The Upgrade by SUITCASE Magazine

The Upgrade by SUITCASE Magazine

Travel smarter with SUITCASE Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus. We’re spotlighting up-and-coming destinations, sharing our best-kept secrets from around the world and checking in with the people who are shaking up the way we travel. Thought all trips went smoothly for our editors? We’ll let you in on some of our not-so postcard-worthy moments too.

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August 2, 2021 31 min

Wrinkly potatoes dipped in mojo wolfed down in beachside boltholes; surf huts serving world-class red wines; hiking to walk it off in lush pine-filled forests – Tenerife is the ultimate getaway for the gourmet traveller. 

Calling upon two of Tenerife’s food-obsessed island insiders, Carlos Hernández and Xavi Riera, we shine a light on the island’s best restaurants, vineyards and beach shacks. 

Plus, we’ll be revealing just how to fin...

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We hear you loud and clear. We’re itching to shake off lockdown fatigue and get back into the great outdoors.?

That’s why we’re bringing you a destination special dedicated to the island that has it all: Tenerife.

As part of our partnership with Visit Tenerife, we’re shining a light on the design-driven boutique hotels, athlete-approved hikes and world-class wineries that you should have on radar.

Plus, we’ll be joined by Canary Green...

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Skincare obsessed? This one's for you.

Join us as we transport you to the dunes, souks and oases of Morocco through the next cult beauty brand: whind. 

Fuelled by skin-saving science and a sensual Morrocan approach, join us as we chat to whind founder Hind Sebti about her pioneering range of skincare projects, how her homeland of Morocco inspired her and the beauty secret she swears by. 

Plus, Hind will be sharing her treasured ta...

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Not just for wine buffs / oenophiles.

Instead of getting hung up on malbec and merlot, noses and tannins, we’re raising a glass to the UK wineries shaking up the English wine-making scene.

Join us as we speak to the innovative producers championing community and fuelling our love for locavore labels and natural tipples. We’re popping the cork on homegrown grapes and spotlighting the next generation of UK wineries. 

Plus, we catch up w...

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So far the 2020s have been, understatement of the century, a lot. We’re worn out, lethargic and our mind and bodies are craving some TLC. Before slinking off to a hedonistic weekend in the Balearics or booking that four-years-in-the-making road trip around the US, we’re securing a spot on a much-needed wellness retreat.

Forget green juices and white robes, we’re spotlighting the next generation of wellness that focus more on communi...

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Hands up who's desperate to return to the bel paese (beautiful country)? 

We know that The Upgrade listeners are as infatuated with Italy as us, so we decided to join forces with the duo behind Italy’s coolest creative crash pad.


Tune in to this recommendation-packed episode as we’re joined by Villa Lena’s foundersLena Evstafieva and Jérôme Hadey, who share their Tuscan tips, under-the-radar restaurants in Rome and where to (hope...

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Sustainable? Tick. Slow travel? Tick. Affordable? Tick. 

Move over glamping, #vanlife is the latest travel trend we can’t get enough of. Whether you’re hitting the road in a revamped VW, careering through California in an RV or pitching up on a campsite in a static caravan, bundling your pals/ family/ pets into the back of a campervan is the way to adventure in summer 2021.

We’re ditching the traditional flight-and-hotel model and ri...

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After a short hiatus – spent producing SUITCASE’s newest issue Volume 33: Collective (India), watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch reruns (Fleur) and avoiding baking anything (both) – we’re back. Season two of The Upgrade podcast kicks off with us asking a very important question: have we killed the traditional holiday?

As people take back control of their time and income, turn hobbies into side hustles and continue to blur the bounda...

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It’s here. The big one. The SUITCASE guide to travel 2021 has landed.

We’ve been itching to share with you the trips our travel editors are planning, the hotel openings on our radar and the travel trends on the horizon. 

Chatting about workations and carbon-neutral holidays, seaside-town revivals and a Hawaiian island that’s undergoing creative regeneration, India and Fleur share insider intel on the next big trips to plan. They’ll a...

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This year, 2020, has been one of collaboration. That’s the C-word we’re championing, forget the other one.

We’re joining forces with the brands, businesses and like-minded people that share SUITCASE’s passion for connecting people and places all across the globe. Spotlighting independent businesses and expert craftspeople, we’re sharing the stories from those that have used the last few months to hone their art. 

As part of this coll...

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Suffering from creative burnout? We’ve found the cure.

At a time where burnout is all too common and creativity can be hard to muster, we’re helping you reignite your spark. Banishing the B-word for good, we’re dialling in with two powerhouse creatives who share their tips, tricks and secrets to reigniting that creative spark. 

We catch up with Chris Penn, co-founder of Birch, this year’s hottest “anti-hotel” opening that is changing...

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This is our love letter to London.

In our debut season finale we’re shining a light on the London independents that we love. From Hackney’s hippest lifestyle collective to a sourdough hero who is shaping his neighbourhood one loaf at a time, these are the London shop owners that help their communities thrive. 

We catch up with Paul Firmin, one half of the duo behind trendy Earl of East. The seriously cool brand started on a Hackey ma...

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Join our travel editors as they lift the lid on some of their favourite UK self-catering stays, from twee Cotswolds cottages to Pembrokeshire houseboats. No longer just a crash pad for laying your head, this is the kind of accommodation at the forefront of the staycation stampede. Expect design-driven bothies in the Highlands, the South Downs’ most swanky stately homes and Norfolk cottages that have been given extensive makeovers.

W...

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This week we chat to trailblazer Jessica Nabongo, an influencer with actual influence. Her following – 197,000 and counting – watched her, as we did, become the first Black woman to travel to all 195 countries in the world. She slept in a yurt in Mongolia, toured pyramids in Sudan and broke bread in Pakistan before finishing her two-and-a-half-year race around the world on the shores of the Seychelles. We couldn’t think of a better...

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Summer 2020 might not be what you hoped for, but we’re here to salvage what’s left of it. The travel industry was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic, so we’re spotlighting the destinations we’re keen to help get back on their feet as and when travel restrictions allow. Rattling through a whole host of recommendations for this (or next) year’s summer jaunts, we lift the lid on our treasured European hotspots and dive into th...

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As the world starts to open up again, we’re following the money and making sure your travel pennies are being pocketed by the communities that need them the most. Purchasing power – whether at home or abroad – is so important, even more so now as communities struggle to get back on their feet. Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus as we pick apart what it means to “spend like a local”, while sp...

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July 7, 2020 39 min

Let’s be honest, we’ve had a lot of time to plan our next big adventure. Post-lockdown, when it’s safe to do so, we want to head out on an epic voyage of discovery. No more manana manana (“tomorrow, tomorrow”) it’s time to seize the day.

Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus, as we discuss (read: fight) over the trips we’re going to be taking, deep-dive into why adventure travel is set to rise a...

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What do two travel editors do when they’re faced with months of lockdown and lots of paused plans? We side-step tie-dye projects and sourdough starters in favour of creating our own at-home adventures.

For the past few months, we’ve fantasised about travel more than ever. Whether rustling up our favourite dishes from the Amalfi Coast, immersing ourselves in diverse cultures through literature or binging on Netflix’s globe-trotting f...

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Restless and itching to get out? Us too. 

That’s why we’re bringing a dose of escapism to wherever you may be listening. We’ll be dissecting what post-pandemic travel might look like in the first episode of SUITCASE’s debut podcast, The Upgrade.

Helping you to travel smarter, we’re exploring staycations as the new holiday of choice and looking forward to the positive impact this new trend will have on the travel industry. Join us for...

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Introducing The Upgrade, a new travel podcast from SUITCASE Magazine designed to help you travel smarter. 

We’re launching our debut episode on Wednesday 3 June, bringing a dose of escapism to wherever you may be listening. 

Every two weeks, we’ll bring you intel from trailblazing hoteliers, our favourite chefs, off-grid explorers and the local heroes shaping their neighbourhoods – these are the people changing the way we travel.

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