The World was all before them, where to choose.
– John Milton,
We travel for many reasons. Family and friends, weddings and funerals, business and pleasure.
That last reason is the one most often stirred by our imagination. Traveling for pleasure.
Back in September, I told you that we were remaking the Sunday Your Life section into an old-fashioned Sunday features section. And as such, that it would become a destination section.
That journey continues Sunday as we unveil the Where travel page – a full page inside the Sunday Your Life section.
The stories are culled from Where travel guides – local guides, worldwide. Where is a collection of more than 50 travel books and maps in cities around the world. The stories in The Chronicle will be from the writers of these guides.
“Travel guides are an extension of people’s desire to travel,” said Geoffrey Kohl, the chief travel editor of Where travel guides. “We are inherently curious people and, that said, sometimes we need a little help getting there.”
The semimonthly Sunday Your Life page’s features will contain tips on travel, a destination of the month, a consumer advocacy story and a destination profile.
All destination profiles are part inspiration and part fantasy – they inspire you to want to go. But we hope these pages can do a little bit of what Kohl sees as the mission for his enterprise.
“Our primary editorial goal is to help our readers get out and do more,” Kohl said. “Not just classic attractions. Not just landmarks, but things our local editors have knowledge of. Things that capture the vibe of that city.”
Kohl said Where’s most popular guides mirror the most popular travel destinations: Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Charleston.
On the weeks between full-page Where content, we will continue to offer you travel stories from our various wire services, supplemented by a story from WhereTraveler.
Both the full pages and the individual stories will have links back to its Web site, wheretraveler.com.
The site features inspiration travel ideas, reports from destinations and
more than 50,000 listings of what travel editors have picked as the best places and things to do in their cities.
One of the best parts, Kohl said, is the trip planner tool. It allows users to save content and stories, and organize listings and attractions to plan a trip.
The value, Kohl said, is you might be inspired to visit a restaurant and see a sight by something you read, but it might be a couple a years before you take the trip.
And the ability to read about these places in The Chronicle or go to Where’s Web site will make your travels a little bit easier than Adam and Eve’s.