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Influencers Helping During Isolation

It’s fair to say that globally these are strange times, and every single person has been affected. With tougher self-isolation conditions, the internet has been our link to the outside, and helped keep us connected in disconnected times. Here are our favourite influencers offering tips on health, fitness, recipes, schooling, and all-round entertainment to help keep you motivated in the unknown days that lie ahead. Fitness influencers to follow It can be easy to sit lie on the sofa endlessly binging on Netflix box sets, but getting up and moving really will help both your mind and body in these quarantine times. And thanks to the Bodycoach – Joe Wicks, you and your kids can enjoy a 9am PE lesson livestreamed straight to your living room, and get fit along with the other million people taking part. Similarly, head over to Instagram to take part in Laura ‘Biceps’ Hoggins ‘Stay Strong Workout Series’. Leading live bodyweight workouts from her home, @laurabiceps can help you stay fit, without any gym equipment. Promoting the power of positivity We all know that a positive mind can have a powerful impact on your mental well-being. The fashion brand Radley has recently launched their Women of Spirit Wednesday blog. Designed to inspire, the blog speaks with women who are shining examples of women leading their field and bring to light the power of positivity....

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Ideas to help reluctant armchair travelers satisfy their wanderlust from the comfort and safety of home

As the coronavirus outbreak grounds global adventurers, we’ve gathered a few ideas to help reluctant armchair travelers satisfy their wanderlust from the comfort and safety of home. Tip 1: Revisit favorite vacation settings through books and movies. Leading Irish tour operator CIE Tours has hit “pause” on its guided vacations, but Ireland’s rich literary legacy will keep travelers endlessly inspired until they can visit again. C.S. Lewis based much of his fantasy land in “The Chronicles of Narnia” on County Down’s Mourne Mountains, while James Joyce captured Dublin life in “Ulysses” and “Dubliners.” Film buffs can revel in spectacular Irish scenery...

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How the Coronavirus is Impacting the Health Sector

The field of medicine has advanced a great deal in the last few centuries, thanks to innovations such as germ theory, sterilization of medical equipment, microscopes, and vaccines. Many lives are saved every year and a number of diseases have been largely removed from society, but the battle against disease nonetheless goes on. Other conditions will continue to exist too, such as genetic conditions or physical deformations. In the U.S., for example, one in every 700 babies is born with Down Syndrome, for 6,000 individual cases each year. Still, a combination of a robust healthcare system and safe practices by Americans...

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Oregon’s Allison Inn & Spa hosts wine auction

Allison Inn & Spa is hosting The Willamette Valley Wineries Association (WVWA) Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction event on April 3 and April 4, 2020. This non-profit organization is dedicated to achieving recognition for Oregon’s acclaimed Willamette Valley as a premier Pinot noir–producing region. Located in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, Allison Inn & Spa is nestled amidst the verdant Willamette Valley, home to over 500 wineries. Many are recognized as the leading producers of Pinot Noir in the world. Nearly 250 members represent wineries and tasting rooms along the bucolic and verdant 150 mile stretch from Portland to Eugene....

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Dramatic Waterfall in Madrid is Inside a Hotel and Has No Water

Starting February 26th, Madrid will be filled with the finest international art as part of the new edition of ARCO, the main contemporary art fair on the international circuit. Travelers flocking into the city can also experience one of the tallest and most complex interior sculptures in Europe created by artist and engineer Pere Gifre (Figueres, 1974). Housed in VP Plaza España Design, the impressive waterfall sculpture is a great example of impressive innovation. Inspired by Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí, the sculptural designer was able to find the forms and volumes of water by playing with the density of water, achieving...

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MSC Cruises Extends Expansion Plan to 2030

  MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have further extended their long-term partnership by making a number of strategic announcements at a ceremony held at the Matignon Palace, the French Prime Minister’s the official residence. The ceremony was attended by Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France; Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman; Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ Executive Chairman; and, Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s General Manager. First, the two companies announced the signing of firm contracts for the construction of MSC Cruises’ third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ships, to be delivered in 2025 and 2027....

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Sea Cloud to Launch Third Sailing Ship

In summer 2020, Sea Cloud Cruises’ third tall ship will be taking to the seas. The new Sea Cloud Spirit has already passed her first round of sea worthiness tests. “Since the tests were successful and the shipyard is running on time, the new ship’s maiden voyage is on track for August 29, 2020,” said CEO Daniel Schaefer. Like its sister ships the Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud II, the Sea Cloud Spirit combines a genuine passion for sailing with the atmosphere of a private yacht.  The 453-square feet three-masted sailing ship can accommodate up to 136 guests and, like its two sister ships, occupies a special niche within...

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Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort – Jazz. Swim. Spa.

Weekends at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa begin on Friday nights with glasses of complimentary sangria and light bites during the weekly ‘Hello Weekend Reception’. Guests gather outside overlooking the Las Brisas pool and golf course to transform into a relaxing vacation vibe. Prime time to visit the The Westin Mission Hills is from November 2019 through March 2020, when the resort hosts world-class jazz talent once a month during Grooves @ The Westin concerts. Kickoff of the first concert is the weekend of Friday, Nov. 22 with musical guests Ron King and vocalist Barbara Morrison. King...

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Japan’s Top 2020 Festivals

Tokyo is preparing for the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer. With that there will be a record numbe of tourists from around the world visiting Japan in 2020. Despite the high number of tourists heading to Japan, Japanese matsuri, or festivals, offer travelers an opportunity to escape the crowds and experience Japan’s rich cultural heritage alongside locals. A number of the country’s top matsuri will take place over the summer, allowing travelers heading to Japan for the Olympic and Paralympic Games an opportunity to experience Japanese traditions while traveling outside of Tokyo. Hifuri Kamakura Festival,...

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10 Cities to Add to Your Bucket List: The Weird, The Wonderful and The Outright Bizarre

Looking for end of the year inspiration for your 2019 bucket list? Take a look at these different cities around the world and how to explore them like a local. The USA takes the lead with six destinations, with the UK, Denmark, Finland, and Portugal all featuring in the top ten overall. Comparethemarket.com have researched the best places to visit, comparing metrics such as a city hipster index, cost, and the number of Instagram posts. October 2019: Compared to elder generations, millennials are spending and travelling more in order to experience the world. But with typical destinations such as...

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UnCruise Adventures Adds New Belize and Guatemala Itinerary

Further expanding into Latin America, UnCruise Adventures has unveiled its newest small ship adventure cruise itinerary: Belize & Guatemala Wonders – Rivers, Reefs & Cultures. Six departures between October and December 2020 sail roundtrip Belize City on the 66-guest Safari Voyager. A special offer saves couples up to $800 on cruise fare. “Belize and Guatemala are a natural fit for an UnCruise adventure,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, owner and chief executive officer of UnCruise Adventures. “Our free-flow style of active exploration works well here with the islands, reefs, and cultural and wildlife opportunities. The snorkeling here is over the top with...

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