As I prepare for my annual visit to Seoul, Taipei and Hong Kong, I am looking forward to flying China Airlines’ new business class and meeting with the chairman of the airline, Mr. Huang-Hsiang Sun. Mr. Sun attended Global Traveler’s GT Tested Awards gala last year at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, taking home a well-deserved award voted on by you, the readers.
In the summer, I played Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The course is on land formerly owned by famed automobile manufacturer John DeLorean, and has been painstakingly restored into a top destination for any golfer. I played thanks to Chase Inside Access, offered to me as a United MileagePlus Club Card by Chase cardholder. This valuable benefit enables cardmembers to attend A-plus events, dinners and attractions that might otherwise be difficult to attend.
We are excited about the launch of TrazeeTravel.com, a website written for and developed by the millennial generation for the new über travelers. It’s exciting to see the site come together and grow. Check it out and look at the website’s social media platforms. The new generation of travelers will vote for the Trazees — awards for the best in travel. We look forward to comparing the GT Tested Awards and the Trazees to see how different generations think and travel.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts another harsh winter, so think warm as you plan your winter vacation. Last year even the South was hit with a severe ice storm, crippling Atlanta and parts of Florida. Best to find a place far enough away to avoid the cold — people say the almanac is 80 percent right.
Aviation is in my blood, as I was reminded at my mother’s 92nd birthday party in August. My father was a commander in the U.S. Navy during World War II and continued long after in the Naval Reserves. As a “weekend warrior,” he piloted his U.S. Navy LTA (lighter-than-air) blimp from Lakehurst, N.J., where the ill-fated Hindenburg (a zeppelin, not a blimp) met its demise. Jack Gallagher flew his airship over the houses of family and friends in Delaware County, Pa., making a run through Drexel Hill and returning back to the hangar. “There goes Jack in his blimp,” everyone would say; not sure if the Navy knew it was his!
There is nothing like flying and getting out of your comfort zone. I was reminded of who I am when I took a quiz on TrazeeTravel.com. Turns out I am an adventurer and a jetsetter — go figure.
Qatar Airways is expanding this year, adding eight new destinations to its network. The list includes:
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Hotel Indigo recently launched its Clues to the Neighborhood initiative, a fun way for travelers to discover experiences in property neighborhoods. Clues to the Neighborhood uses curated artifacts to artfully present travelers with a new look at a locale, with the hope of leading them to local museums, shops, music venues, restaurants and bars.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Travelers in Las Vegas can enjoy a new dining concept at Wynn Las Vegas starting March 19. A new restaurant, Elio, will debut, offering an energetic environment and thoughtful menu items reflecting Mexico’s rich culinary traditions. Small plates focus on seafood and produce, while entrees are shareable. A lounge offers agave-based spirits.
ForwardKeys.com found an increase of 4.5 percent in 2019 was significantly slower than the 6 percent growth in 2018 and the average over the last decade of 6.8 percent per year. The increase last year was less than expected, but projections for quarter one of 2020 is more optimistic. Bookings are expected to grow 8.3 percent when compared to the same period in 2019.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Château Élan Winery & Resort reopened in Braselton, Georgia, following a $25 million comprehensive renovation. The first major refurbishment since the resort’s inception in the mid-1980s pays homage to the estate's 16th-century charm, while taking the property into the future. Now, the resort offers 251 brand-new guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage venues, an immersive spa, pool terrace and new lobby. The winery likewise received a facelift.