The Roundup

The Best of 2018: Inspiring Travelers

by Team Gentedimontagna
Road The open road. Photo by Kathleen Whitaker.

Mother-daughter road trips. Adventures with toddlers. Couples on the run. It's not necessarily about money or time or access or even the destination — good travelers go out on a limb, take risks, and reap the rewards of serendipity and circumstance. We're taking cues from travelers we admire in these feel-good Gentedimontagna stories.

Photo by Sara Banks.

Sri Lanka
When you run a luggage company, you do a lot of traveling. Sara Banks, founder of Steamline Luggage, spent a month in Sri Lanka with her fancy suitcase, her husband, and ... wait for it ... three boys under the age of four.

Photo by Kathleen Whitaker.

The West, USA
Driving from Los Angeles to New York City can be daunting, but West Coast-based jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker pulled it off in style with a little help from her mom. 

Photo by Tess Falotico.

Italy
When you are hungry and in love, there’s no better place to explore together than the hills beyond Rome.

Photo courtesy of REI Adventures.

As part of our Great Women in Travel series, we talked with Cynthia Dunbar of REI Adventures about her career managing the most successful division of socially conscious company REI.

Photo by Kyle Long.

China
After one too many Xiao Long Bao and enough city smog to last a lifetime, a long hike in the great outdoors is a fantastic way to see China. Kyle Long, co-founder of UnTour Food Tour in Beijing and Shanghai, leads the way.

Photo by Steve McCurry.

Uganda
Universally recognized as one of the world’s finest image-makers, photographer Steve McCurry has a talent for capturing raw emotion in a single picture. We caught up with him after a trip to East Africa with Silversea Cruises, where he photographed one of the region’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

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