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Dramatic Waterfall in Madrid is Inside a Hotel and Has No Water

Starting February 26th, Madrid will be filled with the finest international art as part of the new edition of ARCO, the main contemporary art fair on the international circuit. Travelers flocking into the city can also experience one of the tallest and most complex interior sculptures in Europe created by artist and engineer Pere Gifre (Figueres, 1974). Housed in VP Plaza España Design, the impressive waterfall sculpture is a great example of impressive innovation. Inspired by Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí, the sculptural designer was able to find the forms and volumes of water by playing with the density of water, achieving...

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Designer Reveals What Makes Sandals Resorts So Romantic

In 1995, Sarah Hartman was hired to join one other interior designer working on the Sandals Resorts portfolio of eight Caribbean properties. Today Hartman serves as the Director of Interior Design for Sandals Resorts International’s billion-dollar operation that includes 23 hotels located on 7 Caribbean islands. Hartman has the enviable task of bringing out the best in resorts perched on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The question is, “Will Hartman share the secret ingredients as to what makes Sandals synonymous with the word romance?” When she’s not conjuring new design ideas from her Miami-based office,...

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Explore a Mystical Lunar Landscape at Craters of the Moon

I’m in an otherworldly place that looks like somewhere the lunar lander would have been roaming around on a research mission. Pitch-black lava fragments are scattered amid a sea of cinders, mini volcanoes rise up from the barren terrain and dark, forbidding craters combine to create an eerie and starkly beautiful environment. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a unique landscape that was shaped during a series of major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. One of four national parks in Idaho, it encompasses over 1,100 square miles, which is about the size of...

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7 Tips to Fight Back Against Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health concern that is on the rise in America. About 40 million adults in the U.S., ages 18 and older, are affected by an anxiety disorder. It is normal to feel apprehensive or slightly worried in some situations, but when these fears begin affecting or interfering with your daily functions, you may need to take steps to help you manage the situation. To help reduce some of your anxious feelings, consider these tips below. 1. Identify Your Stressors The National Alliance on Mental Health identifies the common experience in anxiety disorders is persistent, excessive fear...

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Food & Beverage Trends in 2020

Looking to eat healthier in 2020? Food and beverage manufacturers are enhancing food and making it even more flavorful for every dietary need. Here are five trends that will be even more popular this year: Plant-based Craze Some of the 100% plant-based meat products leaders include Impossible, Beyond Meat, No Evil Foods, Schouten and Gardein. They continue to develop more products in 2020 including plant-based meat balls, sausage and crumble for tacos. Butchers and meat brands won’t be left out of this vegetarian and vegan “plant-based” craze in 2020. More meat-eating consumers will swap a traditional beef burger for one with 30% plant-based ingredients, to...

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6 Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts to Give This Year

You’ve made your sweetheart feel special each and every Valentine’s Day the two of you have spent together, but this year, you want to make the day even more spectacular than ever before. Maybe it’s a milestone anniversary, or perhaps you’re getting ready to finally pop the question. Whatever the reason, if you want to make this February 14th stand out from the rest, you’ll want to think outside the box when searching for the right valentine’s gift for your girl. Worry not, in this post, we’ll give you six unique gift ideas that are sure to make this...

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Brett Tollman‘s Top 10 Bucket List: Celebrating 100 Years of The Travel Corporation

Brett Tollman, chief executive of The Travel Corporation (TTC), shares his #TTCTop10 bucket list of destinations for 2020 as a way to celebrate the company’s 100th Anniversary. “Our roots can be traced back over a hundred years to a small fishing village called Paternoster, located in the Western Cape of my homeland, South Africa,” Tollman wrote. “My beloved grandfather Solomon owned a small hotel beginning in 1920 in this village which still exists today, and this is where our fourth generation, family owned and family run business was born.” “Besides being the start of an exciting new decade ahead,...

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Will that be Chocolate, Booze, Sex or Travel?  Millennials, Pack Your Bags!  Boomers too!  

Everybody loves to talk about it Just taking a simple stroll down the street or stopping in at a neighborhood restaurant or cafe is enough to show you that travel-any kind of travel – is what revs the conversational engine between friends, family and often, the stranger at the table next to you. Where you went, where you are going, where you want to go and where someone else is going seems to dominate nearly every discussion!  More than any other generation, millennials seem to enjoy travelling anywhere and everywhere.  Two-week per year holidays just do not cut it...

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What To Bring When Camping In Luxury

Camping can be fun, but if you’ve been doing it countless times already, the activity can get boring. This is especially true if you usually camp with the same people and bringing the same items. If you want your upcoming camping trip to be a little different and become exciting once again, try out luxury camping or, as others call, “glamping.” Traditional camping will require you to sleep in a sleeping bag on the ground; glamping is sleeping in a comfortable queen-sized bed inside a carpeted tent. For your first luxury camping experience to be one for the books,...

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The Ultimate Miami Guide: What You Need to Do, See and Eat

As the southernmost major city in the United States, Miami is a culturally rich and diversified place — in fact, it’s one of America’s most thoroughly bilingual cities, with Spanish spoken fluently across the entire region. The only thing more diverse than Miami’s cultural influences is all the activities and attractions available. If food is your thing, there are hundreds of great restaurants, bistros, and more serving unique and delicious meals. And if you’re the type who enjoys outdoor escapades and events, there’s plenty to see and do. Best of all, the dull cold-weather months are possibly the best...

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Aloha Welcome at Hawaii’s Fairmont Orchid Resort

The 32-acre Fairmont Orchid Resort is located in an ideal climate zone on a northwestern beach along the Kohala Coast on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The weather is mild year round for weddings, family vacations and corporate functions. On the majestic Kohala Coast above Kona, this area receives about 10 inches of rain a year, with a little bit more up in the hills. Whereas Hilo on the other side of the island receives up to 150 inches of rain. Upon check-in the gracious staff offer Hawaiian leis to each guest. In the warm and friendly Hawaiian culture, a lei of...

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Yosemite Mariposa County Offers a Winter Wonderland

About a 4.5 hour drive from the greater Los Angeles area is Yosemite Mariposa County. During the winter months, the traffic is light and there may be snow on the mountains and trees in the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite Valley. Even though the resort is not in Yosemite Valley, it’s about a 45 minute drive to the majestic Half Dome tunnel view spot and worthy of a day trip. At approximately 4,000 feet elevation, it does snow, however it seldom stays for very long. Check snow reports and road conditions at the National Park Service. Tenaya Lodge is just about two...

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