So many things we take for granted today weren’t even part of our daily lives as recently as a decade ago. That notion struck me as I was reading Diana Rowe’s article about cellphones. The tiny computers — and let’s face it, they are computers, certainly more powerful than the room-sized mammoths of the mid-20th century — we call smartphones allow us to make phone calls, check email, text messages, find step-by-step directions, listen to our favorite music. We can source apps for language translation, currency conversion, flight schedules and weather information. We can find a restaurant and make dinner reservations, check in for a flight or into a hotel. Even in the world’s most remote locations, smartphones make it possible to play games, take pictures and record videos.
I can take a photo of the peonies in my backyard and post it on Facebook for a friend in France to see. If I want to reminisce about the day we spent strolling through the flower market in Aix, I can ring her via Facetime and we can take a virtual stroll through the same market.
From Riyadh to Warsaw, world-class golf to top-notch spas, family travel to business meetings, our well-traveled journalists describe the sights, sounds and experiences of discovering destinations around the globe. We’d love to hear about your adventures. Wherever you are in the world, pull out your smartphone and take a quick pic. Send it to me via email (lisa.m[email protected]). The next time you open an issue of Global Traveler or sign on to our website (globaltravelerusa.com), you may see a photo of yourself staring right back at you.
This is a love story involving a frequent traveler, a swanky business-class lounge, Polaris seat 7A and palate-tempting libations.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
This month head west — at least as far as California, where the second annual Crush It Harvest Festival will be held on the West Pavilion Lawn at The Estate Yountville. The festival is held on Oct. 7, beginning that morning and ending when the sun dips below the valley’s horizon.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts recently revealed plans to launch a new short-term home rental platform called Homes & Hideaways by World of Hyatt. This new platform will offer World of Hyatt members direct booking access to a curated selection of short-term private homes across the United States.
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Ever want handcrafted martinis and freshly shucked oysters delivered straight to your room? The Read House’s New Martinis & Pearls service has you covered. Shining in 1920s-themed decor, the historic hotel in the heart of Chattanooga offers a true Gatsby-esque experience, now further elevated with this upscale amenity. Guests can now indulge in their perfectly chilled martini, made to order, and “pearls” (oysters) in the comfort of their room.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
If your idea of fun in New York City is to get the adrenaline flowing and your heart racing rather than engage in more relaxed pursuits like shopping, seeing Broadway shows and visiting museums, here are four activities that are anything but low-key: