FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Get Up And Go

by Francis X. Gallagher

Mar 1, 2013

Lots of exciting news for those who travel a great deal — Brussels Airlines announced their newest flight, from Belgium to Washington, D.C., launches June 17, the first-ever direct service between the U.S. capital and the capital of the E.U. They will operate a night flight which will arrive at Dulles after 10 p.m. daily.

China Airlines purchased six new Boeing 777-300ER passenger planes to expand its fleet, leasing four of the aircraft in December for the North American and European routes. The 777 is the most successful twin-engine, long-haul airplane. It is 19 percent lighter than its closest competitor, produces 22 percent less CO2 per seat and costs 20 percent less to operate per seat. Kudos to China Airlines for raising the bar for passenger comfort!

Last month, we conducted our first Globility Board meeting at The Benjamin Hotel in Manhattan. Ten of the 20 members joined the sessions, which included presentations from and feedback to Lufthansa, South African Airways, Denihan Hospitality and Global Traveler. Lisa Matte led the session on GT. We all learned invaluable information from this well-traveled group of subscribers. The next issue of GT will highlight key findings and images from the day’s activities. The next Globility Board meeting is in the works.

One item discussed was overseas delivery. Several board members had flown to Europe to pick up their brand-new Mercedes, Volvo or Audi. Driving the car through Europe, however, is only half the fun. Board member Steve White says the best experience is picking the vehicle up at the overseas delivery location and being pampered by the auto manufacturer. There really is nothing like it in the world.

I recently returned from trips to Chicago, Los Angeles and Montréal, followed by a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas to the Western Caribbean out of Port New Orleans. We were fortunate to secure a suite, which got us on the ship swiftly and afforded us other onboard perks. The service and food were wonderful! New Orleans was also fantastic — we caught the beginning of Mardi Gras and had great meals at Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant on Tchoupitoulas Street and Restaurant Revolution in the French Quarter.

Get out there, buy a car in Europe, take a cruise, fly to wherever, eat at great restaurants. There is a lot to do, and it is ever-changing, y’all!

Read This Next


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions


Insta Feed

Balearic Islands Tighten Tourism Laws

Spain’s Balearic Islands’ government recently announced tighter laws targeting excessive tourism. The new law bans drinking on public roads and prohibits shops from selling alcohol late at night. Tourists found breaking these rules could be fined up to €3,000.

Why Buy Trip Cancellation Insurance?

Don’t risk losing all the money you’ve spent if you must cancel your trip at the last minute. Allianz Travel Insurance can give you:

NH Collection Debuts in Finland

The new NH Collection Helsinki Grand Hansa marks the brand’s latest property. Located in the center of the Finnish capital, the property combines two historically significant buildings, Hotel Seurahuone and Student House. The hotel features 224 guestrooms and suites, including a grand, 1,722-square-foot presidential suite.

Global City Guidebook: Toronto

Toronto, Canada’s largest and most populated city, sits on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. Ontario’s capital city, it boasts a skyscraper-crowded skyline dominated by the iconic CN Tower, but it also features many green spaces and 530 miles of the Bikeways Network. With 158 distinct neighborhoods, the city is known for its multiculturalism as well as being a world leader in technology, finance and entertainment.

Colombia: A Different Kind of Beauty

Colombia’s beauty defies description — it’s that unique, that special, that different — and travelers are taking notice as 2023 marked the country’s best year for tourism, welcoming more than 6 million international travelers. The Country of Beauty looks to continue growing and enhancing its regions and communities in 2024 and beyond.

Jul 12, 2024

New York’s Dominick Hotel Opens Rooftop for Summer

With the rooftop season already upon us, it is time to start thinking about visiting one of New York City’s resort-style oasis for cold summer cocktails and great city views.

Jul 11, 2024

Patrick Mouratoglou Partners with The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón on Tennis Center

World-renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou announced a partnership with The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón to debut the first Mouratoglou Tennis Center in Florida. The center opened in early summer 2024 boasting training camps, private lessons, leagues and retreats that deliver a premium tennis experience.

Welcome to Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro

Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro, operated by Aimbridge LATAM, opened its doors, welcoming guests to one of the most iconic and traditional properties in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Boasting 229 rooms and suites, the hotel, part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, is ready for discerning travelers. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the largest hotel franchise company in the world with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries.

Jul 10, 2024

Canada’s Gardens Explode with Colors and Scents in Summer

During a Québec summer, nature puts on a unique display of vibrant seasonal scents and flashes of color. From learning about indigenous flora and traditions at Space for Life Botanical Garden and enjoying the fragrant lavender fields at Bleu Lavande, to seeing beautifully landscaped gardens at La Seigneurie de l'île d'Orléans, creating a hand-picked floral arrangement at Ferme Florale Libella, and exploring the historically and culturally rich grounds at Reford Gardens, there’s no shortage og places to experience Québec’s spring flowers.