Steve McCurry

Since setting off in 1969 from his native Philadelphia, the legendary lensman, famed for his war reportage and his iconic portrait of green-eyed Afghan girl Sharbat Gula, has photographed people all over the globe, from Sudanese tribesmen and Nile boatmen to Himalayan monks. The country he’s looking forward to visiting next is Ethiopia, he tells us in A Life in Seven Journeys (page 96): “My friend runs an NGO there, OMO Child, and has a great rapport with the tribes. Wherever we go, they’re hospitable and relaxed.”


Brette Warshaw

The freelance consultant, writer and editor was COO of Lucky Peach, the irreverent New York-based food magazine, which educated gastronomes on subjects ranging from Mexican bread to making beer. Having eaten in more pop-up restaurants than she cares to remember, she was the ideal writer to explain the trend for pop-ups all over the globe (page 82). Now fully fed, the Manhattanite says she’d like to spend her winter “holed up somewhere warm and cozy, ideally with a well-stocked kitchen and a big pile of books”.


Chris Moss

The award-winning author of Patagonia: A Cultural History has lived in Argentina for a decade and has spent the past 25 years exploring Latin America, writing more than 20 guidebooks on it. In this issue of Beyond, to celebrate a new exhibition of gold artifacts in New York and Los Angeles, he examines the precious metal’s role in ancient civilizations. His own personal pot of gold this winter would be a trip to Buenos Aires: “To celebrate the centenary of tango song, and catch up with old friends who’d sing and dance with me.”


Stephanie Rafanelli

Currently based in Los Angeles, where she is writing a novel, the prolific documentary-maker and journalist has explored subjects from wildlife and footballers to lipstick, for media from PBS and Discovery to Condé Nast Traveler and Elle. For Beyond, she explores why salt is now worth its weight in gold to chefs, beauty therapists and barmen. The topic, she says, has had her hooked. “Who knew that people used to be paid in blocks of salt,” she says, “or that it was sprinkled on stage in Japan to ward off evil spirits?”


Juliet Kinsman

The writer, editor and brand consultant has been a journalist for more than two decades, writing on interiors for national newspapers, hip cities for the Louis Vuitton City Guides and green living for her own social enterprise, Bouteco. She has just returned from three months in Bali, where she enrolled her daughter in the Green School (page 92). This winter, they will return for another semester. “I was blessed by holy men, drank kombucha cocktails, visited wild, untouched islands. Those green paddy fields are pulling me back.”


Victoria Bain

The Scottish-born stylist and artistic director, who styled our fashion shoot at The St. Regis Atlanta, works her creative magic for brands from Martini to Estée Lauder and Graff Diamonds, while contributing to international titles including Vanity Fair, Vogue and T Magazine. Rather than hunkering down in her homeland this winter, she has dreams of escaping to Kerala, to warm her skin, “or perhaps to a mountain in Aspen, with fresh powder and blue skies, and good skiing. Anywhere, really, with sun.”