Discover New Destinations
Take advantage of the latest innovations to travel smarter
Today's traveler has more information than ever—as we plan our vacations and at our fingertips once we touch down. Destination Approaching is your guide to the innovations helping travelers create authentic and memorable experiences. The series, found here and distributed through the Conde Nast Media Network, celebrates the launch of Chase Sapphire Reserve. With premium travel benefits designed to keep up with the way you travel, this card is your partner in international adventures.
The tourism landscape is continuously evolving. And today's traveler has a vast arsenal of insider info and travel advice at their fingertips, both as we plan our journeys and after we touch down. The latest technological products and services are creating smoother journeys to our destinations.
Travel is no longer just about knowing where to go and what hotel to stay in. It's about creating authentic experiences that immerse us in our destinations and leave us changed. And today's travelers can get the best of both worlds—seamless, tech-powered trips that are also uniquely personal adventures.
To shed light on these developments, we've created Destination Approaching, distributed here and through the Condé Nast media group. This series is your guide to the innovations helping travelers create authentic and memorable experiences, and it was created to celebrate the launch of Chase Sapphire Reserve. With premium travel benefits designed to keep up with the way you travel, this card is your partner in international adventures.
Thanks to a new generation of apps and websites, extraordinary luxury experiences are available to more people all the time. Some, like JetSmarter, give you access to the freedom and the personal network of flying private. Others, such as FlyingYak, will connect you with the local experts who can give you the real, in-the-know, tour you won't find listed online.
But no one app or website can replace the personal service of a concierge—someone who has you covered from hotel bookings to dinner reservations to flight delays. That's why tech entrepreneurs are building artificially intelligent digital concierges, and why travel companies like Quintessentially are offering global concierges that offer personalized travel guidance, no matter where you find yourself.
Travel innovation is even making our suitcases more efficient. Packing light isn't just for backpackers anymore: with the most functional gadgets (like the Raden bag that weighs itself and charges your phone) and the most versatile clothing (like a luxurious-yet-machine-washable Kit + Ace sweater), you can stick to a carry-on and still look stylish, no matter where you're headed.
More authentic international voyages bring travelers face-to-face with underprivileged people and communities as well as areas that are environmentally endangered. Want to see the world while making it a better place? There's a growing industry of travel with a purpose—like Me to We and Global Vision International—that can help you find global volunteer opportunities that truly make a difference.
Before you plan your next vacation, delve into Destination Approaching and discover what's coming up on smart travelers' itineraries. You just might be surprised by the range of transporting experiences available.
Amy Ahlberg is a New York City-based travel, food and lifestyle writer. She contributes to publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, FOOD & WINE and Architectural Digest.