Farewell Travels seems like an odd name for a website. Perhaps it is filled with tips on trips to take if you are dumping a partner? Terminally ill? Or even your final destination, after you’re gone?
The name becomes easier to understand once you learn its founder and editor is Westport’s Susan Farewell.
Farewell — a former travel editor at Condé Nast Publications; freelance writer and editor for “Travel + Leisure,” the New York Times, and in-flight and regional magazines; and travel correspondent for radio and TV programs (among much more) — has launched a “boutique online travel magazine for the discriminating traveler.” The 3rd edition has just gone live.
The lead story asks “Where is travel going?” (The answer: Despite earthquakes, economic woes, security lines and flight delays — pretty well, for reasons ranging from adventure and food to romance.)
There are sections on family travel, health and fitness travel — even “travel fashion tips” by “Queer Eye” star Carson Kressley. Farewell covers the waterfront — and mountains, deserts and cities — around the globe.
FarewellTravels takes the world as its stage, but many of the stars are from right here in Westport.
Susan’s husband, Tom Seligson, oversees the multimedia productions for the site — animated maps and the like. The films are edited by Compo Beach resident Charles Gelber. Even Tom and Susan’s Bedford Middle School daughter, Justine Seligson, gets into the act, writing a teens travel column.
The site — designed by Westporter Miggs Burroughs — includes artwork by Elaine Clayton, who also lives in the Compo Beach neighborhood. Even this month’s video focuses on a local travel adventurer, Richard Wiese.
But the success of the magazine reaches far beyond Westport. Readership continues to grow, with subscribers in 46 states and 41 countries.
“06880”‘s tagline is “Where Westport meets the world.” FarewellTravels is doing the same.