The following Editor’s Note by Elaine Srnka, Virtuoso Editorial Director & Vice President, Content, appears in the November/December issue of Virtuoso Life:

As I write this, our world is reeling from a barrage of bad news – hurricanes ripping through the Caribbean and the United States, earthquakes rocking Mexico, and the senseless shootings in Las Vegas. Like so many of you, I have emotional and personal connections to these places, with friends and family who live there and fond memories made while visiting them.

Virtuoso’s mantra is “travel unites,” and our network’s mission is to enrich lives through human connection. Perhaps it’s fitting, then, that this issue celebrates one of the most fundamental ways to connect with a place and its people: through food. Indeed, some of my favorite travel memories center on sustenance: a romantic candlelit table on the beach in Puerto Rico, a pre-concert dinner with friends in Las Vegas, communal crawfish boils in Houston. Of course, a meal is about so much more than the food; it’s also about the people you share it with. The bonds forged through meaningful travel experiences – including those that happen at the table – foster understanding and make our world a better place.

With that in mind, this month’s issue of Virtuoso Life sets the table for your next adventure. It’s said that food is the universal way to the heart – and we could all use a little love right now.

Helping Hands
When tragedy strikes, the tourism industry springs into action, from travel advisors who work tirelessly to reroute clients to our travel partners who shelter guests and even help with recovery efforts. Cruise lines such as Norwegian and Royal Caribbean (right) redeployed ships to islands affected by the recent hurricanes, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded tourists. Virtuoso is a member of Tourism Cares, an organization to which you can donate to support recovery efforts. Go to to learn more.