Over the weekend I returned home from the GulfÃ‚Â and was once again mystified by the Arabian nights and celebratory events that are in place during the month of Ramadan. However, you will have to stay tuned for those adventures because today’s my birthday and I’m going to keep this short and sweet! Birthdays are great and I feel they should be celebrated no matter what the age. It’s always fun to have a birthday wish or dream. Hey, if you don’t dream how will any of your wishes come true! I made sure to be home in NYC to celebrate my birthday with friends and family. However, if I could make a birthday wish come true right now, I would bring those friends and family with me to the sands of Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha! I can rarely put my finger on one thing that draws me to any spot in the world, but in the Gulf, it is surely a mixture of the great people I met, the pace of business and life and the opportunity to experience something different. If you are traveling to the UAE or Qatar in the near future, grant a birthday wish for me – have dinner at the Fairmont Dubai, walk around the souk in Abu Dhabi. In Doha, be sure to have a spa treatment at the Six Senses Spa at the Sharq Village & Spa, followed up by lounging around one of the gorgeous blue pools! Enough daydreaming for me today, it’s back to work, but a very Happy Birthday to anyone who shares October 16th! -Alexandra Young, associate publisher and vice president
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The Islands of Tahiti offer a range of captivating activities for travelers with diverse interests, from hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, riding horses on secluded beaches; swimming with sharks; or immersing in Polynesian culture through traditional dance, music and art. For watersports enthusiasts, the crystal-clear lagoons offer exhilarating experiences like surfing, kiteboarding and paddleboarding. And if you’re looking to relax, the pristine beaches, overwater bungalows and tropical sun offer the perfect setting. With 118 islands and atolls to explore, island hopping is an excellent way to experience the full diversity of The Islands of Tahiti. With its blend of adventure, culture and relaxation, The Islands of Tahiti offer a truly unique travel experience.