Man at His Best

Where A Man Should Travel To in 2017

We've got you sorted with these around-the-world, not to be missed events in 2017.

BY Alexander Doerr | Jan 27, 2017 | Travel

We're all back in the saddle at work, but that doesn’t mean you stop  wondering where you might traipse to during the upcoming long weekends. In collaboration with the Luxe Nomad, we've got you sorted with these around-the-world, not to be missed events:

1 | Tokujin Yoshioka - Spectrum

When: January 13th - March 26th

Where: Tokyo

What: Yoshioka seems to be the Japanese artist/designer du jour, and rightfully so. He's recently designed sliced-and-diced mannequins for Issey Miyake's 2016 retrospective, an elegant 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium proposal that (if selected) would have avoided the whole Zaha Hadid scandal, and most recently the 'Blossom Stool' for Louis Vuitton. Whatever his medium, Yoshioka always manages to blend the delicate, familiar, yet somehow ethereal within his oeuvre of design aesthetic. It's been a while however, that he's had a solo show (the last being in 2014 for Cartier), so if minimalism, optics, and a dream-like state of being are your thing, you might want to check out Spectrum.

2 | The Neptune Regatta

When: January 28th - February 4th

Where: Batam, Indonesia

What: Dubbed "the best bar in Asia for 4 days a year", the otherwise deserted Neptune Island plays host to hundreds of sailors in the Mount Gay Rum sponsored race across the equator. Setting sail from Nongsa Point on Batam Island, all classes sail between Batam and Bintan on various courses, and how serious you take the race is up to you. With the first overnight at Riau, and the last at Benan, that leaves four nights in between on Neptune with one, solitary, fully stocked bar...you do the math.

3 | Taiwan Lantern Festival

When: February 11th

Where: Taiwan

What: Now in its 24th year, the Taiwan Lantern Festival is continually outdoing itself in hopes of cementing a spot on the international festival circuit on par with Oktoberfest and the Harbin Ice Festival (you might want to check that out as well). The main spectacle goes down between THSR Yunlin Station and the Agricultural Expo Ecological Park with a secondary (and slightly more authentic) event in the suburb of Beigang on Zhongshan Road and the Tourist Bridge. With many of the lantern themes celebrating the Chinese Zodiac, this year expect to see many a burning cock (ahem). Here's to you, fire Rooster.

4 | Beerfest Asia Hong Kong

When: March 2nd - March 5th

Where: West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

What: The first Beerfest Asia stop of the year, things are a bit looser in HK. With hundreds of tents, thousands of beers, and over 20 DJ's and live bands, the reclaimed West Kowloon peninsula manages to brew up a perfect storm of bubbly, delicious debauchery. Don't miss a sample of Oregonian Rogue Breweries' Dead Guy Ale, or English countryside Siren Craft Brew's Calypso Berliner Weisse. If anything, a few days here should keep the dogs at bay until the Hong Kong Sevens in April.

5 | Holi

When: March 12th - 13th

Where: Vridnavan and Mathura, India

What: Forget the colour run, Holi is the giant technicolour paint throwing party that started it all. While there are many Holi events across India, the real deal goes down in Vridnavan and Mathura about 160 km from Delhi. Thought to be the birthplace of Krishna, at the temple of Banke Bihari in Vridnavan on the morning of March 12th, a mostly male crowd will converge for an all-out Holi tie-dye extravaganza before taking the celebration to Mathura in the afternoon for the Holi procession. On the big Holi day of the 13th, you're going to want to be in Mathura at the Dwarkadheesh Temple for round two, albeit a bit more mellow.