Editor’s Note: Shellina Ebrahim on Meaningful Travel.
This marks our 4th issue this year. I am thrilled to return with everything I love about travel. My perspective on travel was, in part shaped by my parents since I was a child, and the places I’ve lived and visited around the world. Growing up in Northern Tanzania, and having a father who was both adventurous and a savvy businessman, there was a lot of traveling through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks to get to Arusha and Dar-es-salaam. Call it his idea of business and pleasure. It was exciting times as it would be for any child you can imagine when my parents would bring me along on these trips. An extraordinary childhood it was, as we rolled deep into the wilderness in my baba’s grey Land Rover. Something that most children around the world only get to experience through a television screen. I have been exposed to various types of travel from a young age and experienced beauty differently – I think this really stays with you and makes you more open to possibilities in life. I have always been proud of my cultural heritage, from music, dance, art, food to fashion. The FAS editorial team kept this in mind and drew inspiration from a fusion of distinctive tribes when creating ‘Tribal Vibes’ in page 28. On the fashion front, it’s all about thinking outside the box and bringing some ‘Glamour in the Savanna’ (page 16 – I am hooked on that leopard maxi skirt you can also wear as a sleeveless dress. Talk about stylish staples that give you options and ability to pack light for your next trip). Recently, my regular cravings to explore new places have led me to some of the most astnonishing destinations you should not miss. Places where the environment is kept truely wild and you can experience natural beauty as it was once upon a time. Turn to page 12 and 14 for those stories and how I came to a profound realizion that my heritage extends beyond culture. Wherever you travel to this holiday season, choose travels that give you an authentic experience while preserving the beauty of our earth for generations to come. Travels that make you a better person. Travel with meaning and let that be your style!
SHELLINA EBRAHIM, Editor In Chief.