HOW IS IT I’M WELCOMING you to our September 2019 issue? This year surely has flown, and I recently had a conversation with someone about the year 2020, and they remarked that it seemed like businesses with long-range goals have been planning for 2020 for years — and now here it is, just around the corner. I couldn’t agree more; 2020 felt like a milestone, something to plan and achieve for, and in the blink of an eye, we’re on its cusp.
I’m currently planning for my own life event in the year 2020, my wedding! On May 30, 2020, I’ll be walking down the aisle at the Waterfront at Silver Birches, on Lake Wallenpaupack, in Pennsylvania’s Poconos. The location combined my fiancé’s love for the area (his family has had a cabin there his entire life) and my desire for a mini-destination wedding that incorporates my love of travel.
Speaking of travel, this issue includes my article on Valencia, Spain, which happens to be the first international city Scott and I visited together. There we learned to cook paella, walked along the Mediterranean Sea, dined at a Hemingway favorite and more. I reminisced about the trip while crafting this month’s article, and it led me to start thinking more closely about another important trip coming up: our honeymoon.
My list of places I still want to visit is long, but when it comes to deciding where to honeymoon, so many other factors come into play — do we want relaxation or adventure? How long do we have to be away? Should we travel immediately or wait? How far do we want to travel? The questions spin in my head next to flower choices, save the dates and wedding dress options. Lightbulb moment: Why not ask you, our dedicated readers and clients, for suggestions, as you’re some of the most intrepid and savvy travelers I know? Please email me your suggestions at [email protected]
Where do we head this month? In addition to Valencia, we visit St. Petersburg, Almaty, Uganda, Panama City, Riviera Maya, Malta, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. We recap our Leisure Lifestyle Awards with some party pics and announce the winners of the 2019 Wherever Awards, distributed by our sister web publication whereverfamily.com. Join us next month as we take a look at haunted tourism in anticipation of Halloween.
Over the last three–four weeks, Portugal made significant strides in slowly, but surely, reopening the country for travel. As of May 18, Portugal further loosened restrictions by ending the country’s COVID-19 State of Emergency status while continuing social distancing.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
United Airlines introduces United CleanPlus, a partnership with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic. The company is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of the entire customer experience, and hopes to deliver an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. This partnership brings together Clorox and some of the country’s top medical experts from the Cleveland Clinic to help guide United Airlines’ new cleaning, safety and social distancing protocols.
At FXExpress Publications, Inc., we can’t wait to #ComeBacktoTravel, and we can’t wait for the travel industry and others to #ComeBacktoGT. Join us over the next several weeks as we entice you with photos from some of the places we’re most excited to visit. Take a visual journey through some of the Florida Keys’ most breathtaking sights with us, just in time for the June 1 reopening.
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A first of its kind in the region, The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi launched a safe and clean certification program. The program seeks to uplift and standardize cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organizations in the tourism sector, including hotels, malls and other attractions. DCT Abu Dhabi will offer certifications that ensure compliance of standardized hygiene levels, and the program will roll out in phases, with the first dedicated to hotels.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is celebrating the heroes. Travelers can nominate the unsung heroes in their lives for a chance to be selected for one of 25 complimentary, seven-night European river cruises for two through July 31.