When I think about my travels over the past year, there are many different experiences that come to mind: seeing an amazing White Nights Festival performance of Swan Lake by the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; staying at the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Dubai; shopping for jewelry and furniture and meeting the artisans at the Jam Factory in Adelaide, South Australia; biking along the beautiful Estonian coast outside of Tallinn; watching the wildlife on Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand; and celebrating at an AFAR street party outside Sakhumzi Restaurant in Soweto, South Africa.

How about you? For an upcoming issue of AFAR, we are planning a special section called Exceptional Travel Experiences that will shine a light on our favorite experiences from the past year, and we would like to include some of yours.

To contribute, all you have to do is go to AFAR.com/exceptional and upload a photo, a description, and the location of your favorite travel experiences from the past year. Our editors will comb through them and select their favorites in various categories to be featured in the August/September issue.

Your experience doesn’t need to have been in some distant land. As we say at AFAR, travel begins as soon as you step out of your front door. Some of my favorite memories came on business trips, others close to home. One more moment that stands out in my mind: I had some unexpected free time one evening after work and before a dinner in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco. I took a detour to the Presidio, a beautiful city park that was once a military base. I spent an hour at Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line, a sculpture of eucalyptus trunks that winds through the trees. The setting sun was just right, and I found myself transported far away from that day’s concerns. To me, it was
an exceptional experience worth sharing with travelers and locals alike.

I hope you will share your Exceptional Travel Experiences with us, then look for them in the August/September issue.

Thanks, and good travels.

Greg Sullivan

This appeared in the May 2013 issue.