Letter Rip

We love letters. Maybe it's because our grandmas always used to tape a quarter to our birthday cards when we were little, and we now have this Pavlovian thing going on. Regardless, we want to hear from you. Sing our praises, bust our chops, or just tell us what's on your mind. Send it to editor@americanwaymag.com.

I'm not sure why I started reading your Air Mail section. Was it the "Letter Rip" that caught my eye? The note about grandmas? Or the "Yo! Free Stuff"? I have to admit that getting something free would be cool.

You changed the overall format of the magazine, and I find it more fun and informative. I really enjoyed your piece on Sandra Oh ["Oh, Barcelona!" August 1]. All of your writers should strive to capture what Mark Seal did in this interview. For the first time, a celebrity's interview made me want to visit the location they were talking about. Plus, I got the sense that Oh really enjoyed exploring the city. This may be the first article that listed inexpensively and ­moderately priced places for lodging and dining.

Outside of business travel and expense accounts, it shouldn't always be about staying in fancy hotels, eating in the most expensive restaurants, and shopping. Traveling is also about going places that are different from where you live and experiencing new cultures, food, and sights. I'd rather read about someone "shooting some noodles" (my father's term for eating a bowl of noodles) at a sidewalk noodle stand in Bangkok or walking down the street in the morning eating fried bananas, pineapple, and a Coke in preparation for a long hot day of sightseeing. Then, of course, there are all those great little thatch-roofed bars on beaches all over the world, like one of my favorites near Tulum, Mexico. I've been to nice resorts, but I also like to go off the beaten path.