HTSI editor Jo Ellison
HTSI editor Jo Ellison © Marili Andre

This week’s travel issue takes in a whole range of adventures and destinations, beginning with Francis Mallmann, the legendary “fire chef” of Patagonia, and ending with Marc Farrell, the founder of Ten To One Rum, on the beach in Trinidad. In between we fossick for gems with jeweller Ruth Tomlinson on her quest to unearth the UK’s semi-precious treasures, bask in the bygone glamour of the Al Moudira in Luxor (laying claim to becoming the best hotel in Egypt), hit the Silk Road through central Asia and cast into chilly Scottish waters in pursuit of the “silver king” salmon on the banks of the River Carron. Each trip is charged with the passion of its author: David Coggins’ account of trying (and failing) to catch his fish is as quietly devastating as Hill & Aubrey’s photographic essay from Kyrgyzstan is awesome. All unlock the different kinds of wanderlust that guide us – whether in search of new and inspiring interactions, cultural stimuli or smaller and more personal goals.

The view from Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan
The view from Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan © Hill & Aubrey

Rebeka Russell’s Manderley Press is a publishing house making jewel-like editions of books dedicated to specific houses and locales. Her own story makes for a fascinating read: she runs the press from a William Morris-decorated house in south London, the former home of Victorian writer William Hale White, and a kind of jewel box of its own. Kate Finnigan went to visit Rebeka to find out more about her secret trove of tales. This summer will see the publication of The House in Cornwall, a children’s adventure by Noel Streatfeild (one of my childhood favourites) and a seventh book to add to Rebeka’s ever-growing enterprise.

The Pearl in San Diego
The Pearl in San Diego © Josh Cho

I’m also very fond of Grace Cook’s story about the US motel. Having been a casualty of changing tourist habits (and a cooling automobile culture), the classic roadside hostelry has had to be reimagined for today. I am a sucker for a motel: I love the twin exhilarations of doing something that feels completely authentic to the spirit of the US road trip, while not quite knowing what one might discover behind the check-in desk. Motels are creepy, charming, unapologetically romantic. Grace has rounded up some of the best newcomers, as well as old favourites that have had a facelift. Please send us other recommendations if you have them too.

Rubuen Bilan-Carroll wears Loro Piana cashmere and cotton jumper, £1,350. Dries Van Noten jacquard trousers, £595. Miu Miu nylon swim briefs (just seen), £610. Panconesi rhodium-plated-brass and glass Vacanza necklace, £290
Rubuen Bilan-Carroll wears Loro Piana cashmere and cotton jumper, £1,350. Dries Van Noten jacquard trousers, £595. Miu Miu nylon swim briefs (just seen), £610. Panconesi rhodium-plated-brass and glass Vacanza necklace, £290 © Axel Swan Maldini

As to finding one’s happy place? To each his own, I find. I was talking to a friend recently about my extensive holiday plans when suddenly he said: “Oh! Don’t you want to see the sea?” Indeed, I had chosen places that were quite landlocked. Did it matter? I’m not sure. That same friend shot the fashion story for this issue, incidentally – a trip to Naples with a view across the bay. It looks beyond enticing. I might just search for a few more flights… 

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