For years I have found the imagery and narratives in Travel + Leisure beautiful
and entertaining, but they haven't done much to help me plan a trip. Thank you for delivering
hotel, restaurant, and shopping tips that I can use to prepare for my next vacation. Well
—Jonathan Hicks, Nashville, Tenn.
I cried when I read Karrie Jacobs's "Remaking the Gulf Coast" [March]. Nearly two years ago,
when our family moved to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, from Los Angeles, our neighbors immediately
brought us a homemade pie and began inviting us to their family get-togethers. Hospitality
on the oceanfront—we had found paradise. So you can imagine our shock when we walked
out of our house after Hurricane Katrina hit: shards of wood were strewn everywhere, as if
a giant had dropped a box of wooden matches. We feared our paradise was lost, but this report
gave me hope. Thank you for reminding me why we moved here, and for allowing me to dream of
a future full of crawfish and happiness.
—Kerrie Loya, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
On the Pulse
I regularly look to your magazine to gauge the travel climate and to brainstorm ideas on
new destinations worth exploring. And while I might not make it to Gabon or Mongolia this
year, your Where to Go Next pages [January] were food for thought. You've shown yet again
that you're on the front lines of what's hot.
—Sandra Ellington, Seattle, Wash.
My wife and I first visited Charleston this past fall and fell in love with the city's rich
history and interesting local characters. So I immediately devoured Tom Austin's article ["Rights
of Passage," February]. He painted a great portrait of the city and gave me a sense of how
life there continues to evolve, but I was disappointed with the photography. Charleston has
such iconic Southern architecture, and I felt your article failed to capture visually that
sense of place. A vintage chaise longue doesn't really say "Charleston" to me.
—Robb Dumas, St. Louis, Mo.
CORRECTION Because of an editing error, it was incorrectly stated that all gratuities on Holland America cruises are included ["Tipping Points," February]. A $10-per-day surcharge, which is adjustable at the guest's discretion, is automatically added to the final bill.
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