Meet the Team: George W. Stone

We chatted with Traveler Editor at Large George W. Stone–the man behind Travelers of the Year and other special features in the magazine–about his favorite spots around the world and the future of travel.

Here’s what he had to say:

Current Base: Singapore. It’s the world on a plate: jumbled neighborhoods, mixed-up languages, pioneering urban planning, boundless cultures, friendly people. Living outside the U.S. has reoriented my outlook. Here, China is the superpower, Asia is the travel region, and the Eastern Hemisphere drives the current.

Happy Place: Munich’s Englischer Garten in midsummer: drinking Augustiner Weissbier, picnicking on the Schönfeld meadow, and cooling off with a frigid dunk in the stream.

Power Place: Skeleton Coast, Namibia. The quietest quiet. The darkest skies. The brightest stars. The strangest insects. Ruby-flecked beaches, humming sand dunes, fairy circles.

Futurama: I envision clairvoyant travel planners, teleportation, antimatter luggage, and language pills—all of which would probably ruin the travel experience, but I can’t help wishing for them nonetheless.

Up in the Air: I recently floated above Florida in the Goodyear blimp (and wrote about it on Intelligent Travel). I’d welcome a zeppelin tomorrow.

Crystal Ball: Millennials will venture farther off the map on journeys motivated by volunteer work and cultural engagement. The world they inhabit will define our future bucket lists.

What’s your “happy place” in the world? Share your story with the Intelligent Travel community in the comments section:


  1. Melissa A.
    Arlington, Tx USA
    December 1, 2013, 11:20 pm

    I haven’t traveled to many places yet. But my happy place is a little lake in north Wisconsin called Shay lake. It is where I learned to fish and swim. I have many fond memories of summer weekends staying at the familie’s little cottage.

  2. JB
    The World
    November 30, 2013, 11:52 am

    What was CD’s answer to the last question in: ?

  3. Dewi Kasiyani
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    November 30, 2013, 9:50 am

    My happy place is Indonesia, my own country actually. it is a coincidence that I also loved to visit Chiang Mai, Thailand. I stayed in Chiang Mai for almost a month. I accompanied my four students on student exchange program in Chiang Mai Vocational College. I am a tourism teacher. during my visit there, we stayed at school hotel. I visited many tourism objects and what I loved most is Sunday Street Market that sell local products. I also had time to visit Chiang Rai and Myanmar … I went to elephant camp but unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to meet some Karen tribes …

  4. Morgan S.
    November 19, 2013, 9:51 am

    My happy place is in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On my recent study abroad trip to Bangkok, I traveled to Chiang Mai for a weekend and stayed at bungalows in the Doi Inthanon National Park. It the most incredible four days of my life. I washed elephants in the nearby river, planted rice with a local Karen tribe and hiked in hidden forests.