I was watering the garden last Wednesday when I heard a thunderous noise from the sky. Living about 25 miles from Hartford’s Bradley International Airport, we’re used to seeing and hearing low-flying planes as they make their approach for landing. But this was unusually loud,

Recently on the Global Traveler site, Megan Hill wrote “Most U.S. Airports Will See Facial Recognition Technology,” about the use of biometric exit technology in almost all commercial airports. The plan received some negative feedback; but although it is not widely advertised, people can opt

If it's the first weekend in May, you can be sure to find my husband and me in Walla Walla, Washington, enjoying the region's Spring Release Weekend. Over the years we've talked it up enough among our Portland wine friends to entice them to come

Just a little more than a week after our annual Wines on the Wing Survey in New York City, we are in Los Angeles for our Leisure Lifestyle Awards. Hosted again this year at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, celebration season is still

A recent story on Global Traveler's website reported sports travel is expected to increase over previous years. I saw this story just as my friends and I finalized our trip to Washington, D.C., to see the Nationals on our 19th annual baseball trip, just one

Have you ever had a trip that was just flawless? The weather was perfect and the hotel was everything you hoped for? This past week I took my mom and sister to Cabo San Lucas for a girls’/Mother’s Day trip and had one

The recent weekend was pretty standard, save for the fact my brother graduated from college and Mother’s Day was Sunday. On Saturday I drove to Kutztown University with my family to attend Gavin’s commencement ceremony. Although there were two colleges graduating, the whole thing wrapped up

Depending on where you live, the summer season typically brings Americans a more functional climate that opens many doors for travel opportunities. Here in Philadelphia, the first taste of summer comes in May, and the city immediately shifts its initiatives to promote outdoor activities among

Last week while we were visiting our daughter and son-in-law in Portland, they suggested we have dinner at Din Tai Fung, open less than six months in Washington Square, a suburban mall in Southwest Portland less than three miles from their house. Josh had eaten

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged about my mother-daughter cruise in March, but I wanted to recap the islands we visited and share our favorite moment from each destination in today’s blog! We arrived at Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, but with flight times and

During a recent visit to Chile, I spent an afternoon exploring Valparaíso. Located along the coast, the seaport city is home to many charming shops and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Valparaíso has many hills. We began our visit by

Monday night Global Traveler hosted its 16th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey at City Winery, New York City — what a terrific way to start the week! Of course, this wasn’t the first time the GT team reveled in City Winery’s atmosphere;

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an organization dedicated to helping those affected by mental illness. Based in Skokie, Illinois, NAMI Cook County North Suburban is an affiliate started in the early 1990s. Through classes, meetings, support groups and more, NAMI CCNS helps hundreds

Sometimes the word "millennial" is associated with the dissolution of the past’s ideologies and practices; in my case I consider myself an “in-between” millennial. I’m consistently on the precipice of past and present and, at times, yearn for some of the analog ways in which

My husband and I wanted to go out for a date night close to home, so we opted for a from-scratch Italian restaurant in downtown York called Tutoni’s. We didn’t want a large meal, so we went upstairs to TT Bar —

The Transportation Security Administration announced record-setting screening numbers during spring break. March 14–April 28, TSA agents screened more than 108 million passengers and 63 million bags. That's about a 4.7 percent increase from the same period last year. [caption id="attachment_99930" align="alignleft" width="273"] ID 122163315 © David Tran