Take a look at the size of this issue! Go on, flip to the back and look at the last page number. That’s right, 154. Weighing in at 11.4 ounces (almost as heavy as a can of tomatoes!), this is not only our largest issue of the year, but our largest issue in recent years. While we’re all pretty darn excited about it, we’re also pretty darn worn out. Giving you great stories to peruse as you jet off to destinations far and wide is a lot of work!

In fact, there are so many good stories in this issue that you’ll have a hard time reading them all unless you’re on a very long flight. Of course, if you don’t get a chance to finish it in-flight, just take the magazine with you. It can be your companion both on and off the plane!

We kick it all off with an interview with Bon Jovi, which should be a trip down memory lane for many of you. And ­although most of us know him as a rocker, here he spends a lot of time talking about his role as co-owner of the Arena Football League team, the Phil­a­delphia Soul, and his new favorite city, Philadelphia (surprise, surprise). By the way, if you’re into rockers,­ you’ll be excited to know that the­ cover of our December 1 issue will feature Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry!

Next, we set one of our favorite writers, Ken McAlpine, and his family loose in Boston for a weekend to see how far they could get with just $999 in their pockets. I’m sure you’ll agree they did a most impressive job, and hopefully you’ll give it a try yourself. This is the third in our series on Cheap Retreats, and we’ll have more for you to look forward to next year. If you missed the first two (highlighting Memphis and St. Louis), you can find them on our website by clicking on the city name.

A few other articles you won’t want to miss include our piece on Salvador Dalí, who would have turned 100 this year, as well as our story on coping with ­aging parents. If this is a di­lemma you face, you’ll be comforted to know that you aren’t alone, and that lots of people have lots of helpful advice.

If you’re headed to or through Dallas, you’ll want to be sure and stop in at the Mu­seum of Art to see their impressive new exhibit of more than 400 pieces of art from 18th-century China — many of which have never been outside of that country before. Want to know more? Of course you do.

Naturally, I couldn’t let you get away without reminding you that the holidays are upon us (as if you needed reminding). If this stresses you out, take a deep breath and click here, where you’ll find a handy guide to finding the perfect gifts for both him and her. And if you’ve somehow found yourself committed to throwing a holiday bash, we’ve even got a story that will ensure your event is the highlight of the season.

Unfortunately, I don’t have room to mention all of our great stories (what a problem to have!), and I don’t want to take up any more of your precious reading time. So turn to the next page, and the next page, and the next page, and … well, you get the idea.

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