By Elaine Srnka, Editorial Director of Virtuoso Life

The November/December 2009 issue of Virtuoso Life carries the theme of “Enriching Journeys,” a lofty term that evokes big travel plans. True, the stories you’ll find in the magazine do chronicle some pretty heady trips: a spiritual trek to Machu Picchu, an adventurous multigenerational boating trip through the Grand Canyon, an exploration of ancient ruins in Tunisia.

VLcoverBut an ultimate, pinnacle itinerary isn’t required for a trip to qualify as enriching. At its core, the definition of such travel is really quite simple: It’s a trip from which you return better, somehow, than before you went. Did you learn something? Do you feel relaxed, rejuvenated, or both? Is your marriage energized, your relationships with your children or friends renewed? You don’t need a trip of a lifetime to do that – even a weekend getaway can work wonders.

Really, if you stop to think about it, every article in Virtuoso Life showcases enriching travel, even the stories on quick escapes. We focus on the experiences you’ll have on a trip and not merely surface aesthetics. A colleague once observed that Virtuoso travelers are more interested in the tales you accumulate on your travels than the trappings of your surroundings. That’s not to say those surroundings aren’t breathtaking – you’ll travel in style to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but, as you know, the trappings aren’t the end game.

The end game, of course, is the journey itself. To uncover the best ones to feature in our pages, the editors of Virtuoso Life are in constant communication with the hundreds of tour companies, hotels and resorts, cruise lines, and airlines that are part of the Virtuoso network. We work closely with them, along with our Virtuoso travel advisors, to find or craft itineraries of all sorts, be they brand-new or classic, far-flung or close-to-home, over-the-top or value-oriented.

The scope of the Virtuoso network is impressive, and just researching the options for you stirs more than a little wanderlust on our part. If you want to go there, your travel advisor can make it happen, and has contacts and connections in every corner of the globe. Don’t have a travel advisor? Click here to learn more about Virtuoso and get connected with your own Virtuoso travel advisor.

Where to go next? Whatever your travel experiences, you’ll surely return with plenty of tales to tell.

To view the November/December 2009 issue of Virtuoso Life, click here.

Elaine2This post was composed by Virtuoso Life Editorial Director Elaine Srnka (pictured on the far right with Virtuoso Life senior editors Marika Cain and Justin Paul). Virtuoso Life is an award-winning publication that goes to the valued clients of Virtuoso member travel advisors. Recently, Virtuoso Life was awarded a Bronze award for Best Travel Magazine in the prestigious Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s Lowell Thomas Travel Awards competition.