If I told you I was afraid of flying when I was younger, you would probably look at me like I was mental, especially since I’ve been in the travel industry for years. It’s 100 percent true! When I was younger and an inexperienced flyer, travel led to a whole slew of anxieties and concerns; the list was never-ending. I had a mental checklist of things that needed to be done to ensure my safety, which I won’t even get into here as they’re far too embarrassing. You may be asking, “What the heck happened to change your mind?” Well, I landed a job at American Airlines Publishing Group and started traveling A LOT. I took the job because I didn’t like being a nervous wreck when I traveled and I wanted to see the world (the free flights didn’t hurt, either). The best way to get over a phobia is just to drive in head first and figure it out, which is exactly what I did. I became smitten with travel for business, as well as dropping everything to head out for a weekend somewhere fun (and usually far away). My passport never left my bag, and I enjoyed every minute I had seeing the world.
Fast forward to April 2020. I was laid off and pouring over endless job postings when I noticed an opening at Global Traveler for an account executive. I didn’t hesitate to send my resumé and emailed a quick cover letter detailing my interest to Francis X. Gallagher, publisher & CEO. A few of my friends thought I was bonkers, but once bitten by the travel bug, it’s where my heart was always meant to be. When I’ve worked in travel, I’ve been the happiest and most passionate about what I’m doing and the clients I serve, so I felt now is the perfect time to #ComeBackToTravel. I’m so excited to reconnect with old friends/clients and figure out how to best serve them as we navigate these unchartered waters. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be joining the team here at Global Traveler — eagerly awaiting the moment I can dust off my carry-on and hit the skies once again. You’ll see me contribute to the employee blog, and hopefully I’ll keep you entertained with a myriad of topics until I can get back to writing about what we all love and miss: TRAVEL. Stay safe, stay well.
“Traveling — It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” — Ibn Battuta
— Sarah Ward, account executive
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Join us over the next several weeks as we entice you with photos from some of the places we’re most excited to visit. Take a visual journey through some of Sedona’s most breathtaking sights with us.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Hotel Indigo Madrid Princesa opened in Madrid’s primary shopping district (temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but expected to open soon), adjacent to Parque del Oeste, giving first-time visitors to Madrid a perfect location for city exploration. The property offers more than 100 guestrooms, with two designs found throughout, both inspired by the natural greenery found in Parque del Oeste and reflecting the spring and fall seasons. In-room amenities include smart televisions and complimentary WiFi.
As states allow visitors again and travel picks up, airlines are starting to prepare for an influx in passengers by increasing cleaning schedules, preparing aircraft for flight and even taking the temperatures of passengers before boarding the plane.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Join us over the next several weeks as we entice you with photos from some of the places we’re most excited to visit. Take a visual journey through some of London’s most breathtaking sights with us.
Saint Lucia announced a phased plan to reopen island tourism responsibly, beginning June 4. Phase One includes welcoming international flights at Hewanorra International Airport from the United States only. In preparation, 1,500 hotel rooms are being prepared to open. The approach to reopening continues through July 31.
Since 1970, Goway Travel has been committed to providing customized travel experiences for world travelers. Few things are better evidence of this commitment than being awarded the 2019 Trazees award for Favorite Tour Operator. Goway Travel heartily thanks the readers of Trazee Travel for this honor and for their confidence in Goway’s work in creating travel memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts, with luxury hotels in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, announced its Holidays for Your Heroes initiative. The program will donate 150 luxury, all-inclusive resort stays to essential workers and their families with its Karisma Foundation and partners.