Have you ever had one of those days while traveling where you want to pinch yourself, wondering, “How am I lucky enough to have this experience?” It’s cliché but true — travel is transformative. I had one of those days on a recent trip to Italy. I was staying at Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, spending a few days exploring the nearby towns of Lucca and Barga. On a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning, my travel companions and I made our way into Barga with the hotel executive chef and pastry chef to enjoy a brief tour and to visit the markets, where we purchased beautiful, fresh ingredients to prepare our lunch. Back at the resort, we joined them in the kitchen, learning how to make fresh pasta, spinach ravioli, tiramisu, eggplant Parmesan and fried zucchini blossoms. That was all followed by the best part — enjoying the food, paired with local wines, while savoring an incredible view. Experiences like this are available to all travelers to the resort, with similar programs at hotels around the world. It’s these moments — these joys of experiential travel — that stick with us and keep us boarding flights and booking hotel stays. Susan Finch also takes us to Tuscany in this issue, with a look at traveling with friends and family in Florence, on page 66. Additionally, we’ll get a taste of Buenos Aires, Munich, Boston, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Phnom Penh, Tahiti and Zürich/Bernese Oberland. Let’s not forget, we’re in the midst of voting season! Turn to page 36 for a look at those travel providers looking to earn milestone status in the 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey awards. If you haven’t voted yet, now’s the time. And that’s just the beginning; there’s plenty more on the following pages to inspire your wanderlust. Next month we focus on aviation, with an update on airline fleets and the TSA’s Trusted Traveler program. Until then, enjoy your pinch-yourself moments!
Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
Sweet tea. Soul food. Y'all. Sound familiar? Though these words and phrases are commonly associated with the South, it's understood in any language. If you're seeking a city abroad that will enchant you, capture your attention from start to finish and welcome everyone as family, we cordially invite you to visit Savannah.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
Copa Airlines is celebrating its 75th anniversary by showcasing a Boeing 737-800 NG in an aircraft livery that harkened back to the airline’s look in the 1990s. During that time, Copa Airlines launched an expansion of their network to become the Hub of the Americas®, changing the way to travel to and connect in our Continent.
If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
As the travel industry finds itself in the midst of the first peak travel season since the beginning of the pandemic, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts commissioned a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers to learn more about business travel habits, learning 65 percent of Millennials, aged 25–44 years old, and 59 percent of Gen Z, ages 18–24 years old, prefer to work for a company offering frequent travel or flexible blended travel as a perk. Blended travel is the combination of business travel with leisure travel.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.