If you love a good, long ramble in the crisp autumn air, there’s no other setting that puts a warm spring in your step quite like the section of the historic Great West Way running through the county of Wiltshire, England. Self-guided expeditions are ideal for travelers who like to linger over discoveries, move at their own pace and get a true sense of a destination. Journeys can be a blend of walking, boating, cycling, driving and train travel — whatever most appeals to your schedule and desires.
While the entire Great West Way route stretches across the country from London to Bristol, focusing on the section passing through Wiltshire allows for exploration of ancient sites like Stonehenge and the mysterious megalithic standing stones encircling the village of Avebury, along with the fascinating historic towns of Salisbury and the medieval market town of Devizes.
In the picturesque town of Bradford-on-Avon, which rests on the threshold of the Cotswolds fronting the winding River Avon, you’ll find a collection of weaver’s cottages and 19th-century structures that once housed cloth and textile mills. Close to Stonehenge and Avebury, Devizes offers a selection of yearly events, including art and food festivals, plus the International Street Festival. In Salisbury, stop in at the city’s famous 13th-century cathedral — home to Britain’s tallest spire and Europe’s oldest working clocktower — for a tour of the roof spaces and to view the original Magna Carta document.
Walk the village paths and byways in Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade, then explore the small market town of Swindon, mentioned in the Domesday Book. Shop local stores, visit the STEAM Museum and Museum of Computing, or take a break to relax with the butterflies at Studley Grange. Along the way, take breaks at quaint tea rooms and local pubs and relax in tranquil parks and gardens.
Sample itineraries, maps and a personal travel planner are available on the Great West Way website to help you customize and organize your route and choose the type of lodging you prefer — whether that’s a luxury boutique hotel or a cozy period inn. Don’t forget to pack rain gear and comfy walking shoes.
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.
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!
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.
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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 Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes recently opened in Bordeaux’s elegant Chartrons district, bringing 97 upscale rooms to France’s southwestern city. Occupying a 19th-century house that once held the wine cellars of Maison Calvet, the hotel marks Mondrian’s first European property for celebrated Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, who helms the menu and concept for the hotel’s restaurant, Morimoto Bordeaux.
London welcomes its newest boutique hotel just in time for the holiday season. The Chelsea Townhouse, located on Chelsea’s exclusive Cadogan Gardens, sits within proximity to its sister hotel, 11 Cadogan Gardens, and joins the Iconic Luxury Hotels portfolio.