FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Surviving Hurricane Ian

by Christyn Pek

Oct 7, 2022

Catamaran resting on a residential neighborhood street in Ft. Myers, Fla.

It’s crazy how fast a storm can turn and how many best guesses meteorologists can make. Michigan-born, last week was my first time witnessing a storm of this kind when Hurricane Ian hit my new home of Florida. Snowstorms? I’ve seen dozens. But hurricanes? None. At first, the Category Four hurricane was supposed to hit one of the largest-growing cities in the United States, Tampa. Instead, it sucked all the water from Tampa Bay and turned south, with warnings going to Sarasota, then Venice … until it finally broke ashore at Sanibel Island/Fort Myers.

Luckily, everyone I know in Sarasota County is safe. However, many people lost their homes and cars due to heavy wind, falling trees and flooding.

Hurricane Ian

Catamaran resting on a residential neighborhood street in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Many streets near mine are still without power and water, and just 45 minutes south, Venice streets are flooded due to the overflow of the river.

Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian: flooded house and fallen tree in Florida residential area

It’s been almost a week since the storm hit. Thousands of people have traveled from all over to help with clean-up. Much appreciation goes out to those willing to go the distance to help those in need.

Hurricane Ian

Free food and water being given out in Ft. Myers following Hurricane Ian

Gas stations are out of gasoline, ice and propane.

Hurricane Ian

Gas shortages and long lines after the storm

People are traveling hours to get the resources they need to survive.

I learned from my first hurricane experience that you can never be too prepared. I know every time something happens, you always wish you would have done something differently. But if I had to choose one thing, it would be to start eating all my perishable food so it didn’t go to waste. Here are some things I would do next time, before the storm comes:

  • Own a generator powerful enough to keep my food cold and my house lit
  • Store at least 10 gallons of gas in my shed for my car and generator
  • Have a good-quality cooler, filled with ice, ready to use as backup
  • Freeze all my perishable items so if the power goes out, it takes 24 hours before they start getting ruined
  • Purchase at least one week’s worth of nonperishable foods; if you don’t use them, donate them or save them
  • Stash my valuables somewhere safe away from areas that could flood
  • Fill my car with gas
  • Find a sturdy parking garage and park my car on the top covered floor where no flooding or trees could harm it
  • Purchase a few good books to read
  • Purchase comforting-smelling candles to give warmth and light
  • Stock up on batteries for flashlights
  • Have battery packs for cell phones
  • Easy access to a saw and rake in case you get trapped in your driveway or home

My heart goes out to those who had greater losses than me,

Hurricane Ian

Truck pinned down under debris in Ft. Myers, Fla.

and I hope they have access to family and good neighbors so they don’t have to go through this devastation alone.

— Christyn Pek, business development executive


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.


Insta Feed
Mar 28, 2023

Recaro Aircraft Seating CL670 Business-Class Seat Takes Off on Iberia

Recaro’s new CL6720 business-class seat with doors took off recently on Iberia’s Airbus A350 cabin, flying Madrid (MAD) to Buenos Aires (EZE), with a total of 31 of the seats in the aircraft’s business-class cabin. The premium-economy and economy cabins also feature Recaro seats.

Exclusive Savings: Cruise Along the Danube River with Global Traveler

Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler

Mar 28, 2023

4 New, Updated Restaurants Coming to London this Year

In a city where new hotels, restaurants and experiences emerge seemingly every day, it’s expected to feel overwhelmed when deciding where to dine. London consistently sees delicious and top-notch restaurants appear, but how can one possibly keep track of all the new and updated restaurants?

Mar 28, 2023

One of the World’s Largest Brâncuși Exhibitions Opens this September in Timișoara, Romania

Works of art signed by Constantin Brâncuşi, often called Romania’s best-known artist, takes place Sept. 30–Jan. 28, 2024 at National Art Museum Timișoara under exceptional security conditions. The art pieces will be transported to this Romanian city under guard, and the costs associated with the exhibition are expected to exceed $2.1 million. Out of that sum, approximately half will go toward the museum, which will host the event, while the other half will cover the exhibition itself. Timisoara was selected as a 2023 European Capital of Culture, and the exhibition will be one of the city’s major cultural events during the year.

Enter to Win $500 and Get Six Months’ Free Access to the New GT App

Now through May 8, sign up for a free six-month trial of the Global Traveler app and be automatically entered for a chance to win a $500 gift card of your choice for Amazon, Apple or American Express.

Mar 27, 2023

Turkish Airlines Lounge Opens at John F. Kennedy International Airport

Turkish Airlines recently opened a new lounge in Terminal 1 of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The airline operates three flights per day from the airport and now premium passengers have luxurious, comfortable and hospitable lounge amenities to enjoy in a renovated, rebranded space.

Mar 23, 2023

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan Introduces Spring Experiences

The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan offers travelers exciting experiences this spring. Opened in July 2020, the property overlooks Lake Chūzenji and Mount Nantai in Japan’s Northern Kanto region. With cherry blossoms (Sakura) set to bloom in April, the area is the perfect destination for a spring getaway.

Share Your Travel Preferences with Global Traveler in a Short Survey & Win

Learning more about our readers’ travel habits and preferences ensures Global Traveler delivers the content you desire. As the travel industry has adapted and changed over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to connect. To best meet your short- and long-term travel content needs, please help us!

Mar 23, 2023

New Limited-Time Bonus Offers from Scenic, Emerald Cruises

Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Cruises currently offer travelers savings of up to $500 per cabin and a 50 percent reduction on deposits on select 2023/2024 river and ocean itineraries. The offers are available through March 31 and can be combined with others, such as early-booking savings of up to $1,500 per couple and a Pay in Full bonus that includes free or reduced airfare options.