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5 Unmissable Luxury Escapes in Australia

There is no doubt that Australia is a stunning country. There are so many wonderful places to explore, made all the more amazing if you choose to explore in luxury. You can relax and admire the beauty that surrounds you, enjoy exquisite cuisine and benefit from the spa treatments that are available at many luxury resorts. If you are intending to travel by road, you need to make sure that you have a vehicle that is suitable for the trip. Ensure that your own vehicle is serviced and prepared, or take a look at sites such as DriveNow Rentals,...

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Ticking Items Off Your Bucket List

When was the last time you thought about your bucket list? If you’re like most people, then checking off your dreams of adventure and excitement will likely be overshadowed by day-to-day life. However, actually following through on the goals and experiences you have set yourself could actually help you to start living your best life, right now! Indeed, you don’t need to wait until you retire to start completing your bucket list, and perhaps many of the items could be ticked off simultaneously while on vacation. Here are some of the most common bucket list items to inspire your...

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Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named Nora, and complimentary Tesla house cars are parked in front of the lobby awaiting guests arrival. The friendly staff offers a glass of wine, beer or flavored water at check–in to kickoff the Andaz experience. Each of the bungalow-style adobe casitas feature stylish mid-century...

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The Magnificent Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort

Recently I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the oceanfront Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. Celebrity actor Rob Lowe sat in front of me, and later walked up to the podium to thank entrepreneur and developer Rick Caruso for building this exquisite addition to the community. As a spokesman for the affluent village of Montecito, Lowe told approximately 150 invited guests, “We are so happy to have this resort up and running, to have place where we can create the kind of memories, that I had at the old Miramar, in the train car, having milkshakes, walking...

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The Ranunculus Super Bloom in Carlsbad

The city of Carlsbad in Southern California celebrates a super bloom this Spring with their famous blooming giant Tecolote Ranunculus fields. Near the center of town, the hills are ablaze with a kaleidoscope of flowers between the Pacific Ocean and LEGOLAND. The Carlsbad Ranch at The Flower Fields is located behind Armstrong Garden Center. This year the ranch offers fun props to enhance visitors photo opportunities. Guests can sit on a tractor or giant chair while posing next to rows of yellow, white, pink, purple, red, golden and salmon colored flowers. Other visitor opportunities include riding in a wagon...

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5 Careers That Pay You to Travel the World

Scheduling a vacation can be a pain when you have to make sure it is okay for your employer and your work schedule. Many people would love the opportunity to get paid to travel and there are countless positions the require you to move around and explore. There’s nothing better than exploring other countries and cultures while earning money. To combine both work and play for travel junkies is the ultimate ideal lifestyle. Working in offices and other confined environments can be frustrating for some as there is a need for change and movement for some people. Making a...

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Make Your Next Vacation an Adventure Vacation

When many people go on vacation, they go about their day checking out sites to see, the food to eat and trying to pick up a souvenir or two to bring home. The time is filled with lots of pictures, laughter, and memories. There are many others, however, that pursue adventure and activity overseeing the sites. There is nothing wrong with either, it all just depends on what exactly you’re looking to do! You could have the perfect idea or you could be looking to do something incredibly different this year. It’s getting easier and easier each year to...

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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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