Pack Your Bags
We’ve all got those superwoman friends who leave us scratching our heads, wondering: “How does she do it?” There’s the mom who despite her four kids, full-time job and three-time-a-week gym schedule, still manages to run the church bake sale and read to the blind; the nester whose home is so perfectly appointed that Martha herself would probably ask for a tip or two; the fashionista who doesn’t ever look like she just rolled out of bed—even when she has.
Then there is Suzanne, my intrepid traveling friend who seems to spend more time on a plane than in her office (and no, she’s not a travel writer).
I’m not exactly sure how she swings it, but finding Suzanne in her hometown of Brooklyn is about as easy as finding a parking space on the Avenue the week before Christmas. And I’m not talking weekend trips to Newport. She is diving remote reefs in Hawaii, exploring villages in India, traversing the streets of Singapore. She is a true explorer of places and experiences. Over the years she has inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things (a weeklong trapeze class out in the wilderness, for one).
I mention all of this because exploring is what this, our annual travel issue, is all about.
And our travel writer Kim-Marie Evans certainly knows how to explore. Her e-mails are usually prefaced with the fact that she is either boarding a flight or has just landed in an exotic locale. In “Next Stop, Paradise” (page 60) she introduces us to ten truly extraordinary destinations around the world. Yes, these hotels and resorts are the ultimate in luxe travel, but they offer so much more than white-glove service. They offer the chance to open your eyes and hearts to new experiences, whether it’s going to the end of the earth (literally) or finding an ultra private enclave right in the center of Manhattan. She also talks to Greenwich locals who have visited these spots and gets the inside scoop on what to be sure not to miss.
As Mark Twain famously wrote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
We’ll see you on the other side.