When you receive this issue, we may or may not have the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but we feel we are progressing toward re-opening with full force. Travelers can only stand so much confinement before they figure out a way to spread their wings.
Over the past nine months I connected often with our subscribers and travel clients. Many readers are planning trips for 2021 and are leapfrogging out of the COVID world and back to the real world. Our friends at GOWAY Travel report most of the trips planned for this year have been rescheduled for 2021, thus making Europe crowded and difficult to book.
In this issue I am proposing a trip to Portugal that was in the planning stages for 2020. Reality means this trip might not make the 2021 schedule due to all those postponed bookings. If this trip holds interest, please email me directly — see the details in the Golf article on page 32. If we see enough interest and availability for fall 2021, we might get lucky and secure this trip.
For now, please enjoy our North America Issue. I know from our conversations you have taken many domestic trips and road trips. Some of you have been creative and held face-to-face meetings (requiring a negative COVID test). I joined you — through many trips to North Carolina (driving) and to Florida (flying three times).
Our next issue will feature the results of all the FXExpress-branded awards. As I write this letter, I am looking forward to attending the Wines on the Wing survey and after-party. Your votes counted, even during these less-traveled days — who better to select the best of the best than you?
Thanks for reading, and keep traveling!
Less than five years ago the world’s first hybrid cruise ship, Hurtigruten Expeditions’ MS Roald Amundsen, set sail for Antarctica in November 2019 with 450 passengers. The battery-hybrid-powered ship, named for the first man to cross the continent and reach the South Pole, was built specifically for voyages in polar waters. Its battery-hybrid power reduces the ship’s consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent compared to equally sized ships.
The Islands of Tahiti are among the most beautiful and sought-after vacation destinations in the world. The endless images of overwater bungalows with Bora Bora’s majestic peak towering over waters of every shade of blue have an intrinsic pull. But with 118 islands and atolls to explore, there is so much more to this spectacular region of the Pacific.
A few months ago, I flew Polaris business class on a United flight from Dulles (IAD) to Paris (CDG). It was only when I got to my hotel in Paris I realized that I didn’t have my iPad or its bag or accessories. Since I had been working on it in the restaurant in the Polaris lounge and then went directly to the gate, I knew I either left it propped up on my table when I packed up or in my business-class seat. But what was the best method to alert the airline about my careless mishap and (hopefully) retrieve it? With spotty data and WiFi, searching for information on my phone was frustrating and slow. Here’s what I learned from the anxiety-inducing experience (and unexpected ending) about what to do if you leave something behind on your flight:
Solmar Hotels & Resorts introduces Grand Solmar Pacific Dunes, previously known as Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The hotel renewed its name and image to highlight the property’s natural attributes while maintaining the quality of its services and experiences.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
Specializing in bespoke adventures in some truly spectacular locations, Up Norway proves sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. Ideal for families and small groups, the newly launched Coastal, Rural and Urban Norway Journey takes travelers on an immersive, eight-day expedition embracing the concept of slow travel.
If fabulous food and beverages are a must-have for any weekend getaway, then look no further than the City of Brotherly Love. Whether your palate has a penchant for vibrant Latin American fare or cozy French cuisine, whether you're an oenophile looking to swirl, sniff and sip your way around the globe or you’d rather sample farm-to-glass cocktails, Philly’s got it all this fall. (With the exception of Bolo, which is a short taxi or Uber ride away and definitely worth the trip, the rest of these spots are all within walking distance of each other.)
One affordable plan can protect an entire year of trips: business or pleasure, short or long, domestic or international.
From Santoríni to Dubai to New York, some hotels just have that “it” factor that draws visitors far and wide. For some hotels it’s their proximity to popular landmarks and attractions, for others it’s their amenities. But these hotels have something few can claim: a true room with a view.