Remote Lands in the News - NY Times, Vogue, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, Bloomberg, MailOnline

5 January 2018
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At Remote Lands we pride ourselves on creating incredible holidays and inspiring experiences that whet the appetite for unique travel destinations around Asia. So, it should come as no surprise when others – such as the New York Times and Bloomberg – take note of our accomplishments. For this month’s newsletter we present a round-up of our favorite press cuttings from the past year.

To discover why the world's top publications love writing about us, contact us now at [email protected] or call +1.646.415.8092, and we'll plan a front-page Asia holiday for you.

Condé Nast Traveler

Remote Lands’ CEO Catherine Heald was named by Conde Nast Traveler in the Top Travel Specialists We Trust of
2017, highlighted among the elite of the industry. The piece opined, “Heald is at her best with multi­-country Asia trips, coordinating drivers, guides, and private tours, whether you’re going to remote villages in Myanmar, the Borobudur Buddhist temple on Java, or on rain forest treks through Borneo.”

In an editorial in another issue discussing the world of travel’s power brokers, the travel giants at Conde Nast Traveler mentioned our very own Catherine Heald, citing Remote Lands’ considerable expertise in Nepal. Conde Nast stated that Remote Lands can: “Help you bypass the traffic jams on Mount Everest and chopper into Mustang.”

Also in Conde Nast Traveler this year, Remote Lands discussed the diversity of travel options in Indonesia. “It's so huge, and it has thousands of islands,” Catherine Heald told the publication in March of this year. “There's so much variety
, and amazing culture. In the summer, especially, from May to September, and into October, it's one of our biggest countries [for bookings].”

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CNN Travel: India

When it came time to discuss the luxury hotels of India, the world-renowned CNN contacted Remote Lands COO Jay Tindall as their primary source for their “25 of Asia’s Most Luxurious Hotels” earlier this month. Jay spoke particularly highly of the palace hotel experience in Rajasthan. "It's really uniquely India and it tends to be the starting point for luxury travelers. That's a challenge for us as well because we encourage visitors to get off the beaten track and explore more of the country." Jay gave his opinion on the Taj Lake Palace, Rambagh Palace, Sujan Jawai, Chamba Camp, Lodhi Hotel and others.


Bloomberg: Taiwan

When journalist Matt Gross chose to see Taiwan on two wheels, it was Remote Lands that took him there, traveling150 miles through Taiwan in four days. Combining the travel instincts of Remote Lands’ New York-based experts and the 
knowhow of the operations team in Asia, Matt Gross traveled through the heat of this East Asia gem to rocky beaches, mountaintops, and backroad adventures. Remote Lands ensured that this well-prepared journalist had everything he required – except for the Mandarin.


Mail Online: Turkmenistan

COO Jay Tindall journeyed to the little-traveled marvel of Turkmenistan to video and photograph one of Central Asia’s more curious sights: The Door to Hell. Its creation somewhat of a mystery, the Door to Hell is found deep in the Turkmenistan desert, far from anything resembling civilization. The Mail Online was pleased to feature the strange destination in a September feature. To learn even more about Jay’s journey, more information is available at Travelogues from Remote Lands.


NY Times: India

When The Grey Lady did a print feature on the 2017 picks for UNESCO sites, Remote Lands gave comment on the walled city of Ahmedabad, the former capital of the Gujarat kingdom in India. CEO Catherine Heald commented that few tourists go to this region, adding that Remote Lands has been offering trips to the region for more than a decade. For UNESCO aficionados, Remote Lands now offers searchable UNESCO-centered itineraries.


Vogue: Japan

In October, Vogue highlighted 8 Tips That Will Make Your Japan Trip Easier. We agree with them all but we especially agree with the benefit of using a travel agent. "There are a lot of hidden treasures in Japan that aren’t easy to discover unless you have the help of someone in the know. Such experts, or 'travel designers' as they’re now called, can help with the most exclusive experiences and make your trip as seamless as possible. One of the leading operators in Asia is Remote Lands, a Virtuoso-approved operator."

Porter Magazine: Japan

As ever, we here at Remote Lands pride ourselves on our expert knowledge of the Land of the Rising Sun. Porter Magazine was pleased to use Remote Lands’ Japan expertise to organize a fam trip for editor Catherine Fairweather, whose work in Porter included musings on Aman Tokyo. Porter gave the glowing endorsement: “Japan travel experts Remote Lands curate a bespoke tour of both the famous and off-radar corners of the city.”


Departures: Oman

For the ideal Oman excursion, Departures pointed to Remote Lands as the authority. “Call on the experts at Remote Lands to organize more difficult-to-access excursions including a day trip to Wadi Al Arbeieen. The “Oman Three Ways: By City, By Mountain, and By Sea” feature stated that Remote Lands can organize journeys that blend the historic with the cultural: “Think everything from visiting the tomb of the biblical prophet Job to exploring a castle and traditional stone house in the fishing village of Taqa to learning how dhows are made.”



Breakfast on Mount Everest

Without a doubt, it was Remote Lands’ relationship with Everest that garnered the most press. The “Breakfast at Everest” experience was picked up by the Telegraph with their piece “Now you can have a breathtaking breakfast as part of a sky-high day trip.”

Similar sentiments were shared by Nikki Ekstein in April who wrote Bloomberg’s “How to Have Breakfast at 18,000 Feet Up Mount Everest,” an article later reprinted in the New Zealand-based Stuff. In the article 
CEO Catherine Heald spoke about the logistics of the experience. 

When the MailOnline covered the story, they quoted Catherine Heald as saying, “I would say this appeals to almost everyone who can afford it and even those who cannot afford it but are willing to splurge for an experience of a lifetime.”

As part of a wider 20-day itinerary, Virtuoso Life complimented Remote Lands’ expertise in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet and mentioned – among other experiences – the champagne breakfast at Everest and meeting with the grandson of Tenzing Norgay.

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