Like our cover? We decided to switch things up a bit to showcase this magnificent beach scene and dramatic sky. The image of Cannon Beach in Oregon earned photographer Jeffrey Dowell a Tamron lens. Global Traveler and Tamron partnered in a Facebook contest, inviting travelers to submit their best images from around the world. Turn to page 82 to view the other 19 finalists.
While I didn’t capture any award-worthy images this month, I did successfully navigate a new (to me) situation. Thanks to an extended pattern of thunderstorms in the Chicago area during a recent layover, I spent my first-ever full night at an airport.
Over the course of two days, storms caused a domino effect of delays and cancellations, leaving thousands of passengers scrambling for seats on an ever-diminishing roster of outgoing flights. I entered the fray late in the game, on the evening of the second day of tumult, when it was clear I was not leaving the airport that night or, perhaps, even the following day.
With hotels within a 15-mile radius of the airport sold out, I holed up in the Admirals Club lounge, where at least a hundred people were already waiting in line for assistance. I opted to call American Airlines for help. By midnight I had Plan B on the books, so I called on childhood skills (remember building blanket-and-couch-cushion forts?) and created a makeshift bed, unaware the lounge would close for cleaning at 1:30 a.m. (Note to Admirals Club: During unusual circumstances like this, maybe you could close half of the lounge at a time rather than kick all stranded passengers to the curb.)
Wandering the halls — and feeling a bit like a refugee — I discovered a dorm-like community of cots and blankets, hundreds of them lined up row upon row just inside the security checkpoint. I scored an empty space and nodded off until 4 a.m., when the cots were cleared so security could begin processing incoming passengers. As I wandered away, an airport staffer handed me a zip-lock bag stocked with toiletries.
Suffice it to say, I made it home, albeit a day later than planned. I’m happy to check this particular travel milestone off my list — and I hope never to repeat it. But the one thing I keep mulling is the outlook of my fellow stranded passengers and the airport staff. Despite the chaos and fatigue, everyone remained pleasant, adopting a we’re-all-in-this-together attitude.
That’s a take-away I hope I’ll recall the next time I find myself getting cranky over a minor travel inconvenience.
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.