Bonjour! Welcome to our last issue of 2022 as I write to you from my cabin on Viking Fjorgyn as we sail on the Seine River on our way to Rouen in France’s Normandy region. The smooth sailing continues right into 2023 as we prepare for another year of delivering first-rate travel content to our readers through Global Traveler, globaltravelerusa.com, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com.
As always, our December issue is an exciting one, with the annual announcement of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards. On the following pages get to know the reader-voted winners in our 19th annual ranking as well as our hand-selected Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year winners and the second annual winners of our Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel honors. As we honor 2022’s most exceptional in travel, we also start the kick-off to next year’s major milestone: the 20th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards! Join us to celebrate the 2022 winners in this issue and on Dec. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton LA Live in Los Angeles and to help launch our countdown to 20.
As 2022 rolls into 2023, we’re working to bring you a new roster of exciting destinations in the new year as well as a new column on the latest and greatest in must-have products, debuting in our January/February issue next month. Some of the exciting content ahead for next year includes a look at airline startups, the best walks around the globe, scuba diving tours, Mediterranean cruising, touchless airports and so much more. Next year we’re also publishing two digital-only editions, available exclusively on our app, that come from our sister brands, whereverfamily.com, coming in May, and trazeetravel.com, next October.
But before I get too far ahead of myself, there’s much to unpack in this month’s issue. We hear from InterContinental Hotels Group, The Peninsula Chicago and London’s The Lanesborough, as well as learn about Metallica’s — yes, the band! — brand of whiskey. And we jet off to Tel Aviv; Berlin; the Maldives; İstanbul; Birmingham, Alabama; and Newport, Rhode Island. Plus, there’s so much more. Enjoy this issue, have a warm and wonderful holiday season, and Happy New Year from FXExpress Publications, Inc. I’ll see you in 2023!
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples:
Many small- and medium-sized businesses face time and budget constraints when organizing corporate hotel travel for employees. To address this problem, IHG® Business Edge emerged as a cost-free business travel solution for small- to medium-sized enterprises, offering travel managers exclusive access to enticing perks, handpicked educational resources and comprehensive company travel metrics. IHG Business Edge connects our loyal customers to our portfolio of 5,800 hotels and resorts across 18 brands in more than 100 countries.
Norway, a haven for visionary artists, architects and designers, showcases an exceptionally diverse array of cultural attractions. This year, the country commemorates exciting milestones and unveilings captivating enthusiasts of the arts, from iconic scenic routes to new museums to gallery openings. Up Norway features these new offerings in personalized itineraries catered to aesthetes.
As a peripatetic traveler, I am always trying to balance the pleasures of dining well with a life-long challenge to control my weight. It’s not always easy, because I consider tasting typical, authentic regional dishes among the highlights of most journeys, and those foods are rarely known for “healthful” rankings! So, I started staying at spas way back in the 1980s — before they were ubiquitous — because meals were assured to be pure, clean and wholesome.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
Flying to the paradise of Turks & Caicos has never been easier thanks to many new, non-stop flights across three airlines to the destination. Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all announced new flights, allowing travelers to visit this dreamy destination.
With the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, many of us still wrack our brains on what to buy friends and family this holiday season. For the traveler in your life, finding the perfect gift can go a long way. Here are some top-quality products sure to impress loved ones this season:
Are you looking to enhance your business trip with a little leisure? Look no further than Portugal, a country renowned for its captivating blend of history, culture and natural beauty. And with TAP Air Portugal, you can effortlessly transform your business trip into an unforgettable bleisure adventure. Discover why Portugal and TAP Air Portugal are the perfect combination for an enriching and rejuvenating experience.
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