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Five Unique Sleepover Experiences For Solo Travelers

What sets the world’s best hotel experiences apart from the rest? A dash of something different – nothing beats a mind-blowing setting or evocative detail from a long-lost era. Flash Pack curates group adventures and experiences for solo travelers in their 30s and 40s, and hand-picks some of the most unique hotels from across the world. When traveling solo, there are many things to take into consideration before embarking on your journey. Preparation is key. The solo traveler will want to find a place to unwind and regroup at the end of the day. Whether it’s a night in...

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Summer Fun at Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

What used to be the site of a Travelodge and Pacific Sands Hotel, is now the LEED GOLD certified oceanfront Shore Hotel. Located just blocks from the historic Santa Monica pleasure pier and west of downtown Los Angeles, over 50% of the construction waste materials, including metals, concrete, stucco, terrazzo, wood & carpet were recycled or salvaged from the two hotels to build this luxury eco-friendly boutique hotel. Opening in 2011, the hotel offers an open-air, U-shaped design allowing guests rooms to receive natural light, as well as taking full advantage of the Pacific Ocean views. The Shore Hotel...

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Ozarks Inspiring Thorncrown Chapel

When I arrived at Inspiration Point for my first summer of performing with Opera in the Ozarks, I knew that at least some of my time would be spent exploring the gorgeous scenery around me. Driving the curving mountain roads, going for my daily runs, and strolling through the hilly, winding streets of downtown, I felt a profound peace settle over me as I relaxed into the feeling of the aptly named Inspiration Point. This place was truly chock full of inspiration and charm: a musician’s dream! On one of my earliest drives into nearby Eureka Springs, I rounded...

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12 Trips for Dads Who Love to Travel

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Why not treat Dad to a bucket list adventure? From trekking in Chile, to cycling Northwest Arkansas, to playing cowboy in Wyoming or golfing in Montana, a world of active pursuits awaits. Below are 12 of our favorite vacations for the adventurous Dad. Torres del Paine Trek: Dad can take in the glaciers, lakes and spires of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park on the guided O Circuit trek with Adventure Life. He’ll hike around the remote north side of the Patagonian massif as well as the classic W, spending nights under...

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Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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Photo Essay: Luxury Dining Aboard Holland America’s Ship the Koningsdam

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas An evening aboard one of Holland America’s cruise ships is a luxury affair by any standards, but it can be made even more luxurious with elegant experiences at Club Orange or the Pinnacle Grill. The Holland America cruise line is known for its excellent food and superb service, and Club Orange allows guests to enjoy even more luxury benefits. My own dining experiences took place aboard the Koningsdam, one of two ships in Holland America’s line that has begun offering an exclusive Club Orange restaurant for members. Aboard Koningsdam...

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Luxury Evening Spa Experience

The spa inside the The Peninsula Beverly Hills was under construction for three weeks to elevate guests experiences and stand apart from the other spas in Beverly Hills. Not only did the spa add new products and services, but this summer they are offering unique spa experiences for this summer. Recently the Global Wellness Institute determined that the Spa economy was a $119 billion business and the global wellness industry grew by 6.4 percent annually from 2015–2017, from a $3.7 trillion to a $4.2 trillion market, nearly twice as fast as global economic growth. The newly enhanced multi-million dollar spa...

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Simple Guidelines for Pairing Food and Wine

Once upon a time, the rules were simple: red wine with meat; white wine with fish. Then came a new rule: Ignore the old rule and drink whatever you like. Perhaps it’s better to forget rules and simply follow some general guidelines to enhance your enjoyment of both wine and food. As regional wines have evolved to match the foods of the area, an easy pairing is to do as Europeans do –and drink local wines with local foods. Consider balance, so that neither the food nor the wine overwhelms the other. Weight: A hearty dish like Beef Bourguignon...

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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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The Magic of the Camino in Just One Week

Thousands of pilgrims from all nationalities walk the Camino de Santiago routes each year (over 300,000 in 2018 alone!) but not all of them spend a whole month walking the 500 miles that separate St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela. Many pilgrims start their journey further along the routes, much closer to Santiago, adapting their distance to their fitness level or indeed to the time they have available. It is possible to experience the magic of the Camino even if you only have limited time at your disposal, here’s how to plan a great Camino in one...

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How to Plan the Perfect Multi-generational Trip

Personal Experience is the Best Teacher As a travel advisor, it is my job to design journeys for my clients that will leave beautiful and lasting memories. The complexity of trip planning becomes exponential when you add more people and the diversity multi-generational considerations of ages and interests as well as family dynamics. As a wife, mother and grandmother who has taken and planned many extended family vacations, I am also able to provide my clients with first hand tips and tricks on how to make their multi-generational experience positive and as carefree as possible. All of these I...

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Street Food on the Edge: Buffalo’s Food Truck Experience in Larkin Square

Growing up in Buffalo, New York good food is everywhere. Buffalo wings from Anchor Bar or Duff’s, a sub from John and Mary’s, or Beef on Weck from just about any local eatery. Biscotti or fresh Italian bread from DiCamillo’s or a peanut donut from Paula’s. The list is endless. When I plan a trip back to the Queen City the menu of good eats gets top prority. A few summers ago I was thrown an unexpected curve-ball when my folks introduced me to Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. My parents are regulars and they have been bragging...

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