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I love creating new traditions, so when I first started traveling, I came up with three ways to create lasting memories from my traveling endeavors.
Travel Tradition No. 1: Save a Bill
Whenever I am traveling, I always keep the lowest denomination paper currency and take it home with me. One day, I found a double-sided clear frame and decided to get crafty. I laid the bills I had collected throughout my travels inside the frame and hung it on my wall. If you visit my home, you can take it off the wall and check out the backside of the bills too! It’s a super simple and fun way to remember your trip.
Travel Tradition No. 2: Discover New Music
When I travel, I appreciate listening to local music, so when I hear a song I like, I purchase one of the musician’s albums. I try to find contemporary, classic and traditional folk music. When friends visit me, we'll talk about my travels, eat some traditional foods from the place I visited and play music from the area to set the mood. Collecting music is a fantastic travel tradition!
Travel Tradition No. 3: Buy Art
I'm not looking for anything fancy. In fact, I typically prefer something sold by local street artists. I've purchased small sculptures, ceramics, freshly created paintings and wooden carvings during my travels. Whenever I look at a piece of art I've brought back home, it reminds me of where I was, the person who created it and how I felt at the time.
Consider implementing these three travel traditions or start your own traditions the next time you travel. Creating traditions is a terrific way to build long-lasting memories and makes it easier to take a trip down memory lane.
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!
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.
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.
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.
New Experiences In The Old World
With world-class art, legendary history, mouthwatering gastronomy and stunning coastlines, it’s no surprise that Europe is such a popular summer vacation destination. Families of all sizes, couples celebrating honeymoons and anniversaries and groups of adventure-loving friends can all find vacation bliss with a wide range of attractions and diverse destinations, from the tiny town squares to bustling cosmopolitan capitals. Thankfully, our travel experience is just as extensive. With the help of our travel agency, your perfect European vacation is right around the corner.
Find your inspiration here.
A wine cruise offers the hospitality of traveling with a group of like-minded people with a variety of private events, dinners and tastings scheduled aboard the ship and on land. Keep reading to discover three of the best reasons to book a fall wine cruise!
1. See Europe’s breathtaking landscapes illuminated in vibrant autumn colors.
2. Visit renowned sites and wineries as the locals do, amid less crowds.
3. Save on airfare, as prices are typically reduced during fall.
Cruise through highly acclaimed European wine regions, from Austria’s UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley to Germany’s Rheingau and Moselle regions, to France’s celebrated Bordeaux region and beyond.
Expert Wine Hosts
You’ll be accompanied throughout your cruise by a dedicated Wine Host from a North American winery who will lead tastings and provide trips to private cellars and historic vineyards. You will also enjoy carefully curated food and wine pairing dinners.
Are you interested in booking a fall wine cruise? Click here to learn more about river cruising. Contact me today so we can get started planning the perfect wine cruise designed specifically for you!
Are you ready to cross out another activity on your bucket list? Despite this pandemic, we can still experience what nature has to offer and appreciate human creativity. With caution, you can still plan your next vacation.
Since I partner with Distinctive Voyages, you, as my client will receive exclusive benefits. To give you a peek, never go hungry with fine dining in the main restaurant. Oceanview Cafe and the Mast Grill only have world-class chefs who will cook for you. Start by grabbing your burger and relaxing at the poolside. After munching on those amazing foods, the fitness center is available, so you will always have energy for an adventure. You will also experience luxury accommodations, nightly entertainment, and a casino.
Those are just some of the benefits that you will get when you hire me as your travel advisor. Most importantly, you will be able to contact me on board and I will always be available to offer recommendations and advice.
Start visualizing yourself on your next cruise vacation in Canada and New England. Preview the itinerary and the activities you can expect below.
Book this sailing with Matt Travel and enjoy your next vacation with exclusive benefits that you will truly enjoy.
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