It feels like there is something different in the air this spring. Maybe it is because we all “missed” spring last year as the pandemic hit and we were all stuck at home. Whatever it may be, I am taking any opportunity to enjoy time outside, finding gratitude wherever I can. The pandemic may still be upon us, but it really is up to you to decide how you spend your time and focus your energy.
I haven’t traveled much (yet) this calendar year, so I make it a priority to find space around my town or surrounding areas to relax and “romanticize,” if you will, plain old normalcy. For example, my sister and I recently found ourselves with a free afternoon on a lovely sunny day in North Wales, Pennsylvania. With nothing but sunshine and time on our hands we decided to pick up our favorite quick meal from Panera Bread and set up a picnic in a neighboring park.
I honestly cannot remember the last time I had an intentional picnic like this one — probably since I was a little girl. I forgot how nice it is to change your scenery and re-center yourself in nature … and with yummy food, of course. I challenge readers to plan an outdoor meal this spring and summer. Don’t forget a blanket!
— Haley Fogarty, account executive
For all its cosmopolitan trappings, Singapore remains, at heart, a tropical island. The city planners determinedly preserved gennery and the high groves of concrete and glass, and for a complete escape from urban bustle there still remain patches of the jungle and mangroves that covered the island when Sir Stamford Raffles first established a trading outpost here in 1819.
In this era of 6,500-passenger mega-ships, any cruise vessel conveying fewer than a thousand voyagers is considered a small ship, including high-end luxury liners, deluxe expedition ships and the world’s riverboats. The focus on many small ships is the destination rather than the conveyance, the expert chat rather than the Broadway show, the watersport rather than the casino, the scenery and culture rather than the full-service spa and specialty restaurant. Passengers make a travel style choice, forgoing the options and pleasures of a resort-sized vessel for the deeper, more immersive experience of a yacht-scaled ship.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Air Tahiti Nui resumed service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Papeete (PPT) last week. To welcome travelers back to French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui offers fares starting as low as $775 round-trip from Los Angeles, and $789 from San Francisco (SFO). The airline also allows a free date change on all of its tickets.
Turkish Airlines, already flying to more countries than any other airline, announced its 10th U.S. gateway: Newark Liberty International Airport. Service will launch May 21, with four flights per week between EWR and Istanbul (IST). Beginning June 1, the frequency increases to daily.
Magdalena, a Maryland Bistro in The Ivy Hotel partnered with Uncle Nearest premium whiskey to create a Preakness-inspired cocktail ahead of this weekend’s event. The Laws and Lilies libation honors the contributions of Black jockeys in the early days of American horse racing. Emmanuel S. West, Jr., director of food & beverage, The Ivy Hotel, crafted the cocktail using Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey.