By Terry Trucco
It was a dark, bitter winter weekend in New York. Prime time, in other words, for the New York Times Travel Show to roll into town with the promise of escape. I spent a day at the show, nibbling Vermont cheese, sampling New York maple syrup, listening to app pitches and seeing the world as packaged by the travel industry, ca 2016. Here’s what caught my eye.
Fly south for the winter With raging 90-mile-an-hour winds and horizontal sleet, you don’t want to go near the Falkland Islands for much of the year. But from November through January, summer in the Southern Hemisphere kicks in. With wildlife that wowed Charles Darwin, including killer whales, elephant seals and over one million penguins, the Falklands rolls out the green carpet.
“Our black-browed albatross was brought out of extinction,” said Austin Tony Mason, director of the Falkland Tourist Board, sporting a penguin cutout on his tailored shirt. It’s a schlep: 400 miles from the south-eastern tip of South America. And you can only fly in and out once a week. Which leaves plenty of time to island hop (choose from 740), hike, fish, stargaze, indulge in water sports, bed down in guest houses and meet the locals (there’s only 2,500, and they speak English). The travel show crowd seemed intrigued; by mid-afternoon Saturday, only 300 of the 5,000 brochures flown in were left.