This is always a favorite issue for me because I love to travel. Having just returned from London after attending the Newport Beach UK Honours hosted by the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Newport Beach, visiting the city’s famous Churchill War Rooms, experiencing “Hamilton” for the first time and enjoying tea at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed (I could go on and on!), I am still in a whirl!

This issue features travel stories on Iceland, Stockholm, Sweden and Punta de Mita, Mexico, so, hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading about places you’ve never visited or, if you have, finding out some some interesting tidbits you might have missed. When I think Iceland, I think cold! Looking at the photo of the country’s capital, Reykjavik, certainly shows a snow-covered city. However, other places to visit show lots of green and beautiful vistas, to say nothing of the Northern Lights.

Stockholm is also in a cold clime, but the gorgeous cherry blossoms photo accompanying the story tells you there is a spring, which includes waterfront dining (even with heat lamps and blankets) and many places to visit–the Nobel and ABBA Museums (yes, you can even sing “Dancing Queen”), gorgeous ancient and modern architecture, fashion-forward furniture and fashion boutiques, an Old Town with cobblestone streets, a Royal Palace complete with a horse parade daily, lots of coffee cafes (the Swedes love their coffee!), and a wide variety of dining. 

And, if tropical weather is to your liking and surfing and other water sports are of interest, Punta de Mita, Mexico is the place for you. The W Hotel Punta de Mita offers surfing expeditions, as well as a super spa, sunning by the luxurious pool or on the beach, and dining at one of its superb restaurants.

I don’t know whether Idaho is on you radar, but our story on the Sundance Film Festival and all the awards that Chapman University alumni, who graduated from its renowned Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, have received in the past and, particularly, this year, will make you proud. Easy to understand why Dodge College is ranked the No. #6 film school in the country by The Hollywood Reporter.

I don’t know where your next excursion is, but maybe our travel stories will influence you to try one of the places we’ve featured. 

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

Cover: Kirkjufell mountain, Iceland, and the Northern Lights