Photo Essay: Christmas Markets in Austria, France, Germany, and the United States

by Jesse Sokolow

You haven’t truly experienced Christmas unless you’ve been to a Christmas market in Europe. They are an excellent source for traditional gifts, mugs of Glühwein, and an unparalleled festive feeling.
Christmas markets can be found in every major city and town in many countries and the best are found in Austria, France, and Germany.
We went to over a dozen markets on the Continent, including the Münchner Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz and the …

Saturday’s Winter Solstice Marks Shortest Day of the Year

by Anna Breuer

Tomorrow, Saturday, December 21, marks the winter solstice, the day of the year with longest night and fewest hours of daylight. The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon where the northern portion of the Earth’s axis is tilted furthest away from the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2019, the solstice will occur at 11:19 p.m. EST, hence 10:19 p.m. CST, 9:19 p.m. MST, and 8:19 …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line 4Motion

by Paul Riegler

Introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Volkswagen Atlas filled in a gap in Wolfsburg’s lineup: a three-row SUV.
Previewed as the Volkswagen Crossblue, the Volkswagen Atlas, made in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Its name is quite apt: In Greek mythology, of course, Atlas was the Titan condemned by Zeus to hold up the sky on his shoulders.  This Atlas only has to hold a large family and a few of its …

2019 Frequent Business Traveler Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition

by Paul Riegler

The tradition of the Frequent Business Traveler Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition dates back to 2012, a tradition at the magazine almost as old as watching the New Year’s Eve cult classic.
Shopping for the holidays can be daunting, but what is one to do when faced with finding the perfect gift for the traveler who has diamond status with almost every airline and hotel chain.
We’ve selected gifts that will fill …

Review: Hotel Bennett, Charleston, South Carolina

by Jeremy Del Nero

The Hotel Bennet stands tall and mighty over Marion Square.  Its large footprint, soaring arched entryways, and white exterior are striking, giving the property the appearance of a majestic European palace.
Grand. Classic. Regal. Elegant. These are the adjectives that came to mind upon entering Hotel Bennet’s marble hall. Every few steps, a helpful staff member would bow slightly and offer assistance and guidance for checking in and carrying baggage. …

Review: American Airlines Flagship Business In-Flight Dining – The New James Beard Menus

by Paul Riegler

Airline food.  Ask anyone and at best you’ll hear it’s a necessary evil, at least on longer flights. That hasn’t stopped numerous airlines from trying to move away from what – in 2008 – Oliver Beale, an advertising executive. famously called a “culinary journey of hell” in a note to Sir Richard Branson.
While many airlines have partnered with so-called celebrity chefs, American Airlines has taken a different path. American was the …

5 Tips to Combat Text Neck and iPhone Elbow

by Jeremy Del Nero

As I write this, I feel a dull pain in my neck, even though I am perfectly positioned in my ergonomic desk chair with my MacBook Pro on the desk at the recommended height.  It isn’t the chair, nor is it the Mac. Rather, it’s stemming from the time I spend hunched over my phone, looking at news, social media, and just keeping tabs on the world.
While FBT Editorial Director …