NEW YORK — Break out the passports, road maps, bug spray and sunscreen. Summer is here, and in honor of the season’s first official Summer Friday, WWD asked various media people about their vacation plans for the coming months. Some will be holing up in cabins, others will be tending to their newborns and still others will be mucking it up in foreign lands. (Incidentally, a word of advice to anyone hoping to avoid running into any colleagues while on holiday this year: Don’t hit Tuscany, Spain, the Greek islands or the Dalmatian coast.)
Here, a glimpse at the fabulous — and sometimes ordinary — plans of some of our favorite editors, writers, publishers and executives. (And the ones who were just willing to let us in on their routes.)
Condé Nast Traveler editor in chief Klara Glowczewska, as one might expect, had the most elaborate itinerary. “I am going to Egypt in mid-June and taking my family along. I’m doing everything — Cairo, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Luxor, even the Sinai,” she said. “I lived in Egypt for two years as a child, and I’m trying to polish up some very basic Arabic I used to know.”
CNT’s publisher, Lisa Hughes, meanwhile, will be exploring the American West with her family. “We are visiting Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone and we will be staying at a dude ranch in Montana,” she said. “I have traveled to so many places all over the world, yet I haven’t explored these amazing places that are right here.”
Linda Wells, editor in chief of Allure, won’t be needing any fancy beauty products where she’s headed this summer. “I’m going to a fishing lodge in the Alaska wilderness,” she said. “And I’m bringing 1,000 books (plus mosquito repellent), because I have a pretty strong feeling they don’t have a lot of nightlife.”
Cosmopolitan’s publishing director, Donna Kalajian Lagani, will tour private vineyards in Spain, where she also will learn to make paella, watch a bullfight, see the Andalusian horses dance and take private flamenco lessons, for which she’ll “need lots of sangria,” she said.
Perhaps Lagani’s path will cross with that of Women’s Health editor in chief Tina Johnson. Johnson is headed to Spain for a family reunion.
Her colleague at Women’s Health, publisher Kate Kelly Smith, earns the Most Indulgent Parent award this year. Smith is taking her 18-year-old daughter on a high school graduation trip, making three stops, the first in Argentina, the second in Turks & Caicos and the final stop in the Greek islands. (Just imagine what her daughter’s college graduation will bring….)
The Greek islands are also on the itinerary of Cosmogirl publisher Kristine Welker, who is sailing through the Mediterranean, mooring additionally in Venice, Turkey and Croatia.
Also planning to be in Croatia this summer: Stuff’s associate publisher, John Lumpkin.
Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive just returned from her first big vacation with her children. She took them to Tuscany, where Glamour publisher Bill Wackermann is headed with his family later in the season.
Eleanor Griffin, editor of Cottage Living, will see a different part of Europe this summer. “I’m traveling by train, plane and bike,” she said. “I’m flying to London in June to see my brother, then taking the Eurostar to Paris for two days. From there, I’m meeting up with a few friends in Italy for four days of bicycling in Puglia — the quietest…and flattest region we could find.”
More editor in chief Peggy Northrop, however, is going the exotic route with a trip to Hawaii. “I’m going to Mauna Lani resort for a week with my family,” she said. “After taking my 12-year-old daughter on an adventure travel trip to Belize in the spring, where we capsized our canoe three times, she begged for a ‘regular’ vacation. I still plan to take her surfing, though!”
Gawker’s co-editor, Jesse Oxfeld, said, “I’m off for a pre-summer trip to Los Angeles later this month, which will culminate with a wedding at which I’ll officiate. Beyond that, I’ve got no real plans, beyond a general intention to spend some time at Chez Oxfeld du Mer, on the lovely Jersey Shore. Best part: The folks got WiFi there last year!” So bloggers can now officiate at weddings?
Seventeen editor in chief Atoosa Rubenstein also will stick close to New York City, spending time at her home in East Hampton, N.Y., with a possible jaunt up to Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires.
Her colleague at Hearst, Cosmogirl editor in chief Susan Schulz, will park herself at her summer home in Westerly, R.I., where she’s adding a new front porch.
Also intent on enjoying their second homes this season are Meredith’s editorial director, Mike Lafavore — “Once [in Maine], I plan to sit on the porch and read books, not magazines, and watch the sailboats go by,” he said. Among those heading to New York’s Long Island are American Baby editor in chief Judy Nolte, who will “vegetate” at her house in Wainscott; Weekend editor in chief Susan Wyland, who said, “My husband, Norman, and I are planning to spend a week at the house we rent in Southold, feeding every duck and goose on the East End. I buy the cracked corn in 50-pound bags,” and Interview’s Ingrid Sischy. “My summer plans are to go to Montauk, which for me is like traveling back in time and arriving in the Forties without the war,” Sischy said. “Because we all travel so much for work, for a lot of us, a holiday isn’t getting on a plane and going anywhere.”
Family Circle executive editor Betty Wong said her big summer plans were “giving birth to my son.”
Self publisher Kimberly Kelleher also is planning for an addition to her family. Kelleher is due with her first child at the end of June. And Details publisher Chris Mitchell, who is married to Cookie editor in chief Pilar Guzman, said, “We’ll be rocking an infant in the next three weeks, which probably rules out any far-flung vacations.” He added reluctantly, “This is pretty embarrassing, but we’re also teaching our son, Henry, to swim on the roof of the Soho House. That’s about exotic as we’ll get.”
Parents editor in chief Sally Lee said she would be “donning chef whites and a toque and attending a three-day healthy-cooking boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America [in August, in Hyde Park, N.Y.]. The first day begins at 6 a.m. — yikes.” Is that a vacation or punishment?
And, while summer is just beginning for most, Fred Frailey, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, said his big vacation this season was already over. “I jump-started summer by joining my longtime friend, Kevin Keefe, publisher of Trains Magazine, two weeks ago,” he said. “We rented a 4WD car in Kansas City and over the next four days followed the old Santa Fe Railway all the way into central New Mexico….Very much a guy vacation. I’d do it again tomorrow, if I could.”
Finally, Jane editor in chief Brandon Holley will get her good deeds in this summer by spending a weekend building for Habitat for Humanity in either Mississippi or Louisiana. She’s also headed to East Deck in Montauk for some R&R following her move into her newly renovated house in Red Hook.