Another year is fast approaching. Not just any other, but 2020, a year full of symbolism somewhat just because of numerical coincidence but also because it’s fraught with implications about the future. Technological advances keep opening more and more destinations to visitors from the world over. These places are among those set for a big year in 2020.
The Caribbean island was one of those hit hard by the devastating 2017 hurricane season. Dominica has responded by doubling down on a commitment to sustainability. Single-use plastics and styrofoam are on the way out. Hydro, solar and geothermal energy are in. The hot springs and volcanoes that generate that geothermal energy are also big draws for visitors, as are the excellent diving conditions and new resorts popping up. The waters offshore are teeming with whales and dolphins, and the Sisserou parrot — a must-see for birdwatchers — is found nowhere else but Dominica’s mountain forests.
The country has begun to heal from the horrific genocide of a quarter-century ago, and Volcanoes National Park is fast becoming known for gorilla trekking. With the success of Volcanoes, other national parks are developing throughout the country, showcasing black rhinos and other species that make central East Africa a draw. Akagera National Park has as much wildlife diversity as you’d expect on safari, and the resort scene has developed with opening of such properties as One & Only Gorilla’s Nest.
Even those who have visited Australia might not have made it over to the island state off the southeastern coast of the country’s mainland. Those who do are greeted by an outdoor wonderland full of activity, but also culinary delights such as award-winning black truffles and wines, along with oyster and champagne experiences that have helped being a touch of luxury to the wilds that have defined Tasmania. As luxury continues to be defined by authenticity, capital city Hobart and surroundings continue to deliver.
Sandwiched between Russia and Turkey and long subject to larger foreign powers, Georgia has enjoyed a renaissance of local arts and culture, attracting nearly 10 million visitors per year to a nation of fewer than 4 million residents. Capital city Tbilisi and the rest of Georgia have grown up at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, serving as a main stop along the silk roads. Today, a quarter of the country is covered by national parks, and beaches, ski areas and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The only English-speaking country in South America is also home to the longest single-drop waterfall in the world: Kaieteur Falls. Nearly 1,000 animal species call the rainforests that cover most of the country home. Ecolodges take visitors into the heart of those forests. The cities contain multi-ethnic diversity — nearly 30 percent of Guyana’s residents are Hindu — with elements of European, African and Indian culture and food. A new and exciting year is upon us, and we can’t wait to see where 2020 takes us, and you.
Not every trip can — or has to — be an epic round-the-world jaunt. Sometimes you just need a quick getaway to get out of the house and recharge the batteries. Maybe it’s an action-packed weekend in the city, or maybe it’s curling up in front of a fire and staring out the window in the height of hygge. These hotels have what you’re looking for, and thanks to our affiliation with Virtuoso, you’ll get complimentary perks to make your stay even cozier.
Just a short drive from our Waterbury headquarters, Winvian Farm and Mayflower Inn & Spa provide quiet New England charm. Set on 113 acres, Winvian Farm offers cottages set against a backdrop of woods and lakes to lull you into relaxation. You might not want to leave the room, but the lure of five-diamond dining is too powerful to resist. Mayflower Inn’s grounds take up 58 acres of woodland and gardens. The idyllic Litchfield Fields and soothing spa treatments will melt your cares away.
Not to be outdone, Twin Farms occupies more than 300 acres of forest, meadows and ponds. Feel free to explore on your own or take a guided tour. In any season, there’s no end to the activities. Winter is particularly good for skiing — cross-country or downhill — and sledding. The sister property to Winvian Farm, Pitcher Inn s a boutique property just minutes from some of the best ski slopes in the Northeast. Each room is beautifully and dutifully appointed to fit its unique theme.
Rhode Island’s Ocean House in Watch Hill is famed for its beach, and rightfully so, as the wide stretch of sand is a fixture of many happy memories. When winter’s chill sets in, it’s a great place to sit by the fire and watch the waves roll in. Cape Elizabeth, Maine’s, Cliff House has a more rugged setting, as the Atlantic crashes against the rocks surrounding the resort. The great outdoors are at your fingertips, whether you’re kayaking, snowshoeing or lobstering.
Canyon Ranch is practically synonymous with wellness, and its Lenox resort lives up to the reputation. Energizing activities combine with healthful cuisine and spa treatments to transform your body and mind. Programs can be as intense or laid-back as you like. Just a couple miles down the road, Blantyre covers 110 acres of lush Berkshires greenery with a lavish Tudor-style mansion anchoring the estate. The mansion shines in all seasons, decorated for festivities to mark the big occasions throughout the year.
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 60-foot stone archway welcomes guests to the mix of history and modernity that symbolizes New England’s largest city. Use it as a jumping off point for the Freedom Trail, a night at the Pops or taking in sporting event. At Hudson Yards, New York’s newest landmark, is Equinox Hotel, New York’s newest luxury lodging. Take in all the sights and sounds the city has on display before retreating to your home away from home on the New West Side.
Spend any time in San Miguel de Allende, and you’ll quickly see why so many people expatriate there. Soon enough, you’ll want to move there too. By day or by night, the place is a work of art. Colonial charm emanates from the town center and spills onto green hillsides. At just over 6,000 feet of elevation and with an average temperature in the 60s Fahrenheit, walking into San Miguel feels like stepping into a dream. Fair warning, though, if you’re driving in — especially at night — navigating the narrow and sharply angled cobblestone streets can be more of a nightmare.
Stroll through town, however, and you’re awash in colorful buildings, colorful people, and friendly dogs. In such a picturesque place, it’s no wonder there is a thriving artistic community. The Mercado de Artesanias (Artisans’ Market) is the perfect venue to sample the work of talented craftspeople hawking paintings, serapes, and handmade jewelry.
In such a beautiful setting, it’s a welcome challenge to turn your day into its own work of art. There’s a certain craft to drawing the hours out lazily while savoring every moment, but the locals seem to have it down pat. The entire fortified town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so just wander around and you’re bound to run into such architectural marvels as the San Francisco Church, Church of the Immaculate Conception or Ignacio Allende House. And you can barely make it a block without hitting a gallery.
Time moves slowly in San Miguel, so there’s nothing wrong with spending an afternoon sipping small-batch tequila with an expert from Casa Dragones, either in the eponymous casa when it’s available or in the new six-seat tasting room, “The Smallest Tequila Bar in the World.” Learn the history of the casa, which once housed the stables of the queen of Spain’s bodyguard and played a key role in the Mexican Revolution, and of the spirit, which was the brainchild of MTV founder Robert Pittman and Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, the first woman certified as a tequila master by the Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters. In 2013, Casa Dragones’ Joven earned a 96 score from Wine Enthusiast, the magazine’s highest mark for a tequila.
To put the finishing strokes on your masterpiece of a day, get to a rooftop in time to watch the sun dip the below the hills and the sky fills with stars as a cool breeze wafts in. The day fades to night, and suddenly, there you are in that dream again.
WHERE TO STAY:
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende: Set in the heart of this charming artists’ village, the 67-guestroom Rosewood San Miguel de Allende promises a stay fit for dignitaries. All visitors appreciate its fine Mexican craftsmanship. The rooms are decorated with stunning wood-beamed ceilings and a private balcony or terrace, and most have fireplaces. Taste innovative cuisine from 1826 restaurant’s open artisan kitchen, then whip up your own in on-site cooking classes. Relax poolside or at Sense, A Rosewood Spa, while the children are entertained with daily hands-on activities at the kids’ club.
Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada: A stay at Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is not just a hotel visit, it’s a beneficial experience, leaving you with an understanding of this enchanting region. This boutique hotel and cooking school caters to the world’s most discriminating travelers with resplendent guestrooms and suites; 37 bedrooms are scattered throughout six mansions and the Casa del Parque. Each room is individually decorated with antiques, lush fabrics, and vibrant Talavera tiles. As expected, the restaurant is one of the country’s top dining establishments; you can also dine in the privacy of your room or on the romantic terrace.
Life is too short, so make the best out of it. If you’ve been setting aside that travel plan of yours for awhile now, maybe it’s about time to act on it. Time is running out so why not start crossing off that travel Bucket List of yours. Work, family, school and everyday routine can be overwhelming and full of pressures, it is best to take a time out to recharge and relax, and be a better person as you get back. One of the best ways to do this is to travel either alone or with a love one.
Travelling is the best way to unwind and slow down. It gives you a firsthand experience of the different cultures, people, food, history etc. of other countries. The beautiful views and adventure is something that will enliven your soul and help replenish your energy, thus making you a happier, healthier individual. Studies say that traveling reduces stress. The fresh air, the warmth of the sun, the breeze of the ocean, helps calm the mind and is a perfect way to release tension.
If you are planning to travel abroad, be it business or vacation purposes, it is best to choose a travel agency that will understand your travel needs. They should be able to give the best options considering your travel wishes. Choose one that is proactive, responsive and professional when it comes to making arrangements.
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Have you taken a flight and when you arrive at the destination you feel like you’re totally worn down? Jet lags are common experiences travelers face and they could quickly turn that fancy flight into a hell of exhaustion – you feel like you want to be at home even before you explore your destination.
The body is naturally programmed to react and respond to things based on the 24-hour clock. That’s why you wake up when it’s daylight and you sleep when it’s dusk. The circadian rhythms control these body responses and routines. However, when you take a flight, your circadian rhythm is disrupted.
During the flight, you move through different time zones something that can cause extreme fatigue with symptoms such as loss of appetite, loss of memory, lack of concentration, bowel problems, and indigestion. Depending on your state of health, age, or stress levels, jet lag effects can vary and will take different periods of time for an individual to recover.
If you are a keen travel planner, you want to observe a couple of things just to prevent having jet lag. Before you take your flight, make sure you relax your schedule so that you minimize stress. Also, have a healthy sleep before that day you take your flight. Sometimes travelers end up having a few hours of sleep before they fly – it could be due to excitement or deliberately attempting to tire yourself hoping to sleep during the flight. That’s a big mistake we make and it can make it difficult for you adjust to the new time zones you get through during the flight.
Before the flight, avoid drinking that gin and tonic because the effects of alcohol tend to worsen at higher altitude and this can increase dehydration and tiredness causing you more problems with jet lag. You may think that sleeping pills will help, but that’s not true. Avoid taking them and probably opt for something like herbal tea.
Now that you know what to do to avoid jet lag, why not plan your next holiday trip with DMC Travel Tailor and explore your dream destination in fun and joy.
By now you’ve probably noticed that it’s cold outside. And now that the holidays are over, all this winter weather has long since lost its charm. Either you need to get away to somewhere warm immediately, or you’re already looking forward to spring break or summer vacation. Fortunately, cruise lines are eager to get you on board and offer some amazing specials during “wave season,” the first quarter of the year. Whether you prefer river cruising, small ocean ships or larger ocean liners with tons of onboard activities, book in time and there are great savings to be had. Then you can close your eyes and dream of warm sand and blue skies as you trudge through the snow.
With AmaWaterways, book by March 31 and receive an additional $100 per person savings on select cruises that are already marked down anywhere from $250 to $1,000 per person. Book select airfare-included European sailings with Avalon Waterways by Feb. 20 and save up to $3,000 per couple. Reserve a Crystal cruise (river or ocean) by March 31 and you’ll have your choice of $400 per person off cruise fare, $500 per person air credit or $600 per person to spend onboard. For river itineraries with Tauck, pay deposit by Feb. 28 on a departure between March 1 and Aug. 31 to take advantage of $890 per person economy class airfare, $1,490 per person in premium economy or $3,490 per person in business class. The offer also applies to all European land tours and Treasures of the British-Irish Isles and St. Petersburg and the Baltic Sea ocean cruises. Uniworld is offering up to 30 percent on select 2018 sailings, and up to 20 percent off several of its U by Uniworld cruises aimed at 21-45-year-olds for bookings made by the end of March. Viking has two-for-one pricing with air included on select Waterways of the Tsars and Grand European Tour departures this year and next if you book by Jan. 31.
Azamara Club Cruises is reducing cruise fare by 50 percent for the second passenger in a cabin on certain sailings for Club Oceanview or higher categories if reserved by Feb. 28. Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Hurtigruten is offering savings of up to $1,250 per person for bookings made by Feb. 28 (March 31 for select Norway sailings). Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage on Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner and you could get a three-category upgrade if you reserve by March 1. Seabourn’s Alaska incentive will double your shipboard credit to $600 per suite on some Virtuoso Voyages booked by March 13. Deposit by March 15 with Silversea and get up to $1,000 per suite onboard credit plus an upgrade on select sailings all over the world. Save $450 per couple on select seven-night or $600 per couple for 14-night Alaska journeys with UnCruise Adventures reserving by Feb. 28 and receive $100 shipboard credit as well. With Zegrahm Expeditions, new guests booking by Jan. 31 will save 5 percent and past guests will save 10 percent on select 2019 departures with supplemental solo traveler fees waived.
Book an ocean view or higher stateroom with Celebrity by Feb. 28 and have your choice of a drink package, wireless internet, prepaid gratuities or $150 onboard credit for the first two guests and 50 percent reduced cruise for the third and fourth passengers in a cabin. Receive up to $500 per cabin to spend onboard and 10 percent on shore excursions when booking a verandah or higher with Holland America on select Land + Sea Journeys by Feb. 28 (shore excursions must be booked by March 15). Plus, suites also receive prepaid gratuities. Princess’ anniversary sale runs through Feb. 14, and in that time you can take advantage of up to $600 per cabin credit and free specialty dining, with deposits as low as $100 per person. Royal Caribbean is offering savings of up to 30 percent and $100 per person credit with opportunities for upgrades and prepaid gratuities through Jan. 31. Past guests of Cunard can reduce their deposits by 50 percent, while all guests can enjoy upgrades, complimentary gratuities and free drinks (in Grill Suites) when booking by Feb. 28.
To maximize your savings and benefits, contact Stefany, Co-Founder/Dream Travel Designer of DMC Travel Tailor at (917) 653-9346 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.