that was constructed around a water spring during the Warmadew Dynasty in 962 A.D. Balinese Hindus consider the water to be sacred, and make the pilgrimage from all over Indonesia, to worship at Tirta Empul.

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Photographer Notes (left and below): The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud is a popular tourist attraction. However, it is also an important nature reserve and Hindu temple to the Balinese people. Capturing families of monkeys, including newborns, in their habitat was exceptional.

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Photographer Notes: Known as a Pura, Hindu temples are a place of worship for the Balinese people. Temples are constructed in accordance to rules and rituals rooted in Balinese architecture. As a photographer, it is an honor to be able to photograph and document the special religious temples in Bali. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 51


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Photographer Notes (left and above): Frequent offerings to the Hindu Gods are part of daily living in Bali, and you quickly notice colorful flowers everywhere. It is customary in Bali, when praying or entering a temple of worship to wear a sarong and selendang (sash).

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BALI, INDONESIA is an island in Southeast Asia, known for its lush jungles, working rice paddies, volcanic mountains and amazing beaches. Bali is home to three million people as well as many temples and religious sites including Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and Tirta Empul. Arts, culture and wellness

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are alive and well in Bali, making it a favorite travel destination for those seeking authentic and immersive experiences. Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud are popular tourist towns. The island is also known for yoga and meditation retreats. To learn more about travel to Bali, visit balitourismboard.org.


Bal i i s on e of th e few c u l t u r e s wi t h o r i g i n s i n o n e o f t h e g r e a t anci en t c u l tu res w h i c h i s s t i l l a l i v e .

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FESTIVALS

you need to see BY: JOSIE SALDAT

If your travel plans this summer include experiencing a music festival up close and personal, we’ve done the legwork for you. Here are seven of the best festivals on the planet, and oh - don’t forget to your gum boots!

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GLASTONBURY Worthy Farm, Somerset, UK June 21-25

Radiohead, Ed Sheeren and the Foo Fighters have been confirmed amongst this year’s line-up and you can always expect top-charting artists to grace the iconic Glastonbury stages. For festival attendees, this festival really does have everything. It is not only the largest greenfield festival, but is also has distinct socio-geographic regions with a Pyramid in the center of the grounds. Stretching over 900 acres in the Vale of Avalon, Glastonbury has steadily grown in popularity and size over the past four decades since their opening in 1970. FESTIVAL FACT: The festival will have a drive-in cinema this year. TICKETS: glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

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EXIT Petrovaradin, Serbia July 6-9

This award-winning summer music festival held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, originated as a youth movement. Known for their diverse selection of performers and enthusiastic crowds of youth, Exit continues to draw in unique international rock, pop and EDM sensations. With an incredible historic medieval setting and the positive energy of Novi Sad the festival has welcomed millions of people from over 60 countries over the years.

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FESTIVAL FACT: Began in 2000 when a crowd of students fighting for democracy rallied against the Milosevic regime. TICKETS: exitfest.org


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TOMORROWLAND Boom, Belgium July 21-23 & July 28-30

Tomorrowland has become one of the largest and most unique electronic music festivals (EDM) with an emphasis on free spirit mentality and good vibes only. Priding themselves upon their other worldly art installations, Tomorrowland welcomes more than a quarter of a million people to dance and celebrate in their artistic valley. With 30 stages and over 400 DJ’s, this extravagant festival has been a front runner for the best vibrant and eccentric style. FESTIVAL FACT: Inside the main stage there is a VIP restaurant, fronted by a Michelin star chef, boasting some of the finest cuisine, Each plate of food can cost $1,000, but some of the proceeds go to charity! TICKETS: tomorrowland.com

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PEMBERTON Pemberton, BC, Canada July 13-16

Just north of Whistler, British Columbia, Pemberton Music Festival happens in the valley near Mount Currie. Dubbed as “Canada’s biggest camping and music event”, Pemberton has gained popularity quickly in the few years it’s been around. The festival grounds includes camping for over 40,000 attendees spread over several acres. Powered by top-charting headliners, crowds include a diverse group of generations. FESTIVAL FACT: The festival gives back to its location. The Pemberton Music Festival Community Fund has given over $100,000 in grants to non-profits supporting community developments. TICKETS: pembertonmusicfestival.com

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SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS Byron Bay, Australia July 21-23

Australia’s largest winter music festival attracts a new community into the surf hub of Byron Bay. Mixing contemporary artists and major headline acts, this festival has welcomed Coldplay, The Strokes, Kanye West and more - mixing top charting musicians with fashion and beauty pop-ups from Kiehl’s, Rimmel London and Aveda! So the answer is yes, you can get a pre-festival blow-out. FESTIVAL FACT: Splendour in the Grass offers a stylish escape to the on-going music – a day spa and a mini mall! TICKETS: splendourinthegrass.com

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ROCK EN SEINE Paris, France August 25-27

If rock music is your genre of choice, Rock en Seine is for you! This three-day rock music festival in Paris is situated in the Park of “Domaine national de SaintCloud” a garden designed in the 17th century. The festival offers acts from rock, indie and rap megastars and since 2003 has grown to be one of the most anticipated musical events in Europe. Five stages will continuously host musicians – so with every turn a new genre of live music will grace your ears. FESTIVAL FACT: There’s a mini festival on the ground outskirts with music and workshops for 6-10 year olds. TICKETS: rockenseine.com

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BURNING MAN Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA August 27-September 4

Festival-goers join forces and co-create “Black Rock City”, the temporary metropolis for the week long festival dedicated to art, community and radical selfexpression. Each year a new theme is set – 2017 is Radical Ritual. More than a music festival, Burning Man has become a cultural movement that digs deep into music, art, and fashion with an immersive atmosphere offering the experience of a lifetime.

FESTIVAL FACT: The festival is guided by ten principles that attendees are encouraged to embrace: radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self- expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy. TICKETS: burningman.org

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BY: TRACEY DRAKE My first time in Hong Kong and I wanted to make sure that I had a unique experience. I know that everyone stays in the Central and Kowloon districts, where you can find big brand hotels, fine dining and designer shops, but I wasn’t looking for that kind of Hong Kong memory. I went on a quest to find out where adventurous, urban travelers were staying in Hong Kong and I happened upon Ovolo Southside. I am so glad that I did. Set in the up-and-coming Southside neighborhood, this hip area is teeming with art galleries, coffee shops, and green spaces with easy 64 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

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access to transit. Before I checked in, I knew that Ovolo Southside was formerly a warehouse, but I was so pleased to see that Ovolo Hotels had maintained much of the building’s original industrial charm - embracing its working class roots, which cleverly speaks to a whole new generation of world travelers. The loft-like rooms are trendy and well thought out, with great modern amenities, AppleTV, free mini-bar and room to stretch out after a long day of sightseeing. The main lobby (LoLounge) is uber chic, with a firstrate Italian coffee bar, pool table and Mid Century modern decor that doubles as a comfortable lounge and common work area. I wanted to live in Above, the rooftop bar lounge like literally move in! It was the best 66 . DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

place to just relax, order a cocktail and take in the stellar views. The artwork on and around the hotel is quite something. You could spend hours just taking it all in, and learning about the Hong Kong artists that created each piece. I had a few favorites - the Made In Hong Kong neon sign that was tucked away in a stairway, the wordy elevator interior and the graffiti murals on the walls outside Cirqle, the modern bistrostyle restaurant on the fourth floor. Whatever your Hong Kong day looks like, you can get everywhere from here. One afternoon, we walked down to Aberdeen Fishing Village an unforgettable experience. Another day, we hopped on a bus, grabbed the MTR and headed to Tai Po Market

with Hong Kong Food Tours for an exceptional day of authentic, local cuisine (including snake soup). If you’re a foodie, I highly recommend this tour. Hong Kong’s first warehouse conversion hotel, Ovolo Southside is a master-class in urban architecture and contemporary art, and a perfect option for those looking for a fresh, new take on a Hong Kong experience. Learn more about Ovolo Southside at ovolohotels.com.

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THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT NEW YORK'S

WALDORF ASTORIA BY: SARAH SMITH | BOOKING.COM

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othing speaks grand Americana more than the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel. Home-away-fromhome to kings and queens, it is American hospitality royalty at its best. The curtain went down on the hotel’s historic 86-year run on Park Avenue in March, and the property will now undergo a multi-year renovation and partial condominium conversion. The hotel was sold in early 2015 to Angang Insurance Group for a whopping $1.95 Billion dollars - the most expensive hotel ever sold. Here are a few more things you probably didn't know about New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel.

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Presidential U.S. President Herbert Hoover opened the hotel in October 1931. Every U.S. president since then has stayed in the 2,245-square-foot Presidential Suite. Historical Firsts It was the first hotel to offer room service in the U.S. and the first major hotel in the world to employ women as chefs, beginning in 1931. It was also the first hotel to feature electricity and private bathrooms in all its rooms. Tasty Fare The delicious truth is that the Waldorf Salad, Eggs Benedict, Red Velvet cupcakes and Thousand Island salad dressing were invented there.

Secret Train Tunnel There's a hidden train tunnel that runs from Grand Central to the base of the Waldorf Astoria. President Roosevelt used this secret tunnel to enter the hotel so that people didn't know he was in a wheelchair. Star Power Celebrities have routinely stayed at the hotel since it opened including: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Chaplin, Ava Gardner, Liv Ullmann, Judy Garland, Edward G. Robinson, Gregory Peck, Carey Grant, Cole Porter, John Wayne, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Muhammad Ali, Ginger Rogers and Vince Lombardi. TRAVEL OFTEN . LIVE WELL . 69


Marilyn Monroe Suite Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe stayed at the hotel for several months in 1955. The suite was named in her honor.

3 in a Tub The Elizabeth Taylor Suite has the largest and most exquisite bathtub which can easily accommodate three people.

Largest Suite The Cole Porter Suite is a fivebedroom, five-and-a-half-bath suite that's roughly 4,300 square feet, and went for $150,000 a month. Porter lived there for 25 years and wrote several famous songs in the room. His piano remained in the suite.

Most Requested Room Room 42R, the Royal Suite, located on the top floor is the most requested room. It was the residence of the Duke (King

Home Away From Home Frank Sinatra paid $1 million a year for the Cole Porter Suite, his personal home away from home from 1979 to 1988.

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Edward) and Duchess (Bessie ‘Wallis’ Simpson) of Windsor for over 10 years. The Duchess had the suite painted light blue which was later named ‘Wedgewood Blue.’ Quiet on the Set The Waldorf Astoria New York has been a filming location for numerous films and TV series,

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including Coming to America, Serendipity, Maid in Manhattan, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The Pink Panther. Impeccable Service “The difficult immediately, the impossible takes a few moments longer,” is considered the hotel motto. They once had a request to raise a guest’s toilet seat by one centimeter which they did. Silver Medalists The hotel employed eight fulltime silver polishers. Rooftop Garden The rooftop was used to cultivate gardens of fresh vegetables and herbs and beehives for honey. On the 20th floor roof, there were six beehives with 350,000 bees. The ‘Top of the Waldorf ’ honey was used in culinary specials, cocktails and at the Guerlain Spa located in The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. 100-Year Deal Hilton Worldwide will continue to operate the Waldorf Astoria New York under a 100-year management agreement. Thanks for the memories and the distinctive New York history. We can’t wait to see the reimagined Waldorf Astoria New York in a few years time.

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UITO Q ECUADOR BY: TRACEY DRAKE

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It is a land of multiple identities. Everywhere you turn, whether on the city streets or traveling through the countryside. Quito, Ecuador is evolving into a cosmopolitan city, without ever turning its back on its Andean roots. A well-dressed businessman walks alongside a woman in traditional Ecuadorian dress; contemporary glass encased structures dot the urban skyline, watched over by the Virgin Statue atop El Panecillo. With a population of 1.6 Million people, Quito is a city built in the sky, located 9,186 feet above sea level, and the highest elevation of any capital city in the world. When I first arrived, I often found myself breathless (from the beautiful scenery as well as the lack of oxygen), and was grateful that Pablo, my incredibly gallant and knowledgeable city guide, set a moderate pace for the first few days, allowing time to acclimate to the altitude. The geography of the city is long and narrow, just five kilometres wide and eighty kilometres long. Because of its geographical location and proximity to the equator, the sun rises at 6:00 a.m. and sets at 6:00 p.m., every day of the year. Even if the day is hot, the evening usually requires a light jacket. In 1978, Quito became one of just two cities (Krakow is the other) to be designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, thanks to the well preserved historic center of Quito. That alone is worth the plane ticket; architecture in this city is awe-inspiring and in such wonderful repair.

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There was so much to do and see in Quito and the surrounding areas that the week simply flew by. Spending time on the city streets, in the old historic centre as well as the modern business district, offered up a true sense of where the city had come from, and where it was headed. The trip to the Middle of the World was an absolute blast and a ‘must do’ lifetime experience. The food culture here was quite unexpected for me, with so many refined culinary delights, both traditional dishes and worldly modern fare. The markets were something I looked forward to and they did not disappoint; the churches and cultural buildings a sheer joy to discover, and the best part of this South American city is its people. Yes, I bought an Ecuadoran hammock and locally crafted trinkets, but the greatest gift I came home with is the memory of meeting so many authentic Ecuadorian people, who were so proud and boldly enthusiastic to share their home, history and culture with me.

Ecuador was magnificent and I loved it all; every experience, every morsel, every moment. If it’s not on your travel bucket list, it should be. Write it down.

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FAVORITE PLACES:

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Tren Ecuador: I took an eye opening train ride through the Ecuadorian countryside and Andes Mountains. Traversing through small villages, we stopped in Boliche for a wonderful guided walk through Cotopaxi National Park and disembarked in Machachi to witness a traditional folkloric dance.

Biscochos Cayambe: In the rose gardens of La Compania Roses Hacienda, I was offered this rich, buttery flaky pastry, and it was love at first bite. Later that same day, we stopped in Cayambe, and I bought a half dozen for me!

Mitad Del Mundo: An unforgettable afternoon spent at the middle of the world, standing at 0-0-0 latitude, with a foot in each hemisphere in front of the Equatorial Monument, and experiencing the gravitational effects of this locale. Otovalo Market: The outdoor Mercado in the Plaza de los Ponchos was captivating! Endless booths were brimming with colorful woven wool textiles for which the indigenous Otavaleños are known. Friendly merchants sold everything from textiles and leather goods, Panama hats and painted pottery.

Canelazo: It is a delicious hot drink, the Ecuadorian equivalent of a Hot Toddy, but the South American version is made with sugar cane alcohol, sugar and cinnamon. They serve it up perfectly at El Pobre Diablo restaurant. Cherimoya: In English, it is Custard Apple – a delicious fruit that I first sampled on the streets of downtown Quito and then hunted it down at the Inaquito Market. The flesh is soft, sweet and tastes like a mellow blend of banana and pineapple. Mark Twain called Cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to man”.

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