Kate Nelson: Behind every idea, experience and era throughout history are real humans. And it’s these stories about humanity that we endeavor to tell here at Artful Living. Which is why we’re especially excited to bring you the life-changing travel tales of five everyday people who shared with us how a single trip transformed them — from learning to embrace a true identity in Russia to recovering from cancer treatment in Costa Rica — for our feature by Ashlea Halpern. This inspirational collection of stories is sure to prompt some travel planning. (page 114)
Hayley Saunders: And let’s be honest: We’ve all been desperately missing out on that feeling of being transported elsewhere, both literally and figuratively. We’re here to soothe those travel withdrawals you’re feeling. Men’s style guru David Coggins takes us around the world on a sartorial scavenger hunt, highlighting the must-have picks from top style cities (page 74). Brittany Chaffee uncovers the mysteries of Sable Island, where only a herd of wild horses can survive (page 168). Steve Hoffman, meanwhile, recalls how a chance encounter along France’s Vermillion Coast changed his relationship with anchovies (page 191).
KN: Certain destinations have a mysterious, almost eerie essence about them. One such place? The Ozarks. Longtime Artful Living writer Anne Roderique-Jones returned to her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, to produce a podcast about three women who vanished into thin air 30 years ago. She takes us through the twists and turns of this unsolved true-crime mystery and how the experience took her from bystander to part of the narrative. (page 196)
HS: Sometimes you need to bring the comforts of home with you on the go. Trendy globetrotters are enlisting the world’s top interior designers to craft one-of-a-kind private aircraft for their jetting pleasure (page 66). In the Guide, we showcase the season’s must-have travel wares (page 87), while Chris Plantan outlines what goes into the well-packed cosmetic bag (page 61). And one Minnesotan looking to build a vacation property in San José del Cabo tapped her favorite local talents — PKA Architecture and Martha Dayton Design — to create an authentic abode (page 154). Wherever life takes you next, we hope you bring Artful Living with you.
Kate Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Hayley Saunders, Managing Editor + Associate Publisher