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 ([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.
With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The Sports Industry Awards returned with a bang last night as 200 guests packed the W Hotel Great Ball Room for the gala ceremony.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.