Photographer's Eye on the Desert of Dubai - Travelogues from Remote Lands - March 27, 2018
Opting for a sunset desert safari followed by an early morning hot-air balloon ride and finally a drive out to abandoned, sand-covered roads, the desert turned out to be one of my favorite landscapes to shoot. The view is constantly changing with the wind and position of the sun, and the vastness was unlike anything else I’d experienced. There were, however, unique challenges to desert shooting. READ MORE Gadgets COOL NEW CAMERA GEAR FOR THE INTREPID TRAVELER Drones are folding, DSLRs are floundering to phones, and there’s a gimbal for everything but the family pet these days. Camera tech is booming at a dizzying rate, and for the traveler – especially for the traveler who likes to get tired, wet, and dirty – this is very good news indeed. While quality and diversity have increased, so have durability and portability, meaning that amateur travel photography is getting a whole lot more interesting, whether one is Instagramming Kyoto or hiking Bromo. READ MORE > Ryokan RYOKAN 101: GETTING YOUR STAY RIGHT For travelers who want more to their Japan experience than high-end eateries and Harajuku oddities, the ryokan has arisen as the choice for discerning travelers.
“A combination of unique opportunities such as private hot springs, Japanese cuisine, and cultural nuances from the architecture, materials, and design aesthetic create a cultural perspective vastly removed from any guests will find elsewhere,” says Sachiko Nakamichi, owner and Maitresse de Maison of the Beniya Mukayu – a luxury ryokan outside of Kanazawa “This is why ryokans are so special and have an allure for foreign travelers and Japanese alike.” READ MORE > 5 HOTEL BREAKFASTS IN ASIA WORTH THE STAY Dinner garners all the glamour, and brunch and lunch are a posh midday adventure. But breakfast, lowly breakfast, is so often taken for granted that hotels routinely just fold it into the cost of a single night’s accommodation. But these days, all across Asia, people are waking up to breakfast in more ways than one. From Tokyo to Bali, from Taipei to Saigon, chefs are seizing an opportunity to make a statement, with inventive new dishes in settings all the more inspiring for the morning light. READ MORE Fine Dining 5 CAN’T-MISS FINE DINING OPTIONS IN KATHMANDU The simple, local Nepalese cuisine has much to compliment it to be sure, but for diners looking for a meal with a little more sophistication in their fare, Kathmandu can sate any fine dining palate. Sure, the pickings are slimmer than somewhere like Tokyo or even Bangkok, but Nepal’s capital is careful with its cuisine – from French-Asian fusion to the best food at the plushest hotel. READ MORE > Spa SINGAPORE’S 6 MOST LUXURIOUS SPA DAYS For the weary traveler – perhaps tired from hiking the Southern Ridges or ziplining on Sentosa – there comes a time when one needs to lay face down and get their pamper on. As one might expect from the famed first-class facilities found in every corner of Singapore, this city has some of the finest wellness options in Southeast Asia. The Lion City, in short, knows how to pamper. READ MORE > #TakeMeToRemoteLands AS RECENTLY FEATURED IN • The Wall Street Journal • Town & Country • Departures • Travel + Leisure • Forbes • Condé Nast Traveler • BusinessWeek • National Geographic Traveler • Palm Beach Post • Chicago Tribune • Financial Times • BBC • Fox Business News • The New York Times REMOTE LANDS, INC.
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