june-elaine-chairTRAVEL DREAMS: Anyone with a passport has them. Whether we call it a bucket list, wish list, or 1,000 places to see before we die, we all keep a mental check list of where we want to go next.

And that’s what our Travel Dreams Survey is about. For the seventh year in a row, we asked you to tell us which destinations, cruise itineraries, and travel experiences top your list. From islands to cities, family vacations to romantic getaways, and the like, the results are a road map of inspiration.

june-cover-200x242 Nearly 8,000 of you took the survey, and you didn’t just tell us where you want to go; you also identified your travel personality. The survey listed five traveler types – the Trendsetter, the Classic Traveler, the Relaxationist, the Go-Getter, and the Connoisseur – and respondents selected the one that best described them. Studying the results, it’s fascinating – though not surprising – to see how where you want to go and what you want to do varies by personality. For example, island destinations and spa retreats rank high on the Relaxationists’ lists; gourmet pursuits emerge on the Connoisseurs’ lists. You’re all united in globe-trotting: Almost 98 percent of you plan to travel (or have traveled) at least once this year, and 95 percent hold a current passport – remarkable, considering that just over a third of U.S. residents have one (which is still a whopping number). Find the complete survey results on page 74.

Thanks to all of you who participated, and congratulations to our winners. Bill Emerson (a Go-Getter featured on page 81) won the grand-prize Baltic sailing for two on Crystal Cruises, and five others won $1,000 cash: Ritam Bhalla, Hayden Gallary, and Sarann Kraushaar (all Connoisseurs); Joseph Tancredi (a Trendsetter); and Lind York (a Go-Getter).

Click here to read the latest edition of Virtuoso Life.

Safe travels this summer!

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june_cover_200x200THE MAKING OF AN ISSUE
The Stories behind the scenes.
june-drinks-100x133For this issue, we dispatched writers to eight destinations and one inaugural cruise; conducted nine photo shoots; solicited a dozen tips from Virtuoso advisors; rounded up 14 products; and mixed up at least two batches of cocktails – pictured right – (all in the name of reporting). The cover photo alone, shot on location at the Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires, required a seeming cast of thousands: tango dancers and their manager, horses and their handlers, polo players and their manager – along with the requisite boots, helmets, and mallets – plus a model, stylist, hair and makeup artists, assistants, an art director, editor, and numerous, incredibly helpful hotel staff. Considering the mayhem that might have ensued with so many on set – including two live and very valuable 1,000-pound animals – we got the shot (relatively) stress-free.