Vacation Like Your Inner Animal
Cross posting this blog from my friends at KHM.
Have your wildest summer ever and channel your inner animal when planning your next vacation! Whether you feel like slowing down like a sloth and relaxing for days on end or eating your way through the traditional dishes of your destination like a hungry bear, our trip suggestions will help you explore your wild side and connect with your destination!
ARE YOU FEELING AS BRAVE AS A LION?
If you’re prepared to step outside your comfort zone and take your vacation to soaring heights, put on a brave face and get ready for the heart-pounding rush of hiking Mount Huashan or climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Gingerly traverse the cliffside of China’s Mount Hua by walking narrow planks that, at their highest point, are approximately 7,000 feet above the ground. Known as the most dangerous hike in the world, the pathways that crisscross this sacred mountain in China have long captured the imagination of adventurous travelers. The views are stunning, but this hike is not for the faint of heart.
For a bit more stability but equally as breathtaking views, visitors to Sydney, Australia can book a bridge climb that showcases a 360-degree panorama of beautiful Australia. With four climb types to choose from during the daytime, sunset, or nighttime, thrill-seekers can pick the adventure that’s right for them.
ARE YOU FEELING AS SLOW AS A SLOTH?
When you’ve been as busy as a bee and need to slow your pace a bit, choosing a destination that is perfect for melting away stress and promoting relaxation is key.
A stay in Sedona, Arizona is as calming as it is picturesque. With a stunning backdrop of red rocks and blue sky, restorative activities like yoga and meditation are perfect for finding your Zen. Luxury spas, indulgent meals at world-class restaurants, and evenings of peaceful stargazing will encourage you to slow down and savor life’s quiet moments.
If you prefer to venture outside the US borders, visit Antigua’s unparalleled Hermitage Bay. Pamper yourself with a stay in a glorious luxury cottage with stunning Caribbean views, feast on lovingly prepared meals chock-full of organic ingredients, and leave your worries behind when you book an appointment in the resort’s lush garden spa.
ARE YOU FEELING AS HUNGRY AS A BEAR?
If you’re ready for a feast, choosing a destination with incredible cuisine is tops on your mind. Italy, Spain, and France usually take the top spots on many lists for foodie destinations, but why not consider a country a bit further down?
Thailand features cuisine heavily influenced by its surrounding countries: China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar, and the balance of sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy will tickle your taste buds. Thai dishes are known for flavors like lemongrass, basil, chili, lime juice, coconut milk, and fermented fish sauce, and travelers can treat their palates to traditional dishes served by street vendors and lavish restaurants alike. Classes and food tours provide a greater understanding and appreciation of Thailand’s culinary history and cooking methods. Heading home armed with a perfect Tom Yum soup recipe will help you relive your special vacation from your kitchen.
If you are ready to channel your inner animals, I can help make your vacation wildly amazing with creative suggestions!
The Ultimate Wellness Resorts
Cross posting this blog from my friends at KHM.
When long work days, busy weekends, too much junk food, and too little self-care catches up with you, it’s time to plan your vacation to a resort that promotes nutritious but delicious cuisine, creative fitness classes, and a bevy of spa services. These five ultimate wellness resorts will help you relax, rejuvenate, and take care of your body, mind, and spirit…all while enjoying a dreamy destination.
BodyHoliday - St. Lucia
This holistic all-inclusive resort set on the island’s western shore promotes health and wellness through thoughtfully crafted treatments, activities, and dining experiences. Some spa services are included (massage, facials, seawater treatments, sauna) and the resort boasts even more paid experiences. Healthy cuisine served by the resort’s five restaurants and an array of fitness and yoga activities make this a stellar destination for relaxation and self-care.
Rosewood Mayakoba - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Before your arrival at this stunning resort in Riviera Maya, a team of wellness consultants will work with you to create your “Path of Wellness,” a personalized agenda for your stay. Choose to focus on inner balance, fitness and nutrition, or adventure; the team will plan three custom activities for your preferred experience.
Palmaïa, The House of AïA – Riviera Maya, Mexico
For a tranquil retreat that is also family-friendly, Palmaïa, The House of AïA combines the most desired elements of an all-inclusive vacation with the feel of a secluded sanctuary. The Michelin-trained chefs are wizards with preparing plant-based dishes that will make your mouth water. The Atlantis Spa provides a 13-page menu online for you to peruse before arrival so you can plan your days of pampering. Children can participate in Waldorf-inspired programs, ride bamboo bikes, or play in the Aqua Park.
Sanctuary Camelback – Arizona
At 6am in this desert escape in Scottsdale, you can be pampered in your first spa appointment of the day. Opt for more traditional services, recharge with a Golden Lotus Balancing Ritual, or embark on a Nidra Sound Voyage. If you’re ready to get up and go, the day’s schedule of fitness classes also kicks off at this time. Unwind at a Dine & Learn session to get up close and personal with the resort’s incredible chefs and learn the art of cuisine preparation. Relax with live music on the patio at Sundays in Paradise, which are the perfect ending to a perfect week.
GoldenEye – Jamaica
GoldenEye boasts inspiring lush grounds (Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels here! Sting wrote “Every Breath You Take!” Bono wrote the theme for the GoldenEye film!) and impeccable attention to detail. Meals are prepared in creative ways with the freshest ingredients. The menu for spa services is lengthy and varied. The staff is ready to cater to your every whim. Beautifully appointed and secluded beach huts, villas, or cottages await, complete with sweeping views and outdoor baths.
4 More Trips To Take With Friends
Many of life’s best moments are spent with those we cherish most. Combining the people we love with the destinations we long to visit makes for special getaways, incredible experiences, and lasting memories. But how do you know where to go? Here are four more trips to take with friends around the United States, and why they might be perfect for your next getaway.
Friends don’t need to go far to have incredible vacation moments near to their hearts. The United States is home to some of the world’s most iconic cities and small islands, perfect for friends who want to get away together and make new memories. From coffee to beaches to ghost tours to craft beer, as their travel agent, you can help your clients find their perfect vacation vibe.
For many of us, this is the summer of long-awaited travel plans. Unfortunately, airlines are having challenges in staffing to meet the demand. Here are some tips we’ve compiled for you to help deal with any interruptions in your trip.
My Two Favorite Travel Apps
I love discovering ways to do things more efficiently. In fact, in another lifetime, I was a business analyst where part of my job was to help my co-workers work smarter. Read on to learn about my two favorite travel apps that help me travel with ease.
For those who want organized photos, but don't want to spend the time actually organizing them, this is the travel app for you. It automatically sorts your photos by time and location. It also includes a map view! Simply explore the map as your photos pop into view. Not only can you search for photos by date and location, but you can also search by color. Plus, it includes a feature that allows you to hide an album from prying eyes. If you love to take photos when traveling, this app will become your new best friend.
Learn more about this incredible travel app here.
With airfare constantly fluctuating, it's hard to know when to buy your ticket to get the best rate. You can check one moment and by the next moment, the rate has already increased. Hopper has a data science team mining through trillions of archived flight records to spot trends and predict when you should book your flight to get the best rate possible. It also has a 95 percent accuracy rate! If you are traveling while on a budget, this travel app is perfect for you!
Download it here.
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