• Anthony Bourdain's Best Places To Visit For July 4th Holiday
Looking for the best July 4th destinations? Let this list of interesting places inspired by gifted chef and talented storyteller, Anthony Bourdain guide you…
- International Business Times
Friday June 25, 2021
• A look at travel rules in popular European destinations
Europe is opening up to Americans and other visitors after more than a year of COVID-induced restrictions. But travelers will need patience to figure out who’s allowed into which country…
- Associated Press
Friday June 25, 2021
Suite-like comforts and wild settings: These well-appointed tents call campers of all adventure levels to lace up boots in the great outdoors.
Nature, a safe and socially distant refuge, has been the balm of the pandemic. Instagram accounts once devoted to rooftop cocktails and luxury suites went full Sierra Club, with images of people-less sunsets, uncrowded hiking trails, and wildflower-filled plains. But for those who feel sleeping on hard ground and rustling up campfire fare isn’t quite “vacation,” outdoors-focused resorts with tented camp and glamping options step in to remove the discomforts and handle the chores, freeing guests to revel in the splendor of nature.
As the following places illustrate, opportunities come in a variety of climates and cultures – from the African bush to the Australian Outback, tropical beaches to temperate rain forests, desert canyons to snowcapped peaks – collectively linked by love of the land.
The secrets to a long and healthy life are often thought to be diet and exercise. But you might also want to add travel to that list. While many people travel simply for enjoyment, or the desire to get away and do something different, along the way they also broaden their horizons, relieve day-to-day stress and improve their general outlook on life.
Travel is good for our health and contributes to a longer life expectancy and a more satisfying retirement. Here are four ways that travel can improve the life of retirees:
1. Travel encourages you to be more active.
You hustle through the airport, schlep your bags to the hotel, then walk around the streets, stroll through the museums, swim in the ocean or hike along mountain paths. Many of the activities you do on vacation involve physical exercise which lowers your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and cancer. Need more proof? Many scientific studies have found that men women who vacation at least twice a year enjoyed a significantly lower risk of heart disease than women who hardly ever took a break.
You’ve made it to the ship, through the check in process, and are on board. It’s somewhat like a hotel, but it moves. What can you expect in this new, yet vaguely familiar, environment? What’s expected of you?
1. Lifeboat Drill (or muster) is a mandatory participation event. On occasion I’ve seen nice couples looking over the rail at those of us dutifully wrapped in our orange jackets. Chuckling to themselves, they’re oblivious to the fact that they are breaking the strict policy of proper adherence to the Mandatory Coast Guard Lifeboat Drill. Many lines actually check
Like a baby’s tentative first step and a teenager’s first real kiss, every passenger embarks on a first cruise at least once. For smooth sailing, these tips can help make your initial embarkation and first evening on board just a little more comfortable.
1. Bring along some single dollar bills for the luggage handlers at the pier. Of course that is if you’re planning to see the luggage again. They are not cruise line employees but members of the stevedores union.
Have you heard the good news? Two days ago, on May 25th, President Biden signed the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, legislation that sets the stage for large ships to cruise in Alaska this Summer.
To board, all passengers over the age of 16 will be required to show proof that they have been vaccinated 14 days ahead of the cruise's start date. Starting August 1st, every passenger over age 12 will be required to be fully vaccinated to board.
So, vacation season is finally here! You have, hopefully, contacted your super-amazing Travel Professional to help you plan the perfect experience and shopped-for and packed all your new cute travel clothes….you’re ready? Maybe not! Have you made sure to leave your home in good shape so it stays clean, protected and even energy-efficient while you are gone?
Europe is opening to US travelers this Summer. I thought I'd share some common fears I hear from clients who haven't been there before.
If I had a dollar for every time a client has asked me if people in Paris really hate Americans, or stated that they might be interested in seeing Europe, but they are afraid they won’t be able to get around since they only speak English, or are afraid of the Euro, or think too many people smoke, or worry that they won’t be able to find any food that they like, etc…I would be long retired in an oceanfront villa on Maui by now, sipping Mai Tais and perfecting my tan.
• Passport offices across the country are getting backlogged—it’s time to renew now!
With travel sales surging that means passports are getting backlogged. If you are thinking about traveling in the next year internationally, make sure to get the passport renewal process started early to avoid travel delay.
If your passport will expire 6 months or less before the end of your return travel date, you need to renew it before you travel.
If you don’t have a passport, here is a guide on how to apply
A Guide to applying for your passport
In this age of information overload (a Google search of “Where should I stay on Maui?” returns 7.7 million results) and pandemic-related uncertainty, I believe travelers can benefit from personalized vacation-planning help now more than ever. There are thousands of travel advisors around the world (including 22,000 Virtuoso travel advisors in 50 countries, to be exact) who are ready to help make travel dreams come true. Despite what you may have heard, travel advisors aren’t a vanishing breed; they aren’t trying to upsell you; and – trust me – no matter how well traveled you are, Virtuoso travel advisors have way more connections than you do. I’ve uncovered eight of the most common myths about travel advisors, and I’m here to debunk them, once and for all....
Myth #1: A travel advisor is just a fancy name for a travel agent:
Think of travel advisors like financial advisors: They’re trusted, knowledgeable sources who help shape and support big decisions in your life. Travel is an investment, and it can yield an incredible return on life. Deciding where and how to go shouldn’t be taken lightly, whether that’s a years-in-the-making Italian sojourn, a bucket-list world cruise, or a spring break safari with your family. Travel agents can be merely transactional – they’ll book plane tickets and finalize hotel reservations – but travel advisors are transformational. They make it their business to get to know you, and they'll work with you again and again on your travel plans, learning everything from your favorite spa treatment to the go-to bottle of wine you like to have waiting in your hotel room.
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