Travel Curious Often has spent one full year exploring destinations around the globe. Readers saw iconic landmarks, spectacular scenery and even a few celebrities along the way! Stops included: Poland, New Orleans, Bangkok, New York, Peru, Kaua’i, Hong Kong, Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Ireland — in fact the Irish Government Tourist Board recently named TCO one of the best travel magazines.
The TCO fan-base has increased the past year as well, because of features like Food Quest. As the name suggests, Food Quest consists primarily of restaurant critiques. But also on the menu were recipes from food bloggers and interviews with celebrity chefs — like John Besh, Top Chef contender Marisa Churchill, and Canadian TV stars Chefs Run Wild.
Another popular segment Curious & Thirsty has taken readers on excursions to coffee plantations in Kaua’i, vodka distilleries in Poland, and wineries throughout Napa and Sonoma, with a tour of the legendary Far Niente for a chat with proprietress Beth Nickel.
Publisher Marla Norman-Freytag continues to scout out unique properties to present in Hotel Finds. Past reviews included Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel at Machu Picchu and the historic Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City — with a lively report about stars who book into the property: Lady Gaga, Daniel Craig, Rihanna and Eva Longoria. The tallest hotel in the world, The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, has also been featured along with a 200-acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country where guests can mingle with herds of wild Axis Deer and Elk. Lots of variety in just one year.
Each issue of Travel Curious Often provides videos, maps, links to hotels, restaurants, and bars — all the usual gadgets to help readers stay on the right path. But the Pronunciation tab continues to fascinate readers above all. Recordings by native speakers — of French, German, Spanish, Thai, Polish, Chinese and Hawaiian — reciting the names of local places helps travelers to acclimate anywhere.
Finally the newly added TCO Store is a destination in and of itself, with great travel gear, cute road-worthy clothing for men & women, and souvenirs from all the places featured in Travel Curious Often. The TCO Store is truly one-stop shopping for busy globetrotters.
Travel Curious Often covered plenty of ground its first year. But the TCO staff is confident that this is just the beginning of a very long adventure. Hop onboard!