Roman Holiday?

Just days after Greece began accepting vaccinated American tourists and France indicated it would soon follow suit, the 27-member European Union has set the stage to open the entire bloc to travelers from the U.S.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, told The New York Times on Sunday. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”

No timetable has been set, however, and individual nations will still be permitted to maintain and enforce their own behavioral guidelines. As the U.S. brings the virus under control—with restrictions on gatherings increasingly relaxed—American visitors may find themselves in popular European destinations but unable to access the types of bars and restaurants that are open (albeit in limited capacity) at home. And vaccinated Americans set on interacting with the smart set in Positano and Provence—who are vaccinated at far lower levels—may find a more reserved reception than in years past.

Still, there is no doubt that European summer locales—from Barcelona to the Amalfi Coast, and from Lisbon to Provence—are dying to welcome back the usual throngs of free-spending and big-tipping Americans. (An Orbitz search for a mid-June roundtrip from Miami to Lisbon showed flights as low as $338.81—shockingly low. A roundtrip Miami-Rome in mid-July could be booked for a very reasonable $642.59.)

“My well-traveled clients have been champing at the bit to get back to Europe—their favorite destination,” says Becca Hensley, a luxury travel adviser and planner. “Though some have some hesitancy about flying and other aspects in the pandemic’s wake, they are ready and willing to forge ahead as soon as Europe opens. We’ve been booking trips everywhere from the Amalfi Coast to Paris and beach destinations.”

Greece, which depends on Americans to fill its bars, tavernas and hotels on Mykonos and Santorini, has led the charge to drop the restrictions on American travelers.

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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.