Aire o’ Mexico

Mexico City is an exciting, sprawling, tangled, vibrant, diverse, crazy, inspiring and unforgettable place.  If you’ve been, you know.  Maybe you’ve even been able to cover a lot of ground there.  With almost 10,000,000 inhabitants, there is a lot going on.  You’ve got to be tough, but, boy, is it worth it. If you haven’t been, or if you might…

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JetBlue’s cruise news ensues

Some of you may or may not be aware that JetBlue Airlines also have vacations.  (They’re affiliate friends of ours, by the way.) Well, being the ambitious company that they are, they also sell cruises.  But, the new news is that JetBlue Vacations’ Flight + Cruise packages, making JetBlue the first domestic U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to…

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Yangshuo, Dr. No?

Just look at that. Landscapes don’t get more dramatic than the towering rock formations of Guilin, southern China’s most astonishing natural phenomena. And in the shadows of those giant alien mountains you’ll find something much smaller but almost as dazzling – a hotel. And not just any old hotel: a true design marvel loaded with fascinating history. Read more here…

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Play us a sea shanty

If you like to cruise, you’ve probably been on a few over the years.  Cruise lines are always refreshing their fleets, or looking for new thrills – such as roller coasters – while you’re aboard. However, some lines opt for a more refined approach to being on-board.  One of which – Fred. Olsen lines (and an affiliate of ours) go…

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Oooh la LA

Near the famed Los Angeles intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the highly anticipated Thompson Hollywood is now welcoming guests, as of August 2021, who enter through a greenery-laden walkway, the first sign that this new hotel is something special. Featuring a bar, terrace and views of city, Thompson Hollywood is located 701 m from Capitol Records Building. Among the facilities of…

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Want to be a part of it?

Ahhh . . . New York City.  NYC.  The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The Greatest City in the World.  The City So Nice They Named It Twice: a reference to “New York, New York. You can visit a dozen times and still find something new.  But let’s go back in time and look at something old.  It’s…

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You’re the boss

Don’t let the lack of a travel companion stop you from missing out on an amazing travel experience. For all sorts of reasons, you might be faced with the choice of traveling alone, or not traveling at all. Your partner, friends or family may not be able to take the same time off work or they may just not be…

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You’ve tried the liquor, now try the islands

We would imagine most of you have been to Europe at least once.  And, we’re confident that many of you have visited Portugal, likely Lisbon or Porto.  What a lovely, gentle country it is. But, out on Portugal’s Madeira Islands, the lush archipelago far from the mainland, the North Atlantic ocean has shaped every aspect of life for centuries. Read…

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Simply ask questions

Are you shy?  Maybe out of “the game”?  Have you recently moved to a new location and finding it hard to connect with others? These three strategies can help if you’re looking to make new and meaningful connections. If you check out your social media feeds, you’ll see that you’re probably connected to a lot of people. But how many…

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Fire up the engines

Slowly, but surely, travel is gaining speed.  More aircraft are flying, with more people on board.  Borders are opening, albeit with an air of caution.  One of the most anticipated restarts is cruising. But how do you actually restart such a monstrous travel industry, as well as firing up the ships themselves? Well, Norwegian (one of our affiliate friends) has…

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Scenes of Queens

Where you can escape to nature close to the city, more than 130 languages are spoken, and NYC’s only surf culture thrives… As one of the five boroughs of New York City, Queens is not only the largest and second-most populated—with over two million people—but it can be a world unto itself. While tourists often stick to Manhattan for its…

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Let’s get bent

Before ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza, with its impossibly straight sides, they worked on other variations of the structure. One such predecessor, which has rounded sides, is now welcoming visitors. Read more here courtesy of TravelAndLeisure.com Fly to Egypt in utter comfort with Etihad. Click above. You can’t beat that view. Click above for the Giza Pyramids Inn.

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Perché Bucine?

Italy is lovely enough as it is.  But, when you find an opportunity to almost join the family, you should jump on it. Here, we present to you Villa Catola in Bucine, Italy.  Run by Fabio Catola and his family, from the minute you step out of the car, you will instantly feel like you’ve lived there all of your…

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Crumbly Corinth

We would imagine that many of us were educated in more or less the same ways, using the same topics and walking away from it with ever-lasting notions about what history was all about. We’ve moved on in our knowledge, of course, and every day bring a new enlightenment.  Modern science and technology are turning things upside down and inside…

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Thoughts o’ Palazzo

If you visit this site often – or even other travel sites – you’ll know that Venice is heaving under the weight of packed-like-sardines tourists, and rising water levels that threaten its very existence. Fortunately, there are those individuals who recognise the threat and are in a position to do something about it. The Anish Kapoor Foundation has bought and…

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Next phase – luxury apartments?

Human beings  just seem to love the idea of something being “the best.”  Even if it’s the best cheese sandwich, it inspires some awe and loyalty. Airports are no different, especially when we have to sit and fidget in them for hours and hours, waiting for a result with our flights So as to be expected, there is a category…

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All you need is 1 hotel

We’re always happy to talk about Canada and its many charms. In this case, we’re talking about how a high-end boutique brand is expanding as we emerge from the pandemic. Recently, 1 Hotels announced new properties in Toronto, Canada, and Elounda Hills, Crete. This is the first location in Canada for the 1 Hotels, which was founded by the CEO…

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No time to dine

OK, so you’re rich, bored, ambitious and looking for the latest thing to get your pulse racing, as well as impressing your friends. Doctor, who doesn’t want to be a spy?  Secretly, all of us, no matter which race, creed or sex.  And most of us would want to be James Bond, we assume. Well, here is your ticket -if…

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NO PRESSURE: the coolest streets in the world

Havana, and all of Cuba (in our opinion) are at the wrong end of the stick when it comes to US sanctions.  The people have suffered enough under decades of embargos and bans.  Cuba is a jewel to behold. Deep in the lanes of southern Old Havana, where trailing plants and drying clothes drape from wrought-iron balconies, and wooden jalousies…

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Which way to the Shire?

If you’re lucky, you live near trees.  And if you’re even more lucky, those trees will be plentiful. But, if you’re really lucky, you might be able to find a rare habitat, one that would make Frodo feel at home – a tree tunnel:  high or low canopies of the trees that create a nature-made tunnel. If you’re not blessed…

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