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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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Road Trip Rides of the Rich and Famous: Luxury Motorhomes to Swoon Over

What image comes to mind when you hear the word “motorhome”? Is it that rusty old clunker that’s basically a character unto itself in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Or maybe you recall the sleek, silver Airstream that your snowbird grandparents drove from Long Island to sunny Florida each spring. Either way, motorhomes aren’t exactly synonymous with luxury living. Or are they? You might be surprised to learn that there are some models with million-dollar (or more) price tags and the amenities to match. Let’s take a look at some of the opulent, luxurious recreational vehicles that money can buy!...

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Barceló Karima is a “10”

Actress Bo Derek running on the beach in Blake Edwards movie “10” instantly put Manzanillo, Mexico as one of the most popular vacation destinations. This trend-setting film in 1997 was one of the biggest box-office hits. Near this beach is Barceló Karmina, an all-inclusive 324-room resort, that has earned  a 5-star and distinguished 4-diamond AAA resort. The Mayan inspired designed lobby offers a soaring ceiling with an impressive wall of glass windows. Looking out one sees tropical gardens, pools interconnected by waterfalls and a private beach.  It’s a 2.5 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Manzanillo. Arriving at the small...

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New Ships: 2019 and Beyond

  With each new bumper crop of ships there are innovations, usually in shipboard attractions, accommodations and activities, but also in technology. The year 2019 will see the industry’s first ship powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG). Others are coming. The 3,954-passenger Carnival Panorama, a Vista-class ship debuts December 2019 in Long Beach, CA, and will sail seven-day itineraries to the Mexican Riviera, departing every Saturday. This will be first Carnival ship home ported here in two decades. Notable features: Spacious rooms and suites in the Family Harbor area; a huge WaterWorks aqua park, SkyRide, the open-air SportSquare,...

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Lunar New Year at Disneyland

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park now through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Guests have the opportunity to experience multicultural treats and drinks with the 2019 Lunar New Year Sip and Savor Pass. The pass costs $36 for annual passholders, and $39 for non-passholders. You receive a big laminated card attached to a lanyard to wear it around your neck. On the card are six tags that one tears off when ordering small plates and beverages. Guests may purchase items a la carte too.   While walking through Disney’s California Adventure, visitors can listen to live entertainment and...

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Death Valley’s Luxury Resort

I was curious to visit Death Valley during the government shut-down. Would all the sites be closed? I knew The Oasis at Death Valley was open and recently completed $100 million in renovations. Both The Inn and The Ranch at Death Valley are celebrating a renaissance in 2019. Located a little over four hours from Los Angeles or a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, is an oasis in the middle of the vast desert of Death Valley National Park. Driving from Los Angeles, we stopped at the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station to pay our $30 entrance fee. We noticed the self-pay...

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A Guide to Chicago Nightlife

Whatever you’re looking for when it comes to nightlife, you’ll find it in Chicago. The Windy City is home to some of the top restaurants, endless bars and a diverse comedy and theater scene. Visitors and newcomers to the city who recently purchased one of the Chicago homes for sale will discover a wealth of options for going out after dark – so many that a guide to the nightlife here is really a must just to figure out where to start. The Best Bars Conde Nast Traveler named the Green Mill among its list of the very best...

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The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley

There are two refreshed luxury resorts in Napa Valley. Hotel Villagio’s updates were just finished in summer 2018, while The Vintage House was modernized into a sophisticated wine country style hotel last October 2017. Both reside on Washington Street and are part of The Estate Yountville. The resorts are located between V-Marketplace and four of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s eateries: Bottega Napa Valley for fine dining Italian cuisine; Ottimo Italian eatery and market for breakfast, lunch, picnic fare and wine; Platform 8, an upscale burger cafe and Platform 8 Ice Cream Lab. Across the street are Michelin-starred restaurants, wine-tasting rooms...

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