World Traveler

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
— St. Augustine

World Traveler

The value of international travel can vastly exceed its short-term costs; the benefits of exposure to a wide range of cultures and history are often profound and enduring. The past two years have brought financial challenges, and travel is often one of the first expenses to be cut from corporate and household budgets. But for many, trips to extraordinary destinations become some of the most memorable occasions of their lives.

This World Traveler sponsored section introduces readers to some examples of the experiences that are available—travel opportunities that not only change the scenery but also broaden perspectives and deepen understanding. This kind of travel is intellectually adventurous—it opens up cosmopolitan Shanghai and culturally rich Beijing. It encourages travelers to connect with historic events, like so many did in 2008 for Israel’s 60th anniversary and in 2009 for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It places travelers in unforgettable experiences, taking them from Peru’s metropolitan Lima to its ancient sites like Machu Picchu on the luxurious Hiram Bingham Train, from Costa Rica’s active volcanoes to its rainforest’s vast biodiversity, and from South Africa’s renowned Cape Town winelands to its wild landscapes on elephant-back safaris. Other opportunities combine education with exploration—for example, an immersion trip to the Middle East with the experts and world leaders who help shape policy. The variety of new travel experiences available today makes travel opportunities more accessible than ever before.


Click here for a PDF download of the section, or follow these links to explore the unique experiences featured in the first Foreign Affairs World Traveler:


  • African Travel, Inc.
  • This top South African tour operator will coordinate all the details of your trip, including the exceptional properties below.

  • Camp Jabulani
  • A rescued baby elephant led to this luxurious exclusive establishment with elephant-back safaris.

  • Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
  • Ranked in 2009 by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the third best hotel in the world, it has remarkable hospitality along with close wildlife encounters.

  • Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa
  • Originally a great manor house, its twenty-four luxurious suites overlook six acres of gardens and a large reflecting pool.

  • Steenberg Hotel
  • Minutes from Cape Town, miles from the world, the hotel is a haven overlooking the Steenberg Vineyards, a sculpture garden, False Bay, and the mountains.

  • South African Airways
  • South African Airways features daily nonstop service from the United States to South Africa, with morning departures from New York’s JFK and afternoon direct service from Washington Dulles
    that offer travel convenience and award-winning service.

  • China National Tourist Office
  • World Expo 2010 will be held from May 1 to October 31, in its Shanghai, China, debut. The World Expo aims to promote the exchange of ideas, concentrating on world economy, culture, science, and technology...

  • World Leaders Travel
  • World Leaders Travel specializes in creating extraordinary educational travel events defined
    by a compelling combination of experts, access, and insight. This exclusive collaboration between Foreign Affairs and World Leaders Travel offers one-of-a-kind travel events.
    This year’s program features:

  • The Much Too Promised Land | Israel & the Palestinian Authority
  • World Leaders Forum featuring James Hoge, Aaron David Miller, Sam Donaldson, and Walter
    Russell Mead, among others

  • Russia & the Black Sea | Russia | Georgia | Azerbaijan | Ukraine | Turkey
  • World Leaders Symposium featuring Condoleezza Rice, William J. Perry, and Mikhail Gorbachev, among others

  • The Middle East | Jordan | U.A.E. | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Qatar
  • World Leaders Symposium featuring James A. Baker III, Bill Moyers, Zalmay Khalilzad, and Aaron
    David Miller, among others

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