For people like me (and you) — aviation junkies — this is the most anticipated issue of the year! Looking through fantastic images of business and first class cabins is like a trip to the candy store.
Having spent nearly every summer on the beach in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, over the last 15 years, I’m proud to see the destination covered from the aviation perspective. It reminds me to take some time to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial next time I am there. Interesting fact: The memorial is actually in Kill Devil Hills, the next town south from Kitty Hawk. When the Wright brothers informed the world of their first flight, the communication went out via telegraph from the Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station. There was no town called Kill Devil Hills in 1903; the town was established much later, in the 1950s.
If you do make the trip to Kitty Hawk to see the memorial and the museum, make sure you take some time to enjoy Kitty Hawk’s beaches, which remain dog-friendly. For dinner, stop in at Ocean Boulevard Bistro; it boggles the mind. From the Wright brothers’ first heavier-than-air flight (balloons are lighter than air) to the Boeing 707, 747 and Dreamliner and the recent return of the Airbus A380 to many airlines, human flight has been a fast-paced adventure.
What can you compare to flying in a bed and being served the best cuisine and wines? That offers me a nice segue …
In 2024 Global Traveler will restart the Wines on the Wing premium-class wine survey, which we put on hold during the pandemic. Carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines and others anticipate the annual judging by the best, most qualified wine experts on Earth.
Join me in raising a glass to the Aviation Issue!
Francis X. Gallagher
Publisher and CEO
Red Savannah launched a new series called In the Footsteps of…, which debuts itineraries of well-known figures, the first being Coco Chanel. As Chanel No. 5 celebrates its 102nd anniversary this year, the travel company invites fashion lovers, history enthusiasts and admirers of Coco Chanel to experience the new itinerary, In the Footsteps of Coco Chanel. The experience allows travelers to step into the remarkable life of one of most iconic figures in the fashion world.
Mazatlán, Mexico, has long been an attractive home destination for Canadian and American retirees, but, in recent years, young, digital nomads have also discovered the charms of this coastal city, finding inexpensive accommodations, beautiful weather and plenty of bandwidth for working remotely. The laid-back beach scene definitely eases the transition of relocating to Mexico’s West Coast.
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.
Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.
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.
Rocco Forte Hotels all over Europe welcome travelers to celebrate the holidays in luxury.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
Next summer, Denver, Colorado, becomes home to the country’s first carbon-positive hotel. The 13-story Populus features 265 modern guestrooms, a ground-floor restaurant, café, flexible meeting spaces, and signature rooftop restaurant and bar. Architecture is designed by Studio Gang, with interiors envisioned by Wildman Chalmers Design.