I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my February issue and discovered the Insider section, with its mini-itineraries and value-conscious alternatives.


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 done, T+L.
—Jonathan Hicks, Nashville, Tenn.

Hope Floats

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.

Southern Spaces

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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