I attended a hip, happening cocktail party in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, last month, and the subject of travel came up with just about every person I spoke with. Of course, they all wanted to know the top destinations I visited and wanted to share stories of their journeys to Rome, Russia, Sweden, Panama, Japan, Fiji and many other locations. I am often asked my favorite destination, and I reply, “The next place I go.” Honestly, I seldom dislike a destination; I think we can all find areas of interest in nearly every place.
This is what sets Global Traveler apart from other publications: We truly have readers who embrace travel and make it part of their total lives. They discuss travel when they can, decorate their homes with masks from Borneo and other artifacts from their global jaunts and look forward to their next trip — whether it is near or far. Every issue of GT can inspire you to find your next destination or help you relive one from the past.
We are gearing up for the end of a year in which Global Traveler saw many improvements in the products you regularly use. The redesign of the print magazine has been a great success and portrays our goal to reach the business/luxury traveler. The website will be undergoing great changes in coming months and will be much more user-friendly, with original articles and daily content.
Our next issue will feature the results of Global Traveler’s annual reader survey and the Airline and Hotel of the Year selections. This is a much-read and anticipated issue; the survey is your opportunity to rate the industry’s products and services — and the companies do listen to your comments.
Until next month, enjoy the next great place Global Traveler takes you — near or far — and recall your best trips!
Francis X. Gallagher, Publisher/CEO
Did the new film Oppenheimer rouse your interest in the nefarious world of international espionage? You can go straight to the real-life setting for covert actions this November (Nov. 10–12), when La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe hosts a specially themed “Spies, Lies and Nukes” weekend. The hotel actually served as the retreat location for Manhattan Project scientists, who stayed at La Fonda on the Plaza to take a break from the stress of their work. During the weekend, the property’s La Fiesta Lounge will make a tasty nod to those days by serving up a special Atomic Martini.
Don’t risk losing all the money you’ve spent if you must cancel your trip at the last minute. Allianz Travel Insurance can give you:
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.
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:
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.
There are two Hollywoods: A catch-all name for the American entertainment industry and the physical place where it was born. The latter continues to draw tourists with the original Walk of Fame; historic hotels, movie and live production theaters; and a full spectrum of pop cultural phenomena.
Whether you call secondhand fashion treasure troves “thrift stores,” “fripperies,” “charity shops,” “vintage boutiques” or something else, shifting the paradigm from “old clothes” to “new finds,” you may find the best, most conversation-starting souvenirs inside these shops and neighborhoods located in the world’s most fashionable cities and a few unexpected places.
While the 372-passenger Viking Polaris expedition ship, launched in September 2022, falls midway in size between Viking Cruises’ intimate river cruise ships and large-scale ocean ships, it is operated with the same attention to detail and personalized service.