Rain or shine, there’s one thing every good ROAD WARRIOR knows: Embrace the unexpected.
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But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The setting for this year’s Road Warrior cover shoot was the picturesque Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curaçao. An island known for its lush landscape and beautiful beaches, it’s not a place where rain is usually an issue. Except, apparently, on two of the five days we were there. Despite the unexpected spates of rain we encountered — which, if we’re totally honest, added a certain amount of charm — Curaçao, one-third of the ABC Islands (Aruba and Bonaire being the A and the B), proved itself worthy of its idyllic reputation. The five-day exotic retreat (one of several Road Warrior prizes that also included a Samsung Galaxy smartphone and tablet, a $500 shopping spree from Citibank and 1 million AAdvantage miles split between the five winners) provided a welcome respite from the cold-weather climes that all of our winners were experiencing at home in January. And, after numerous days of sun- and water-filled activities (frolicking on the beach, swimming with dolphins and submarine excursions into the deepest parts of the ocean), no one, including the American Way staff, wanted to return to reality. As our Road Warriors began to exchange goodbyes, though, rather than bidding farewell to one another, they merely said “ till next time,” because, as warriors of the sky, there’s no doubt they’ll be seeing one another again — even if it’s just in passing as they run to catch a connecting flight. So, for the next 365 days, here are your reigning 2013 Road Warriors. If you find yourself seated next to one, be sure to say hi — and till next time.