Is there a place you’ve dreamed of visiting, but have yet to get there?

As a travel writer, I have been to countless beautiful places around Asia and the Middle East in the past 15 years. The problem with working in amazing places is that there’s little opportunity, time, or leisure to soak up the ambience. One passes through without really taking in what casual visitors are able to soak up. So there are quite a few places I have been to but never truly visited. I visited Ladakh in northwest India some years ago, but I never got the chance to visit Panong Lake, which lies partly in Ladakh and partly in neighboring Tibet. This stunning, high altitude lake can only be reached in the summer; one needs a special Inner Line Permit, as it straddles the sensitive Indian-Chinese border. I hope to make the journey one day, late in the season, just before the arrival of winter.

—Tom Vater

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