Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 124
Need to Know
ASK THE ADVISORS
CAN YOU RECOMMEND A LAST-MINUTE
Three ways to make
your travels matter.
my travel mantra is "stop
and sop." Sop up the culture and
experience, immersing yourself.
TAKE THE KIDS
Want to raise your children to
change the world? I took my
eldest daughter through Bogotá,
Medellín, and Cartagena when
she was 14. I'm taking my younger
daughter to the Amazon next
spring when she's 12 so she can
see the "lungs of the planet." These
experiences help form them.
Greenwashing [making misleading claims regarding the environmental practices of a company]
is a real thing. My company asks
tour partners for proof. Are they
investing in companies with the
best practices? Can they provide
concrete examples? Lindblad
Expeditions, Big Five Tours &
Expeditions, and Natural Habitat
Adventures do things right.
- Sheila Gallant-Halloran, Virtuoso
travel advisor, Ottawa
"This is a great time for families
to tour favorite European cities:
Hotel rates are generally 30
percent lower than in the summer. In London, The Goring is
a quintessentially British stay,
while Le Bristol in Paris has the
best indoor pool and great views.
I also love the Grand Canyon -
the weather is perfect in the
spring. Call Amangiri your home
and you'll never want to leave
this beautiful part of America."
- Shawna Owen, Chicago
for spring break.
"Many spring breaks fall over
Easter this year; as Peru is predominantly a Catholic country, with numerous parades and cultural
events, it's the perfect festive destination. Plus, Peru is always great
for families who love active travel mixed with history and adventure -
and the hiking in Machu Picchu is lovely and green this time of year.
Some of my favorite properties include Sumaq Machu Picchu, Titilaka
at Lake Titicaca, and, in the Sacred Valley, Sol y Luna and Belmond
Hotel Rio Sagrado." - Kay Merrill, Larkspur, California
"In the U.S., I adore The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Arizona for
great hiking, cool national parks, and day trips. The Park Hyatt Aviara
near San Diego offers great deals for families - you can do the beach
and surfing, plus SeaWorld and the famous San Diego Zoo. For skiing,
the Four Seasons Resort at Whistler has great pricing and availability; combine it with Vancouver for a great family holiday." - Robert
Merlin, Saint Louis, Missouri
"Pack jewelry in a
jewelry roll. I like
one from Wolf that
has lots of zippered
pockets and a soft
strip that snaps
in place for rings.
Keep pieces separate so they don't
scratch one another
in transit - if there
aren't enough pockets, put each piece
in its own small
plastic bag. Always
clasped so they're
- Lisa Bridge Berenstein,
president and COO,
Ben Bridge Jeweler
(see story on page 86)
IF YOU'RE GOING TO ...
MUMBAI ("Made in Mumbai,"
page 64): Read The Unexpected
Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
by Vaseem Khan, an airplane-read
detective novel set in Mumbai,
with an elephant sidekick.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
ROME ("When In Rome," page
102): Read Four Seasons in Rome.
Anthony Doerr's humor and his
astute observations on the dying
Pope John Paul II, locals, and piazzas make the city come alive.
TOKYO ("Noodle on This,"
page 110): Watch the world's
greatest sushi chef do
his magic in a ten-seat
Tokyo restaurant in
Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
TRAVEL AND TOURISM CONTRIBUTED
TO THE GLOBAL
ECONOMY IN 2017,
(GRAND CANYON) GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO
Instead of "fly and flop,"