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Nanjing, China: Come for the history, stay for the food

Savvy travelers know Nanjing as a hidden treasure, offering an array of rich historical and cultural sites for visitors to explore. Located in Jiangsu Province just outside of Shanghai, this city of more than 8 million sits along the Yangtze River, with the majestic Purple Mountain rising in the east. One of China’s four ancient capital cities, Nanjing enjoys a relaxed pace compared to mega-cities like Beijing and is easy to navigate, with modern public transportation and plenty of taxis. Once you’ve enjoyed Nanjing’s cultural traditions and historical attractions, relax and enjoy the remarkable hospitality and incredible food. Here...

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Bucolic Buellton in Central California

After the winter rain, super blooms are transforming California’s landscape into pastures and hills blanketed with Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills offer vibrant yellow mustard flowers. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We stayed overnight at the renovated Santa Ynez Valley Marriott offering spacious wine county designed rooms. What makes this property desirable is its sparkling swimming pool. It’s the largest...

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Nambia’s Epic Deserts and Dunes Offer Adventure and Wildlife

Everyone touts the Big Five in Africa –the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. They’re the photogenic celebrities of the savannah that travelers yearn to see on safari. And as each is sighted, you can almost hear the sound of a check mark being made on the proverbial bucket list. But, there’s another group of creatures who fly way below the radar, yet deserve attention for their own star-studded qualities. The Little Five of the Namib Desert consists of the lizard, snake, gecko, chameleon and spider. These creatures live in the world’s oldest desert, covering an area of around...

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The President and the Lady: World’s Greatest Diveable Intact Shipwreck?

In this column we are transporting you to the Republic of Vanuatu, a South Pacific Ocean nation comprised of roughly 80 islands that stretch 8,000 miles across cerulean blue sea. One island, Espiritu Santo, attracts scuba divers from around the globe to not only dive its coral reefs and walls, but primarily to explore a WWII-era American troopship called the SS President Coolidge, considered by many to be “one of the world’s greatest shipwreck dives!” The Fog of War Bathed in a shroud of dim pale blue light the silent steel hulk looms up from the shadowy depths. An...

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The Top Five Luxury Vacation Destinations of 2019

With ever-changing geopolitical climates and awareness surrounding hidden gems throughout the world, the luxury travel scene changes every year. For those who like to plan an annual getaway, this creates an incredible opportunity to do something a little different. 2019 is expected to be a great year for luxury travelers around the globe. From exotic locales to urban delights, here are the top five luxury vacation destinations of 2019. New York City, USA Don’t be fooled into thinking that a luxury retreat necessitates white sand beaches and panoramic vistas. According to the experts at luxuryretreats.com, more and more consumers...

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Ten Top Mediterranean Cruises for Every Budget and Taste

  For cruise lovers who want to dip a toe into the Mediterranean, ten cruise lines offer scores of ships sailing scores of itineraries. The first choice, of course, is: Western Med or Eastern Med. For me, the Western Med has a slight edge because I favor the cultural attractions in Spain, France and Italy, as well as the shopping and dining. However, if a client favors pristine beaches, ancient ruins and perhaps a religious pilgrimage to Israel, then the Eastern Med is the obvious choice. 1. When luxury is the main consideration, Seabourn consistently gets high marks. The...

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Healers of Hurawalhi

Hurawalhi Island Resort has launched their new ‘At One with the Ocean’ wellbeing retreats, which use the healing power of the ocean for a full mind, body and soul transformation in this luxury Maldivian paradise. With wellbeing at its core, Hurawahli Island Resort is proud to announce the launch of the new 2019 dates for the new and improved ‘At One with the Ocean’ retreats. Drawing upon the gifts and talents of some of the world’s most spiritually connected and sought-after healers, Hurawalhi healing creates an intricate connection between mind, sound vibration, energy waves, meditation and the restorative powers of the ocean. Hurawalhi’s seasoned...

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A Chance to Push Pause

  Relaxing, unwinding and slowing down are keys to an enjoyable vacation for many travelers. For your next break from everyday life, consider these New Mexico locations that provide tranquility to visitors seeking to put their minds and bodies at ease. Find more information and potential travel destinations at newmexico.org. SOURCE: New Mexico...

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Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019

Taking time to go on vacation or to just unplug from everyday life can be beneficial, and there’s certainly no lack of options when it comes to choosing an ideal vacation spot. The options for experiencing an amazing vacation are so plentiful, such as exploring a cruise port, eating and drinking your way around a city or simply visiting a new destination, you may find yourself struggling to narrow down the choices. By focusing first on what type of vacation experience you would enjoy most, the details of the location may more easily fall into place. “Often, would-be vacationers...

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Sin City Opulence: Your Guide to the More Luxurious Side of Las Vegas

When it comes to Las Vegas, it’s standard to test your luck on the not-so-lucky slot machines, overeat at the gluttonous buffets, and satisfy your libations with the tall, neon-colored daiquiri cups… been there, done that. Instead of the typical visit to Vegas, why not really make it worth your while? You’re probably thinking, it’s Vegas… just to be in the presence of Vegas is an experience all in itself, and that is definitely true but there is so much more to the City of Sin than the Bellagio Fountains or being able to walk the streets with open...

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Visit These Exotic Destinations via Private Jet

There is no form of transportation that is more glamorous than a private jet. This allows you to travel like the rich and the famous do in complete privacy and with luxury facilities onboard so that you arrive at your destination feeling fresh and energized. When flying in a private jet, it is also important that you are travelling to somewhere that is equally as exotic and there are a few superb places to consider. Bora Bora Bora Bora has often been called the most beautiful island in the entire world and this is hard to argue. Located French...

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Magical, Mystical Bagan is a Feast for the Senses

As the sun rises and paints the landscape fiery orange, I finally grasp the sheer magnitude of Bagan’s ancient monuments from my bird’s-eye perch in a hot air balloon. It’s an otherworldly skyline, dotted with pagodas, temples, shrines, stupas and monasteries as far as the eye can see. I marvel at the unrivaled perspective I have of this archaeological paradise and its unbeatable scenery. It’s one of the many memorable experiences embodied in a custom tour of Myanmar (formerly Burma) with top-rated Journeys Within, A Wild Frontiers Company. Bagan is the sacred mecca of Myanmar. In this “Golden Country,”...

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