Q&A WITH TRACEY CULLEN, ART DIRECTOR
In our August issue, our art director, Tracey Cullen, mentioned her love of seeking new wineries wherever she travels, including a bucket list filled with wine- tasting locales. This inspired the question: What is your favorite wine destination? Did our Food & Wine Issue give you any ideas for where you’d like to go wine tasting?
Wine tasting is becoming my new favorite reason to travel. My friends and I took an impromptu weekend trip to Napa Valley a few years ago, and we swore we would make it a regular thing. Now we try new wineries or revisit our favorites every chance we have to get together.
SHEILA WELLARD, via email
My wife and I go to the Finger Lakes in New York every summer to meet up with friends and explore the various wine trails. We’ve been going for 12 years.
JACKSON REED, via email
SEEKING SUPPORT FOR SUPPORT ANIMALS
In the July 30 issue of eFlyer USA, we reported on an emotional support dog biting an Envoy Air flight attendant, causing airlines to revise animal policies, spurring readers to write in:
You need to double-check your details. Doctors never stitch wounds from dog bites — I have several friends who have been bitten, and the wound needs to heal in the open. Sorry to hear about this accident. Dog bites are extremely painful and — honestly! — where was the passenger?
DIANE HERRMANN, Irvine, California
I do not believe emotional support animals should be allowed in the cabin. They belong in a properly maintained cargo hold. Too many of these animals are merely favorite pets considered too “nice” to be put into a cage and are not well-trained — or not trained at all — as are true service animals. Many people have animal allergies or fears of cats or dogs that can be as debilitating as not being with an emotional support animal for a brief period of time.
WILLIAM HARNED, Mason, Ohio
I fly almost every week and have encountered a number of emotional support animals in my travels. I have also traveled with true service animals. You never even know a service animal is on board. They are well-trained and are truly needed for their owner to live each day.
The emotional support animals I have seen have been poorly trained or not trained at all. I have experienced a dog barking for the entire flight, and my son was on a plane where a support animal had a large bowel movement in the center aisle, fouling the air for the entire plane. These actions prove these animals are not trained for any purpose. Airlines have always allowed certain animals to fly in pet containers but with a fee. In fact, my daughter flies with her small dog in a travel crate and pays the fee.
I wonder about people allergic to animal dander. What are they supposed to do when there is an animal on the flight? No one seems to address that issue. My grandson is allergic to cat dander and dog hair; my son and his wife carry an EpiPen when they fly with him. No one should be in a position to suffer a miserable allergy attack because someone wants to bring a pet along.
If, in fact, an animal is an emotional support animal, I do not understand why it cannot travel in a crate. If it is too large for a crate, perhaps the owners should consider driving to their destination. Or the owner could purchase the entire row of seats so they can restrain the animal next to the wall.
If someone must have an emotional support animal because of the fear of flying, maybe they should talk to their doctor about a prescription for an anxiety medication. Having these animals unrestrained puts everyone at risk, and often it seems the owner simply wants to avoid the fee or bring an animal too large to fly.
It’s time the airlines and the government stood up for the rights of the majority instead of the few who just want to avoid the fees.
VICKI SHARP, via email
My first preference is to ban all animals from the airplane cabin. If that is impossible due to legislation, then more precise regulations need to be implemented to ensure legitimate service/emotional support animals are allowed, requiring verification/documentation by a physician/ psychiatrist instead of accepting the word of the passenger. Standards presently are uneven and inconsistent from airline to airline. Regulatory standards need to be established on the federal level.
JOHN NISHIMOTO, via email
GO GREEN OR GO HOME
In our Aug. 6 issue of eFlyer USA, we reported on InterContinental Hotels Group’s decision to end miniature toiletries as part of the brand’s sustainability efforts. A few readers wrote in with thoughts:
I think it’s fantastic InterContinental Hotels Group is going to larger bulk items for toiletries. It’s such a waste to get one use out of a tiny bottle of shampoo and then throw it away. Hooray for IHG!
PATTI CAVLOVIC, via email
Regarding InterContinental switching to bulk amenities: Do the hotel maids sanitize the “spout” of these after each customer checks out? I don’t like using something after someone touched it to clean their body due to bacteria and illnesses.
PHYLLIS DOBBS, via email
IHG’s new policy regarding the mini- toiletries is a disaster, and I will avoid IHG hotels in the future.
First of all, I collect these small souvenirs to bring home. Friends and family admire my huge collection and consider me a true globetrotter. Secondly, no hotel should tell me how to live my life. I am a responsible person in all aspects, including when I travel. I don’t need any hotel’s patronage, and I use one single towel throughout my stay (as I would at home). Finally, the hotels could give the partially used mini-bottles to charity, as some hotels used to do.
In Scandinavia, where I live, Scandic Hotels introduced soap dispensers years ago. I never stay in Scandic hotels anymore.
Professionally, I intend to agitate against IHG’s new policy.
ANDERS NIELSEN, via email.
Q&A WITH BILL LODZINSKI, DIRECTOR OF SALES
Although English is the international language, I found through my travels around the world that language barriers can still be challenging and daunting. Over the years, I have collected countless language phrase books for many of the countries I have visited. In my experiences, their effectiveness has been hit or miss.
How have you overcome language barriers in your world travels? Email us: [email protected]
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ON A BEAUTIFUL NEW YORK CITY EVENING, the team at FXExpress Publications, Inc., encompassing Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com, took in the sweeping views on offer at City Vineyard at Pier 26 to celebrate the Wherever Awards, the awards for the best in family travel as deemed by the readers of whereverfamily.com.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.