Editor’s Blog: Dreaming of Travel

In Santorini, Greece

The last time I was on a plane was in early March. I was flying home from Seattle to Miami. A few people wore masks; still others energetically scrubbed their drop-down trays and armrests. I sneezed into my handkerchief and the guy next to me asked me if were ill. I overheard flight attendants speak to each other with certainty about which overseas routes would be imminently shut down (it sounded like all of them; turned out to come true).

For someone whose summer and fall travels revolve around New York, Provincetown, Laguna Beach and Europe, the last eight months have been disorienting and isolating, to say the least. So I noted with interest that last week the CDC put in place a plan to lift the no-sail order on cruise ships. At first, only crews will be allowed on board, under new health and capacity protocols. Presumably, if all goes well, the CDC will set a date for passengers to set sail. More importantly, the promising vaccine news from Pfizer has me dreaming of summer travel in 2021.

The announcements caused airline and cruise stocks to spike initially, though prices have fallen back. Such swings are unsurprising: Travel is emotional, and we’ve been riding this rollercoaster of hope and fear for the better part of a year.

So I’ll share with you some travel-related self-care:

Bora Bora

1. I do dry runs of booking domestic flights, looking at seating charts and capacity. I tend to get hot on planes, and I’ve learned that the back of the plane is the coolest place, so I know to give up legroom for temperature. This will prove important when I have to fly with a mask; as we’ve all learned, masks are most bearable in cool weather and air-conditioned spaces. It’s way past time to see my family in New York. Of course, the 100,000+ cases per day have given me pause. Imagining the steps involved in such a trip are helping.

2. I’ve always been partial to the aisle seat, and that will be more important than ever. Less to touch.

3. I look at Italy feeds on Instagram. I look at my old photos (I’ve included some here), I reminisce with friends about our travels, and I keep in touch with friends who live overseas. I ask them to send photos and videos. I thought it would make me feel worse, but it actually makes me feel good. We’re all in this together. Start to see things through their eyes. It’s a little like traveling.

Featured image above: Ischia, Italy


Ko Hong, Thailand

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.