It’s all about sharing these days, real people revealing their real choices and experiences in real time. You, the readers of this magazine, may already be offering up your insights on Facebook and Twitter, mapping the coordinates of your internal and external landscapes for others to register and remark upon. What does this mean for what is now classic Travel + Leisure, the printed version that is delivered to subscribers and newsstands across the country? It is moving forward, too. In this issue, you’ll see an expanded version of Mail that includes more feedback from readers and TravelandLeisure.com users alike, as well as information about joining our online community, where you can exchange travel ideas and photos with other members. You can also access us through Facebook and Twitter, and if you’re interested in the most current flight schedules and updates, you might consider downloading the new eSkyGuide app from T+L’s sister publication Executive Travel for your iPhone or iPod Touch; keep an eye out for more mobile apps in addition to our T+L Weekend Getaway Finder and Airport Navigator.
The truth is that a transformation has been under way and Travel + Leisure now encompasses print, a website and other forthcoming digital platforms, five international editions, and two annual book series on hotels and trips (available in bookstores and on Amazon).
When it comes to real-time immediacy, you’ll find plenty of it here. Our 16th annual Europe Issue offers up stories like the “Locals’ Guide to Barcelona,” with the kind of fresh and knowing information that could only come from locals, and “25 Secret European Villages,” which could serve as a directory of authentic places on the Continent now. There are odysseys of varying sorts: Matt Lee and Ted Lee’s jaunt through the Mosel Valley in search of the best wines, Peter Jon Lindberg’s sultry summer wanderings on the Bodrum Peninsula of Turkey, and Adam Sachs’s mathematical balancing act—to assess the relative value of a high-priced meal versus a cost-conscious weekend in Berlin. And if you actually want to live like a local, “Best Villa Rental Agencies” will give you a head start.
As the universe of Travel + Leisure expands, and the information we provide becomes ever more accessible, we hope you’ll continue to give us your feedback, no matter where you are. —Nancy Novogrod
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