The New TRAVELER Berlin Travel Festival Magazine Issue 02 ◊ Discovering Bhutan’s ◊ Climbing the for pride ◊ Women hit the road – with and ◊ BudgetTraveller on ◊ Away with ◊ Zodiac journeys


#TRAVELDIFFERENT AND WIN! connection with the people and places around them. The new traveler pursues unfamiliar experiences and embodies an unprecedented level of consciousness. We are the new traveler – and as vanlifers, digital nomads, explorers, adventurers, couch surfers, and social innovators, we welcome the challenge of epitomizing responsible travel. Thus, the Berlin Travel Festival has invited brands that balance purpose with profit.

Speakers focused on finding fulfillment through reflection. Destinations include the far-flung, but we also explore weekenders and secondary cities by going local. These are slow travel destinations with offerings that one usually seeks out in distant lands: traditional food and acclaimed gastronomy, majestic landscapes, and spaces for wellness and reflection. We represent a new generation of travelers who, like us, #traveldifferent with purpose – and never forget to have a whole lot of fun along the way. We’re glad you’re with us for the journey.

Bernd, Gabor, and Bob For the second issue of The New Traveler, we’re exploring the values of the next generation of globetrotters. We’ve called on our community from around the world to create a magazine that, like the Berlin Travel Festival, is filled with adventure and exchange. Our magazine reflects the themes of the festival, where you’ll find a travel-centric program featuring over 100 events, ranging from master classes to hands-on DIY workshops, and over 150 exhibitors who approach their brands with forward- thinking passion and awareness. Over sixty years ago, German author and poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger wrote that unlike anything else, travel destroys that which it seeks: the untouched.

Today, we’re cautiously celebrating the arrival of a new consciousness surrounding travel and tourism. With it, the truth of Enzensberger’s assertion is fading. Today’s traveler is more aware of the impact of their footsteps than any generation before – and is doggedly dedicated to being the change. After all, what makes seeing the world so special, is protecting it. But who is this “new traveler”? The new traveler is delighted by exchange and community. The new traveler seeks out creativity, authenticity, and THE RETAIL APOCALYPSE HAS BEEN CANCELED Why location is more relevant than ever in a digital world.

We’re taking a close look at the new role of physical retail spaces: What does the travel agency of the future look like?

How can increased customer enthusiasm for innovative travel shop concepts be taken into account? And, what shapes interactions between consumers and brands? SHOP SHIFT TICKET 38€ Includes entry to Friday’s conference as well as the Berlin Travel Festival for the entire weekend. ITB TRADE VISITOR TICKET Register for a ticket, come along with your valid ITB Trade Ticket, and get free entry to Friday’s conference as well as the Berlin Travel Festival for the entire weekend. WELCOME Ian Cumming Travel Massive Megatrends Defining Travel in 2019 Patrick Whyte Skift The Travel Future Forecast Holly Friend The Future Laboratory BREAK New Leisure and Retail Experiences Nicole Srock.Stanley dan pearlman Airbnb Goes Physical – An Imagined Future Ayhan Yuruk #SHOWROOMING Best Cases of Global Retail Wolf Jochen Schulte-Hillen SH Selection Value Added Rental – Making High-Tech Easy in the Tourism Sector Steven Boylan TimeRiftTours Turning Online Visitors into Offline Customers with Virtual Tours Michael Wolff Wolowo WRAP UP 13:00 13:15 14:00 14:45 15:00 15 :45 16:30 17:00 17:20 17:40 FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019, ARENA BERLIN Are you a world-wandering border crosser, a boundary pusher, an explorer and adventurer? The Berlin Travel Festival’s theme is “#traveldifferent.” What does this mean to you? Do you explore the hidden corners of your own city or prefer to seek out excitement in faraway lands? Tag @berlintravelfestival and #traveldifferent in your best travel photo on Instagram before the festival is over and win one of three Dr.

Bronner’s ALL-ONE! gift bags. *Terms and Conditions: Participation is free. The contest is open to all residents of Germany. Winners will be contacted by March 15, 2019 via Instagram. The winning images will be chosen by the Berlin Travel Festival. Entry period: February 1–March 10, 2019. A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDERS Cover photo: Jörg Brüggemann/OSTKREUZ. Founders photo: Peter van Heesen


The New Traveler Magazine e all like to discover something new, but too often we get lazy about it – hitching a free ride along a wide, flat path beaten by someone else. In 2019, that means following digital routes laid out on social media feeds, and only experiencing exactly what’s put in front of us in the form of a hashtag. To be sure, there’s no shame in following another’s @mention to a beautiful location. In one form or another, that’s always been the way of the world. Today it’s just on a super-massive scale driven by data aggregators and digital media. A brave pioneer macheted through the thicket in search of unspoiled beauty and – in the end – we enjoy the view of the tropical garden from our hotel rooms and complain about the spotty WiFi.

Food bloggers cross the urban jungle to exhaustively test all twenty-three pizzerias in the city for the best slice, so we can reserve a table in the top location without a moment’s care or reflection about its relationship to the surrounding neighborhood. When looking for a vacation, there are endless ready-made packages to choose from – you can book a posh cruise or a stay at a resort on a far-flung island while reading this page, if you really want to. But not everyone chooses the easy, well-marked routes. Leaving behind the travel guide and venturing into the wild sounds like fun, but it takes a special kind of person to actually undertake such a journey.

For some, travel is a time to recharge their batteries – or to have their appetites indulged and egos flattered. It can also offer the chance to reflect and get new perspectives on their past, as well as to learn via new experiences. For others, it is a time to appreciate the world around them and be reminded of the kinds of people in it. In our cases, it means taking a risk – and taking the time to travel slowly and to travel differently. The fact that the world has gotten smaller and grown more connected is so obvious, it’s almost not worth mentioning. Almost. Its consequences keep evolving, however, taking on strange new shapes, so it has to be said again.

What does it mean to travel in such a world? What does it mean to be local or to be an outsider in a world that has been decentered – where ideas, cultures, and customs transmit across borders and over oceans, and become instantly global? We have ideas, but we don’t precisely know. It is up to all of us to define this new era of travel for ourselves. To #traveldifferent is not just another lifestyle hashtag. There is no code or set of predetermined rules, only a common impulse – to seek out our own routes, book our own lives, and challenge the narrative of outsider and local – and inspire others to do the same.

In 2019, that means getting out of those comfortable deck chairs and media feeds, and no more hiding behind protective fences or filters. You might even have to eat the occasional bad meal – but you’ll be a better traveler for it. ◊ WALK THIS WAY! On the road with animal companions.

ou can travel alone or take a companion with you. But why not do both at the same time? That's exactly what Lotta Lubkoll and Sarah Langmaack did: The former walked with a donkey from Munich to the Mediterranean Sea and the latter trekked with a horse and husky from Finland to Germany. They weren’t entirely alone, but were completely on their own. Even if the dog helps find the way and the donkey carries the luggage, the two women still had to look out for their four-legged friends. And on the road, that’s not always easy. Haystacks and grass pastures aren’t necessarily marked on Google Maps, after all.

But as adventurous as their wandering was, they recall the richest part was simply slowing down. Two stories that inspire walking at your own pace. Sarah stopped counting “kilometers, hours, the time left. I started to live more in the moment. I took every day as its own.” It’s cheesy yet true, the path is the destination. ◊ We enjoy the view of the garden from our hotel rooms and complain about the AT THE FESTIVAL! From voyeurs to voyageurs – why it’s okay to take the middle seat on those unplanned adventures. Sarah Langmaack Trekked 2300 km from northern Finland to her hometown in Germany.

Lotta Lubkoll Walked for eighty days from Munich to Venice with her donkey, Jonny. Blog: Instagram: @eseljonny and @lottalubkoll At the festival: Esel Jonny – Mit dem Esel zu Fuss von München bis ans Mittelmeer, Lotta Lubkoll, Talk (DE), Sun at 14:00, Center Court by Südtirol Photo top: Dino Reichmuth, Unsplash. Photos right: Thomas Siflinger (top), Sarah Langmaack (middle), Marco W. Solbiati (bottom) Page 26-27 CONTENTS Intro Founders’ Letter Page 3 Essay Travel Different + Mini Feature Walk this Way! Page 5 Trend Report Page 6-7 Photo Feature Two Wheels South Page 8 Tip List On the Go Page 9 Interview The Quiet Power in Happiness Page 10 Feature Back to Earth Page 11-13 Accessories List Take Me with You Page 14 Feature Proud Views + Playlist Sounds of the World Page 15 Photo Editorial Miami Postcards Page 16-20 Q&A Insider Insights Page 21 Feature Page 22-23 Interview Grand Stays Page 24 App List Download & Takeoff + Mini Feature Snow vs Sand Page 25 Feature & Top 5 Tips Just a Weekend Away Page 26-27 Astrology Page 28-29 Trend Report Food Forward Page 30 Info At a Glance Page 32 Page 22-23 Page 14 Page 16-20 Page 14 Photos, clockwise from top left: EYECANDY, Marta Greber, Niklas Adrian Vindelev, courtesy of Haffmans & Neumeister, courtesy of Travel Colours Guides FOLLOW US @berlintravelfestival #berlintravelfestival #traveldifferent © 2019 Berlin Travel Festival, I LOVE TRAVEL GmbH, and the authors.

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Discover the emerging destinations where influencers are heading in 2019. NEW QUESTS RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA NORWAY HOKKAIDO, JAPAN TBILISI, GEORGIA NOVI SAD, SERBIA TEHRAN, IRAN TBILISI, GEORGIA This unrivaled party scene hosts superb hangover food and a mountainous backdrop. LOST iN – Travel guides since 2015. Hometown: Berlin, Germany @lostincityguides At the festival: Georgian Wine as Method of Time Traveling Daria Kholodilina, Talk (EN) Sun at 16:15, Center Court by Südtirol / Tbilisi in Bloom – Now is the Time, Annie Mumlade & Ana Svandrize, Talk (EN), Fri at 16:00, Travel Stage HOKKAIDO, JAPAN See the cherry blossoms in spring or Niseko in winter for ski chalets and onsen.

Sam Wong – Content creator and lifestylist #flatlayqueen. Hometown: Hong Kong @samishome At the festival: Explore The Ends of Japan – Adventure Hokkaido Hiromi Yoneda & Lars Jacobsen, Talk (EN), Sun at 11:30, Travel Stage / Hokkaido Tourism Organization – Stand 1.12 NORWAY Hike along the western fjords, water-raft through the clear rivers, and cross- country ski in the woods to see the majestic landscapes carved by Ice Age glaciers. Dastan Kasmamytov – Programmer, queer activist, and nomad. Read more on page 15. Hometown: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan @dastanik OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA Botswana is an increasingly popular destination for stunning wildlife.

Go for the safaris, stay for the warm and inviting culture. Johan Lolos – Globetrotter and self-taught travel photographer since 2013. Hometown: Liège, Belgium @lebackpacker DAKAR, SENEGAL Dakar has always been a gem of West Africa, but the surfing, relaxing beach vibe, and local cuisine is a secret no more. Come for food, culture, music, art, and teranga – the Wolof word for hospitality.

Jakiya Brown – Full-time traveler and entrepreneur changing the African narrative. Hometown: Charlotte, U.S. @travelingfro NOVI SAD, SERBIA Dubbed the “Serbian Athens” due to its long history as a center of culture and study, Novi Sad reveals its Habsburg heritage through its fine neoclassical buildings and café-filled squares. Archana Singh – India’s most- awarded travel blogger. Always in search of untold stories. Hometown: Delhi, India @travelseewrite FLORIANÓPOLIS, BRAZIL A charming beach destination for the laid-back and eco-conscious, offering hiking and endless surfing. Our tip for discovering the island: Rent a bike to explore like a local.

Berlin Travel Festival – A place to share stories, get inspired and leave with a pocket full of treasures. @berlintravelfestival TEHRAN, IRAN It’s time to enjoy this gem from the Middle East. Go to cherish everything: the people, culture, natural beauty, and poetic language.

Shivya Nath – Award-winning travel blogger and author of The Shooting Star. Hometown: Dehradun, India @shivya RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA You’ll find tropical islands with excellent underwater scenery, the clearest blue water in the world, and untouched natural beauty. Raw and rugged – the closest thing to paradise. Christina Tan – Luxury travel influencer on the international circuit with a fashion background. Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia @sassychris1 PALERMO, SICILY Sicily’s capital is a rich site of cultural exchange, past and present, reflected in its food markets as well as its architecture.

Mediterranean weather doesn’t hurt either. Cee Cee – Creators behind a weekly tip newsletter, workshops, and neighborhood maps, all for Berlin and beyond. @ceeceeberlin At the festival: Stand 4.26 OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA FLORIANÓPOLIS, BRAZIL DAKAR, SENEGAL PALERMO, SICILY AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL!

Photos: #01 – Mark Billante, Unsplash, #02 – Suné de Bruyn, Unsplash, #03 – Federico-Bottos, Unsplash, #04 – Michael Sum, Unsplash, #05 – Anton Leock, Unsplash, #06 – Oskar Vertetics, Unsplash, #07 – Sutirta Budiman, Unsplash, #08 – Iman Soleimany Zadeh, Unsplash, #09 – Cassiano Pomsas, Unsplash, #10 – Patrick Schneid, Unsplash


Two Wheels South Two friends go on the motorcycle trip of their lifetime – from Brooklyn to Patagonia. Follow Matias Corea and Joel Estopà, feel the open road’s call as it comes alive, and learn on how to prepare for a unique journey – choosing the right motorcycle, what to pack, how to plan the route, and most importantly: how to prepare your mind.

Two Wheels South (2019, Gestalten), Photo: Matias Corea, from Two Wheels South, Copyright Gestalten 2019 At the festival: Two Wheels – A Motorcycle Journey from Brooklyn to Patagonia, Matias Corea, Talk (EN), Fri at 15:30, Main Stage Who to follow, where to go, and what to listen to. Six tips for nomads in the know. ON THE GO There’s no better way to understand a country than through its food. Nordic by Nature: Nordic Cuisine and Culinary Excursions from Gestalten takes readers through stunning imagery, innovative recipes, and kitchen secrets of renowned Danish chefs like Nicolai Nørregaard, Claus Meyer, Rasmus Munk, and Kamilla Seidler.

This sizable, full-color book will spark the imagination of chefs and amateur cooks alike. Pick up a copy online or at your favorite bookstore. ◊ Nordic by Nature — Nordic Cuisine and Culinary Excursions (2018, Borderless Co. & Gestalten), At the festival: Gestalten Stand 1.02 Mallorcan Hideaway For a relaxing summer retreat, visit Can Miret, a privately owned holiday house in Spanish Mallorca. On the outskirts of Campanet, a charming village, Can Miret offers a stunning view of the Tramuntana Mountains and a serene alternative to Palma’s more crowded beach spots. Escape from the stresses of the everyday.

◊, @can.miret LOST IN LIMBO Michael Schulz (mastermind behind @berlinstagram) has been curating submissions for the account @whileinbetween since 2014. Started as a project for Generator Hostels, Schulz, alongside Lauren Randolph, organized a competition focused on capturing moments of solitude in travel. Overwhelmed with submissions, the duo dedicated a new account to the concept. Follow along for eerie shots of the in-between. ◊ @whileinbetween Laid-Back in Lychen Looking for an elemental countryside escape? Re:hof Rutenberg has topped our list. Located in Lychen, Brandenburg, this laid-back hideaway provides simple relief from the chaos of everyday life in Berlin.

Artist owners Martin Hansen and Marieken Verheyen have lovingly restored the two- hectare property to include a converted barn, a vicarage, a beautiful loft, and three eco-lodges set against apple orchards, a vegetable garden, and outdoor terrace spaces. Next time you’re looking to get away, look to our own backyard first. ◊ rehof-rutenberg-ferienhaus- Launched in 2017 by five women of the branding agency Wieden+Kennedy, the femme-first podcast, On She Goes, highlights a range of voices from the women of color community. In an effort to encourage WOC to travel “more confidently, more adventurously, and more often,” the team produces a collection of podcasts, articles, and city guides.

To frame their content, the group focuses on quarterly, inclusive themes like "We Belong Here" and "Homeland." Topics address the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality in the everyday lives of women. ◊ Editors: Borderless Co. & Gestalten Format: 24 x 30 cm Features: hardcover, 304 pages ISBN: 978-3-89955-947-7 Photo: Michael Jepsen, from Nordic by Nature Copyright Gestalten 2018 NORTHERN DINING AT THE FESTIVAL! A T T H E F E S T IV A L ! Transcendent Outdoor Writing Taking its name from Thoreau’s nature retreat, Walden transcends your typical outdoors magazine. It connects seekers with thinkers, inspiring deeper reflection and greater awareness of the wilderness.

Published by Gruner + Jahr, the German-language magazine has been inspiring travelers to embrace the outdoors. Pick up an issue at your favorite kiosk or enjoy it online. ◊ @walden_mag At the festival: Walden Stand 1.28 Photos: Laid-back in Lychen – Anna Dorothea Ker, Lost in Limbo – Michael Schulz, Mallorcan Hideaway – Daniel Farò c/o Cee Cee Creative TEXT: MICHAEL RICE, ERIC JAMES BAIN AT THE FESTIVAL!


Interview Environmentalism is the new escapism. From the sun- drenched hills of Andalusia to the depths of the Balinese jungle and the forests of South Tyrol, The New Traveler explores that enrich the planet as much as they do the self – no yoga mats required. Back To Earth Bhutan’s Dr. Ha Vinh Tho Shares His Vision for a New Way to Think About Progress. he small mountain kingdom of Bhutan has a radical plan to rethink the world with its concept of Gross National Happiness. Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, the former program director for the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, chairman of the Eurasia Foundation and co- founder of the Eurasia Learning Institute, seeks to spread Bhutan’s philosophy around the world.

He shared with us what it means to be happy in (and out of) Bhutan.

ERIC JAMES BAIN: How would you describe Bhutan to someone who has never been? DR. HA VINH THO: As a very unique opportunity to experience an intact traditional culture. It has amazing biodiversity, with flora and fauna you won’t see anywhere outside Bhutan. There is also the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH). It is quite unique that a country has put at the center of its development the happiness of its people and of all life forms. Can you talk a bit about the history of happiness in Bhutan? The fourth king was only seventeen when he ascended to the throne. He said that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross Domestic Product.” He asked the people what they wanted, found their common human aspirations, and said that should be the focus.

Why do you measure happiness?

Gross Domestic Product is a measurement. You can’t replace a measurement tool with an ideal. How do you measure progress in a different way? A lot of work has been done over decades to come up with robust indicators of happiness. What came out of that was a system based on nine domains. Some are very traditional, like health and living standards, but then there are more original ones, like psychological well- being, time use, community vitality, and ecology. How is GNH assessed? These nine domains are measured through a mix of subjective and objective indicators. “How many times were you sick? How many times did you visit the doctor?” But then we also ask, “How healthy do you feel? Do you have enough energy?” Another interesting one is time use.

“How did you use your time last week? How many hours for work, for sleep?” It’s objective: You can count it. But then [we ask], “How do you feel about it? Is it too much? Do you feel stressed? Are you happy with it?” How is that information put into practice? In Bhutan, there’s a survey that covers the nine domains. The outcome gives a precise image of what’s working well, what’s not working so well. It helps the government set its priorities for the future, and say, okay, where should we apply our resources?

What led you to become program director for the GNH Centre in Bhutan? Before Bhutan, I was working with the Red Cross in most of the conflict areas of our time… the Middle East, Darfur, Pakistan. I began to reflect on the root causes of suffering. That brought me to this idea of GNH. What do you enjoy about your role? The most fulfilling experience is seeing that it actually works, implementing GNH in schools and seeing the impact it is having on students and teachers. We’ve also been implementing it in businesses in Thailand, in the U.S., and Switzerland.

How does that work? We hold workshops to help people develop what we call “happiness skills.” The nine domains are universal, but the questions are completely different if you’re a company in Germany.

So, part of the process is co-creating the questions with the stakeholders, which makes people assess what is important for them. How important is environmental protection to GNH in your view? In a country like Bhutan, it is really very important because the Himalayas are an extremely fragile environment. If global warming continues, the Himalayan countries will be some of the first to be destroyed. What do you consider to be vital to see or experience while visiting Bhutan? The very famous sites like Tiger’s Nest are worthwhile and really beautiful. There are also amazing treks including the Snowman Trek, which is said to be the most difficult in the world.

Each monastery has a seasonal festival called a tshechu. If you have more time, you can travel west to east, which takes several weeks. You have amazing scenery, fantastic mountains, remote temples, and villages.

What do you have planned for 2019? I’ll be going to China soon to help develop a GNH region in their Himalayas. We might see China become a pioneer in ecology in the years to come. What can the rest of the world learn from Bhutan? I really feel that the system as we know it has come to an end. GNH shows us a new direction, focusing on the question of what actually brings happiness and well-being to the majority. So, Bhutan is a ray of hope. ◊ Dr. Ha Vinh Tho, Co-Founder, Eurasia Learning Institute, At the festival: A Transformative Learning Journey to Bhutan, the Country of Gross National Happiness, Dr.

Ha Vinh Tho, Talk (EN), Sun at 12:00, Main Stage INTERVIEW: ERIC JAMES BAIN Gross National Happiness shows us a new direction, focusing on the question of Photos: courtesy of Dr. Ha Vinh Tho TEXT: ANNA DOROTHEA KER AT THE FESTIVAL!


The New Traveler Magazine Avocado Harvesting at Hacienda La Bonita in Andalusia, Spain For many, the bustling tourist destination of Spain’s Costa del Sol stands for anything but calm. Yet a short drive inland up through the gently winding roads of the Guadalhorce Valley – around forty-five minutes from Málaga – leads to a veritable oasis of serenity. Tucked into the hillside near the small town of Coín is Hacienda La Bonita, a finca flourishing with avocado, citrus, olive, and pecan trees. Here, self-taught fruit farmer Katja Faber invites visitors to decompress, revitalize, and take in the therapeutic properties of nature – which this fertile corner of the Mediterranean has in abundance.

Late every fall, ripening avocados heave on the limbs of trees, ready to be picked. To undertake this, the Swiss- English owner invites locals and travelers to join her for an “Avocation” – two to five days spent working on the Bacon, Fuerte, or (in winter) Hass avocado harvest. Having arranged their own accommodation nearby, harvest participants arrive at the farm every morning to experience first-hand the realities of managing a subtropical farm, enjoy basking in the Costa del Sol’s clement temperatures, and get stuck in a rewarding kind of work – with the chance to taste the fruits of their labor as part of a daily home-cooked lunch.

Feature Yet there are other ways to experience Hacienda La Bonita. Herself a mother who suffered loss and found a form of therapy in tending to nature, Katja welcomes survivors of trauma or those recovering from illness to join her for personalized healing retreats in a safe and private environment – through restorative activities like guided meditation or completing simple tasks around the farm. Art and music therapy courses, including botanical drawing, are also offered on a regular basis.

Whatever the pull to this magnetic slice of Andalusia, the fruits of a day’s labor under the sun at Hacienda La Bonita are sweet: tired body, nourished soul, clear mind. Practicing Permaculture at The Kul Kul Farm in Bali, Indonesia The surfing beaches and rainforests of Bali have long secured this Indonesian island its place at the top of destination wish lists for all sorts of escapes – from eco- activism to digital nomadism. Over the past few decades, many visitors have stayed on or returned to make a home for themselves in harmony with the lush jungle environment. Like Maria Farrugia and her husband Orin Hardy, who realize their vision of sustainable food cultivation and permaculture education at The Kul Kul Farm, situated in the village of Sibang Kaja, half an hour’s drive from the capital, Denpasar.

Established in 2015, The Kul Kul Farm was founded on the principles of permaculture (the cultivation of sustainable, self-sufficient ecosystems) and revolves around organic farming, gardening and cooking, herbalism, and bamboo building. In addition to retreats, workshops, and farm tours, they run a café at Green School, serving homegrown and fermented food and drinks, and offering a space for community exchange.

Arguably the best way to take in the farm’s bountiful offerings is on a “Permaculture Skills Retreat” – five days of hands-on immersion dedicated to sustainable growing, learning, and making. Guests stay in bamboo yurts amidst a sugar palm grove, and learn the essentials of starting a garden back home, how to raise and save seeds and grow zero-waste mushrooms, make fermented and natural home products, and weave with bamboo – all under the guidance Photos, previous page: Hacienda La Bonita (top), Jasmijn Vonsee (bottom). Photos: courtesy of Hacienda La Bonita (top), Jasmijn Vonsee, Nikko Hunt, Tommaso Riva (left), Helmuth Rier, Achim Meurer (right) Hacienda La Bonita Hacienda La Bonita Coín, Málaga, Spain of Indonesian growers, cooks, and carpenters.

The intensive days are punctuated by morning yoga, freshly prepared family-style lunches, and evening campfire gatherings. If, in the words of Voltaire’s Candide, “we must cultivate our garden,” it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic place to learn how to do so.

Forest Bathing with Frontier Wellbeing in South Tyrol, Italy Deep in the South Tyrolean forest, mighty oaks mingle with spindly beeches and spruces. At altitudes of 600m to 1800m, varied biodiversity, pure Alpine air, and a cool yet humid microclimate create the ideal atmosphere for slowing down, breathing deeper, clearing the mind, and re-engaging the senses. In other words, to practice Waldbaden. Literally translated from the German as “forest bathing,” this ancient form of nature therapy originated in Japan (Shinrin-yoku), and today is fast-gaining momentum as a restorative escape from the stresses of life spent in the concrete jungle.

Far from esoteric, the benefits of forest bathing on our well-being are backed by an ever-growing body of scientific research. The positive impact of the forest is said to extend to three major systems in our bodies, helping to balance the autonomic nervous system, stabilize parts of the hormonal system connected to inflammation, blood pressure, and heart rate, and boost the immune system through exposure to anti- cancer proteins in the filtered forest air. On a psychological level, the practice de-stresses and nurtures mindfulness. Of course, it helps to have an expert on hand to demonstrate how to harness the forest’s potential.

That’s where Martin Kiem comes in. South Tyrol’s only certified nature and forest therapy guide, the affable psychologist co-founded the wellness coaching company Frontier Wellbeing together with Christie Little in 2015. Eventually expanding their repertoire from general corporate well-being and stress management to nature- based forms of therapy, Martin today leads regular forest- bathing walks. Participants are guided through a series of gently paced exercises which engage all the senses, from touch – like walking barefoot on mossy ground and dipping one’s hands into a river – to smell and taste, such as drinking pine needle tea – and, ultimately, presence, through focus on breathing and meditation.

When the mind is engaged and time seems to stand still, even an afternoon of presence can have the rejuvenating effect of a week-long holiday. ◊ Frontier Wellbeing South Tyrol, Italy Südtirol is a premium exhibitor at the Berlin Travel Festival 2019. The Kul Kul Farm Sibang Kaja, Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia AT THE FESTIVAL! Forest Bathing: More Than Just a Walk in the Woods Martin Kiem, Talk (EN), Fri at 15:45, Center Court by Südtirol Südtirol – Stand 3.01


The New Traveler Magazine Face Time Leave the liquids and plastic containers behind.

From Korea by way of Berlin comes BINU, a 100 % biodegradable facial soap brand. Their mini-set doubles as the perfect travel-size kit. From stylish accessories to practical tools, these products are ready to accompany you on your next far-flung journey. See You in Berlin! This 2018-released eyewear brand by former Mykita executives combines technical expertise and straight- forward design. Why not look at a Haffmans & Neumeister model as a contemporary Berlin souvenir? Gear for Good Hailing from Salt Lake City in the United States, COTOPAXI has been setting the standard for sustainable production and durable construction. The Power of Business with Purpose, Stephan Jacob, Panel (EN), Fri at 15:00, Main Stage / At the festival: Stand 3.15 Photo: Erin Sullivan, COTOPAXI Mine! Make sure it’s yours! AWAY, a direct-to- consumer startup for luggage, offers a monogram service for your suitcase. The built-in power bank a practical touch. Packing Perfection Have you ever opened your suitcase to find a wrinkled mess? The founders of KUVERT BERLIN have designed a solution for this problem. Skip plastic organizers, and opt for this reusable and stylish range of shoe, laundry, and shirt bags to protect your garments. Local Haunts Crafted with design-lovers in mind, the Travel Colours Guides by Stefanie Friese offer inspiration and local insight from Reykjavik to Cape Town. At the festival: Stand 4.10 Safer Hiking If you’re on a trip without access to clean drinking water, this Seattle-based company has you covered. GRAYL’s bottles feature a built-in purifier to protect against potentially dangerous bacteria and chemicals. Eternal Sunshine A portable solar lamp ready for your next hiking trip. Your purchase also helps to support a project that delivers Little Sun (for an affordable price) to communities without electricity. At the festival: Stand 3.16 Photo: Kristian Rosén espite growing up in the beautifully mountainous Kyrgyzstan, Dastan’s love for hiking didn’t emerge until 2008, when he moved to the equally mountainous Washington State in the U.S.

to study digital design. It was also during this time that he began to understand and accept his gay identity.

After his studies, Dastan returned to Kyrgyzstan, where he continued improving his climbing skills, and came out to his parents. Frustrated with his homeland’s underreported violence against the LGBT community, he connected with other Kyrgyz queer activists, and soon found himself at the forefront of a Human Rights Watch report on police brutality against gay and bisexual men. During a life- changing 2014 HRW press conference, he bravely decided to come out publicly. “Until the last minute, I wasn’t sure about it,” Dastan explains, “Everyone was telling me that it was quite dangerous – and it was.

But there was no one else who would do it otherwise.” Thrust into the spotlight in a conservative Muslim country, Dastan experienced harsh backlash. “People were recognizing me in the streets.” After receiving more than thirty death threats and experiencing multiple brushes with physical violence, he left for Kazakhstan “just to escape from the hate,” and began a master’s degree in Norway.

Looking back on this time, Dastan reflects, “It was really scary, but it was the greatest time in my life, because I felt alive, like I was part of something very important.” Underneath the media frenzy, however, the twenty-four-year-old received messages from young queer individuals thanking him for broaching the national conversation on homosexuality. In 2017, his career brought him to his new home, Berlin, where he conceived his Seven Summits journey, which he calls the Pink Summits. For Dastan, however, this is about more than climbing the highest peak on every continent: it’s a testament to changing narratives – he would be the first Central Asian to do so, and certainly the first openly gay Central Asian at that.

His Pink Summits journey shows an alternative story to Western-led LGBT activism and creates awareness around the Central Asian queer experience. After completing his Pink Summits, Dastan hopes to reawaken the LGBT conversation in Kyrgyzstan. So far, he has summited Kosciuszko in Australia and Elbrus in Russia in 2018, and has plans to conquer Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and eventually Aconcagua in Argentina in 2019. ◊ Proud Views Follow Dastan’s Pink Summits journey on his blog,, or Instagram @dastanik. At the festival: 7 Summits for LGBT Visibility, Dastan Kasmamytov, Talk (EN), Sat at 14:15, Travel Stage For mountaineers, climbing the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each continent, is an ultimate life goal.

For Dastan Kasmamytov, the challenge is about reaching a higher goal: challenging perceptions of the Central Asian queer experience. ARGENTINA, 1969 Trigal by Sandro AUSTRALIA, 2008 Romance to Me by Empire of the Sun BRAZIL, 1972 Bebê by Eumir Deodato CHINA, 1944 The Evening Primrose (Ye Lai Xiang) by 李香蘭 Li Xianglan EGYPT, 1982 Ayonha by Hamid El Shaeri FRANCE, 2018 Danger to Myself by Papooz GERMANY, 1979 Video Life by Clinic INDIA, 1937 Ayee Morshume Be-Reham Duniya by Rupa Biswas ISRAEL, 2014 No G.D.M. (Red Axes Remix) by Gina X ITALY, 1961 I Ricordi Della Sera by Quartetto Cetra JAPAN, 1975 Peking Duck by Haruomi Hosono NIGERIA, 1979 Come on Home by Lijadu Sisters POLAND, 1967 Pięć Minut by Halina Frąckowiak ROMANIA, 1973 Ciocănitoarea by Aura Urziceanu SPAIN, 1981 El Muchacho de los Ojos Tristes by Jeanette TUNISIA, 1970 Hanen by Carthago Radiooooo is available online or as an app for iPhone and Android. Through carefully curated user submissions, the online streaming platform Radiooooo allows you to explore the back alleys of music history through the distinctively hip international musicians of bygone eras. Here, we’ve asked Benjamin Moreau, president and founder of Radiooooo, to curate his own playlist for the Berlin Travel Festival. You’ll hear famed Argentinian pop artists from the 60s, Romania’s most-prized folk singers from the 70s, and Nigerian Afrobeat stars from the 80s. Tune into Radiooooo to discover more gems of music’s past. SOUNDS OF THE TEXT: MICHAEL RICE AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL! Photos: courtesy of Dastan Kasmamytov


Photographers Fanny Böhme and Juliette Mainx, the creative duo behind EYECANDY, took to the streets of Miami to capture the city’s radiating energy. Photo Editorial The New Traveler Magazine Miami Postcards


At the festival: 48h in Cape Town, Kim Whitaker, Talk (EN), Sun at 12:00, Travel Stage / Luxury Hostels? Discovering How Modern Hostels Are Changing the Way People Travel, Kim Whitaker, Panel (EN), Fri at 16:30, Travel Stage / Once Travel – Stand 4.21 Four professionals share their perspectives on the travel industry.

INSIDER INSIGHTS Eva Claire Marseille WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY? It’s such a dynamic industry, connecting the whole world. I am a big fan of the idea of collecting memories and not things.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Even though there is a routine in the day-to-day job of operating an airplane, there is no routine in my schedule. I can have a two-day trip to Vietnam, followed by almost a week off, followed by several days flying through North America, and I really enjoy that. Every month, I am excited to see my next roster. WHAT’S CHALLENGING ABOUT BEING A PILOT? Your health, especially cargo long- haul flying! Lots of night flights, and crossing of time zones can cause fatigue. Another challenging aspect is that during your whole career your skills and knowledge get checked.

You really have to stay on top of your game and keep studying.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNEXPECTED THING ABOUT YOUR JOB? That it is a job perfectly suitable for both genders! It’s strange, but even in 2019 when I say I work for an airline, people assume I’m a flight attendant or office staff. When they realize I’m a pilot, I get surprised reactions. Then when I say I fly a Boeing 747, they assume, “This girl must be joking. That big jumbo jet?!” It is my wish that, for the next generation of girls, it is even more normal than for my generation to consider a career as a pilot. ◊ Emma Fain HOW DID YOU START DIVING?

When I was six years old, my family took a snorkeling trip to the Florida Keys.

Before I could decide not to jump into the “shark-infested” waters, I was pushed. Screaming, I hit the water and was immediately silenced by the bustling city below. Since then I’ve been obsessed. WHAT MAKES DIVING IN MOZAMBIQUE DIFFERENT? The diversity. Whether you are searching for the elusive dugong in the crystal-clear waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago, gliding with manta rays in Zavora, snorkeling with whale sharks in Tofo, or watching humpback mothers and calves gracefully dance above you in Guinjata Bay, the megafauna in this region are certainly extraordinary. WHAT’S DIFFICULT ABOUT TAKING PICTURES UNDERWATER?

Water. Water is almost 800 times denserthanair.Itabsorbs,reflects, and refracts light. The deeper you descend, the more colors you lose. To reintroduce these colors into your photographs, you need artificial light or strobes. Now imagine holding a camera and lighting rig steady in surge, with pumping current and low visibility. This is where dive training is crucial. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SEA CREATURE TO PHOTOGRAPH? I absolutely love shrimp! These little critters are so much fun to photograph. There are more than 2,000 species, ranging in color and size. They live in unique places and have large personalities trapped in little bodies.

◊ First Officer Boeing 747 at Hong Kong-based airline Hometown: Haarlem, the Netherlands Current city: Hong Kong Instagram: @flywitheva Sophie Bagheri WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB?

Once Travel is a youth-owned and youth-run business. South Africa is a developing country with a youth unemployment rate at 53 % for people under twenty-five, around 27 % in total. The benefits of tourism have a huge ripple effect on the communities in which it operates. What we offer is an amazing platform for young people starting up their own small tourism businesses and selling their own experiences to our guests. WHAT DON’T PEOPLE REALIZE ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY? Some people perceive travel as going somewhere far. However, you could be visiting a new neighborhood in your own city. Many South Africans stay with us and are incredibly surprised by the local activities and experiences on offer.

Travel is about discovering new cultures, people, and places, but there are endless opportunities to see the world in your own city! HOW DO YOU INTEGRATE LOCAL CULTURE INTO GUESTS’ EXPERIENCES? Our local adventures have focused on integrating our guests into the local South African culture. I’m talking everyday activities and experiences that can be appreciated by both locals and foreigners. Business Development Manager at Once Travel Hostels Hometown: Brisbane, Australia Current city: Cape Town, South Africa Instagram: Boris Mang WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF MAKING FILMS? For my current project, 24h Europe, the challenging part is the size of the team, the amount of footage, and the tight timing: one project director, two co-directors, sixty-two protagonists, forty-five teams in twenty-six countries – and that many languages, too.

And only 323 days to get a twenty-four- hour program ready.

WHAT’S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR JOB? The outstanding locations I get to see. One shoot was in the marble quarries of Carrara where Leonardo da Vinci got the rocks for his sculptures. The whole team was enchanted by its surreal stone structures and perfect light. WHAT IS UNEXPECTED ABOUT YOUR JOB? How many people you need to actually make a film! And all the different tasks – audio recording and music rendering, mixing, color grading, graphics, texts, approval, and test screenings, trailer production, subtitling, and the communication with different editorial teams.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP MAKING FILMS? The moment when the protagonist forgets that they are in front of a camera.

◊ Post-Production Supervisor at zero one film Hometown: Berlin, Germany Current city: Berlin, Germany Instagram: @morrisbang PADI Divemaster & Underwater Photographer at Guinjata Dive Centre Hometown: Cincinnati, U.S. Current city: Jangamo, Mozambique Instagram: @emmajofain Photos: EYECANDY AT THE FESTIVAL! Q&A: MICHAEL RICE Portrait of Boris Mang: Anna Helfer

The New Traveler Magazine wo women hailing from opposite sides of the Atlantic share their experiences of traveling alone – or with a child in tow. Berlin- based Marta Greber of the blog What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today? reveals what she’s learned while traversing the world with her young daughter and one large backpack. And from New York to wherever her job takes her, Cherry Bombe co-founder and Me Magazine publisher Claudia Wu shares tips for making work trips equal parts business and pleasure. Read with care: Wanderlust will follow. Road trip with toddler.

Or how to travel solo as a mom.

Twenty-one days, a sunshine-yellow camper van and a toddler in tow: In 2017, food blogger and photographer Marta Greber of What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today? and her then-two-year- old daughter, Mia, set off on a road trip through New Zealand’s South Island. Just the two of them, a camera and laptop, basic equipment for coffee and one-pot meals, and the call of the open road. The trip was a dream come true for Marta. “I did a lot of wild camping, and could feel how it set me free,” she recalls. This adventure is only one of the myriad journeys Marta has embarked on alone or together with her daughter.

From six months through South America to a 35,000 km road trip across Europe, the creator has paved her way towards a life many can only imagine, combining her passion for food, photography, and travel with motherhood and work. Hailing from Warsaw, the former lawyer started her blog as an outlet for the food an enforced cleansing diet prevented her from eating. Instead, she cooked flavorful meals for her husband, Tomasz, captured her creations and shared her recipes online. “After two weeks, he had gained two kilograms and I had a blog,” she notes. Several years later, she also has more than 412,000 engaged Instagram followers and an insatiable appetite for travel.

Despite the natural ease with which Marta recounts her adventures, challenges were inevitable. In New Zealand, the first hurdle was thinking she could do it all: “Travel where I wanted, go on walks, blog, cook everything for us, and be an awesome mom.” After the stress subsided, an epiphany led her to realize that “the only thing I needed to do was to make Mia happy, which changed everything. I drove while she napped. When she told me that she didn’t want to go for a walk, I didn’t make her.” This switch in approach transformed their travels – as did a few efficient strategies, like packing light.

Marta’s luggage for long journeys often consists of “one backpack, my computer, camera, and two lenses. I used to put Mia in a carrier up front – and that was it.” As an ardent foodie, Marta Field notes from experts in journeying solo. TEXT: ANNA DOROTHEA KER Wander Woman is well-prepared when it comes to cooking on the road. “When you’re wild camping, you don’t waste water cleaning pots,” she says. Crêpes, soup, and porridge provide the base for meals, supplemented with ingredients picked up along the way.

To keep her energy up while away, Marta prioritizes taking time for herself when she can, which she describes as “crucial for remembering that I am Marta, not only Mia’s mom.” A favorite ritual revolves around morning coffee before Mia wakes. “I step outside with the cup. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot, cold, or raining, it’s time just for myself. It gives me so much power.” Her reflections often focus on what her daughter is teaching her – how to understand her child, to listen and talk to her. “She’s taught me to accept new limitations and create fun with what I have.” The next leg of Marta and Mia’s journey will be a new kind of adventure: a three-generation family trip, traveling across Australia together with her husband and both of their parents in two camper vans.

However, plenty more spontaneous solo trips for mother and daughter await. For mothers with young children thinking of following in her footsteps, Marta has a straightforward piece of advice: “Don’t overthink it. If you need something, you can buy it on the way. Your kid only needs you.” On the trail of work-life balance. From exploring Iceland’s black sand beaches, geysers, and waterfalls on a visit to a Reykjavik printing company to tacking on a beach break in Vietnam after a conference in Singapore, editorial powerhouse Claudia Wu is an expert at combining business trips with leisure, fitting in independent exploration around her work travel.

For her, seeing the world is not simply about big adventures or taking extended trips alone, but also about making the most of the small gaps in her schedule when she’s on the go.

In 2013, Claudia co-founded Cherry Bombe, an independent magazine dedicated to inspiring women and gastronomy which has since brought together a passionate global community centered on feminism and food. That’s just one milestone for the busy New Yorker, though: She’s also the publisher of Me Magazine, which delves into the world of one guest creative director per issue. Both roles have taken Claudia around the globe – frequently, and often alone. As an antidote to the fast-paced nature of her work life, taking trips solo is an “energizing” remedy for her. “Museums, shopping, spas – you get to do everything you want to do, and never have to wait for anyone.” Fitting the themes of Cherry Bombe, food is often the focus of her journeys.

“For me, traveling is about filling the time between eating, so looking at things to eat seems like an appropriate activity between meals,” she explains. “I like seeing the ephemera from different cultures.” She cites farmers markets as a good way to get a feel for the local culinary scene. During the journey, her long-haul survival strategy includes an abbreviated version of her supplement regimen, including salmon oil and packages of Moon Juice Dust to help with jet lag. Matcha sticks plus Vintner’s Daughter Serum complete her on-the-go routine.

But first things first: Before leaving home, Claudia gathers a long list of tips to create a loose itinerary – leaving plenty of room for spontaneity in between. Ahead of any trip taken alone, research begins by asking locals and friends for recommendations: “There is no substitute for actual prior experience, so when I know someone with similar taste has traveled somewhere, I reach out to them.” Another go- to source for city tips is the bookmark tool on Instagram, which she uses to create a different category for each city on her itinerary, saving interesting places she spots while scrolling to each respective destination.

Solo female travel naturally comes with its challenges, in particular personal safety. Claudia’s advice? “First and foremost, be safe. Be aware of your surroundings and your belongings. Tell people where you are going. Even at home in New York I have my radar up. That’s just how life is as a woman, right?” Research done and smartly cautious, the benefits of journeys embarked on alone can be profoundly impacting, and ultimately life affirming. For Claudia, that has included the realization that “people everywhere are more alike than different. We are all connected, and the same in so many ways.

My problems are not important in the larger scheme of things, because life is actually pretty simple in the end.” Simply about the journey, not the destination, that is to say. “I tend to not think about what the end goal is,” she muses.“I’m still figuring that out.” ◊ I did a lot of , and could feel how Claudia Wu Freelance creative director and designer, co-founder of Cherry Bombe, and publisher of Me Magazine. @claudia_wu @cherrybombe Feature Marta Greber @whatforbreakfast Photos: Marta Greber (left), courtesy of Claudia Wu (right), portrait of Claudia Wu: Stefon Miller

Do you have any new travel suggestions? Latvia. I had the pleasure of visiting for a month last year for a storytelling project. People know Riga, but there are all these amazing cities, like Sigulda, the adventure capital of Latvia: Olympic bobsledding, paragliding, cycling, and mountain trails where you can run through forests. When is a good time to go to there? In September or October for mushroom-picking season.

If you can find the prize baravika mushroom, which is like the king of mushrooms, you get the gold star, and it’s very tasty. If you want to get off the beaten path, I recommend it. Where are you going next?

Tomorrow I’m going to Lisbon. It’s great for walking because you never know what’s going to be around the next corner. It’s a city for the curious person. ◊ Follow Kash Bhattacharya at his travel blog: and on Instagram at: @budgettraveller At the festival: Luxury Hostels? Discover How Modern Hostels Are Changing the Way People Travel, Kash Bhattacharya, Panel (EN), Fri at 16:30, Travel Stage / DOCK INN Hostel Warnemünde – Stand 3.09/1 The Grand Hostels: Luxury Hostels of the World by BudgetTraveller, Author: Kash Bhattacharya, Release: August 2018, Editors: Gestalten, Kash Bhattacharya, 320 pages, ISBN: 978-3-89955-684-1 Hostels mentioned:,, Sand and Sun on the North Sea Beach Motel SPO, Am Deich 31, 25826 St.

Peter-Ording, Germany hotels/beach-motel-st-peter-ording At the festival: Heimathafen® Hotels - Stand 4.28 Après-Ski in the Austrian Alps Das Regina, Karl-Heinrich-Waggerl- Str. 5, 5640 Bad Gastein, Austria In the High Tauern Mountains south of Salzburg, the picturesque Austrian town of Bad Gastein is known for its Belle Époque-era architecture, powdery ski slopes, and relaxing spas to spare. Das Regina’s Baroque and Venetian accents were lovingly restored by owner Olaf Krone in 2003. Be sure to check out Das Regina’s other outposts – mountaintop Skibar Regina and the Das Regina coffee shop in downtown Bad Gastein.

◊ The Beach Motel is set in the popular North Sea resort town of St. Peter- Ording. Inspired by plush American designs, the hotel is surrounded by large wooden verandas for enjoying the outdoors. When you’ve soaked up your fill of sun and surf, hit the spa or grab a cocktail at the lounge. ◊ Photos: Rodamón Hostels, The Grand Hostels, pp.

229, gestalten 2018 (left) Global Agents Co., The Grand Hostels, pp. 310, gestalten 2018 (right) SNOW vs SAND From Austria’s Alpine slopes to summering at the North Sea – two seasonal escapes for your next holiday. Pocket Save articles, videos, and stories to dig into offline during long-haul flights. First Aid Safety-first app from the Red Cross for the worried and reckless alike. GetYourGuide Skip the line and hit all the can’t-miss events with this tour and ticket booker. GoEuro Chart your future adventures with Europe’s travel metasearch engine. At the festival: Stand 4.04 TripList Always find room for that extra pair of shoes in your suitcase. WeatherBug More than rain or shine: detect pollution levels, pollen counts, and even watch live videos. IN FLIGHT Slumber Drift off to stories and sounds to help you rest on crowded planes and in noisy rooms. App in the Air The perfect sidekick for real-time flight updates, auto check-in, and more. Memrise Get this language- learner and land brighter than you were at takeoff. CultureTrip Find the heartbeat of a city and, better still, new friends for chasing down its pulse. WiFi Map Cuts the guesswork out of your hunt for open routers. Beanhunter Get oriented and caffeinated using this local coffeehouse locator. SightRun Hit the ground in stride with this perfect pathfinder. PRE- CHECK Sidewalk Go local and try self-wandering suggestions from real guides. ON LOCATION Travel apps worth your battery life.

Overcast Grab this power-user podcast manager for smart speed and easy listens. ERIC JAMES BAIN: How did you go about writing a book on luxury hostels? KASH BHATTACHARYA: I made a plan to visit fifty hostels in six months, quit my job, and hit the road. With support from the hostels, I managed to survive in more or less one piece [laughs]. How did you choose the hostels? I wanted to find hostels that had good design, great experiences, and good staff. I see each of the hostels as a home around the world. The subtitle of your book is “Luxury Hostels of the World.” What makes for a luxury hostel?

Luxury to me is not Egyptian cotton and fine dining. Luxury for today’s traveler is experience, and that’s what all of these grand luxury hostels are: a portal to adventure. When you meet Juan from La Banda Rooftop Hostel, he knows all the best places to eat tapas in Seville. Each of these hostels and the people that run them are like that. You will experience Milan, Rome, or London through their eyes. That, for me, is real luxury, when somebody gives you those little secret keys. What separates them from a typical hostel?

Hostels have always had hospitality and great tips, but they’ve also upped their facilities.

In Italy, you might take a cooking class with the owner. He will show you traditional Sicilian dishes in small groups, and then you get to enjoy the food with other guests. Who are these grand hostels for? They’re for the grown-up backpacker, but really all types of travelers. Business travelers are switching to these places. Today’s traveler wants to stay in places that reflect their personality. Grand Stays What do you look for in a place to stay? The main thing, for me, is the staff. They make the hostel. Some hostels have a long, wide table – the table of dreams and magic, I call it. Everything happens around that table.

All you need is that and maybe wine, beer, or coffee. It’s as simple as that.

Are there newer luxury hostels people should visit? Long Story Short, in Olomouc near Prague, is a stunningly beautiful hostel in an old fortress. The Yard is a great hostel with a beautiful grassy courtyard that’s an oasis of calm in Bangkok. Do you have suggestions for truly unique hostel stays? DOCK INN Hostel in Warnemünde: It’s a beautiful Baltic-themed resort with this really modern twist. All their beds are in shipping containers stacked one on the other. Recently, The House of Sandeman in Porto has taken old port-wine barrels and converted them into dome beds.

What are some emerging trends and destinations? I think the over-tourism message is coming and more people are venturing off the beaten path.

That’s a feature in the book: off-the-beaten- path hostels. More and more are looking for wellness, investing in health, and getting into nature. Thanks to people like Anthony Bourdain, places like San Sebastián, Seville, Penang, and Hanoi are becoming food hotspots. Has any new technology changed the way you travel? The new GoPro is really fantastic. You don’t need a gimbal or a stabilizer and the footage is almost professional quality. It’s a good investment.

Interview Kash Bhattacharya is known around the world as BudgetTraveller. Featured in numerous magazines, his site was voted 2016 Travel Blog of the Year by readers of National Geographic. Over coffee in Berlin, he talked about his recent book, The Grand Hostels, and what, according to him, is the key to being at home anywhere in the world. Today’s traveler wants to stay in places that reflect their INTERVIEW: ERIC JAMES BAIN Photos: Jason Houzer (left), Jonas von der Hude, courtesy of Heimathafen© Hotels (middle), Christian Perl, courtesy of Heimathafen© Hotels (right) AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL! AT THE FESTIVAL!

The New Traveler Magazine In 2010, Christian Schneider and Dirk Mönkemöller decided to create a magazine that better reflected what they’d like to read themselves: a rough mix of travel and lifestyle spreads. Almost a decade later, The Weekender has become a renowned German-language magazine, offering a unique combination of travelogues and photo-essays about detours and day trips to its readers. Right now, weekend getaways to smaller cities and towns are a growing phenomenon, and the magazine remains at the vanguard of the movement. The New Traveler spoke to them about their magazine’s guiding concepts, the essence of the mini-break, and where to make a quick escape in 2019.

1. Algarve, Portugal Casa Mãe is a historic villa offering poolside garden apartments. The French owner, Veronique, gives the estate its warm atmosphere. TEXT: ERIC JAMES BAIN he brainchild of Berlin-based Art Director Christian Schneider and Editor-in-Chief Dirk Mönkemöller from Cologne, The Weekender – independently produced twice a year – is not a classic travel magazine. As Dirk puts it, “The Weekender is what we love to do the most, and our readers can hopefully feel this passion. We love to travel and tell great stories. No more, no less.” True to their name, the idea of a sponta- neous trip is crucial to how they approach their stories.

The Weekender communicates a lot of its ideas visually, while eschewing traditional travel photography. “Our secret formula is to give the photographers all the freedom they need. The design and layout gives their visual language a lot of space without constraint and manipulation.” Dirk and Christian see the short getaway close-to-home as a growing trend. “No flights, no hectic connections, no extra bling.” When asked about the factors driving current trends towards excursions and shorter vacations, Christian is philosophical: “Traveling has become an extension of everyday life. People don’t plan special vacations anymore.

They spontaneously hop to another city now and then, which is affordable due to cheap flight prices.” He also recognizes the downsides of fast travel. “But the trend has a bit of an underbelly: more and more cityscapes equal each other nowadays.” In The Weekender’s methods, he sees a solution. “That is where we jump in. Our goal is to find the most charming and unusual places in the world.” If The Weekender had a travel manifesto, it might be this: “Everything should fit into a rucksack or weekender bag. If you need anything special, you can find it at a local store or market. Only books are essential – it’s always nice to have a good read when you are on the road.” When asked how technology is affecting people’s travel and destination choices, Christian couldn’t be clearer: “If you want to go on a short trip, you just book it on your smartphone within seconds.

Travel agencies are obsolete – even a travel guide isn’t necessary if you can find all the good spots on social media. With our magazine, we try to show more thoughtful, slowed-down, and sustainable ways of traveling.” This has led The Weekender to take unique approaches to destinations both nearby – from a ski spot in Sauerland to a tranquil wooded beach retreat at the Baltic Sea – and farther afield – think a California vintage bookshop housed in a former horse stable or a pair of wood-craftsmen in Bogotá. Closer to Dirk’s hometown of Cologne, is the Sauerland: “It is very picturesque, offering little hills, long hiking trails, and several skiing posts.

Many Dutch guests come here to enjoy a short time out in the mountains.” Dirk recalls one lodge in Sauerland where breakfast was placed on the front porch of the house. “You wake up, walk the dog, and then prepare breakfast. What a good start to the day!” According to the creative team, the perfect weekender trip is also a marriage of new discoveries, with a little bit of adventure, and a lot of relaxation. “Cities can be more demanding. We always have a slight panic that we’re missing something that we should see. That doesn’t happen during nature trips. The biggest challenge in rural places is finding decent food and a place to stay.” Nestled in a sleepy region of Portugal, in the old town of Lagos, is Casa Mãe, a favorite that keeps them coming back.

“We enjoy every stay thanks to its relaxed atmosphere. We fell in love with it right away.” The experience of creating the magazine has transformed their own ideas about travel for the better. “We produce a lot of stories ourselves. It inspires us to travel more and keep our eyes open when we go to new places.” For them, the key benefits of a local mini-break is “being flexible with your plans and with your time.” One such place is not too far from Christian’s hometown of Berlin: New Haus is a coastal beach retreat near the popular Fischland-Darß-Zingst, a forested peninsula jutting into the Baltic Sea, and “a place of tranquility” for Christian.

Another emerging destination profiled by The Weekender is the French town of Arles, which is getting more popular with travelers due in part to its renowned annual photography festival, The Rencontres d’Arles, and transformation into an arts retreat. Meanwhile, Tuscany is the latest Italian destination people are opting for as an alternative to typical choices like Rome, Venice, or Florence. “You can go truffle hunting. It’s very unique, relaxed, and a good chance to discover a soon-to-be famous artist – well, sometimes they already are famous.” When they started out, Dirk and Christian had no clue who The Weekender’s readership would be, but over time, they’ve found a group of fellow travelers seeking new perspectives and different destinations in secondary cities or excursions not so far from home.

There is a growing yearning for spontaneous, relaxed travel that encourages small discoveries and only requires an ever-ready overnight bag, which is really how the weekend should be. Isn’t unplugging, relaxing, and getting out of your head what weekends were originally meant for anyway? ◊ The Weekender Magazine Publishers Christian Schneider and Dirk Mönkemöller The current issue, #31, features the country of Georgia, the city of Botogá, and the island of Yakushima – among other destinations. Issue #32 will hit newsstands in May 2019. Get it online at: Photos: 1.

Pedro Correia, 2. Niklas Adrian Vindelev, 3. Daniel Farò c/o Cee Cee Creative, 4. Alice Haldenwang, 5. LiebesGrün Feature 3. Baltic Sea, Germany New Haus is special thanks to curated interior design and modern architecture, but still feels cozy nestled behind the dunes. Ideal for friends or families alike. 2. Tuscany, Italy Located in a remote part of Tuscany, Villa Lena offers a unique concept: Artists-in- residence mingle with guests or meet them for a dinner prepared by rotating chefs. 4. Arles, France Le Collatéral invites its guests to discover art wherever they look.

You could even say that the former church itself is the real masterpiece. We try to show more and ways of traveling The Weekender magazine’s mini- break tips for 2019 5. Sauerland, Germany Bergdorf LiebesGrün consists of several wooden guesthouses, perfect for family vacations or couples who want to enjoy nature and a relaxing retreat.

Visit COUP eScooter sharing next to the Main Stage at the Berlin Travel Festival. COUP eScooter sharing is the perfect complement to existing mobility services in urban environments. With 5000 eScooters in the European cities of Berlin, Paris, and Madrid, COUP wants to electrify urban mobility by offering the flexibility and fun of our on-demand service at the same cost as public transportation. COUP eScooters are available 24/7, and easy to find, book, and drive. Faster than a bike, fresher than the S-Bahn, quieter and cleaner than a motorcycle, and easy to park. COUP is designed for flexibility when it comes to transportation for the people who love living in modern cities.

We’re happy to be a part of the Berlin Travel Festival and share our latest developments with you. As the mobility partner of such a great event, we can’t wait to welcome you to the festival. And – we have a little surprise for those who want to try out COUP for the very first time. a platform, which offers a handpicked selection of holiday rentals for conscious travel: sustainable, authentic, inspiring JUN 21 – JUL 22 CANCER Sensitivity is one of your greatest strengths, Cancer, but in 2019, don’t drop your shield too quickly. The Cancer new moon and solar eclipse on July 2 will open space for healing; look to traveling somewhere that offers the comfort and safety you need to do this.

The ocean is said to have restorative powers, and as a water sign you feel this doubly. Off the coast of Mexico you’ll find an island with just the kind of calm that 2019 calls for.

Check in at artist- run hideaway Ser Casa Sandra on Holbox Island: APR 20 – MAY 20 TAURUS Winds of change are afoot, Taurus, and while we all know how much you value consistency, 2019 has metamorphic potential – so hold tight. Uranus, the planet of revolution, moved into your sign earlier this year and is here to stay until 2025. With such powerful alignment, you can be sure that change will come whether you like it or not. Comfort? So 2018. Head to Hawaii and be sure to pack your swimming suit – you’re going diving with sharks. Schedule a dive with One Ocean: MAR 21 – APR 19 ARIES Relax, Aries, good things come to those who wait – and this year, the universe is working hard to remind you that you still have a lot to learn.

With Saturn and Jupiter present in your work sector, hard lessons will be taught through travel and blessed by luck. Where better than Peru for such expansive education? Take time to learn a craft, and you’ll find you come away with much more than just a new skill. Learn to weave with Awamaki: DEC 22 - JAN 19 CAPRICORN We all know how dedicated you are to achieving your goals, Capricorn, but in 2019, it’s time to shift your focus to your work/life balance. Venus – your career planet – moves direct all year at rapid pace, changing houses sixteen times in twelve months. Just when that speed feels overwhelming, the cosmos will grant you a break.

With Saturn in retrograde between May and September, it’s time to catch your breath. Get offline and head into the German countryside. Book your camper van and go: At the festival: Stand 1.03 SEP 23 - OCT 22 LIBRA The balance that so characterizes you is out of sorts in 2019, Libra, but don’t let this unsettle you. As Jupiter moves through your house of communication, you’ll find powerful words to articulate truths about yourself. The universe is giving you space to assess your life with honesty: Such introspection won’t be easy, but will pave the way for a brighter 2020. The Japanese island Naoshima offers the perfect place for such self- contemplation.

Check in at Benesse House and Museum: Wondering where to go this year? Lucky for you, the stars reveal the vibe and know the destination. NOV 22 - DEC 21 SAGITTARIUS You’ve never been short of optimism, Sagittarius, but in 2019 your sanguine attitude will be bountifully rewarded. This year will be defined by luck and expansion as Jupiter, your ruling planet, invites adventure and abundance. While you may be fond of a quick weekend away, this year, longer trips will prove most satisfying. Take time to train your body and your mind by settling into a health retreat in a new country.

Why not Mallorca?

Book your journey with She She Retreats: AUG 23 - SEP 22 VIRGO Never short of neuroses, Virgo, this year the universe is asking you to loosen up. When Uranus arrives in March, it’s time to consider the bigger picture – watch for doors that are opening, and forget the ones that have closed. Trust this process and remember that giving yourself time away from work will fuel your fire later. For a creative respite that allows you to let your hair down (in suitably orderly fashion), head to Lisbon.

Check in at Lost Inn Lisbon Hostel: OCT 23 - NOV 21 SCORPIO This year brings an unexpected evolution of self for you, Scorpio.

With Jupiter – the god of plenty – in your finance sector until December 2019, it’s time to make your dreams a reality. From the fifth of January, a series of eclipses will begin an eighteen-month period of self examination. The universe is asking you to invest in yourself, so trust your intuition and empty your pockets on a journey of discovery through the American West. Check in at Pioneertown Motel: FEB 19 – MAR 20 PISCES Ever the dreamer, Pisces, the year ahead promises time for you to properly entertain some of your more wild creative notions. With Neptune at home in your sign, it’s time to indulge your escapist tendencies and expand your sense of self through travel that allows for introspection.

The medinas of Morocco are calling you, Pisces, and when you’re done with those, desert dreaming awaits.

Check in at Tigmi near Marrakech: MAY 21 – JUN 20 GEMINI Never fear, dear Gemini, 2019 looks to be just the antidote to what was an unreasonably dull and expensive 2018. When Mars – who rules our passions – enters Gemini in March, it’s time to indulge your curiosity in both love and life. Plan a trip somewhere that allows you to embrace culture and conversation in an unexpected setting. The Wes Anderson-esque ski town Bad Gastein is just the ticket for an entertaining weekend away. Check in at Nina & Fred B&B with a private hot springs spa: JUL 23 – AUG 22 LEO It’s written in the stars; 2019 is going to be quite different for you, Leo.

A unique set of planetary movements featuring Jupiter and Uranus will shift your path, requiring you to carefully balance work and play. Let your travels reflect the kind of life that you hope for, and the universe will do the rest. Spend a week in Brazil languishing on the beach, learning to surf, and checking your emails (very, very) occasionally. Learn to surf with Brazil Surfing Adventure: brazilsurfingadventure. com TRAVEL- SCOPES PREDICTIONS: ROSIE FLANAGAN ILLUSTRATIONS: SHEYDA SABETIAN JAN 20 – FEB 18 AQUARIUS Free-spirited Aquarius, 2019 will be a year where cosmic calm allows you to explore areas of the world and yourself that were previously off-limits.

With Jupiter in your eleventh house of friendship until December, you are going to thrive; rarely has the universe been so supportive of your emotional pursuits. The Camino de Santiago has many routes to choose from; commit to a pilgrimage that moves both your heart and mind.

Follow a path by Camino de Santiago: santiago- AT THE FESTIVAL!

WHY NOT FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD AGAIN? Private visitors 9 – 10 March 2019 Partner Event ITB Berlin 2019 Orange Is the New Rosé Known for their funkier profiles, natural wines have exploded in popularity – spawning niche magazines, specialty shops, and their own wine bars. In 2019, the trend is more focused: This summer, we will skip the de rigueur rosé for a glass of “orange” wine. Also known as skin-contact wine, this golden nectar has actually been around for ages.

Some of the best are from Hungary, Slovenia, and Georgia. Sip by the glass at Barra in Neukölln or London’s restaurant-and-wine bar, Naughty Piglets., Feathered Ice If you tried soft-serve buffalo milk with salt and olive oil at Berlin’s Gazzo Pizza or a black cone with a black swirl to match at Little Damage in L.A., you made the most of 2018’s frozen treats. This year offers something lighter and simpler – shaved gelato. From Japanese kakigōri to Taiwanese baobing, this frozen sweet has been around, but its mounds of feathery ice shavings, condensed milk, and fresh fruit have finally reached Europe.

Try kakigōri at Berlin’s Tenzan Lab or a more modern taste from Barcelona-founded creamery, Eyescream & Friends at their shops from Dubai to Singapore.,,, Something Sour In 2018 the topic of fermentation finally became more than a hipster obsession. Now that we’ve embraced turmeric-flavored kimchi (superfoods united) and learned about sauerkraut with goji berries, it’s time for more sour delights. Iranian torshi (pickled vegetables) and sinigang (a sour Filipino stew) are two acidic kicks to try. Restaurants menus are taking notes from Iranian, Filipino, and Korean cuisines with ones like Choi in Berlin and Bad Saint in Washington, D.C.

leading the way., Mushroom Magic From spongy morel to flowery hen of the woods, golden chanterelle to otherworldly pink oyster – the world of mushrooms is diverse and delightful. That, we know. What’s news is that restaurants and supermarkets will soon grow mushrooms on site. New York City-based Smallhold specializes in providing mini-farms and remote-controlled growth using Internet of Things technology. Get used to seeing “grown in-store” and “grown in-kitchen.” If you’re ready to take your first bite, head to the vegan restaurant Mission Chinese Food in Manhattan – or dare to go DIY!, All-Over Oats Last year was the year of the oat.

According to Refinery29, sales of oat milk went up 425% in 2018. And no, nothing is stopping its rise – quite the opposite: In 2019, oat will conquer other areas of the cow and soy milk terrain. We’re speaking about the freezer. Coming from the North, Swedish company Oatly is offering a cool new addition to the trend: a bespoke ice cream line which is already available in Scandinavia and we’re expecting to make landfall in other European countries sooner rather than later. And after that? Oatgurt. And after that? Only the Swedes know... Check the Swedish-language page of Oatly to see what’s coming to Germany as well: FOOD FORWARD After traveling to new places, you bring your taste for new culinary experiences home with you – it’s inevitable.

But if you want to sample the future, take a closer look at the supermarket shelves and restaurant menus in the biggest cities of the world. Photos: #01, #02, #04 – Mina Aichhorn c/o Cee Cee Creative, #03 - John Canelis, Unsplash, #05 - Cityfoodsters TEXT: DEVAN GRIMSRUD

HOW TO GET THERE U-BAHN U1 – Schlesisches Tor S-BAHN S8, S85, S9, S42, S41 – Treptower Park BUS 104, 194, 265, N65 – Eichenstraße / Puschkinallee FROM ITB BERLIN S Messe Nord / ICC [Berlin] with S42 to Treptower Park or S Messe Süd with S9 to Treptower Park. (Approx. 30 min) Due to limited public parking, the Berlin Travel Festival recommends the use of public transportation. TICKETS Tickets are available online at or at the box office at Arena Berlin. Through Berlin Travel Festival’s partnership with ITB Berlin, some ticket options grant entrance to both events (details below).

FRIDAY ONLY SNEAK PEEK We’re offering a sneak peek of the Berlin Travel Festival Campus and Experience Floors. Come by and get the first look at the latest in gadgets, gear, destinations, and experiences before anyone else. Talk one on one with exhibitors and check out special events and talks celebrating Women’s Day. Ladies – grab your girls and get a Women’s Day Ticket to enjoy the sneak peek for free! GENTS: 8 € LADIES: 0 € SATURDAY AND SUNDAY TWO-DAY TICKET: 20 € The Two-Day Ticket grants access to the Berlin Travel Festival on Saturday, March 9, 10:00 – 19:00 and Sunday, March 10, 10:00 – 19:00.

This includes the Campus program* of workshops, master classes, and talks as well as access to the latest in travel tech, gear, destinations, and concepts on our Experience Floors. ONE-DAY TICKET: 12 € The One-Day Ticket grant access to the Berlin Travel Festival on Saturday, March 9, 10:00 – 19:00 OR Sunday, March 10, 10:00 – 19:00. Included is that day’s Campus program* of workshops, master classes, and talks as well as access to the latest in travel tech, gear, destinations, and concepts on our Experience Floors. FAMILY TICKET: 20 € ALL KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 GET IN FREE Finally, your kids pay off: Bundle them up, bring them along, and get our family ticket for two adults and their children under age 16.

This ticket is valid for one day: Saturday, March 9, 10:00 – 19:00 OR Sunday, March 10, 10 – 19. SHOP SHIFT TREND LAB: 38 € This ticket grants access to Friday’s day-long conference: Shop Shift – A Trend Lab for Creative Minds. Shop Shift offers proposals from global experts on the transformation of classic point of sales to successful point of experience models within the travel market. The ticket also includes entry to the Berlin Travel Festival for the entire weekend. As an ITB partner event, Berlin Travel Festival Shop Shift Trend Lab ticket holders can also visit ITB Berlin on Saturday, March 9 OR Sunday, March 10 at no additional cost.

*Note, some workshops require advance registration and an additional fee. Please see our website for further details. ITB TRADE VISITOR: 0 € As an ITB partner event, we’re pleased to offer ITB Trade Visitors free entry to the Berlin Travel Festival from March 8 – 10. Bring the registration confirmation and your valid ITB Trade Ticket. That’s it! Key Media Partners: LOCATION Arena Berlin / Eichenstraße 4 12435 Berlin OPENING HOURS Friday March 8 ◊ 12:00 – 19:00 Saturday March 9 ◊ 10:00 – 19:00 Sunday March 10 ◊ 10:00 – 19:00