Drugs are one of the greatest enemies we face as a society. Each and every day, children and teenagers use and become addicted to illegal substances. According to the 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 19.9 percent of eighth-graders reported using drugs in their lifetime, a statistic that more than doubled for 12th-graders, to 46.7 percent. More than 5 percent of high school seniors reported daily, habitual use of marijuana.
Actor Terrence Howard is passionate about preventing drug misuse among today’s youth. As a result, Howard, star of Hustle & Flow, Crash and Iron Man, became involved with The Mentor Foundation in 2008.
“Drugs have become one of the most treacherous of all the hurdles placed before mankind,” said Howard. “The Mentor Foundation believes in a sense of personal responsibility. They demonstrate love by delivering our sons and daughters out of the hands of the debilitating effects of drug abuse. Mentor encourages us all to believe that we can overcome any obstacle and that we are all accountable to each other.”
Terrence Howard does his part, and now is your chance to do yours. Beginning March 1, Global Traveler will host an online charity auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting The Mentor Foundation. We all share the charity’s vision of “a world that provides opportunities for the healthy development of children and youth free from the harm caused by drug misuse.” Mentor’s work has been recognized worldwide, by notable organizations including the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization.
Picture the innocent face of a baby. Fast-forward 15 years and imagine that same face hardened by the effects of drug abuse. Help The Mentor Foundation while realizing your own travel dreams. On the following pages, you will find a list of all the prizes up for grabs this year. Log on to newgtsite.wpengine.com/auction for rules, bidding instructions and the most up-to-date list of items on auction. Bidding ends May 31.
In the words of Terrence Howard: “Lend a hand; the world-wide family is counting on you.”
1 Two round-trip economy-class tickets on Air Pacific
2 Two round-trip business-class tickets on Alitalia to Italy
3 Two-night stay in a deluxe king room at the Amalfi Hotel Chicago
4 Two round-trip business-class tickets on American Airlines
5 Two-night weekend stay in an Andaz deluxe king room at the Andaz Fifth Avenue
6 Three-night weekend stay in an Andaz deluxe room at the Andaz Wall Street
7 Two round-trip business-class tickets on Asiana Airlines from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle or Chicago
8 Two round-trip economy-class tickets on Avianca Airlines to Colombia
9 Four round-trip business-class tickets on British Airways to London
10 A Chopard Classic Collection watch
11 Three-night stay in deluxe accommodations at the Conrad Chicago
12 One-night Friday or Saturday stay in deluxe accommodations at the Conrad Chicago
13 Three-night stay in a deluxe room at the Conrad Hong Kong
14 One annual Delta Air Lines Delta Sky Club membership
15 Two round-trip economy-class tickets on EL AL from New York, Los Angeles or Toronto to Israel
16 Overnight accommodations in an Elysian executive suite at the Elysian Hotel Chicago with in-suite breakfast for two
17 Two round-trip business-class tickets on Emirates from New York, Houston, Los Angeles or San Francisco to Dubai
18 A Jacob & Co. Standard Collection watch
19 Two-night stay in an Essex king room at the Jumeirah Essex House New York
20 Three-night stay in deluxe accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis
21 Three-night stay in a grand guestroom at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego
22 Two-night stay in a king or double room at the Hotel 57 in New York City
23 Three-night stay in a Superior Harbourview room at the InterContinental Hong Kong
24 Two-night stay for two at the Hotel Saturnia in Venice sponsored by the Italian Government Tourist Board
25 Three-night stay in a double room at K+K Hotels in London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague or Bucharest
26 Two round-trip business-class tickets on LAN to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador
27 Two-night stay in deluxe balcony accommodations at Le Merigot in Santa Monica, Calif., including breakfast for two and parking
28 A London vacation package with accommodations provided by The Royal Horseguards, two round-trip Executive First tickets on Air Canada from Canada to London and sightseeing provided by Visit London and its partners
29 Three-night stay in a junior suite club room with club access at the Lotte Hotel Seoul
30 Two round-trip business-class tickets on Lufthansa from any of its U.S. gateways to any destination in Europe
31 Two round-trip economy-class tickets from Orlando to Amsterdam on Martinair
32 Two-night weekend stay in a luxury guestroom at the Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, including breakfast for two
33 Two-night stay in an Ocean Surf-view guestroom at the Montage Laguna Beach, including one 60-minute spa treatment
34 Two-night stay in an oceanview guestroom at the Montage Laguna Beach
35 Two round-trip Biz Seat business-class tickets on OpenSkies from Newark to Paris
36 An Orlando vacation package with round-trip economy-class flight on AirTran Airways and a three-night stay in a double deluxe room at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
37 Two-night weekend stay at Peninsula Beverly Hills
38 120,000 Priority Club Rewards points
39 Bid on the only A380 service up for grabs in the auction! Two round-trip premium-economy tickets on Qantas from New York/Los Angeles to Sydney
40 Three-night weekend stay in a king or double room at the Renaissance Times Square
41 Two-night stay in a deluxe guestroom at The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
42 One round-trip business-class ticket on Royal Jordanian from New York (JFK), Chicago, Detroit or Montréal to Amman, Jordan
43 Three-night stay in a Valley Wing deluxe room at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
44 Three-night stay on a club floor with breakfast at the Sheraton Rio Resort
45 Two round-trip business-class tickets on Singapore Airlines from New York (JFK) to Frankfurt
46 One-night stay for two at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
47 Two round-trip economy-class tickets on South African Airways from New York or Washington, D.C., to Johannesburg or Cape Town
48 Two round-trip business-class tickets on TAM Airlines from Miami, Orlando or New York to any Brazilian destination
49 Two round-trip executive-class tickets on TAP Portugal from Newark to Portugal
50 Two round-trip business-class tickets to Europe on United Airlines
51 Two round-trip economy-class tickets on Virgin America
52 Two round-trip premium-economy tickets on Virgin Atlantic from any of its U.S. gateways to London
53 Three-night stay at the Westin Dublin including full Irish breakfast
54 Three-night stay at Le Bourget Aero Suites in Bloomington, Minn.
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
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As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
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.