Prior Knowledge Travel

Travel

Waaaaay back in 2012, when this blog was but 18 months old, I interviewed Brisbane-born, US-based food and travel editor David Prior. He’s one of smartest people I’ve ever met.

Today we introduce David’s newest offering.  is a membership-based ‘travel society’ – a luxury service with a not-for-profit arm, focusing on truly unique travel experiences that highlight and preserve culture, rather than exploit it.

Membership for Prior Knowledge is by invitation – register your interest !

26th October, 2017

Maheshwar. Photo – .

Devil Ghar, Udaipur. Photo – .

Flower market, Jaipur. Photo – .

City Palace, Udaipur. Photo – .

City Palace, Jaipur. Photo – .

Amber Fort, Jaipur. Photo – .

Gem Palace, Jaipur. Photo – .

Girls near the Nagda Temple Sahastra Baahu, Udaipur. Photo – .

At Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar. Photo – .

Taken at Ahilya Fort, Maheshwar. Photo – .

Man and camel, Mandu. Photo – .

Members of the first trip in Mandu. Photo – .

Shepherd girl in Mandu. Photo – .

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 26th October 2017

‘We need to travel now more than ever’ – David Prior.

After cutting his teeth working for revered culinary icon Alice Waters, over the past decade, David Prior has travelled the globe relentlessly. As a writer and editor, he has produced travel feature stories in every continent, for titles such as Condé Nast Traveler, New York Times and Vogue Living and so. many. more.

David doesn’t skim the surface – he gets amongst it.  In any new region, he starts by patiently walking the streets, quietly confident that the city’s secrets will reveal themselves.  And sure enough, by some mysterious innate talent, in every new city he manages to uncover the most interesting people and unique stories, allowing for rich, authentic editorial content produced the old fashioned way – by pounding the pavement in earnest.

Early next year, David will put these skills to good use – with the launch of a truly unique new project in the travel design arena. ‘I’ve been waiting for years for the right moment to do something on my own’ David explains. ‘The timing was never right, but most importantly I didn’t feel entirely ready.  I am now.’ We believe it!

is a membership-based ‘travel society’ that will launch alongside a not-for-profit arm, with a focus on highlighting and preserving culture, rather than trampling on it.

The idea had rolled around in David’s head for some time, before finally coming to fruition this year. ‘What would it be to make my editorial stories truly come to life, by designing experiences for people and having them take part in moments that are so rare and often inaccessible without the right context or s?’ he wondered.

So, he created a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip in India – a ‘test trip’ of sorts. Over twenty-three days, David’s group  took over entire small hotels, where he styled the rooms, arranged special sittings with artists and artisans, designed menus, erected pink tents on lawns surrounded by peacocks in Jaipur, and sent one thousand candles down the Narmada river! ‘ These are the sorts of moments that I have always created for shoots, but it was another thing all together to ‘design the experience’ for people in real time and real life’ David admits.  Luckily for us, he took  along, capturing over 1,000 of the most incredible images documenting this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Of course, it was huge success. David has since funded a full roll-out of this ambitious venture, with the support of his dream partner, Overture Holdings (of fame). ‘Overture shared my view on where luxury travel is headed – and that is to get beneath the surface of a place, to celebrate what is endemic and elevate that to the next level, to provide access and real discernment when everything is Googleable but also bamboozling’ he explains (it’s so hard to edit his words, because David is so damn quotable!). Next year the project will launch in earnest, with three tours scheduled in early 2018.  ().

‘I believe there’s a version of virtuous globalization we can shape, where we don’t destroy culture and beauty, but support it’ David explains. A percentage of the company’s revenue will facilitate local micro-grants in the regions his tours visit.

Meanwhile, the travel design component will curate individual and group itineraries that focus on culture and truly ‘ungoogleable’ (!!) experiences, providing access to special one-off experiences and meetings with artisans, academics, and even royalty!

‘There’s something to be said about 10 years on the road…’ David muses, philosophically. ‘I have an intimate knowledge of countless destinations around the world, and a network that has allowed me to create cover-story moments in so many of my favorite countries. To be able to now provide that same access and design those moments to curious travelers is really a thrilling thing for me. We need to travel now more than ever.’

Membership for Prior Knowledge is by invitation – register your interest .

Similar Stories

Travel

Daylesford and Surrounds with Paul Bangay

A garden lover’s tour across the Hepburn Shire, at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria.
Paul Bangay

Travel

Macedon Ranges with Elizabeth Barnett

The artist and local resident shares her itinerary for the perfect day trip in Macedon, just one-hour from Melbourne.
Elizabeth Barnett

Travel

Tasmania’s Derwent Valley with Rodney Dunn

The farm-to-table cooking school chef takes us on a tour of Lachlan and nearby New Norfolk, in the state's south-east.
Rodney Dunn

This Week

News

Exploring Colour + Pace Through 'Blue And Green Music'

A brilliant new exhibition from Sally Lee Anderson takes cues from an evocative Georgia O’Keeffe painting.
Sally Tabart

In Print

A New Monograph Celebrating One Of Australia's Most Captivating Female Artists

As the new book series Mini Monographs hits shelves, we offer a look inside the first volume, honouring bold painter Del Kathryn Barton.
Sarah Darmody

Architecture

A Sustainable Home, Designed To Connect To Community

The sunny and generous renovation of a California Bungalow in Northcote, by Gardiner Architects.
Miriam McGarry

Modernist Australia

A Rare Opportunity In Melbourne's 'Bagel Belt'

A five-bedroom 1970's gem in Caulfield North, and it's for sale!
Patricia Callan

Art

Robin Boyd, A Portrait Of An Australian House

Photographers Lauren Bamford and Lydia Wegner capture the legacy of Robin Boyd, in a new exhibition at Monash Gallery of Art.
Miriam McGarry

Studio Visit

New Work From A Favourite Local Artist, Super-Charged With Colour + Pattern

Melbourne-based artist Gavin Brown opens a new exhibition of works today, inspired by the sights, flavours, and moods of travels through Asi...
Elle Murrell

Art

The Local Gallery That's ‘Light Years’ Ahead

Sydney’s Michael Reid Gallery celebrates lightbox photography with a pioneering new exhibition.
Elle Murrell

Architecture

A House Revived From The 1990s

CO-AP Architects boldly re-imagine a 1990s semi-detached home in Balmain, Sydney.
Miriam McGarry

A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life Of Melissa Leong, Food Writer + TV Presenter

We spend a day with the multifaceted foodie, who has recently made the move from Sydney to Melbourne!

News

A Dreamy Reflection On 'Radiant Nature'

Responding to residencies in Turin, Portugal and Bariloche; Melbourne-based artist Ria Green captures the light and landscape.

Architecture

The Joyful Renovation Of A 1940s Home

A sensitive and surprising renovation to a 1940s brick home in Ascot Vale by Taylor Knights.
Miriam McGarry

News

A Unique New Line Of Meticulously Handwoven Bags

Introducing George – a limited collection of bags exploring the relationship between object, material, and human interaction.
Sally Tabart

Interiors

The Winners Of The Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards

Take a deep dive into the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards for 2019, announced last night in Sydney.

Sustainability

The Australian Film Tackling The Greatest Issue Of Our Time

Director Damon Gameau discusses his inspiring climate change documentary, '2040', as it hits cinemas – kids watch for free this weekend!
Elle Murrell

Homes

From Caterpillar To Butterfly - A Truly Transformed Home!

Take a tour through the incredible Sydney home Terri Winter of top3 by design shares with her family.

Similar Stories

Travel

Daylesford and Surrounds with Paul Bangay

A garden lover’s tour across the Hepburn Shire, at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria.
Paul Bangay

Travel

Macedon Ranges with Elizabeth Barnett

The artist and local resident shares her itinerary for the perfect day trip in Macedon, just one-hour from Melbourne.
Elizabeth Barnett

Travel

Tasmania’s Derwent Valley with Rodney Dunn

The farm-to-table cooking school chef takes us on a tour of Lachlan and nearby New Norfolk, in the state's south-east.
Rodney Dunn
https://citroen.niko.ua

обращайтесь

Trade Crypto хайп