CVR_SEP_RFPby Elaine Srnka
Editorial Director

How to create a how to issue? It’s easy when you tap the Virtuoso network for advice. We had no shortage of sources for travel know-how, packing lists, destination insight, and more. We collected tips from spa directors and doctors, sommeliers and bartenders, field guides in Africa and Antarctica and multiple points in between, and dozens of other Virtuosos.

so_EDN_Elaine_Black_Dress_KO_R1_eOf course, the best sources for advice are Virtuoso travel advisors. Numbering more than 7,200 around the world, they represent an impressive brain trust. Collectively, they’ve called on every country on the planet (many have been to 100+ and counting). They’ll collaborate with you, advocate for you, and stay connected with you from the planning stages to throughout the trip. When you return home, they’ll find out what worked a how they can help make your next trip even better. Their knowledge permeates practically every page, but for some insight on how to get the most out of working with your advisor on you next trip, turn to page 116.

Earlier, when I said creating a Hot To issue is easy? The editors and designers who created this edition surely have a different opinion. They logged long hours interviewing sources, lining up photo shoots, and writing and designing the magazine you hold in your hands now. I hope you’ll agree their efforts were more than worth it.





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Click here to download the 2013 September/October issue of Virtuoso Life.

Aman Canal Grande Venice - Piano Nobile Dining RoomHOTEL NOTES I recently checked out the buzz worthy Aman Canal Grande Venice just weeks after it opened: read my report on page 33. Tip: Those splat toys that vendors peddle on every alley in Venice? Don’t buy them – and definitely don’t bring them to a historic hotel. Just ask my son – or the maintenance man who had to remove one from our suite’s ceiling.