After Chatwin's Songlines and the idea of 'singing the world into existence', Luxury Travel Stories is about the idea of connecting the world via 'stories' in postcard format: a photo with accompanying text.

The old cliches of 'travel making the world smaller'- this is our way of singing the world into existence.

Luxury Expeditions
Final Step to the North Pole

Final Step to the North Pole

Photo credit: Martin Hartley Without harnessing every scintilla of my being to the task, I was unlikely to make it to the far end – the North Pole – alone and without outside assistance. For me it was a supreme challenge, and deliberately so. It presented the secular pilgrimage I sought, with its associated monastic...
The Urbane Nomads Empty Quarter Expedition 2012

The Urbane Nomads Empty Quarter Expedition 2012

  A North-South crossing of the Empty Quarter through the eastern lobe, this expedition, which began in Al Ain, ended successfully in Salalah on the 28th March 2012, establishing Hajar Ali as the first woman to cross the Empty Quarter. Urbane Nomads is the sponsor of the expedition. Below are the day-to-day logs of travelling...
A bid to be first woman to cross the Empty Quarters

A bid to be first woman to cross the Empty Quarters

Date: 22nd March 2012 Where: Empty Quarters What: The Empty Quarters is the world’s largest sand desert spanning Abu Dhabi, Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Who: Hajar Ali is the founder of Urbane Nomads, a travel company specializing in luxury travel to remote places. Route: Abu Dhabi(Al Ain) to Salalah. Will be going through the Umm...
10 Best Hotels with Horses

10 Best Hotels with Horses

Or rather, as in some cases, best horse havens with a few, albeit well-designed rooms.  Most are a good base for horseriding enthusiasts. Some are skewed towards polo. One’s a castle, another is only open to polo players and is on a by-invitation basis only. 10.  Rohet Garh Bruce Chatwin and William Dalrymple were long-term...
Luxury Phinisi- Asmat Sailing

Luxury Phinisi- Asmat Sailing

Luxury Phinisi- Sailing to Asmat “It is the desire to do something adventurous, at a time when frontiers, in the real sense of the word, are disappearing.”- Michael C. Rockefeller.” Photo Courtesy of Raja Laut September-mid November is a great period to sail through West Papua. Be it diving in the famed Raja Ampat or...
Mongolia with an Entourage.

Mongolia with an Entourage.

Mongolia with an Entourage So there was that ‘Most Luxurious Trip in the World‘ created for 2 persons. If you prefer travelling with an entourage, this arrangement might suit you better. Who it’s for:  A group of 25 persons, with a staff ratio of 1:4. This trip was designed for a group of serious falconers...
Luxury Expedition in the Empty Quarters

Luxury Expedition in the Empty Quarters

Luxury Expedition in the Empty Quarters Who it’s for: A corporate retreat for a group of 40-45 CEOs (with a projected number of 80 individuals, inclusive of spouses, attending) . The aim is to create a journey less ordinary for a group of well-travelled individuals in their 30s-40s. Background: The Empty Quarters, made famous by...
Hajar Ali

Hajar Ali

Hajar is the founder of Urbane Nomads, a travel company specializing in luxury adventure travel in remote, off-the-beaten trek destinations. Favourite destinations include Patagonia, Baltistan and the Burmese Himalayas.  See Hajar’s contribution here:  
Bespoke Travel

Bespoke Travel

Tsaatans

Tsaatans

Tsaatans Image Courtesy of Hamid Sardar The legendary tsaatan reindeer herders in Mongolia.  Nomadic by nature, the tsaatans of Mongolia
Remoteness

Remoteness

Remoteness Remote Places Photo on right courtesy of Michael Polizza.
Expeditions

Expeditions

  Expeditions From polar expeditions to reconnaissance trips in the desert.