By the time you receive this issue, I will have returned from Tahiti, traveling on award-winning airline Air Tahiti Nui and spending nearly all our time on the island of Bora Bora, with stays at the Four Seasons and The St. Regis. Bora Bora took an award in our newly created Leisure Travel Awards. The winners were announced in our Leisure Lifestyle Book, which you should have received in April.
I want to say thank you to all our readers who won items in our annual auction benefitting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which ended May 1. I have been elected to the LLS Board of Trustees this year, so your support means a great deal to me personally. Once you hear the stories of those whose lives have been touched by blood cancer, you cannot help being moved to lend a hand.
Looking ahead, I have a fall crossing from Southampton, England, to New York on the Queen Mary 2. I was on the ship last year for my birthday, and they really made a fuss, so I felt a repeat performance was in order. We live in a world in which we go everywhere looking like we are about to clean the basement, but dressing for dinner — which Cunard recently reinforced — is really a treat. There are many types of cruises, and I encourage you to experience the best of them.
As we gear up for the 10-year anniversary of Global Traveler, I want to thank all of you who have supported us from day one and welcome those who have found us along the way. Our 10th-year GT Tested awards anniversary is planned at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and a handful of travel vendors have cut the mustard to be tops for 10 years — that is, if you select them for 2013! In the running for our 10-year Hall of Fame are Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, United MileagePlus, and Membership Rewards Program by American Express. Make sure you cast your vote online at globaltravelerusa.com/gt-tested-awards-ballot.
Have a great May, and brush off your tux and join in our 10-year anniversary celebration!
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Without visiting, it’d be easy to throw Chicago into any number of categories. Everyone thinks they know Chicago; after all, it’s the third-largest city in America, the most prestigious foodie city in the country, the city of jazz, a comedian’s playground, an architect’s dream, a writer’s paradise. The list goes on. Only when walking the streets themselves do you realize there’s nothing categorical about the Windy City, especially as it continues to evolve.
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The Lanesborough, one of London’s most luxurious properties and part of Oetker Collection, offers a romantic afternoon tea experience alongside a hotel stay just in time for Valentine’s Day. Available Feb. 11, 12 and 14, Valentine’s Afternoon Tea features Rosé Champagne and a rose cake to share with that special someone.
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