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Author: Randi Winter

MAD About Everything–In All the Best Ways

Unlike many designers and architects, Timothy Jung, the creator of MAD Designer Stage, does not have a fixed style and direction in design. As Jung says, “There’s nothing new in this world. To me, the most important thing, is how to use different inspirations, styles, collective unconsciousness, emotions, materials and knowledge from others to weave an unprecedented new tapestry. It is about making irrelevant objects, artifacts, decors coexist in a spatial space in harmony, transcending norms, trend and fashion. We don’t like expected answers! We learn through observations and first-hand experiences with no hypothesis to start with, because they...

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Summer “Pet-iquette”

Written by Randi Winter, Edited by Christine Sallas Summer means travel for most families, by air, land, or sea. The least stressful vacations are usually the ones where you have all aspects covered for each of the passengers. Many families have four-legged pets that may have never travelled farther than the grocery store or family cottage. Once you are outside of your own home, there is a whole list of other criteria to consider. Of course, all the same precautions and preparations apply if you are moving long distances. Just ask Luxe Beat Magazine Publisher, Sherrie Wilkolaski, who picked...

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Travel Cancellation Penalties: Dos and Don’ts

When it comes to cancelling or changing airline, hotel or cruise bookings that have any kind of cancellation penalty, you need to know some critically important realities. Nothing New Under the Sun  When it comes to excuses, there is nothing new under the sun. There is not a story, excuse or scenario that the airline or hotel has not heard before…especially the death in the family; dog ate my confirmation; lost my job; my phone died; I thought I cancelled this in time–or I just broke up or divorced. Different employees have different levels of authority to waive, reduce or cancel penalties. You...

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Were you Booked or Planning a Cruise or Educational Tour Including Cuba?

CUBA a NO-GO for American Flagged or Owned Cruise Lines and Tour Companies As of June 4th, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced ending people-to-people travel to Cuba, and also the end to cruise travel for US citizens, and US owned tour companies and cruise lines. In a published statement to the U.S. Department of State website, a spokesperson wrote that along with the elimination of people-to-people trips “United States will no longer permit visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including cruise ships and yachts, and private and corporate aircraft.” That will effectively...

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Meditation on a Virgin-Richard Branson Style

People often ask me how can I fly and not get jetlagged and stressed? While I cannot always control the plane or what happens when my luggage is placed on the conveyor belt, I can take charge and prepare mentally and physically for the flight. I try not to dwell on what kind of adventures my luggage may have while separated from me. My last few flights included: my luggage never leaving my home airport; or, it arrives, but with a smashed-in side that barely holds the clothes in the bag; or, it falls off the plane conveyor and...

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The New York Times Travel Show Promises the World

The New York Times Brings a World of Experiences to the Javits Center January 25-27, 2019 New York has always been considered a real melting pot of ethnic, culinary and cultural diversity. For the 16th consecutive year, the New York Times brings the world to its readers, travel enthusiasts from the tristate area and anyone in town who wants to explore the world with all their 5 senses. You will have opportunities to see, hear, touch, taste and smell authentic experiences proudly showcased by tourism boards, tour companies, cruise lines, educational programs, wellness, animals, eco-friendly travel, food, fashion and of...

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Ultimate Andrea Bocelli Experience

Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer Andrea Bocelli has often been described as having the most beautiful voice in the world. Bocelli is currently on tour promoting his latest album Si. His tour will end at the Teatro del Silenzio (Theater of Silence) in Lajatico – Tuscany on July 25, 2019. Following this final performance, he’s opening up his home after the show to a handful of exclusive guests! Seating is limited, so please find details of the experience below and be sure to book your reservation early…this VIP luxury travel experience will not last. Andrea Bocelli Experience Teatro del Silenzio...

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Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Ups the Luxury Ante

A Star is Reborn It may take nine months to have a baby, but the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore took a full 12 months to birth their new look of luxury. Nowhere is it better showcased than in The Suite Collection. Perhaps rebirth is a more fitting description since it was the same interior design team of Hirsch Bedner Associates as they were responsible for the original interior in 1994! Their brand-new colour palette draws its inspiration from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and close to the hotel. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore unveils luxury themed...

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Brexit and the Big 5: e-passports for UK Entry in 2019

Countries that will be able to use e-passports for UK Entry in 2019 If you have been frustrated by the notoriously long passport lines at London’s Heathrow Airport, which the last time we went through there, took almost three hours, you might want to start planning your visit after April 2019 — provided you’re from one of five countries. “We’ll open the use of e-passport gates at Heathrow and other airports, currently only available to EEA nationals, to include visitors from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan,” UK Finance Minister Hammond proclaimed in a speech. What is the...

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James Picard: “The Dark & The Wounded” Paints Hope

James Picard, a mixed media and experiential artist, sculptor, documentary filmmaker and humanitarian screened his multi-award (15+) winning documentary short, The Dark & The Wounded. May 14th, at the Cannes Film Festival (2018), The Buzz of the Day at Cannes confirmed that Picard’s film has captured many hearts at the 71st festival, billing it as “the sleeper hit of the festival.” While James Picard’s name and his artwork are not familiar to many, they will be very soon. His work already has caught the attention of collectors worldwide and hangs in many museums next to art by some of...

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