Wow! I loved Megan Rowe’s article on Alaska in the August issue. She painted such a gorgeous picture of the area
and the ensuing adventure. I’m not an adventurous traveler, but her article changed my outlook. What unbelievable
experiences the beare watching and kayaking near glaciers must have been. And the opening photo and page
of the article were stunning.
Molly Bendson, Sacramento, Calif.
Global City Guidebook 2012
Each year, I look forward to receiving the Global City Guidebook, and, once again, it did not disappoint. Happily, the book included fresh, new cities, with some more obscure offerings like Gujarat, Hamilton and Papeete. My only suggestion would be, is it possible to organize the cities alphabetically, or by some other system? They jump around as they are now.
Michael Denisof, Deer Park, Mich.
In the July 11 issue of eFlyer USA, we featured a listing of the scariest U.S. airports for pilots, compiled by Airfarewatchdog.com. We were curious about your scariest take-offs and landings.
I’ve found landing on the island of St. Barts particularly nerve-racking. The runway is short, and I made the mistake of reading about it pre-trip. I found pilots must slowly glide between peaks and skim down a hill before leveling, touching down and braking hard. Needless to say, this made me more attentive upon arrival, but I had a great pilot, and the landing was much less anxiety-producing than expected.
Carol Luheath, Chicago, Ill.
In the Aug. 8 issue of our e-newsletter, we reported on a ranking of America’s quirkiest lodgings. Have you ever stayed at a quirky hotel? Two readers tell us about their experiences.
Most of the European lodgings I’ve stayed in have been relatively quirky, if only because of cultural differences. I enjoy experiencing differences in cuisine, subtle service nuances not found in America and the little — mostly charming — surprises that await when staying overseas.
Emily Nowski, Miami, Fla.
In college, during a last-minute visit to the Florida Everglades, my friend and I stumbled upon the Everglades International Hostel. It is magical, tucked away from the main road. We were pleased by the privacy of the rooms and the sense of community in common areas. Guests wrote their names on food items in the kitchen or left notes inviting others to share — it felt like we hadn’t left college! Our favorite part was the large back yard. It featured a curiosity garden, a hammock and a fire pit. We took advantage of the outdoor shower, completely enclosed except for a small roof opening. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
George Prince, Bronx, N.Y.
GT Tested Suggestion
I really enjoy the GT hotel reviews. I think your checklists are helpful and unique. I would like to see you add “water pressure” to the list. A good shower can make or break a hotel for me.
Jon Ninnegot, via email.
Thanks for the suggestion, Jon. We are revamping our hotel and airline checklists. Check back for the refreshed lists in an upcoming issue. – Editor
In eFlyer USA‘s, Aug. 22 edition, we asked readers to send us travel nightmare stories. Read on to share in the horror.
One travel nightmare that sticks in my mind happened before the age of smartphones or cellphones. While summer vacationing in Margate City, N.J., I separated from my group on the beach on the night of July 4th. I couldn’t find anyone I recognized anywhere and panicked while attempting to navigate the crowds. Eventually I reconnected with the group, but the hours spent wandering the beach alone makes me celebrate the privilege of having a cellphone nowadays.
Leona Mortimer, Dover, Del.
A few years back, my teenage daughter accompanied me on a business trip to Switzerland. She was excited to experience the country for the first time. In my rush to prepare for meetings during our flight, I failed to notice she didn’t touch her in-flight meal. At baggage claim, she complained of feeling warm, as she wore several layers in preparation for the winter weather. Before I could tell her to take off her coat, she fainted. An airport employee rushed to my side and called for a medic as my daughter opened her eyes. She was fine, though slightly embarrassed. I was incredibly thankful it wasn’t a more serious situation. We both remember starting our trip to Switzerland with a scare!
Mary Butler, Allentown, Pa.
August Cover Battle
In August, we were torn between two covers from our photo shoot at Karamoor Estate vineyard in Fort Washington, Pa. The covers commemorated our annual Wines on the Wing airline wine survey. We asked for your opinions — did we make the right choice, or should we have gone with our alternate cover? One reader shares.
I absolutely agree with your choice for the August cover. On the cover, the model looks natural and at ease. The alternate cover, with the model seated on the wine barrel, just did not look as relaxed.
Lindsay Shane, Montréal, Québec
Airport Security Pet Peeves
An Aug. 29 report in our e-newsletter informed us passengers will not be able to keep their shoes on through airport security due to failed tests of new machinery. For many, this remains a travel peeve. What’s yours? Two readers share.
Water bottles — why can’t they ask you to drink a few swallows to show it’s really water? Even if you buy the water after security, additional security as you board the plane takes it away again. And they won’t let you dump the water and keep the bottle. I buy small plastic water bottles because the ones they sell at airports are too big and take up too much room in my bag — excessive!
William Couser, via email
My personal choice would be the dismantlement of TSA and the Department of Homeland Security, which would save the country billions along with the frustrating inconvenience imposed on airline travelers. The idea of spending millions testing new equipment (to no avail) that would adequately examine shoes without passengers having to take them off speaks for itself. I regularly count 14 or 15 TSA employees at every major airport security checkpoint whose interpretation of regulations changes frequently. Security is inconsistent from one airport to another. We can thank Richard Reid, the shoe terrorist, for the implementation of the shoes-off rule. Now it seems if you are old enough or young enough, shoes off and in the bin doesn’t apply to you. Don’t terrorists get old? Perhaps few would agree with me.
Jim Kerr, Raleigh, N.C.
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The Hotel AMERON Zurich Bellerive au Lac, forged from the collaborative efforts of interior design firm Monoplan AG and other cutting-edge design firms, bills itself as a celebration of the 1920s and ‘30s aesthetic. The story behind it is compelling as the building dates to 1928 and has connections with the early days of Switzerland's movie industry. However, there are several fun Mid-Century Modern and late 20th-century design touches in the public and private areas. Clearly, it's going for the "modern luxury" vibe Millennial and Gen-X business and leisure travelers look for when seeking a quality smaller property with a great location.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
InterContinental New York Barclay is the perfect spot for luxury in the heart of Manhattan. With the 1946 Package, enjoy a two-night stay in the Penthouse Suite, an exclusive InterContinental75 cocktail lesson with a mixologist, 75-minute couples massage with Zeel, a movie screening on the Penthouse Suite terrace with classic films from the year of InterContinental’s birth with a premium 1946 vintage wine to enjoy.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
Kennebunkport Resort Collection created its inaugural Hotel Week offering irresistible savings. Nov. 12–21, five hotels will offer promotional room rates, as low as $99; special dining offers; and unique classes, such as oyster shucking and more. Daily resort fees are waived, resulting in up to 50 percent off the standard daily rate.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Ayutthaya, Thailand, with us.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
Las Vegas reinvents itself once again to remain one of the world’s top entertainment capitals. The Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp., in collaboration with Las Vegas Sands Corp., is elevating sensory experiences to build the world’s largest dome and LED screens that will reshape the entertainment industry.