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4 Benefits of Traveling Without Your Kids

Parenthood can get exhausting and it’s crucial to take time for yourself to shake up the mundane routine you may have. It can be difficult to find the time, money, and a caregiver for vacations but don’t count them out just because it can be difficult. Finding time to rest without your kids is important to keep up your well-being and your parenting capabilities. When you do get that time and money, take advantage of it! You may begin to feel guilty for leaving your children behind, but remember that it isn’t necessarily healthy constantly being together for anyone,...

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5 reasons to visit Florida’s Space Coast this year

Searching for a vacation destination that’s out of this world? Look no further than Florida’s Space Coast — the primary home of NASA rocket launch operations and the origination point for numerous historic missions that have defined U.S. space exploration. For the science, technology and sci-fi enthusiasts in your family, there’s no better way to truly experience the excitement of the modern-day space race than to view a rocket launch in person during the yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which in 1969 landed humans on the moon for the first time. And there...

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Luxurious La Prairie Spa in Beverly Hills

Taking the elevator up to the second floor, the door opens to La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Recently this 5,000 sq. ft. spa was named a Five-Star Spa by Forbes Travel Guide. It’s the first spa at a Hilton property in North America to win the award, and only the second globally. Curious why this luxury spa received such a prestigious designation, I discovered the staff incorporates the Swiss skincare’s most luxurious products and experiences. Only at the Waldorf Astoria, do they offer a multitude of treatments and three exclusive experiences. The Ultimate Radiance Experience leaves locals...

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My Favorite Mediterranean Ports

As a cruise editor, I have visited scores of ports worldwide–but there are Med ports I would gladly visit again and again. That’s way I recommend a pre- or post-cruise stay for several of these ports – because there is just too much to see and do in a single day. Athens The glory that was Greece is still here, evidenced by centuries-old monuments alongside high-rises, neoclassical buildings, tavernas, cafés and shops selling everything from tacky souvenirs to gorgeous 18-carat gold jewelry. A pre-cruise stay is recommended for itineraries that start here — on Princess, Azamara and Celestyal, for...

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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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