Belize, a peaceful paradise nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic mountains and mysterious Maya temples. With the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, diving and fishing experiences are unlike any other. A relatively small country with 40% of its land protected as parks and nature reserves, you can go from dense tropical forest to underground caves and ancient ruins - an adventure traveler’s dream.
From the most elegant of music festivals (New Year’s Eve in Vienna, Austria let’s say) to the down and dirty (literally muddy most years like the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Somerset, England) there are exciting events around the world for music lovers of all interests.
A stone’s throw away from Venezuela, the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – Aruba and Curacao are self-governing countries, while Bonaire is a special municipality.
Collectively known as the ‘ABC Islands’, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao provide a refreshing change for travelers tired of the usual ‘go-to’ islands in the Caribbean. Turquoise waters, balmy breezes and colorful architecture is where the similarities end.
You may have seen in recent airline news that Malaysian no-frills carrier AirAsia plans to introduce a “quiet zone” on its AirAsia X flights, meaning that a group containing a passenger younger than 12 will not be able to book the seats in the first seven rows, and earlier in the year Malaysia Airlines banned children from the top deck of its A380 planes. As a parent of young children I’m not sure how I feel about this decision and hope that other airlines won’t follow suit any time soon.
I have to admit that I am one of the crazy people who loves roller coasters. I am petrified when waiting in line, but as soon as I have gotten comfortable, fastened myself in (although questioning how the bar actually holds you in!), the coaster starts its journey, you reach the top, the drop is so steep you can’t see the bottom, then the speed...that’s the part I love the most, and I can’t explain why. I remember my first time riding a roller coaster; it was Nemesis at Alton Towers in England sometime in the m
As a kid in school, when I first learned what the words “Aurora Borealis” meant, I wanted to see those mystical and magical ribbons of electric color known as the Northern Lights. As you probably know, the Aurora Borealis is a natural light show that takes place during the winter months and is best viewed in the polar regions. How frustrating it was not to find them in my New Jersey sky!
Private surfing lessons, a catamaran sunset cruise and walking among a pack of chattering monkeys are only a few of the highlights of Hedy Messinger’s recent family vacation in Costa Rica. Hedy is a Travel 15 business travel advisor.
Creating Memories to last a lifetime
The inspiration for this blog came when I found out that two colleagues are both (although separately) taking their daughters to Paris to celebrate their sweet sixteenth. I thought it was a great idea, so we got thinking about different types of vacation that would be ideal for a mom and her daughter(s) to enjoy some quality time together.
You enjoyed Broadway, now try the West End
Have you ever watched a movie and thought “Wow, that place looks amazing”, or “I know where I’m going on vacation next year”? Many locations depicted on screen see a tourism boost after the movies release.
No matter where you travel, or whether it’s for business or vacation, there is no excuse for deviating from your regular fitness routine – if you actually have one. (More on that later.) Any higher end resort or hotel worth its salt these days is boasting about its partnership with a top-name sporting goods company or athletic shoe manufacturer. Hotel fitness centers seem to be the core of the hotel. Sure, the signature bars, fine dining and spas get play in the promotional world, but the fitness center is the leading star.