Where Next?

So many places to go, so little time. But that’s the beauty of a new year – it’s a fresh calendar, and the months stretch out ahead with possibilities. There are family vacations to plan, upcoming milestones to celebrate, and new destinations to check off you must-visit list.

That list will get a little longer with this issue of Virtuoso Life. Maybe you’ll want to spend a week in London before – or during – the Olympics (page 96). Or set sail with your extended family on a Baltic cruise (page 104). Perhaps you’ll head outdoors for an adventure in Alaska (page 114), skiing in Whistler (page 124), or biking through France (page 130).

The world awaits, so we asked Virtuoso’s top travel advisors to tell us what’s hot for 2012 – the destination and trips they’re recommending clients book now, and why. (Find out on page 84).

And though we asked advisors for their opinions, we also want yours: Where do you want to go next? Tell us by taking our Travel Dreams Survey. It’s fast, fun, and will surely inspire you with a world of destination and experiences, from island escapes and romantic getaways to outdoor adventures and trips of a lifetime.

In fact, the grand prize is a trip of a lifetime itself; a 12-day, all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise for two on Crystal Cruises’ Serenity from Venice to Athens, in a penthouse suite (but of course). The grand prize also includes the perks of Voyager Club, an exclusive program available only through Virtuoso. Five other lucky entrants will each win $1,000 cash. The survey begins January 5 and ends March 31, so please go to www.virtuoso.com and take our survey for a chance to win*.

Whatever’s on the horizon for your year ahead, may it include more than a few new passport stamps. Happy Travels – and good luck with the survey.

* If outside of the U.S., sweepstakes does not apply. Non-U.S. residents are invited to take the survey at www.virtuoso.com/traveldreams.

Whet Your Appetite for Vacations

August 2010Inside the Virtuoso “Taste the World” travel catalog you’ll find an array of select culinary travel offerings from around the globe, ranging from fusion fare in Dubai to prime rib in Patagonia. You’ll also find Expert Tips along with editorials on must-try regional dishes and world-renowned chefs in the Virtuoso network.

View the digital version of the Taste the World Travel Catalog

Highlights include:

Exotic Epicureans – Dine in a classic steakhouse as you sail to Cambodia, sample Russian caviar while cruising the Volga River, and try Chinese with a twist in downtown Dubai.

Global Gourmand – Whether your tastes lean toward teriyaki, traditional Italian or Relais & Chateaux fare, you’ll always find the choicest tables with these luxury cruise lines.

The Sizzling South – Feast on empanadas in Panama, ceviche in coastal Peru, and Euro-Asian dishes in Mexico — or cook up your own favorites while traveling the Caribbean.

Old World vs New World – Will it be High Tea in London, or a festive luau in Hawaii? French fare in Paris, or black-tie gala in the Adirondacks? You make the call.

Virtuoso travel advisors have the personal connections to tailor any vacation to your individual gastronomic interests — be they meeting with local winemakers, taking private cooking classes, or finding the best tapas in town. For more information on finding a travel advisor who will put the power of Virtuoso to work for you, click here.