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October 2019
Oct 8, 2019

Things That Go Bump in the Night

ON A DARK, MOONLESS NIGHT, my friend and I joined a small group as we quietly walked the narrow cobblestone streets of New Orleans, listening to our guide tell tales of the sights around us. She pointed to shadowed, curtained windows, some even shuttered, and described unimaginable acts that took place behind them. She shared stories of horses and wagons rolling along these same streets, carrying the dead. She talked of “people” said to have been spotted for generations. Our group hung onto our guide’s every word as we crisscrossed the city during Haunted History Tours’ New Orleans Vampire Tour. Afterward, over drinks, we recounted the stories we had heard, imagining what had happened in the bar where we sat ... across the street ... in our hotel ... and what spirits and otherworldly creatures may lurk about.

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Sep 1, 2019

Wherever Awards 2019

YOUR FAMILY MAY LOOK DIFFERENT than your next-door neighbor’s, and it’s likely your son or daughter’s best friend at school has another type of family configuration. While today’s families come in a variety of shapes and sizes, wanderlust and the desire to see and experience different destinations and cultures through travel are as universal as the concept of family. The team behind Global Traveler and Trazee Travel recognized the need for a trusted travel source for the modern family when we debuted whereverfamily.com in 2017, and now, two years later, the web publication continues to deliver daily content across a range of topics, bringing a worldwide focus to family travel no matter the makeup of the family, its income bracket or the ages of a family’s members.

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Sep 1, 2019

Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2019 Recap

A RARE RAINSTORM IN LOS ANGELES couldn’t dampen our spirits as Global Traveler celebrated its seventh annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. With so many European winners this year, our Night in Europe theme transformed the luxury hotel’s meeting space and transported guests to Switzerland, Turkey, France and beyond.

August 2019
Aug 1, 2019

Wines on the Wing 2019

THE CONCEPT OF A WORKING WINERY in the middle of Manhattan became a reality when Michael Dorf rented a building on Varick Street and opened City Winery in 2008. By adding to the winery a restaurant; concert hall; and spaces for receptions, parties and meetings, he created a winning combination. So much so that in the ensuing years, he opened locations in five other cities: Chicago; Nashville; Atlanta; Boston; and Washington, D.C.

August 2019
Aug 1, 2019

Lesser-Known Food and Wine Destinations

BORED WITH BORDEAUX? Thoughts of Napa bring on a nap? Don’t care two whits about Tuscany? Perhaps the time has come to explore that trove of untrammeled, lesser-known, worldwide wine lands, places you’d never expect could grow a vine or 10. Microclimates around the globe ensure grapes thrive in the most unexpected places, and winemakers, dating back centuries, know just what to do with all that juicy fruit. From vintages made from grapes you never knew existed to old favorites crafted to make a drink that embraces regional gravitas, the offerings in these under-the-radar wine areas will add to your oenophile savvy. Since limited production can mean some wines don’t get exported to your favorite store, the best option is to travel for your tastings. The world, in fact, is your wine glass. Consider that every wine region relies on stellar food as its complement, and you won’t want to miss a meal.

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Jul 1, 2019

The Trazees Awards 2019

MILLENNIALS HAVE BEEN DUBBED many things, among them, the Wanderlust Generation. However people may define this subset, it’s clear the impact this generation made on the travel industry: Social media has become another form of travel inspiration and a sales tool. It’s also where this generation gravitates to share its own travel experiences. Mobile booking is way up, thanks to millennials. According to a study conducted by Eventbrite, this age demographic craves experiences, including dedicating more income to these events, occasions and trips. Also included in the same study: Millennials command around $1.3 trillion in spending money. It’s a lucrative travel market, and the industry clearly listened.

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Jul 1, 2019

Best U.S. Beach Towns

PACK THE SUNSCREEN, flip-flops and cover-ups: The warmth of the rays you’ll find at these summery locales is matched only by their hospitality and a welcoming vibe that beckons you to their sun-drenched shores. Whether you crave a zillion diversions, outdoor pursuits or memorable dining — or need nothing more than a lounge chair and good book — you’ll find it in these U.S. coastal spots offering a shore thing.

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Jun 1, 2019

Healthy Airline and Airport Travel

THE UPSIDES OF BUSINESS AND LEISURE travel include opportunities to visit new places, meet new people, enjoy fresh adventures and get things accomplished.

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Jun 1, 2019

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

NO ORDINARY BEDTIME ROUTINE HERE. At a particular luxury hotel in one of India’s fastest-changing cities on the fringes of Hyderabad, I find a tray of healthy nibbles, a glassful of specialty hot milk and some aromatic essential oil-infused sprays — one for the pillow and the other for soothing tension. There’s even a handy bedside pamphlet illustrating yoga poses.

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May 1, 2019

Airline Update: American Airlines

AMERICAN AIRLINES IS GEARING UP for a busy year full of expanded services and new updates to everything from its routes to its AAdvantage program and in-flight menu. The airline made headlines when it announced 18 new routes for summer 2019, including seasonal flights to the summertime favorite Glacier National Park. Although most of these Montana- bound flights are from smaller and medium-sized cities operated by partner regional aircraft, American is also adding more seasonal flights to Paris (CDG) and Madrid (MAD) from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It will add the second daily service to its existing route between American’s hub at DFW to Madrid and Paris on a Boeing 787-9.

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May 1, 2019

Up & Coming MICE Destinations

IN 2019 A MICE PLANNER’S JOB consists of more than just finding an easily accessible, satisfactory event venue within budget. More than ever, meetings and events are experiences, and travelers’ desire for the new, exciting and undiscovered challenges MICE planners’ creativity. As such, the unprecedented up-and-coming MICE destinations across the globe tap into just that — the new and exciting.

April 2019
Apr 1, 2019

Greenest Airlines and Hotels 2019

ZERO-EMISSION, ELECTRICALLY powered commercial aircraft are still mostly sketches on the drawing board, but in many other ways the green future already arrived as travelers pass through the world’s airports, travel the world’s airlines and move between hotels where sustainability is no longer viewed as a novelty but as an economic necessity.

April 2019
Apr 1, 2019

Animal Conservation and Tourism

EVEN BEFORE WE SLIPPED our wet-suited bodies into the 72-degree waters of spring-fed Crystal River on Florida’s west coast, a curious West Indian manatee revealed its snout when it approached the platform of our pontoon boat to see what was happening. Our group squealed in delight, and we knew it was going to be a good morning of snorkeling with the manatees that gather in the natural springs in Florida to keep warm during the winter months.

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Mar 1, 2019

2018 GT Tested Reader Survey Awards Recap

OVERLOOKING THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES atop The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Global Traveler lauded its milestone 15th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards. It was truly a night to remember as we celebrated those travel companies consistently going above and beyond, as voted by our readers. In addition to honoring those winners, we also feted the Airline and Hotel of the Year; winners of our 2018 Wines on the Wing airline wine competition; the Quint Status winners; and, for the first time, the Crystal Status winners, those companies that won the same GT Tested Reader Survey award for the 15th consecutive year.

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Mar 1, 2019

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

THE CULTURAL AND NATURAL DIVERSITY around the world is breathtaking; however, in the past it was up to each country to protect that heritage. For decades, UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — bestowed locations with the World Heritage Site designation, requiring the protection of properties with “outstanding universal value” in order to be listed. To quote directly: “To be deemed of Outstanding Universal Value, a property must also meet the conditions of integrity and/or authenticity and must have an adequate protection and management system to ensure its safeguarding.” By doing so, all countries of the world took a big step forward in promoting a world consciousness of the innate value of country heritages — both cultural and natural.

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Feb 1, 2019

15th Anniversary Quotes

Leaders from around the travel industry extend congratulations as Global Traveler celebrates its 15th anniversary.

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Feb 1, 2019

Get Out the Vote

LAST MONTH WE KICKED OFF VOTING for our annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards while wrapping up voting for our Leisure Lifestyle Awards. We asked our trusted Globility Board to share their thoughts on voting with us to encourage others to vote, either online or via the ballot printed on one of the following pages. The Globility Board is a vetted group of well-traveled subscribers serving as a sounding board for the magazine, offering insights into their travel habits and much more. In January they shared their thoughts on hotels, resorts and cruise lines; why they vote; and what the surveys mean to them.

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Feb 1, 2019

Cybersecurity and Travel

AFTER ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT and making it through security, a quick check of the time reveals boarding for the flight doesn’t begin for another hour. The airport has a free WiFi network, presenting an ideal opportunity to snap a selfie and post an update to Facebook.

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Jan 1, 2019

Pet Possibilities

WHEN WE FILLED OUT OUR application to adopt our dog from a miniature schnauzer rescue organization nearly three years ago, one of the desired traits we included was a dog who would travel well — not a surprise when one of the two of us is a travel journalist. A week after we adopted Scout (just shy of her eighth birthday), we packed up the car and took off on our first road trip. A few months later, she earned her wings on her first flight when we traveled to Maine for a stay at the dog-friendly Inn by the Sea. Since those first trips, Scout travels with us whenever possible.

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Jan 1, 2019

Get Out the Vote

AS JANUARY SIGNIFIES THE START of a new year, it’s only fitting the month kicks off voting for the GT Tested Reader Survey awards; 2019 marks the 16th year of our annual reader survey. But this month also marks the end of voting for our Leisure Lifestyle Awards, another reader-voted survey, but focused on leisure travel providers like resorts, cruises and islands. As such, it’s never been more important to get out the vote!

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Jan 1, 2019

Wherever Awards Winners

JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING the inaugural winners of the 2018 Wherever Awards, the awards for the best in travel as decided by the readers of WhereverFamily, our sister web publication aimed at the modern traveling family. The ballot ran on whereverfamily.com from September 2017 to March 2018, with the winners announced in September 2018. Here we recap the winners as they proudly display their new awards.

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Jan 1, 2019

Best Credit Cards for Travelers

WHETHER YOU ASPIRE to amass millions of frequent-flyer mile points or just want a rock-solid credit card that offers plenty of travel perks and flexibility, there’s a card that suits your needs and ambitions. But frequent-flyer miles just scratch the surface of what business travel cards really offer. Airport lounge access, free companion tickets, free upgrades, free bag checks, no foreign transaction fees and priority boarding are just a few ways to win with travel credit cards. Too many choices are usually more of an issue than not enough. Narrowing down the right card to fit both your business and personal needs can present a challenge for even seasoned travelers.

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Dec 12, 2018

2018 GT Tested Reader Survey Awards Winners

BREAK OUT THE CRYSTAL — it’s time for a celebration! This year, 2018, marks the 15th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, and this year’s winners shine as brightly as the most rare gemstones. Join us on the following pages as we unveil the shimmering jewels of the travel industry in our 15th annual survey.

December 2018
Dec 1, 2018

Crystal Status Winners

AS GLOBAL TRAVELER CELEBRATES the 15th year of the annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, we honor those brands representing continued excellence in the industry by holding record-breaking consecutive wins. Crystal Status winners reflect those brands winning a particular category for 15 consecutive years. In our 15th year of the awards, this elite group marks the first Crystal Status winners.

December 2018
Dec 1, 2018

2018 Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year

FOR THE EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE year, Global Traveler honors the best of the best in naming 2018’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.

December 2018
Dec 1, 2018

Quint Status 2018

WHEN IT COMES TO MEASURING the best of the best, there are lots of ways to go about it. Competitions can take many forms, but here at Global Traveler, we put the question to you, our readers.

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Nov 1, 2018

Biggest Cruise Ships

APPROXIMATELY SIX MILES offshore, a shimmering white island appears. Or is it a shopping mall or an entertainment complex? Or a theme park? Or a huge resort hotel? Or a floating town of 8,000 people? Whatever it is, it is moving steadily and silently along the horizon, heading north. Even at a distance, from my vantage on the waterfront of a Spanish coastal town, I feel dwarfed. I am gazing across at Symphony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world.

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Nov 1, 2018

Cruise Update 2019

THE YEAR 2019 WELCOMES A HOST of new ships, itineraries, themes (multigenerational, active, wellness, soft adventure, cultural, culinary and educational) and initiatives bound to capture the interests of many travelers. The premise: Cruising has never been easier, with all sorts of itineraries and ships appealing to various price points from luxury to value-based. Whether you join a large or small ocean cruise, river cruise or expeditionary cruise, each has its advocates, admirers and repeat customers.

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Oct 1, 2018

Airline Update: Turkish Airlines

TALK ABOUT LONGEVITY! For an astounding 85 years, Turkish Airlines, in one incarnation or another, has had passenger airliners in the sky. Established May 20, 1933, as State Airlines Administration, the fleet consisted of five small propeller airplanes with room for not more than seven passengers. One of these planes was a Curtiss Kingbird, with a maximum speed of 143 mph and a range of 415 miles. Both its engines generated around 300 horsepower, as compared with a single engine of a Boeing 777, which generates 110,000 horsepower.

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Oct 1, 2018

Hotel Update: Jumeirah

AT JUMEIRAH FRANKFURT, a towering, 208-room luxury hotel — just steps from the Zell, this German regional capital’s busiest shopping hub — 40,000 bees buzz happily on the rooftop. Monitored by the hotel’s own beekeeper and executive chef, the insects supply enough honey for the urbane hotel’s kitchen as well as its locally themed spa (try the Skyline ritual, which uses a honey paste to enrich the skin). A regional amenity which references Germany’s artisan food culture, the honey program proves Jumeirah’s commitment to embracing community culture — a significant element of the brand’s philosophy. This trend away from homogeneity clearly sets the two-decades-old, Dubai-based corporation apart.

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Sep 1, 2018

Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2018 Recap

WITH A PICTURE-PERFECT SUNSET as our backdrop, Global Traveler lauded the winners of the 2018 Leisure Lifestyle Awards during an evening cocktail reception at The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

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Sep 1, 2018

Wherever Awards 2018

TODAY’S FAMILIES COME IN A VARIETY of shapes and sizes. And with that comes a variety of needs, especially when it comes to travel. With this in mind, the team behind Global Traveler and Trazee Travel decided to put our travel expertise behind whereverfamily.com, the trusted travel source for the modern family, in September 2017. Updated daily, the web publication delivers content across a range of topics, bringing a worldwide focus to family travel no matter the makeup of your family, your income or your child’s age.

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Sep 1, 2018

The Traveling Family

HOTEL BRANDS CATERING TO KIDS You’re sure to already have your own favorite luxury hotel brands — maybe there’s one that has just the right amenities or another you can always rely on for an excellent staff, no matter where you are in the world. While you may love these brands for your own reasons, they could also offer some perks for your kids. Are you taking full advantage of these perks as more and more hotel brands begin catering to younger jetsetters?

August 2018
Aug 1, 2018

Wine-Themed Travel

IF IT SEEMS EVERYONE AROUND you is drinking wine, you’re not imagining it: In 2016, Americans sipped 790 million gallons of this ancient elixir, up from 330 million gallons in 1993. That surge in consumption also spurred an interest in wine-related travel that ranges from tours and cruises through winemaking regions to tastings, wine-pairing dinners and classes held by well-known sommeliers, winemakers and other experts. There are also wine-based treatments at spas, and in Bordeaux, France, La Cité du Vin, a museum devoted to all things wine, opened in 2016. Last year, 445,000 oenophiles visited the 144,000-square-foot museum, which also houses three restaurants, a tasting room, a theater and 19 interactive exhibits. And if you’ve ever wanted to play winemaker for a day, you can do that, too, at wine blending programs cropping up not just in wine-producing regions but in destinations all over the world. In Charleston, S.C., for example, guests at the Grand Bohemian Hotel can craft their own bottle; Bahama Barrels, which occupies a former convent in downtown Nassau, started a blending program in early 2018.

August 2018
Aug 1, 2018

Wines on the Wing 2018

THE PIERRE HOTEL OPENED IN 1930, a handsome, light-shaded building on the corner of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and East 61st Street with sweeping views of Central Park. Eighty-eight years later, it remains one of the city’s most elegant and luxurious hotels. With its reputation for excellent care and distinguished service, it attracted such guests over the years as Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent and Paul Newman. And it has been the hotel of choice for scenes in several movies and television programs. Today, managed by Taj Hotels, this landmark hotel remains an oasis in the city, offering not only white glove service to guests but also dynamic food and beverage service, from cocktails to afternoon tea to French-American fare in its Perrine restaurant.

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Jul 1, 2018

Airline Update: Asiana Airlines

THE MERE THOUGHT OF STARTING a new airline is beyond daunting, never mind keeping it aloft and growing for 30 years. But though it hasn’t always been easy, Asiana Airlines managed to do just that.

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Jul 1, 2018

Airbnb vs. Hotels

ARE VACATION RENTALS LIKE AIRBNB the wave of the future? Hotels are certainly sounding the alarm. The short-term lodging company grew exponentially since its founding, and its soaring popularity seems to threaten the business models of even the most established hotels.

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Jul 1, 2018

The Trazees Awards 2018

HOW DOES A TRAVEL PROVIDER make a splash among a generation so inundated with information they can have five more bucket list-worthy destinations literally at their fingertips with one refresh of their feed? That’s the question we posed to the readers of trazeetravel.com, the sister web publication to Global Traveler, globaltravelerusa.com and whereverfamily.com. Trazee Travel is a one-stop resource for millennial travelers with news, tips, reviews and more updated daily.

Features
May 1, 2018

Hotel Update: Grupo Posadas

IN RECENT DECADES, ECONOMIC REFORMS and trade deals brought about a transformation in Mexico. As the country opened up to new business opportunities and wealth increased, the hospitality industry saw plenty of development.

Features
May 1, 2018

200 and Counting

WE CELEBRATE OUR MILESTONE 200TH ISSUE with a countdown of some of our most memorable travel moments and our personal recommendations. Delve into 200 anecdotes, memories and stories from those of us behind the pages of Global Traveler.

April 2018
Apr 1, 2018

Eco-Friendly Voluntourism

IN AN INCREASINGLY GLOBALIZED WORLD, one of social media and endless outlets for news dissemination, people and places feel closer together than ever. While this offers exciting opportunities, insight, situational awareness and human connection, it also unveils some of the real horrors communities around the world face on a daily basis — horrors difficult for many to ignore.

April 2018
Apr 1, 2018

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

WITHOUT SWIFT, EXPANSIVE CHANGES to the way humans currently tread on planet Earth, we will be dealing with the effects of climate change on a grand scale. Greenhouse gases — naturally occurring but increasing significantly due to human activity — from the burning of fossil fuels contribute to a warming climate that is wreaking havoc worldwide. Driving a car, heating your home and turning on the lights can all increase your carbon footprint, which has direct ties to climate change.

Features
Mar 1, 2018

2017 GT Tested Reader Survey Awards Recap

GLOBAL TRAVELER READERS are frequent globetrotters, always on the go to destinations around the world. This is why we look to them to determine the industry’s best. The 14th annual Global Traveler GT Tested Reader Survey awards celebrates those companies consistently going above and beyond, as voted by our readers.

Features
Mar 1, 2018

World’s Best Family Travel Destinations

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR FIRST CHILD, the inclination to hunker down and nest takes over your psyche. Soon you start to go stir-crazy and quickly realize you don’t have to give up your passion to travel simply because you have little ones. On the contrary, it’s time to introduce your kids to the real you. Even better, you get to see the magic, awe and wonder of the world through your children’s eyes while they receive a firsthand education on cultural differences and diversity. As your children age and savor travel just as much as you do, they’ll quickly be the ones leading you around the globe.

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Feb 1, 2018

Airline Update: Alaska Airlines

UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, chances are you aren’t familiar with Alaska Airlines. However, with the rapid expansion of routes because of its recent $2.6 billion, all-cash acquisition of Virgin America, all that is changing in a big way.

Features
Feb 1, 2018

The Rise of Solo Travel

FOUR YEARS AGO, when Los Angeles public relations executive Sara Swiger decided to take a vacation to Poland, Hungary and Austria, she did something she’d never done before: She traveled alone. “I wanted to go somewhere I’d never been,” she says. “Since I had no one to travel with, I went by myself.”

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Jan 1, 2018

Adventure Travel Around the World

THE SOFT SOUNDS OF WATER DROPS falling back to the lake from our paddles, and of our paddles dipping into the water, were nearly all we could hear. Around us, icebergs floated atop the lake and plummeted deeper below as they transitioned through their frozen existences. The stillness surrounding our small group of eight kayakers — novices and experienced paddlers alike — and our two guides on our kayaking adventure was unreal. Together, we navigated the icebergs on a glacier-fed lake near the small fishing village of Cordova, Alaska, enjoying a quiet on that summer day seldom found in the connected world in which we live.

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Jan 1, 2018

The Ride Revolution

WHEN RIDE-HAILING COMPANIES UBER AND LYFT hit the streets in 2011 and 2012, respectively, they signaled a tectonic shift in the way people share transportation. And they have been cutting into taxicab profits ever since.

December 2017
Dec 1, 2017

2017 GT Tested Reader Survey Awards

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR ONE EPIC VOYAGE. This year’s 2017 GT Tested Reader Survey award winners take travelers around the world. Journey with us as we unveil the winners of our 14th annual survey, drifting around the continents to celebrate the best of the best in travel worldwide.

December 2017
Dec 1, 2017

2017 Quint Status Inductees

IN GLOBAL TRAVELER’S 14TH ANNUAL GT Tested Reader Survey awards, we celebrate those winners deemed the best in travel for the year. Our Quint Status reflects those winners collecting the same GT Tested Reader Survey award in the same category for the fifth consecutive year. In previous years, the Hall of Fame reflected winners collecting the same GT Tested Reader Survey award in the same category for 10 consecutive years. While we don’t have any winners entering the Hall of Fame in 2017, we expect to see the recipients of this year’s Quint Status inducted into the Hall of Fame in the years to come.

December 2017
Dec 1, 2017

2017 Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year

TO REALLY STAND OUT in any industry, excellence is expected. For the seventh consecutive year, Global Traveler celebrates those who consistently achieve and exceed excellence in the travel industry by naming an Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year. The 2017 winners of these prestigious awards are purveyors of excellence: American Airlines, Airline of the Year, and Lotte Hotels & Resorts, Hotel of the Year.

Features
Nov 1, 2017

Multigenerational Travel Update

DURING A RECENT TRIP to our aunt’s house on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, my sister Karen and I sat down with our parents to chat about how they would like to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year.

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Nov 1, 2017

Pop Culture Travel

TRAVEL IS BECOMING more associated with pop culture, with movie buffs adventuring to their favorite film sites around the world. While some say pop culture and travel don’t have much in common, engaging in travel and television and film offers a way to explore the world and its many cultures. When entered into with an open mind, we allow ourselves to imagine our lives as something other than they are.

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Nov 1, 2017

195 and Counting!

WHICH WAS YOUR FIRST ISSUE OF Global Traveler? Mine was the November 2006 issue, with the snow-capped mountains and lakes of St. Moritz on the cover. I carry that mental image with me always. Whether you’ve been with us from the first issue in February 2004 or from the 175th in 2016, thank you for joining us on this journey around the globe. We hope you are having as much fun as we are! November 2017 marks our 195th issue. The countdown to 200 begins.

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Oct 1, 2017

Hotel Update: Wyndham Hotel Group

WITH AN EXPANDING ROSTER of brands, an array of new properties and a revamped rewards program, you could easily say Wyndham Worldwide is in growth mode.

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Oct 1, 2017

Airline Update: United Airlines

BY ANY REASONABLE STANDARD of measure, United Airlines has had a challenging year public relations-wise. From a high-profile leggings incident, deceased giant rabbit and a woman flying 3,000 miles in the wrong direction to the forcible removal of a passenger refusing to vacate his seat, the resulting negative press and public reaction caused United to re-evaluate its corporate culture and values.

Features
Sep 1, 2017

Booking Last-Minute Travel

“I USUALLY BOOK A HOTEL WHEN I LAND. You never know what’s going to happen. I could change a flight, so when I land I usually use Priceline,” says Dan Herman, IT practice senior advisor, The Chartis Group. “I look at the area where I want to stay and look at the star level, then grab one and go.” His approach defines the cutting edge of this style of travel, but lots of business and leisure travelers now choose to make reservations close to the time they plan to leave. The definition of last-minute travel varies, with some travelers saying it’s the day or a few days before, while others consider it up to 10 days or more in advance.

Features
Sep 1, 2017

Leisure Lifestyle Awards 2017 Recap

AS THE SUN SET in California May 18, industry elite gathered at The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to celebrate the world’s best in leisure travel.

August 2017
Aug 1, 2017

World’s Best Wine Regions

ONE BY ONE I SLIPPED off my sandals and let my toes sink into the cool, lush lawn that stretched from the patio of the Cloudy Bay tasting room and out toward the sun-ripened vineyards in the distance. Although it was my first time in New Zealand, everything around me suddenly seemed overwhelmingly familiar.

August 2017
Aug 1, 2017

Wines on the Wing 2017

CITY WINERY IS JUST WHAT its name says: a working winery in the heart of a city — New York City, in fact. Opened in 2009 by wine enthusiast Michael Dorf, it offers the rare urban setting where wine lovers can make their own wine from grapes chief winemaker David Lecomte selects in California, New York state, Oregon and Argentina. They can bottle their wine and add custom labels. They can attend wine and food courses, wine tastings, wine seminars and wine dinners. And they can celebrate the joy of it all with music programs in the evening in City Winery’s adjoining large social space.

Editorial
Jul 1, 2017

Airline Update: Singapore Airlines

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE 2017 marks Singapore Airlines’ 70th year. The name changed, the destinations multiplied, the planes grew from mini to mega, but in one form or another, Singapore has had an aircraft in the sky for seven decades.

Features
Jul 1, 2017

The Trazees Awards 2017

ACCORDING TO INTERNET MARKETING INC.’S “Millennial Travel Trends: A Look at the Largest Generations’ Habits,” a number of travel traits characterize this generation, which we define as those aged 18–35. Not surprisingly, social media plays a significant role, with 87 percent looking to Facebook for travel inspiration, 97 percent posting about their experiences on social media and 46 percent actually booking through smartphones and tablets. A large majority check multiple sites before booking and stay loyal to programs offering the most rewards. The bulk of those surveyed also upgrade their experiences by purchasing add-ons, and nearly half (49 percent) take last-minute vacations.

Features
Jul 1, 2017

Doing Business in Danger Zones

IN THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Bilbo Baggins says, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Features
Jun 1, 2017

Wellness-Centered Hotel Offerings

FOR MANY TRAVELERS, staying true to healthy routines while on the road proves difficult, whether eating, sleeping or working out. On the fitness side of things, hotels have long offered small gyms or fitness centers as a nod to keeping fit, if even just a basic treadmill or stationary bike. In recent years, however, hotels and resorts stepped up their fitness games, and many boast state-of-the-art facilities complete with personal trainers and group classes.

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Jun 1, 2017

Airport Wellness

PASSENGERS CRUISING THOUGH Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport tend to do a double-take as they pass a treadmill with a large desk in Concourse C parked alongside a bright window overlooking the airport’s light rail. A “Welcome to Walkway” sign offers a bit of privacy for treadmill users while also explaining the exercise equipment’s offerings: free walking, device charging, internet access. This obviously isn’t your normal treadmill. For one, the machine’s maximum speed is only 2 mph, but the payoff is worth it for passengers who will soon be sedentary in airplane cabin seats. The benefits of walking are endless, even helping work performance. Researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered walking while working improves the quality and quantity of work and interactions among colleagues. What better place than an airport to help travelers produce better work, burn a few calories and boost their moods? It’s an ideal combination.

Features
May 1, 2017

Remote Business Travel

IS THERE ANYWHERE truly remote in the modern world? Here’s somewhere: Juma Lodge. For two nights in this rustic stilted hotel on a tributary of the Brazilian Amazon, our laptops and cellphones were useless. Without outside distraction, we had no choice but to immerse ourselves in the immediate environment.

Features
May 1, 2017

Hotel Update: The New Marriott

AFTER TWO DECADES, my favorite aunt announced she was planning to remarry and blend her small family with her fiancé’s large, extended one. Her daughter’s reaction? “Mom, I love you. He’s a great guy. His kinfolk seem nice, and I know you’ll be happy, but let’s cut to the chase ... what does this mean for me?” My aunt’s response: “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

April 2017
Apr 1, 2017

World’s Leading Eco-Friendly Companies

THERE IS A CONSENSUS among some tourism insiders that we are experiencing a “new tourism.”

April 2017
Apr 1, 2017

Green Travel

ANYONE WHO’S SEEN those astonishing photos of the floating garbage island of Thilafushi near Malé knows no matter where you travel, there’s no escaping environmental issues. In fact, studies show the bulk of the trash that finds its way daily to this area of the sea is generated not by residents but by visitors to nearby resorts and parks.

December 2016
Dec 1, 2016

2016 Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year

For the sixth consecutive year, Global Traveler congratulates the innovative leaders in the travel industry whose efficient operations, distinct amenities, superior service and outstanding hospitality set them apart from the competition with the Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year awards. The 2016 winners of these prestigious awards are China Airlines, Airline of the Year, and Meliá Hotels International, Hotel of the Year.

December 2016
Dec 1, 2016

2016 GT Tested Reader Survey awards

Listen up! Class is in session and grades are in: This year’s class of 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey award winners scored all A’s this semester. This year, 2016, marks the 13th consecutive year (sans the typical middle-school angst) of our reader-voted GT Tested Reader Survey awards and our sixth year celebrating them with an end-of-the-year bash at The Peninsula Beverly Hills.

December 2016
Dec 1, 2016

Hall of Fame and Quint 2016 Inductees

As Global Traveler celebrates the 13th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, we recognize those winners celebrating momentous repeat wins. The Hall of Fame reflects winners collecting the GT Tested Reader Survey award in the same category for the 10th consecutive year. New to the Global Traveler award landscape this voting season, Quint Status reflects those winners with a five-year consecutive win in their particular category.

Features
Nov 1, 2016

Airline CEO Q&A

The aviation industry is in a state of nearly constant flux with the rapid expansion of airlines, consolidation and emerging low-cost airlines all set to service an increase in demand for air travel.

Features
Nov 1, 2016

Traveling with Pets

According to the ASPCA and American Pet Products Association, between 70 and 80 million dogs and between 74 and 96 million cats make their homes with us. It comes as little surprise, then, that when we travel we want our fourlegged family members to travel with us — and travel in style. In fact, more destinations and hotels are opening their doors to our animal family members, and airlines are offering more options for our traveling pets. United Airlines, for example, boasts an award-winning PetSafe animal transport program to ensure animals too large to travel in the cabin with their owners arrive safely and comfortably to the destination.

Features
Nov 1, 2016

GT Staff Conference Recap

In June 2016, the Global Traveler and Trazee Travel team hopped in cars, trains and airplanes to journey to Prince William and Manassas, Va., for our annual staff conference, with a side of fun and history, to boot.

Features
Oct 17, 2016

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Introduces “The JW Treatment”

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has launched the JW Treatment, a Mother New York creative campaign reaffirming JW Marriott as Marriott International’s cornerstone luxury brand. The treatment is a non-traditional, multi-faceted print, digital and video campaign inspired by founder J.W. Marriott’s famous quote: “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your customers.”

Features
Oct 17, 2016

Germany Testing Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Trains

Germany is currently testing the world’s first carbon dioxide emission-free train powered by hydrogen. The passenger trains—whose only emissions are steam and condensed water—were revealed last month at the Berlin InnoTrans trade show.

Features
Oct 16, 2016

Aloft Opens In Riyadh

Starwood brings its tech-savvy, millennial-driven Aloft brand to Riyadh, following the brand’s success in Abu Dhabi.

Features
Oct 16, 2016

SeaPort Airlines Goes Under

Last month a judge in Oregon ordered SeaPort Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy to be converted to Chapter 7 liquidation. SeaPort has effectively shut its doors, grounding all flights and ending its reorganization efforts.

Features
Oct 15, 2016

JetBlue Self-Service Lobby Opens at John F. Kennedy International Airport

New York–based airline JetBlue completely revamped its home terminal (T5) at New York´s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The makeover began in spring 2015 and has since completed, featuring new ways for passengers to move through the check-in process quickly and efficiently.

Features
Oct 15, 2016

JetBlue Signs Deal for Blended Biofuel for Flights at JFK

JetBlue signed an agreement to buy 33 million gallons of blended biofuel each year for the next 10 years. The deal is an agreement with bioenergy company SG Preston.

Features
Oct 14, 2016

Austin Proper Hotel & Residences Breaks Ground in Downtown Austin

Austin Proper Hotel & Residences, a premier luxury lifestyle hotel and residential offering in Austin, Texas, broke ground. The lifestyle hotel held a celebration Friday, Sept. 9, kicking off construction on the tower.

Features
Oct 14, 2016

Austrian Airlines to Offer First West Coast Route, Los Angeles to Vienna

Austrian Airlines announced last month it will launch its first route to the U.S. west coast  April 10, 2017.

Features
Oct 13, 2016

LATAM Offers New Business-Class Menu Items and Wine List

Passengers flying LATAM in business or premium-economy class now enjoy new dining options on international routes. Menu items and a new wine list boast Latin American flavors and regional ingredients.

Features
Oct 13, 2016

Treasury Department Approves Airplane Sales to Iran

The U.S. Treasury Department last month approved airplane sales to Iran for both Boeing and Airbus, issuing both licenses to do business with Iran Air.

Features
Oct 12, 2016

Airlines May Charge Customers to File a Complaint

Just when travelers believed tacked-on airline fees are getting a bit too excessive, a few airlines have considered charging passengers for filing complaints against them.

Features
Oct 12, 2016

College Student Earns 15 Million Miles for Hacking United Airlines

A college student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ryan Pickren is already an accomplished hacker. In 2015, he hacked rival University of Georgia’s online calendar and was threatened with prison time for the deed.

Features
Oct 11, 2016

South Walton Offers Fall Festival Lineup Showcasing the Best of the South

Florida has a lineup of fall festivities celebrating everything from beer and cocktails to  films and music. South Walton is heating up the state with events throughout its 16 distinct beach communities. South Walton has something for everyone during the fall season to highlight the destination’s culinary, art, fashion and fitness offerings.

Features
Oct 11, 2016

Management Changes Made at American Airlines

Last month, American Airlines made changes to senior management, less than two months after president Scott Kirby left to assume a similar role at United Airlines.

Features
Oct 10, 2016

Vail Resorts Adds Access to European Hot Spots to Epic Pass

Vail Resorts is now adding top European winter sport hot spots to its season pass. The Epic Pass is now the only multi-resort pass to feature European destinations. In addition, the pass includes its classic unlimited access to resorts in Colorado, Utah, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Lake Tahoe and Australia.

Features
Oct 10, 2016

Samsung Galaxy Phones Prohibited on Flights After Explosions

The Federal Aviation Administration is telling passengers not to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones aboard airplanes following recent battery explosions. Airlines are warning passengers not to turn on their phones while in flight in response.

Features
Oct 9, 2016

Windhoek and Tehran Are Newest KLM Destinations

This month, KLM will begin to offer flights from mainland Europe to new destinations including Windhoek, Namibia, and Iran. The Amsterdam-based airline will re-add these two destinations as improved global relations prompted interest in these locales from mainland Europe.

Features
Oct 9, 2016

Alitalia to Fly Between Rome and Havana

It seems every travel company wants a piece of the action in Cuba, and Alitalia is set to become the latest to start service to the Caribbean island.

Features
Oct 8, 2016

Bugatti Celebrates Premiere of the Chiron in Southeast Asia

Bugatti unveils the world’s most powerful, exclusive, luxurious and fastest production super sports car in a ceremonially celebration in Singapore. Bugatti, along with their partner in Southeast Asia, Wearnes Automotive, invite customers to private appointments. Fans had the opportunity to admire the Chiron at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Sept. 16–18. The Chiron is making its way around the world, also debuting in Europe and North America.

Features
Oct 8, 2016

Researchers on the Way to Reducing Turbulence

No one likes turbulence, but it seems like an unavoidable aspect of flying. Still, scientists may be on the way to reducing or even eliminating the unpleasantness of a bumpy ride by using data already collected by planes as they fly.

Features
Oct 7, 2016

Amtrak Set to Unveil New Trains in 2021

Amtrak announced plans to introduce 28 next-generation, high-speed trains in 2021, replacing those used on the current Acela Express service. The change is part of a $2.45 billion-dollar plan to upgrade the current Amtrak offerings in the Northeast corridor. New trains have one-third more seats, WiFi access, personal outlets and USB ports, adjustable reading lights at every seat and enhanced dining.

Features
Oct 7, 2016

Sea-Tac Airport Preparing for Another Record-Breaking Year

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is on track for its busiest year ever, showing a 10 percent increase so far over last year — which was also a record breaker.In 2015, Sea-Tac saw around 43 million passengers, a 13 percent increase over 2014. That year, too, broke records.

Features
Oct 6, 2016

Crystal Cruise Travels the Once-Impassable Northwest Passage

Cruise fiends who were willing to fork over a pretty penny to view some of the planet's most endangered landscapes recently took to the seas for a controversial yet exclusive journey on Crystal Cruises. Passengers sailed through the Northwest Passage, a region where global warming has been wreaking the most havoc on melting icebergs and a once impassable route now able to receive vessels as some of the land has melted away.

Features
Oct 6, 2016

Japan to Start Security Pre-Clearance Program for Airports

Japan is looking to implement a security pre-clearance program at airports to cut down on wait times. The program would allow enrolled foreign travelers to complete the majority of the screening process at their airport of origin, including logging fingerprints and photos. Then, when they arrive in Japan, they’d pass through a special lane and complete a briefer screening before leaving the airport.

Features
Oct 5, 2016

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Achieves Carbon Neutral Status

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is the first and only airport in North America and one of 23 airports in the world to receive Carbon Neutral status, awarded by the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. It is the highest level of environmental achievement airports can possibly obtain through the program and celebrates the reduction of emissions and the airport’s carbon footprint.

Features
Oct 5, 2016

Uber Pursues Legal Action Against London’s Government-Imposed Laws

Uber is pursuing legal action in London after the government imposed new laws on ride-hailing services, hoping it can use legal channels to make it easier for the company to operate in England.

Features
Oct 4, 2016

Delta Air Lines to Launch New Business Class in 2017

Delta Air Lines announced plans to develop an all-new, all-suite business class called Delta One. The new class will be released fall 2017.

2016
Aug 23, 2016

Loyalty Program Updates

Stuck in the Dark Ages. Byzantine. Complicated. Opaque. These are just a few responses from travel industry experts when asked to describe the current state of airline and hotel loyalty programs. And yet program enrollment continues to grow, often at a record pace, proving, once again, we love our points.

2016
Aug 1, 2016

Wines on the Wing 2016

Meliá Hotels International, based in Spain, operates 350 hotels in 40 countries, but it offered none in the United States until opening INNSIDE New York Nomad in March. There, in an open, light-drenched space enhanced with earth and neutral shades, the hotel offers 300 guestrooms on 20 floors, a wellness suite and Impero Caffé, where well-known chef Scott Conant features Italian bistro cuisine. It also features two meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Daily
Jun 28, 2016

Airbnb Bookings Investigated In New Orleans

Some 20,000 Airbnb bookings in New Orleans for the annual Jazz and Heritage Festival last month — 2.5 times higher than last year — led to some potential changes. The Louisiana State House of Representatives is considering a bill that forces anyone renting a property for fewer than 29 days to comply with regulations from the fire department, including installing fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and a map of building exits, just like hotels do. The measure failed, but it may crop up again in the next legislative session. If nothing else, it shows cities and states are paying attention to the huge uptick in Airbnb rentals recently. Hotel and inn operators who are losing out to the company are expressing a loss of revenue. Short-term rentals are actually illegal in New Orleans, but the law is seldom enforced. Other cities are struggling to regulate the Airbnb boom, and there have been arguments over the company’s legality in New York City and San Francisco. Meanwhile, the company continues its huge growth around the world.

Daily
Jun 13, 2016

All-Night Tube Service To Start In London

Londoners will soon have access to all-night Tube service on two lines — a long-awaited development that will finally come to fruition Aug. 19. “The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London’s night-time economy — creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners. The constant delays under the previous mayor let Londoners down badly,” said London mayor Sadiq Khan. “I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority, and London Underground has now confirmed that services on the first two lines will launch on August 19.” The 24-hour trains were originally planned to launch last year, but no agreement could be reached between the city and unions over pay and conditions, which led to strikes and service delays. That resolved, the first all-night services will run on weekends only on the Central and Victoria lines. The Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will gain all-night service in two phases later in the fall as new Tube drivers are trained. There are currently 200 part-time drivers undergoing the 14-week training program for the new service.

2016
May 24, 2016

A Look at Travel Sharing

Only a decade ago, the idea of staying in a stranger’s spare bedroom or offering a ride to an unknown person was almost unheard of. Conflated with couch surfing and hitchhiking, they were seen as activities for backpackers and college students rather than the general population — at least that’s how potential investors who turned down Airbnb and Uber viewed things. As it turned out, the “sharing economy” — the term spread in the late-2000s to describe the peer-to-peer marketplace for goods and services — is for everyone, whether a family visiting Europe on summer vacation or a business traveler who needs a ride to the airport during rush hour. With Airbnb valued at more than $25 billion and Uber at more than $60 billion, it’s rare to meet a traveler who hasn’t participated in the sharing economy. The most popular application for ridesharing in the United States (and increasingly in cities all over the globe), Uber surpassed both taxis and rental cars on Certify expense reports for the first time in 2015. Along with its chief competitor, Lyft, the ridesharing giant accounted for more than 40 percent of business travelers’ rides last year. And while the popular app is intended for short trips, similar services that offer inter-city rides and car rentals from private owners are gaining popularity.

2016
May 1, 2016

Hotel Update: Meliá Hotels International

At this new luxury resort, one inevitably experiences a Papa Hemingway moment, though without the marlins. The drop-dead gorgeous scenery at the beach hideaway on one of Cuba’s tropical islands tugs at the heartstrings. Surrounded by unspoiled boulevards of sea grapes and thatched tiki huts along a strip of sugar-white sand overlooking the turquoise sea, is it any wonder Ernest Hemingway fell for Cuba’s blessed archipelago, the Jardines del Rey?

2016
Apr 18, 2016

Trusted Travelers

How often do you hear the phrase “an exciting time for us” uttered by a federal spokesperson talking about a government operation? But officials with both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration are practically ecstatic when discussing their respective Trusted Traveler programs, Global Entry and TSA PreCheck.

2016
Apr 1, 2016

Global Traveler’s Silent Auction 2016

Each year, Global Traveler teams with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in an effort to accomplish extraordinary things. It may sound like a lofty enterprise, but together with LLS, we can all help make a difference.

2016
Mar 21, 2016

Cast Your Ballot

April marks the halfway point for the 2016 GT Tested Reader Survey awards voting. The open-ended ballot runs yearly in the magazine and online from January to August, and you, our valued readers and true travel experts, can vote for your favorites in a number of industry-related categories, from airlines and hotels to reward programs and products.

2016
Mar 21, 2016

A Force For Good

If rising tides, receding glaciers and endangered species make you wonder whether you will ever visit a glacier or see a lion in the wild, you are not alone. And yet climate change should not stop us from traveling when tourism is often the primary economic driver in many nations. But to protect pristine places, traveling responsibly makes sense.

Features
Mar 21, 2016

Shanghai Hopes To Curb Pollution

Images of a sooty Beijing have been all over the news lately, but it’s Shanghai making an effort to curb its air pollution crisis. The World Health Organization recently named air pollution the world’s biggest environmental health threat, so the city is even more compelled to act.

Features
Mar 21, 2016

Four Seasons Resort Maui Plans Photo Expedition

Images of a sooty Beijing have been all over the news lately, but it’s Shanghai making an effort to curb its air pollution crisis. The World Health Organization recently named air pollution the world’s biggest environmental health threat, so the city is even more compelled to act.

Features
Mar 21, 2016

Big Island State Of Emergency Over Dengue Outbreak

Hawai’i’s Big Island is under a state of emergency, declared by Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi in early February. The island has 250 cases of the mosquito-spread virus confirmed since Oct. 29.

Features
Mar 21, 2016

Spend The Night With Wolves At New Lodge In Norway

Spend a night with wolves while you search for the Northern Lights at the new Wolf Lodge in the popular arctic tourism hot spot of Narvik, Norway. The recently opened lodge offers a one-of-a-kind chance to observe wolves in their natural Arctic environment with the Night with The Wolves special from Off The Map Travel.

2016
Mar 8, 2016

Travel Safety: Risks And Rewards

Some intrepid souls find flirting with danger the consummate adrenaline rush. For them, traveling to a war-torn country or one known for terrorist activity or violent crime is worth the risk, but most of the rest of us like to be fairly sure we will return home unscathed.

2016
Feb 4, 2016

Hotel Update: Radisson Blu

David P. Berg is late to our phone interview. But he offers a good excuse: He was wrapping up one of his “Donuts with David” sessions. Since joining Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in December 2014, the company’s chief executive officer has sat down with groups of employees to hear their input on everything from what they think about the business to uniform design. “Our belief is in the wisdom of the crowd. They are so much better informed than us,” he says. “Instead of sitting around trying to figure it out or second-guess, why not ask the employees what they want and need? What is precious and what would they change?”

2016
Jan 25, 2016

Happy Anniversary, Global Traveler!

Happy anniversary, Global Traveler. Over the past 12 years, the publication has firmly established itself as the leading magazine for frequent, savvy travelers, and the ultimate source for travel information. That's why it is so important for us to reach the GT reader, and why it's the ultimate testament and honor for two of our Chase cards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card and the Marriott Rewards Credit Card, to be continually recognized in the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. Our partnership with the magazine is a valuable one, and we look forward to many continued years working together. Vibhat Nair, general manager, Chase Bank Credit Cards

2016
Dec 20, 2015

Hotel Keyless Entry

As hotels continue to embrace cutting-edge technology like mobile apps, online check-in and keyless entry, the magnetic swipe room key card may soon become as outdated as the brass key it replaced.

2015
Dec 3, 2015

Hotel Update: Loews

It starts at the hotel entrance when I arrive in Philadelphia. The friendly doorman swings open the chrome and glass doors, relieves me of my luggage and escorts me to the check-in counter. Vases brimming with orchids set a calm mood, already beginning to loosen my travel knots. Check-in is no-nonsense: The staff welcomes me and completes my reservation efficiently. Key card in hand, it’s time to push the elevator button and ascend to my hotel floor.

2015
Nov 4, 2015

The Trazees And GBTA Recap

The Global Traveler team took it back to The Roaring Twenties with friends and colleagues at our yearly reception to celebrate the annual Global Business Travel Association convention. Held at the brand-new, speakeasy-style Itta Bena in Orlando, Fla., GT hosted the event in conjunction with co-sponsor Meliá Hotels International.

2015
Oct 23, 2015

Hotels Catering To Chinese Travelers

Growing Chinese international tourism has become one of the hottest topic trends in the travel industry over the past few years, grabbing the attention of a diverse range of tourism authorities, hotels, airlines and hospitality groups that all want to attract this rapidly expanding demographic.

2015
Aug 1, 2015

Hotel Décor In The Home

The robes are just the beginning. Savvy hotel guests know to take home their favorite lodging’s feathery down pillows, the silky 600-thread-count sheets, the tea-scented candles and especially the plush pillow-top or thick foam mattress that created a cocoon for sleeping. Travelers buying hotel furnishings for themselves not only means big business for lodgings but also smart shopping for consumers. After all, where else can you try out mattresses, pillows, bedding and other products overnight before purchasing them?

2015
Aug 1, 2015

The Trazees

Everything travel, from A to Z. That’s the motto of Trazee Travel, the Web publication for the uber-millennial created by the team behind Global Traveler. Launched in September 2014, the website, updated several times daily, covers a wide range of subjects of interest to travelers ages 18–35. From products and tips to trends and reviews, trazeetravel.com also focuses on destination weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and honeymoons. The Under $100 section tells a traveler how to do a destination for less than $100 a day, while the Top 5 category brings the five best of any one thing in any city — think Top 5 Free Museums in Washington, D.C. — but so much more. As promised, a little of bit of everything; there are interviews, quizzes and polls, too.

2015
Jul 27, 2015

Consider Travel To Cuba

Exiting the airport in Havana, Cuba, the first thing you see is a row of parked 1950s cars backed by a billboard featuring Che Guevara’s bearded face. It’s a proper introduction to this country, where there’s a brew of old-world ambience, communistic laws and a whiff of freedom in privately owned restaurants (called paladars) and businesses in front yards.

2015
Feb 18, 2015

Global Traveler’s Silent Auction 2015

In 2012, I joined Team in Training, an initiative of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society designed to train participants for halfand full marathons, bike races and triathlons while the participants fundraise on behalf of the organization. The training was an invaluable part of the process, as crossing the finish line on my first half-marathon — having never been a runner — gave me a surge of accomplishment. I met lifelong friends through the organization; I spoke with survivors and those stricken with blood cancers and was inspired; I saw real benefits to the dollars I raised. At the end of the day, I asked, what else can I do?

2015
Jan 31, 2015

Global Traveler’s 150th Issue

In 2004, when the published issues of Global Traveler still numbered in the single digits, GT publisher and CEO Francis X. Gallagher and I were at a meeting in Boston when we stumbled upon a celebration: A local magazine was marking its 10th anniversary. Back then, the concept of celebrating our own decennial seemed like a dream on the far horizon.

2014
Oct 17, 2014

Hotel Executive Floors

Executive floors at hotels are usually billed as a “hotel within a hotel.” On these floors, you receive VIP attention from the staff, a special desk for checking in and out, and privacy from the crush of travelers on the hotel’s regular floors. In the club lounge, you can enjoy a good breakfast and unwind with a drink at the end of the day. Often, you’ll be staying in rooms that are larger and have upgraded furnishings and amenities.

2012
Nov 1, 2012

Above And Beyond

Top-tier hotels already offer enough amenities — from world-class spas to celebrity chef on-site restaurants — to make your stay over-the-top, but a guest’s most priceless resource sits in plain sight smack-dab in the middle of the lobby: the hotel concierge. Waving a “magic” service wand and granting wishes might be the concierge’s mantra these days. In fact, one could even go so far as to say the hotel concierge’s mission is to turn the impossible into the possible.

2012
Apr 1, 2012

Global Reach

A business traveler’s biggest nightmare: flying home when a debilitating European snowstorm closes multiple airports. That’s exactly what happened to Peter Shankman two days before Christmas last year.

Feature
Oct 19, 2019

WorldHotels Adds First Peru Property

WorldHotels is slated to introduce a new property in Peru this January: Casa Andina Premium San Isidro is set to open early next year. The Lima-bound property is the brand’s first in Peru. The 16-floor hotel houses 157 guestrooms, a gym, spa, swimming pool and rooftop terrace. The on-site restaurant, La Plaza Bar and Grill, uses local ingredients and rich traditions to serve delicious options.

A Lighter Footprint

United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.

News
Oct 19, 2019

Kimpton Plans Properties for Georgia, Texas

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants recently announced plans for two new properties.

Feature
Oct 19, 2019

Lufthansa Will Add 2020 Ottawa Flights

Lufthansa is adding non-stop flights between mainland Europe and Ottawa starting next year. The route will operate in conjunction with Air Canada.

TAP Air Portugal Adds 15 Flights Each Week From U.S., Canada

TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020,  a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.

Daily
Oct 19, 2019

Online Travel Marketplace Caters to Travelers with Disabilities

Wheel the World, backed by booking.com, is a new accessible travel startup and one-stop shop for travelers with disabilities, regardless of age. The site curates accommodations, transportation and tour activities suitable for those living with disabilities.

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Daily
Oct 18, 2019

Shop Your Favorite Hotel Products

Four Seasons now offers a full-service, online shopping experience. Travelers can purchase Four Seasons beds, linens, towels, robes and more. Each product receives premium packaging and door-to-door delivery, with the shopping experience assisted by unique chat options — shoppers enjoy the Four Seasons standard of service from home.

The Island of the Knights

Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.

Feature
Oct 17, 2019

Rosewood Washington D.C. Reopens with New Experiences

One of Washington, D.C.’s most luxurious urban retreats, Rosewood Washington D.C., recently reopened with new and revamped experiences.