When I was little, I longed to be a writer, spending hours buried in books and making up tales for playground pals to act out.
As I got older and turned into a tenacious youth, the assumption was I would become some kind of frontline war reporter like Kate Adie, a young dream that came flooding back when I learned she is to be a speaker onboard some of Cunard’s cruises in the near future.
Giving talks on ships is probably not something she would have foreseen when she got her big break covering the siege of the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980. But for Adie, as for many of us, where you think you will end up when you start your working life and where you arrive will not always be the same place. And that’s not always a bad thing.
After remaining in the same format for more than seven years, it is time for ttgluxury to move on to the next phase in its journey. I’m not pretending redesigning ttgluxury can ever possibly compare to moments of Adie’s career. But spending hours agonising into the night and at weekends over new content ideas, fonts and colour-coding for sections is a far cry from my first writer’s job on a local paper.
Attending the phenomenon that is Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas was also something I could not have predicted when I first started in travel and I am thrilled to have ticked it off the list. Yes, it was as huge and crazy as everyone promised, and Vegas in August was a steamy melee of surreal experiences. But one of the most abiding takeaways for me were the words of chief executive Matthew Upchurch about how thrilled he was with the number of people from outside the industry who were now choosing to enter it as fledgling advisors.
He said the global financial crisis seemed to have made a lot of people rethink what they wanted to do with their lives - and significant numbers decided to become travel advisors, bringing skills from previous careers and combining them with all their personal passion for travel. Apart from boding well for the future of our sector, it’s also a lesson that it’s never too late for a change of direction.
I hope you’ll approve of your reinvented ttgluxury, and look forward to another seven years and beyond.
April Hutchinson, editor, ttgluxury