For better or worse, I spent this summer having my travel plans dictated by the itinerary of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour. In mid-July, Swift played Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, and I flew from Philadelphia to join her and about 70,000 other fans. I’m a lifelong Swiftie, and I’ve met friends from all over the country through a shared love of Swift. My friends and I decided to convene in Colorado because of the opening act; Swift’s openers vary city to city, and Denver was the final of a mere handful of shows MUNA, one of our favorite bands, joined Swift for.
Headlines have been dropping about Swift near-singlehandedly reviving the struggling travel-related industries of hotels and airlines still suffering from the pandemic. I am among the many who can say the reason I traveled this summer was the pop star.
Traveling for Swift was what it took to remind me of the autonomy I now have as a young adult. A lot of my development feels like it got arrested by the pandemic, with study abroad essentially cancelled for my graduating class, and travel of all kinds continuing to feel high-risk. The Eras Tour renewed my interest in going places, in seeing more of the world and in having story-worthy experiences.
As I emerged from Denver International Airport into the non-oppressive air of a summer morning in Colorado, it was like the world was widening before me, the mountains taking shape on the horizon telling me I was somewhere completely new. It had been a while since I had been on a plane — the last time I had traveled far enough from home to need one was well before the pandemic, when I flew to Toronto to visit a friend.
Flying to Denver to see MUNA and Taylor Swift at The Eras Tour reminded me the rest of the world is more accessible than I give it credit for, that leaving the East Coast is possible, and that the country (and the world) is wide. I never would have flown to Denver alone if I hadn’t known I was going to have the comforting and familiar presence of Swifties (and Taylor herself) on the other side, but having now planned a trip with friends once, doing it again (maybe not for a Swift concert) can only get easier.
The Mile High City was incredibly welcoming to Swift and her legions; I spotted signs in more than one storefront welcoming Swifties to Denver. My friends and I stayed at The Art, a gorgeous hotel that we got an amazing deal on through a stroke of luck, and though we did not have as much time to explore the city as we would have wanted, we still had a day to walk around — we got brunch, found cafés and shops, and soaked up the city.
It seemed that lurking around every corner was someone wearing Swift’s merchandise or a blindingly sparkly dress, clearly in Denver for the show. I struck up a conversation about the concert with my seatmate on the plane ride home who was sporting her Eras Tour sweatshirt as a badge of honor the same way I was. Every time I travel, I am taken aback by how many other people are going to the same location at the exact same time I am. The reason both me and the woman next to me went all the way to Denver to see a Taylor Swift show when she had played in Philadelphia a few months prior may seem inscrutable to a lot of people, but the power of Taylor Swift is like that — she works in mysterious ways.
— Hannah Gruen, administrative coordinator
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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!
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
If you’re ready to do a little holiday catch-up with your besties, make a beeline for Conrad New York Downtown. The lobby metamorphosed into a holiday forest of heavenly scented, decorated Virginia Spruce trees. Make your first stop ATRIO Barista Station in the lobby for a complimentary hot spiced apple cider (until Dec. 3) or hot chocolate (Dec. 22–24).
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.