Author: Lillian Africano

Sree Sreenivasan: America’s Tech Guru

Share: When Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) was appointed Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013, that was the latest step in what he calls “a three-decade, one-way love affair with one of the world’s great museums.” Since his appointment, a lot has happened at the Met, reflecting Sree’s expertise in all things digital, especially social media. In April 2014, the Met’s Instagram account was selected as the Webby Award Winner in the Social Arts & Culture category in the 18th annual awards program. (The Webby, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is...

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Debbie Stone Travel Writer and Columnist

Share: This month we are featuring Debbie Stone, whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, ranging from newspapers and magazines to travel-related websites. Additionally, she has served as a travel specialist for the NPR-affiliated, talk radio show, “2 Boomer Babes,” as well as for local T.V. stations in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also writes a monthly travel column for Luxe Beat Magazine called Put a Pin in it! Debbie came to travel writing after working in a number of different careers: as a play and dance therapist, an ESL teacher (both in the U.S. and abroad), an airline sales...

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Fall Spa Week: Buy a Luxurious Spa Getaway for $50

Share: During Fall Spa Week — October 12-18 — hundreds of spas nationwide will offer $50 treatments valued between $100 and $500. Visit the website, and after you give your state or a zip code, you’ll see a list of participating spas and the treatments offered. Most of the participants will be day spas. But why settle for a bargain facial or massage when could get much more? Look for a a resort or hotel spa, for these are likely to have full-service spas. If you find one within easy reach, you can have a real getaway with a...

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A Cruise Vacation can be a Healthy Vacation

Share: Yes, that’s right: A cruise vacation can be a healthy vacation. Sure, a generation or so ago, a cruise vacation was often an excuse to drink too much and overeat, not only during breakfast, lunch and dinner — but also at the legendary midnight buffets. Today’s health-conscious traveler will find it easy to eat well (and deliciously) on a cruise and drink fine wines, without overindulging. Exercise options onboard can be fun and there is enough to do so there is little risk of eating out of boredom. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) recently listed the following 12 reasons why...

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CityPASS: Luxury Two Ways

Share: Everyone loves a bargain. CityPASS is a genuine bargain, a book of admission tickets to major tourist attractions with savings of up to 50% compared to the combined regular box office prices. But even better: CityPASS ticket holders have the luxury of saving time and the convenience by  skipping ticket lines (no matter how long they are) and heading straight for the entrance of whatever attraction they’re visiting. Some years ago, I became a hero to my family when we used my New York CityPASS booklets to visit the American Museum of Natural history during a school holiday...

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