vl-march-200Spring is in the air, and we’re betting that you’re ready for a change in seasons – and probably a change of scenery, too. Let’s face it: In March, the beach beckons. It’s time to get away, and the March 2014 issue of Virtuoso Life bids farewell to winter from cover to cover.

That cover art? It’s actually a commissioned hand-made paper design, crafted by Russian-born artist Yulia Brodskaya. The Technicolor, 3-D collage is Brodskaya’s modern take on the centuries-old art of quilling, or filigree, rolling thin strips of paper into various shapes – including our Virtuoso Life logo – using simple but time-consuming techniques to twirl each piece into place.

It’s all about warm weather here. We’ve all had enough of the last few months of winter’s crazy climes. These pages are dedicated to beaches, islands, and trips that call for bathing suits, sunscreen, and cold cocktails. Don’t miss the feature on our favorite beach towns around the world (page 66), with tips on where to eat, shop, stay, catch the sunset – or the best waves – and more. From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean to the Pacific, these spin-the-globe articles intentionally entice.elaine-march-blog

It’s Travel Dreams Survey time. Our forward-looking survey asks where you want to go next. It’s quick, easy, and will remind you of all the wonderful places you’ve yet to visit. It’s also fun – besides the virtual globe-trotting it indulges, it helps identify your travel personality. Are you a go-go-go type, or do you prefer to park it on the nearest chaise? Do you like to check off the latest and greatest, or would you rather stick with tried-and-true favorites?

Go to www.virtuoso.com now to take the survey and for a chance to win an exotic cruise for two from Bali to Bangkok with Crystal Cruises – including business class flights on Etihad Airways. Five other winners will receive $1,000 cash prizes.

After completing the survey, share your personality and dream destinations with the world on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. More important, share the results of your personal travel wish list with your travel advisor, who can map out a plan to get your favorites on your travel calendar.

The survey ends March 31, so log on soon – and good luck!

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Elaine Srnka
Editorial Director
esrnka@virtuoso.com