LETTERFROM THE EDITOR
Producing material for a travel magazine is a process that I don’t think I will ever get the hang of. One moment, I’m chatting about the process of making basil pesto with a world renowned sustainable tourism activist; the next moment, I’m navigating a beach cruiser through a summer downpour. Meanwhile, the back reaches of my mind are swimming with interview questions, directions to the next five destinations and making sure the photographer is fed before his vision starts to blur. The job is akin to hiking on an unmaintained trail, constantly fluctuating between moments of exhilaration, confusion, exhaustion and triumph.
The moments that took place during the making of our third trial issue weren’t any different. We were determined more than ever to find the best destinations in Boston, collect as much information as possible and feature them in the sharpest and swankiest way we knew how. With Boston’s newly established greenways and organic community gardens and rejuvenated neighborhoods, we were stoked to experience the city for ourselves. In three days, we discovered a charming food tour through Boston’s South End, a creaking tall ship “boat and breakfast,” the city’s best gelato, a garbage dump-turned nature park, an aquarium that cares about every fish in the sea, and more.
We could have spent months exploring Boston, but it wasn’t the only destination on our docket. Normally, we try to keep our issues focused on one region, but we had to make an exception for Burlington, Vermont. In Burlington, we met up with Megan Epler Wood, a driven and devoted woman who has encouraged countless individuals in the travel industry to embrace sustainability. With Megan’s expertise and local knowhow, we soon found ourselves entrenched in Burlington’s inspiring underbelly. Everywhere we went, we ran into delicious local foods, historic sites, exciting environmental conservation endeavors, and activities like stand-up paddle board yoga, chocolate sculpting demonstrations, art festivals, and epic bike rides over Lake Champlain. By the end of our short trip, we had seen more than we thought possible and we had to pry ourselves from the small town.
Each day of the trip and every day after has been filled with exciting activities, interviews, delicious food, sore muscles, sore brains and a variety of challenges. This unpredictable lifestyle may not be what I expected when I first started writing down ideas for Immersion Travel in 2013, but it is something I have come to love. Chris and I relished every moment of creating this issue and we hope you enjoy every minute of reading it.