I spoke too soon. Two months ago as we were finalizing the March issue, I observed in my letter from the editor, “Spring is in the air.” It was early February, and I felt confident we had weathered the worst of winter and emerged relatively unscathed. Punxsutawney Phil and I were on the same page: An early spring was on its way. Wrong! Within days, the first of several major snowstorms descended on the northeastern United States, leaving more than two feet of snow in its wake. Roads closed. Flights were cancelled. Airports closed. Travel to and from the region came to a standstill.
Expect the unexpected. It’s a lesson those of us who travel frequently have learned through personal experience. We can’t control the weather any more than we can control many facets of travel. But we can be prepared. This issue features two articles that can help you do just that. Diana Rowe offers advice on avoiding unanticipated travel fees, and Ted Alan Stedman takes a look at common travel scams that may surprise even the most seasoned traveler.
Also in this issue, we continue our Countdown to 10 series, this month highlighting the best of our Cuisine columns. Plus, be sure to cast your votes for our annual GT Tested awards. A vote or two either way can make or break the chances of perennial winners earning a place in our 10-year Hall of Fame. Then it’s around the world we go with destination articles about Delhi, China’s Silk Road, Barcelona, Ghent, Perth, Helsinki, German wine country and San Francisco.
We’re cleared for takeoff. Enjoy the ride!
Mazatlán, Mexico, has long been an attractive home destination for Canadian and American retirees, but, in recent years, young, digital nomads have also discovered the charms of this coastal city, finding inexpensive accommodations, beautiful weather and plenty of bandwidth for working remotely. The laid-back beach scene definitely eases the transition of relocating to Mexico’s West Coast.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
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.
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
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!
Next summer, Denver, Colorado, becomes home to the country’s first carbon-positive hotel. The 13-story Populus features 265 modern guestrooms, a ground-floor restaurant, café, flexible meeting spaces, and signature rooftop restaurant and bar. Architecture is designed by Studio Gang, with interiors envisioned by Wildman Chalmers Design.
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.
Private jet charter service Jettly recently conducted an extensive study to find the most and least reliable U.S. airports in 2023. Analyzing the total number of delays, cancellations and diversions from more than 390 U.S. airports provided by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the results saw the least reliable airports span all corners of the country.