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Editor's note

When I look back on my travels, there are trips that still make me smile.

I remember that Thanksgiving in St. Petersburg to relax with dear friends.

That perfect weekend boating along the evergreen-cloaked coastline of the Pacific Northwest to catch a rare glimpse of orca whales on the San Juan Islands.

That scuba diving trip to Mexico.

Well, let’s just say that’s a story for another day.

One of the most memorable, though, was a 12-hour road trip I took with my dad from New Jersey to Detroit.

Between us, it couldn’t have come at a worse time: There were financial meetings at work, a never-ending home renovation and more work-related projects than I could keep up with.

In the end, it couldn’t have been more memorable.

There was the inside joke Dad told that had me laughing all the way from Harrisburg, Pa., to a rest stop in Ohio. On an unusually chilly night, we stood on our feet at Comerica Park in Detroit as Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

The boat ride to Mackinac Island provided its own drama – so did the hunt to try to find a pair of socks for dad. Who knew temperatures in August would fall into the 40s? Months later, we still laugh when we tell the story of Gene – our cranky tour guide on a carriage ride through Mackinac’s lush maples, birches, elms and cedars.

There were also the touching moments that come during barbecues in which you reconnect with family members you haven’t seen in years.

Given the indelible mark our journeys leave on our lives, it’s no wonder Facebook reports that travel continues to be one of the most updated life events – right after relationship updates.

So what better topic to offer as a bonus to our subscribers?

Inside today’s newspaper, you’ll find a glossy, 102-page travel magazine that will inspire the traveler in all of us.

Take a journey along the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Drink up the good life in Napa Valley – a special place where wine is king. Travel to Hawaii, the land of surf, sun and, yes, snow.

Spend two nights at Frank Lloyd Wright’s cabin in the Wisconsin woods. Enjoy the ivy-covered houses and candlelit restaurants of Greenwich Village. Dip into Iceland – and see just how warm it can be. Eat your way through Dubai. Feel the magic of Kenya’s Loisaba Conservancy. Marvel at the amazing vistas of Utah and Colorado.

Of course, some of the best journeys take place close to home, so we’ll shine a spotlight on some special weekend getaways.

While you’re exploring the magazine, take our 16-question quiz to find out how much you know about the world. And don’t forget to enter a chance to win a dream vacation to Hawaii. (

Above all else, enjoy your journeys – whether it’s a road trip with a family member, or a voyage across the globe or that perfect one-tank trip from Atlanta.

Mark Waligore
Managing Editor