It is not surprising popular destinations like Nassau in the Bahamas, Saint-Tropez along the French Riviera and the Greek island of Santoríni host record numbers of cruise ships year after year. These world-renowned locations often find themselves at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. Popular cruise ports of call offer many appealing traits such as history, natural beauty and exciting attractions that keep the masses returning time and again. But they also offer throngs of tourists, pricey shops and restaurants, and gimmicky tourist attractions.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
In 1937 poet W.H. Auden published Letters from Iceland, a book- length travel poem written with his traveling companion, Irish poet Louis MacNeice. The destination chronicled in this slim volume is both familiar and completely alien to today’s traveler to Iceland; yet, as in Auden’s day, the overwhelming experience of this enigmatic island nation remains indelibly linked to its powerful — and fragile — natural environment.