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8 Podcasts to Entertain, Educate and Invigorate 

If you’re already a converted podcast listener, you can skip this section and go straight to our list of must-listen podcasts – if you’re not, what on earth are you waiting for? Once you take the plunge into the wide and varied world of podcasts, there will be no turning back. Informative, inspirational, gripping and immersive, there’s…

Patrick Cox: On Being An 80s “Shoe God” Without Even Knowing It

Patrick Cox walks to the beat of his own drum – and in his own shoe designs for that matter. An iconic shoe designer who has firmly established himself as one of the great fashion figures of Britain in the 1980s, Patrick Cox talks to us about the freedom of fashion in the 80s, how self-evolution doesn’t stop in…

Luxury Lodges & Castles to Rent in Ireland

Sometimes, the most beautiful destinations are right on our doorstep – and sometimes it takes a global pandemic and long-distance travel complications to really make us appreciate that . . .  Velvety pints of Guinness, verdant landscapes, medieval castles, marvellous pubs, and who could forget the good old fashioned “craic”, the list of things that the Emerald Isle is known…

Kelly Cooper Barr: A Star-Studded Career of Serendipity & Seizing Every Opportunity

You’d be hard-pressed to meet someone with a more varied career than Kelly Cooper Barr. Always staying true to her passion and creativity, Cooper Barr has had an adventurous and star-studded career that has taken her into the worlds of fashion, music, media, PR and philanthropy. We spoke with her about her remarkable career path, the importance…

Emma Moore: Running a Catering Business and Writing a Cookbook During COVID

Founder of Emma’s Eatery, a Toronto-based catering and events company, Emma Moore spoke to our team about the challenges of running a catering business in the midst of a pandemic. In this interview, she discusses ways that she has pivoted her skills to continue encouraging people to entertain at home and shares simple tips for how to take…

Love Local: Support Independent and Small Businesses

As challenging as this lockdown period has been, there are many powerful and positive changes that we’ve made to our everyday lives that we’re committed to continuing as the world begins its return to some semblance of normality.  The crisis has awoken a strong sense of community among so many of us, especially when it comes to supporting…

Bring The Restaurant Experience to You

Although lockdown measures are now easing across the UK, it will still be a matter of weeks (or even months) before restaurants and eateries can welcome us back through their doors. For the foodies among us, almost twelve weeks without sitting down to an expertly prepared meal at our favourite restaurant has left us with a gaping hole in our…

Life in Lockdown: Enter the (Virtual) Art World

For many of us lockdown has gifted the time to channel our creativity and discover new ways of expressing ourselves that we may have never explored before. There’s something especially satisfying about creating simply because you want to – not because you’re obliged to. Like one of our favourite London-based artists, Babak Ganjei said, ‘Art is the thing…

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Life in Lockdown: 10 Movies to Inspire, Uplift or Comfort You

Film can be a powerful medium to get us out of our own heads and routines. During lockdown, we’ve loved breaking up monotonous daily cycles by escaping through film – whether that’s by immersing ourselves in incredible destinations in a travel-focused story, rediscovering a nostalgic feel-good favourite, or veering off the beaten track and uncovering some gems…

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Life in Lockdown: Home Workouts for Your Wellbeing

Swapping our usual daily activities for relatively sedentary lives indoors, it’s crucial to our physical and mental wellbeing that we get our bodies moving every day. While now isn’t the time to be putting pressure on ourselves to lose weight or get fit, if you feel like you have a lot of pent up energy that you want…

Life in Lockdown Quarantine Recipes from around the world iMBARC

Life in Lockdown: 5 Comfort Dishes from Around the World

The centre around which family life orbits on a daily basis, the kitchen has always been the heart of the home. And during this lockdown, we’ve found that this space has taken on even greater meaning. Whether it’s through cooking, conversation or company, time spent in the kitchen can provide us with the comfort we’re all seeking…

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Life in Lockdown: Home Comforts & Little Luxuries

For this week’s Life in Lockdown post, we want to spread the love to those businesses providing little luxuries that can help to make your home feel more like a haven. These are anxious times for all of us and although cosy cashmere sweats and a scented candle aren’t going to make all of your worries disappear, they…

How To Give Back During This Pandemic

In this time of need, we’re sharing a very important message from Benesys.  Please read below to discover ways that you can support the most vulnerable in our society during this global pandemic.The iMBARC Team CHILDREN ON FREE SCHOOL MEALS School closures put many vulnerable young people at high risk. Child and youth care providers are concerned about…

Local Businesses Deliveries in the UK for Food and Drink

Life in Lockdown: Small Businesses Delivering Food in the UK

How and where we choose to spend our money is a reflection of the kind of economy that we want to live in. In this time, when so many small businesses are facing possible closure, this is truer than ever. Over the next few weeks, we will be using our platform to shine a light on small businesses that are…

Reading List for Lockdown Quarantine Travel with Books

An Around-The-World Adventure Through Words: Books to Transport You From Self-Isolation

To everyone who’s saving the world by simply staying at home, we stand with you. Just because the furthest physical journey you’ll be making for the foreseeable future might be from your bedroom to your kitchen doesn’t mean that you can’t ‘travel’ further afield. There’s no transportation system quite like our imagination and with a…

Reimagining Travel During a Global Pandemic

Dear our community of travellers, readers, collaborators and contributors, There is no denying that we are living in troubling times. The COVID-19 crisis is one of unprecedented nature and with none of us knowing what the future will bring, there is an ever-present sense of uncertainty which sparks inevitable (and entirely rational) fear. What it also ignites however…

Jenny Halpern Prince Interview

Jenny Halpern Prince: The Joy of Travel

Thriving in the fast lane of her full-throttle life, Jenny Halpern Prince works hard to play hard. The PR guru, who juggles running her PR firm, being a mother to three children and championing multiple philanthropic causes, spoke with us about how she lives her life by the same mantra that she drives her company with (JFDI – “just f…

The Clumsies Bar in Athens

The Clumsies: Master Mixology and Making the Best Cocktail in the World

Frequently listed as one of the World’s Top 50 Bars, The Clumsies is nothing short of an institution in the Greek capital, Athens. We spoke to Georgia Georgakopoulou, mixologist at The Clumsies, about the changing food and beverage industry in Athens, what makes The Clumsies so special, and what exactly goes on in their famous ‘laboratory’.  First Georgia, it…

Best Treehouse Hotels around the world

Unique Treehouse Hotels Around The World

Above image courtesy of Arctic TreeHouse Hotel The magic and whimsy of playing in treehouses doesn’t have to fizzle out when you grow up. Relive the days when imagination ran free at these spectacular treehouse hotels that take unique accommodation options to whole new heights. From traditional tree-top huts and contemporary eco-conscious pods to surreal mirrored cubes…

Wellness Holidays in Europe

Top 6 Wellness Hotels & Resorts in Europe

Have you ever returned from a holiday instantly feeling like you were in need of another? At iMBARC we love action-packed holidays but we know all too well how back-to-back adventures can sometimes leave you feeling a little drained. In today’s fast-paced world, there is no greater luxury than slowing things down and taking the…

Top 10 Luxury Eco-Friendly Hotels Around The World

Travelling sustainably doesn’t have to mean sacrificing luxury and comfort. In fact, on our many adventures we’ve found that some of the most memorable and outstanding experiences have been at eco-friendly hotels where there is real harmony between the hotel, its surrounding environment and local community. Around the world the travel industry is quickly responding to a…

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Eco-Travel: Experiencing The World Without Damaging It

How can we minimise our carbon footprint as we travel the world to explore its endless wonders? It’s an important question that more and more people are asking, and for good reason. At iMBARC, we know it’s not easy to balance a love for travel and a concern for the world we live in. But ethical travel encompasses…

Interview with Riley Studio Founder Riley Uggla

Riley Uggla: The Mission of Riley Studio & The Quest for Sustainable Travel Options

Founder of sustainable and gender-neutral clothing brand Riley Studio, Riley Uggla shares the mission and ethos of her fashion-forward company, her favourite destinations around the world and her thoughts on sustainable travel. How did you come to found Riley Studio and what is the ethos behind it? I set up Riley Studio with the aim of tackling overproduction…

Eva Alexandridis: The Secret Behind 111SKIN and Finding a Work-Life Balance

Co-Founder of high-performance skin care range 111SKIN, Eva Alexandridis sits down with iMBARC to share the secrets behind the success of the brand, how she perfectly balances work and family life, and why she never fails to bring a pair of flippers on every trip. Can you tell me about the origins of 111SKIN? The journey to founding…

Countryside Art Hotels

At iMBARC, we’re passionate about all things travel, nature and culture and it doesn’t get much better than a hotel that combines all three. Masterpieces in themselves, these countryside hotels take the concept of a design hotel to a whole new level with their incredible architecture and creative collaborations with established and up-and-coming artists. Set among…

Luxury Homes to Rent in the UK

Given the lasting effects of the pandemic and lockdowns around the world, we want to help you discover alternative escapes and getaways that you can embark on this summer while feeling completely safe and assured that you will be able to maintain social distancing. We are constantly updating this list of luxury staycation options around the United Kingdom so be…

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Caroline Sciamma-Massenet: Sustainable Leather and the Inspiration behind SKIIM

Former model and stylist, Caroline Sciamma-Massenet has had a stellar career in the fashion industry and is founder of her own sustainable leather brand, SKIIM. In our latest interview, Caroline shares with iMBARC her experiences in the fashion world, the inspiration behind SKIIM and her favourite travel destinations. Can you tell me a bit about your background in the…

Design Ski Lodges & Hotels

Why not ring in the new year by hitting the slopes and enjoying a week of nothing but skiing, hot chocolates, fine wine and cosy fires? Whether you’re looking for someplace swanky to enjoy aprés ski entertainment or a boutique spot to meet like-minded vacationers and rest your head after a long day on the slopes, we…

Top Luxury Lodges in Adventure Destinations

Looking for an unforgettable escape into the wilderness without saying goodbye to the luxuries and comforts of a five-star resort? Our top picks for adventure lodges offer the perfect retreats from which to explore the wild and untamed nature of their surroundings. From the valleys of Patagonia to the glaciers of Iceland, these lodges are what travel dreams are…

Pauline Harris: Cromford Leather Craftsmanship

Pauline Harris is the director of Cromford Leather – a leather specialist which champions the personal and the hand-crafted in a world of increasingly fast fashion. She speaks to IMBARC about the allure of leather, the growing demand for craftsmanship, and of course what makes a good jacket. What is the brand ethos of Cromford Leather? Our ethos is to…

Top Ranch Destinations in South America

Image credit: Daniel Wagner Realise your childhood dreams of becoming a cowboy at these spectacular ranch destinations where you are invited to leave city-life far behind you, and plunge into the adventures of the great outdoors. From golden sunrises to magic sunsets, spend your days exploring the wild deserts, sacred valleys and sprawling ranches of South America at these…

Tracy Lowy: The Laslett & West London

Tracy Lowy is the founder of Living Rooms – a collection of boutique hotels in London including The Laslett. She talks to iMBARC about the ethos behind Living Rooms, why she chose to open The Laslett in Notting Hill and her thoughts on the recent resurgence of west London. Why did you found Living Rooms? What is the ethos behind…

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Kim Hersov: The Talitha Inspiration

Kim Hersov is co-founder of the Talitha Collection and a global traveller. Her Talitha lifestyle showroom space on Powis Terrace in Notting Hill, London – produced in collaboration with Hubert Zandberg – is an eclectic platform through which they display their Talitha’s luxury travel wear collections. Our Creative Director Mike Hinchcliffe spoke with Kim in our London office to run…

Korean Jinjuu restaurant by Judy in London, UK.

Judy Joo: Making Korean Food Global

Raised on a diet of Mum’s dumplings, home-fermented kimchi and comforting tofu stew, Judy Joo grew up in a traditional Korean household in New Jersey. With every home meal made from scratch, helping out in the kitchen wasn’t optional. From washing dishes to enduring reeking, stained fingers after tirelessly picking perilla leaves in the back garden, the…

Soup dish of Vietnamese culture served in Berlin.

Saigon By The Spree

Berlin is known as the world capital of techno music and club culture, as a destination for those with a passion for history and politics, and as a hub of alternative art and fashion. While Schönefeld Airport welcomes legions of so-called ‘Easyjet Ravers’ each weekend, and the likes of Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie are never lacking for…

Hong Kong Top Restaurants Judy Joo Imbarc Travel

Top Hong Kong Restaurants by the Iron Chef

The ultimate hodgepodge of cultures, Hong Kong’s complex history of immigration, foreign regimes and bustling tourism has made for one of the most diverse gastronomic scenes in the world. From Michelin star restaurants to cheap and cheerful street stalls, this city really does have it all. These are 3 of Iron Chef and founder of Jinjuu, Judy Joo’s…

Top New Delhi Markets According to Talitha

Talitha’s Top New Delhi Markets

Fervent in climate, population, and culture, New Delhi is unmitigatedly beautiful. A trip to New Delhi wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the city’s many markets. Thrilling, vibrant and bustling, these markets are the pulse of the city and are a treasure trove of goods from fabrics and handicrafts to local delicacies and handmade jewelry. Here are…