Conde Nast Traveler October 2020

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United States
Conde Nast US
8 期号


the editor’s letter

I was based in London during lockdown. And when it was lifted, my family and I traveled to Greece, to an island where my husband has been going since he was a boy. It’s basic here; there’s barely any hot water, certainly no air-conditioning. By day the cicadas hammer out their battery-gun drawl; at night dogs bark in the village. We wondered endlessly about how ethical it was to come at all. The Greeks have had few cases of COVID-19, and there is something distinctly unsettling about posing a threat in human form. At night I lay in bed and wondered about my place in the world, my ability to tread upon it with good conscience. The island itself, however, feels the same. It’s a place Greeks go; outsiders have always…

introducing the new standard

Last spring we all knew right away that travel would be changing, not for a few months or a year or two, but permanently. Now that we’ve been living with COVID-19 for a while, the shape of that transformation is coming into focus. Travelers’ desires and expectations have shifted, and hotels, airlines, cruise companies, and destinations have all shifted how they operate in response. And while there will surely be more shifting once there is a vaccine and a nationwide recovery, we have seen five key principles come into focus, demanded by travelers and fulfilled by the best travel providers. As a group, we are calling them the New Standard: 1. Health & Safety. Travel providers must be following all current best practices for protecting consumers from sickness or any other…

trust factor

In this new world, where a border can close just as suddenly as it was reopened, a travel fixer’s nimble skill set is especially essential. In the early months of the pandemic, Alice Daunt of Daunt Travel leveraged a longstanding relationship with an Indian Ocean resort to hold—not book—rooms for clients of hers, a family that was wary of putting money down too far in advance of their Christmas vacation; now they can reassess in October. “Because of our relationships with suppliers, we’ve been able to push for more flexibility for future bookings,” says Ashley Gerrand, a safari expert with Go2Africa. For those whose trips have been bumped a year, the agency has succeeded in getting suppliers to honor 2020 rates and to allow clients to make changes at little…

the trailblazer

If it weren’t for all the masked faces on the streets, you could forget that there’s a global pandemic here in Singapore. Life post-lockdown isn’t so different from life pre-lockdown, aside from mandatory digital check-ins everywhere you go, temperature scans, and the growing number of robots dutifully scrubbing the (already!) sparkling floors of the malls. But of course this is Singapore, a country that is famously prepared, with plans for everything from disease outbreaks to its citizens’ fitness, so you know there is more going on than meets the eye. In fact, while actual travel has come to a virtual standstill over the past few months, in this wealthy Southeast Asian city-state a kind of time travel has been quietly taking place behind the scenes—one that will transport globetrotters into the…

straight up

This has been a year of firsts for everyone, including the airline industry. For the first time ever it held its middle seats open, required passengers to wear masks on board, and gave fliers two years to rebook canceled flights. And the first carrier to enact most of these measures was Delta—but maybe more importantly, it was also the first to tell customers what it was doing. Th company’s relative success during this time owes a lot to its open communication, right down to its sneak peeks of the new cleaning technology it was developing. Rival carriers followed Delta’s lead, but not all have been as transparent or consistent about implementing changes. Some implied that middle seats would be blocked, then filled planes to capacity anyway, to the alarm of nervous…

all in this together

Walla Walla, the city and county in southeast Washington, is known for its namesake sweet onions, its apples, and its thriving vineyards, but above all it is famous for its friendliness. “We’re a town so nice they named us twice,” jokes Visit Walla Walla board member Tabitha Crenshaw. So in May, when the area began thinking about reopening to visitors, it sought a way to signal how seriously it was taking health and safety while also staying true to its ethos. These twin goals manifested in Walla Walla’s Peace of Mind Pledge, a straightforward oath voluntarily adopted by many of the local hotels, restaurants, wineries and breweries, and tour operators, and communicated at the grassroots level: Businesses announce their participation by placing a poster or placard in a window or elsewhere.…