There’s a nip in the air. The leaves are turning colour. The evenings are definitely cooler. The heart increasingly longs to be outdoors. As we prepare to welcome fall 2016, we pause for a moment and reflect over the past season. It’s been one happening summer, to say the least.
To present a compelling narrative of all that has transpired, we offer tales of adventure, tales of exploration, and tales of glory from lands far away and those close to home. With his debut movie release this month, the leading man of Janaan, debonair Bilal Ashraf makes a splash in London’s finest neighborhood as he poses for Destinations. In his first cover story interview, the rising star talks about his love for cinema, the inspiration behind switching fields from finance to film and the big move back to Pakistan.
While in England, we meet star polo player Hissam Hyder. With a 6 handicap, he is ranked amongst the top 5% polo players in the world and almost singlehandedly keeps the torch lit for Pakistan on some of the most prestigious polo grounds in the world. This month, he takes us on a visit across some of his favourite places in his resident town, Windsor as we get up close and personal with the man behind the fame in an exclusive interview. Crossing the French Channel, we arrive in France to catch up with financier and FinTech investor, Sameer Chishty.
With a career spanning across the globe from NYC to Hong Kong, this Harvard alumni is a business force to reckon with. Here he presents a kaleidoscope of art, history and culture reserved solely for the sophisticated traveller. From there, journalist and adventurer, Madeeha Syed takes us to Turkey as she backpacks her way along the Turquoise Coast. From hiking to climbing mountains and walking through ancient ruins, she is left completely mesmerized by the eternal flames of the Chimaera. Aamna Haider Isani steers us East and showcases Guilin, a place stuck somewhere in a time long forgotten, where she indulges herself in the traditional art of Chinese watercolour painting, learning Tai Chi and going bamboo rafting in the river.
These post-summer blues find a cure as we highlight some of the best holidays from sun-soaked California to the scrumptious array of street food in Spain and on board sea cruises that go beyond Greece, Italy and Croatia. Back home, renowned columnist Momina Aijazuddin travels up north to Baltistan and finds much peace and tranquillity in an area often described as The Roof of the World while veteran travel writer Salman Rashid tries to uncover the mystery of the seven ornate, yet undiscovered, temples atop Kafir Kot, near Dera Ismail Khan. With a global perspective on universal themes, various kinds of travel and victory in the face of all odds, there’s much to be learnt and much to be celebrated as one flips through the pages of this latest issue!