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Armchair Traveler Diaries

Checking in with our travel-industry friends around the globe.

Like all of us, Virtuoso hoteliers, tour operators, and other travel leaders around the globe are weathering the coronavirus pandemic. They’re spending quality time with their families, reading more books (and making more quarantine cocktails), dreaming of their own future getaways, and eagerly awaiting the moment when it’s safe to get back to business. From London to the Caribbean, Lake Como to New York City, and everywhere in between, our travel-industry friends are sharing their dispatches with us. We can’t wait to travel again, and they can’t wait to welcome us.

Los Angeles

Sherwin Banda

The president of African Travel is working from his backyard, looking forward to being on safari again, and soaking up a quiet, traffic-less Los Angeles.  

South Florida

Deborah Yager Fleming

The CEO and partner of South Florida’s Acqualina Resort and Residences on the Beach is checking in on her team, harnessing the power of laughter, and reminiscing on an epic trip to Peru.


Aaron Kaupp

The regional vice president and general manager of Carlton Tower Jumeirah is dreaming of sunny destinations and carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer with him everywhere he goes. 


Tiago Moraes Sarmento

The general manager of Belmond Cap Juluca is soaking up spare time with his family and making big plans for his resort’s reopening.

Amalfi Coast

Crescenzo Gargano

The director of sales and marketing at Hotel Santa Caterina is spending time with family and rooting for Italy’s recovery.


Ian Swain

The native Aussie and owner of Swain Destinations is hosting a podcast and planning a trip to visit his new granddaughter.

New York City

Susanne Hatje

The general manager of the Mandarin Oriental, New York, the hotel group’s flagship property in the Americas, is grateful for Central Park walks and her city’s resilience.


Terry Holmes

The executive director of Red Carnation Hotels and former managing director of The Ritz, The Stafford, and Dukes, London is rediscovering classic films, reading up on his heroes, and making fortunate finds in his wine cellar.

Lake Como

Andrea Grisdale

The founder and CEO of IC Bellagio is hosting virtual recipe competitions from her home overlooking Lake Como, planning a trip to Everest Base Camp, and having conversations that count.

France + Greenland

Nicolas Dubreuil

Ponant’s director of sustainability is forest bathing, drawing unicorns with his daughter, and dreaming of future adventures.