Luxury travel news this week

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Dubai cruise port set for biggest season yet

Dubai cruise port has revealed it ...


Tips for Visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium



Monterey is one of the most beautiful towns in California. It’s home to wineries, great surfing, legendary golf courses, breathtaking beaches, and one of the most famous aquariums in the country.

Fun fact, Pixar used the Monterey Bay Aquarium as inspiration for the movie Finding Dory! It’s a magical place that boasts a 28-foot kelp forest exhibit, mesmerizing jellyfish and adorable sea otters.

But if you want to make the most of your visit, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Here are my tips for visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Avoid the Crowds

Summer is considered “high season” in Monterey which means that the aquarium is going to be very busy. If it’s the only time you can visit, plan your trip on a Tuesday or Wednesday...


Mizen Head, Ireland: Where Sea Meets Sky at the Extreme Edge of Ireland

Venture to the very edge of Europe to Mizen Head, Ireland where the sea meets the sky.  Every now and then a shipping boat can be seen passing by.

This tiny peninsula is Ireland’s most southerly point. Mizen Head is both an aesthetic spectacle and an important tribute to the country’s rich maritime history.

Mizen Head

Mizen Head

Mizen Head, Ireland

Come to Mizen Head prepared to be wowed by panoramic, awe-inspiring views.

Though dramatic vistas do seem to be a trend throughout Ireland, Mizen Head does, in fact, have something special.

It offers a perfect combination of views, history, extensive facilities, nearby villages, and a network of impressive, winding paths.

Mizen head cliffs

After you’ve had a chance to explore the area, the visitor center impresses further (not the least because of its position atop ...


Christmas Bucket List: 45 Fun Holiday Activities & Spirited Things to Do

The holidays always seem to arrive way too quickly, and usually by the time I even think about decorating with boughs of holly it has turned into ‘oh crap’ I forgot to buy Aunt Mary her annual set of dish towels and then also frantically calling the local bakery for my contribution to the cookie exchange. Ugh!

How about this year all of us overworked, frazzled procrastinators have a fun plan to keep us on track? A Christmas Bucket List filled with fun things to do can be that plan.

Start this holiday bucket list in early December and it will not only keep you on a better schedule for the season, but the activities will also get you in the spirit of Christmas.

1. ✧ Mail a Letter to Santa

Get some fancy paper and sparkly pens to write a letter to Santa...


This Week in Travel – Episode 242

This week in Travel, Jen Leo, Chris Christensen and myself are joined by this week’s guests Marc Bennett and Julie Bennett from authors of the book Living the RV Life: Your Ultimate Guide to Life on the Road as we talk about full-time RV living (interview starts at 28:53 after the news):

  • How they kept a job while living in a camper
  • How to stay connected
  • How to communicate and deal with living so close to your partner
  • Where you can stay in the USA
  • Figuring out our travel style and pace. It’s different if you are retired vs working for instance.

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This Week’s News:

  • Icelandair to Buy Rival Wow Air
  • Dying for the perfect pic: Call for selfie-free zones at dangerous tourist attractions
  • Study says Viking has best WiFi at sea

Picks of the week:

  • Gar...

6 luxury hotels in Mauritius

Everyone wants to go to Mauritius. It is a speck of volcanic rock, covered with sugar cane and palm trees, sun-bathing in the warm Indian Ocean.



Then there are the white-sand beaches gently shelving into an azure sea. “Azure” may be a travel writer’s cliché but there is no other word for the lagoon’s pools of blue: so perfect they look as if they have been Photoshopped.

The question is which hotel suits you? Here is a guide to just six of the best places to stay one of the planet’s most romantic locations.

Zilwa Attitude

Situated on the North Coast in Kalodyne, Zilwa is a 4* leisure hotel offering a plethora of activities for families and couples. It has panoramic views...


2018 Holiday Travel Gift Guide

Holiday Travel Gift

Holiday Travel Gift

A holiday travel gift is a good place to start when planning what amazing gifts you’ll give to loved ones this season! While celebrating family, community, giving and thankfulness take priority over gift-giving, showing someone how much you appreciate them and how much you care with sentimental and useful gifts is always a well-received tradition.

I’ve compiled some ultimate gift guides for all types of travelers including gifts for the female traveler, gifts for the male traveler, the best gifts for bloggers, and gifts for that girlboss!

Check out my 2018 holiday travel gift guides below!

The Ultimate Travel Gift Guide for Women

Shopping for a gift for a loved one, or that girl “that has everything” can be hard...


5 Compelling Reasons to Visit Albania

Nearly three decades since Albania started to put their Communist history behind them, the country remains all but unknown known to tourists around the world. But there’s plenty for adventurous travelers to discover across the country, including photogenic mirror-like lakes, towering mountains and sprawling forests that are free of crowds. The cuisine has a heavy Greek influence, the people are so friendly they’ll bring you their goats, dogs and other animals to meet, and there are many intriguing historic sites too, from hilltop castles to underground bunkers.

Here, are 5 reasons to visit Albania.

Don’t leave home without your Brandt Travel Guide to Albania!

1: The locals might introduce you to their goats



The warm welcome in Albania makes a big impression...


Escape Adventures: An E-Bike Tour Through the Utah Mountains

From Snow Canyon to Bryce Canyon, it is no doubt that the Utah Mountains are home to some of the most beautiful  trails and landscapes. Thousands of people visit the state each year, typically getting to the breathtaking parks and landmarks by car. But, for those of you looking for something more unique—shall we say bucket list worthy—how about an adventurous e-bike tour?

That’s right you can bike the perimeters of the mountainous parks getting closeup views that can not be seen from the front seat of a car. Oh, and because you will have pedal assist with your electric bike, 20 miles will seem like a breeze! Not to mention, there are picnic lunches, educated tour guides and picturesque hikes along the way.

Utah Mountains

Utah Mountains

About Escape Adventures

Escape Adventures has been the innov...


8 highlights of the eye-catching SWAROVSKI OPTIK CL Companion NOMAD binoculars

Exploring stunning natural beauty is one of the greatest pleasures of travel. The joy of discovery and the freedom to experience more has just become even more exciting. Why? Because SWAROVSKI OPTIK has announced the launch of the new exquisite, eye-catching CL Companion NOMAD binoculars, in November 2018. Don’t miss out on these 8 exciting highlights.



1. Impressive optics with fields-of-view of either 132 or 108 metres

The stunning SWAROVSKI OPTIK CL Companion NOMAD binoculars are available in 8x or 10x magnification. The exquisitely-designed binoculars offer users fields-of-view of either 132 or 108 metres.

2. An essential, excellent travel companion

These lightweight (490 g/17.2 oz) compact binoculars come complete with an especially ergonomic design...