Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New 2016 Tourist Attractions You Need to See

This is the best travel advice ever:


So, where to go, what to do??! Check out these New 2016 Tourist Attractions You Need to See!

Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE

A partnership between France and the UAE, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to open in late 2016, and will be home to a permanent world-class art exhibition.




Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, New Zealand

Located on the outskirts of Blenheim, the Omaka Aviation Centre exhibits the historic WWII collection of Sir Peter Jackson.


Visitors to Corsier-sur-Vevey can visit the former home of legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin. Known as Manoir de Ban, this venture offers a Hollywood-style studio experience and a park, as well as a cafe/restaurant.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Hollywood, CA

Open in April 2016, this attraction is delighting Harry Potter fans from around the world. Visitors can explore Hogwarts Castle and shop along the cobblestone streets of Hogsmeade.






Near the capital city of Lima, Pachacamac is an archeologic complex dating back to AD200. This new museum will display artifacts and relics from the site, some of which are currently exhibited in Lima. 

British Airways i360, Brighton, UK

Opening in the summer of 2016, this glass-enclosed vertical 450-foot cable care promises 360° views of up to 26 miles. With room for 200 guests, this experience also offers a Sky Bar and a kids zone in 2017.




This full-scale replica of Space Shuttle Independence, mounted atop a Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, has been on display since January 2016. 



This new 52-acre theme park features 40 attractions including a 2-storey-high drop tower and favorites like the Smurfs and Casper the Friendly Ghost. 



Offering 360° views of the Alps, this adventure which opened for the 2015-16 ski season, starts with a ride in a glass-front gondola and ends upon a panoramic terrace at a height of 11,371 feet.



Set as a temporary production for the 2016 summer season, this live-action show takes visitors on a story-telling journey spanning 2,000 years. The 90-minute show takes place at Auckland Castle in County Durham, with hopes the feature will continue as a more permanent attraction.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Small Ship Cruising

AmaWaterways
I've always been a HUGE fan of cruising! Why? Because cruising is like an all-inclusive floating hotel that gives you opportunities to explore different destinations & cultures, all in one trip. How can your vacation get any better than that?! Maybe you've already been lucky enough to have visited Paris, but have you ever cruised through Paris?? It really does provide an up-close-and-personal experience as opposed to simply flying in and out of any given city.

But beyond the huge cruise ships that carry small cities worth of people, my favorite is small ship cruising. Why? Because I find the experience more intimate, you'll always get a cabin with a view, and small ships can go where larger ones can't so there are more unique destinations you can visit!
Celebrity Expedition

In fact, small ship cruising and especially river cruising, have been growing a rate ten times that of ocean cruising in the last few years. So why all the fuss? Let's take a look at small ship cruising!



  • many ships have a maximum of a few hundred passengers which translates into an intimate setting without crowds or line-ups; it's easier to socialize & meet new friends 
  • if you're intimidated by the thought of cruising the open ocean on a mega ship, small ship cruising can be a great fit if you're a first-time cruiser
  • many small ships dock right in the middle of a town or city making it perfect for sightseeing; it's extremely convenient as passengers can come and go as they please - and you'll save time and money by not having transfer into town or take a tender to shore
  • the majority of staterooms or cabins on small ship are outside, so everyone has a beautiful view as they cruise
  • if you're prone to experiencing sea sickness, a small ship cruise on calm river waters means the chance of getting sick could be considerably less
  • small ship cruising can be more rewarding, in the sense that it provides a more interactive and personal cruise experience overall
  • shore excursions on a small ship tend to be conducted by experts in the field including professional photographers, historians, naturalists and the like
  • many times, small ship cruising may also include costs that are additional when cruising on a larger ship, like airfares and shore excursions
Un-Cruise Adventures
Lindblad Expeditions (aligned with National Geographic) offers soft-adventure cruising to 7 continents including the South Pacific and Antarctica, while the Celebrity Expedition sails provides 10- & 15-night itineraries to the Galapagos Islands. Un-Cruise Adventures offers guests the chance to kayak, hike and snorkel in destinations like the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica and onto South America - think locally sourced cuisine & microbrews. 
Star Clippers










If you've always dreamed of exploring your inner pirate, sailing onboard a Star Clippers tall ship may be more to your liking! Avalon Waterways takes passengers to exotic destinations such as Myanmar and Vietnam, while AmaWaterways provides a traditional European experience while sailing down the Rhine, Danube and Mosel Rivers.


   

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Take a Puerto Rico Nearcation

Take a Puerto Rico Nearcation: How does a Caribbean vacation in the US sound? Well, the northern Caribbean island of Puerto Rico is closer than you think and it's a US territory!

As the 4th largest island in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is a destination rich in culture, nature and history, along with beautiful white sand beaches, mountains, parks and natural wonders. Add to this an average year-round temperature of 80°F, and what more could you want?!


Flying into Puerto Rico, most visitors will be landing in San Juan, which features a spectacular combination of old and new. Many stay in the Condado area which offers beach front hotels, restaurants and casinos, while others choose the Spanish colonial architecture, cafes, museums and galleries of charming Old San Juan. 

How close is Puerto Rico to the US? It's only:
  • 2.5 hours from Miami
  • 3.5 hours from New York
  • 4.5 hours from Chicago and Dallas

I've been lucky enough to have visited Puerto Rico many times. Strolling through the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, viewing the Colonial-era Sant Maria Magdalena de Passiz Cemetery, and peering through the 16th-century El Morro fort (officially Fort San Felipe del Morro) embrasures to see the crashing Atlantic seas below - are all Puerto Rican experiences not-to-be-missed! 

And, of course, a visit to Puerto Rico wouldn't be complete without seeing El Yunque National Forest with it's amazing array of tropical foliage and birds, as well as:

  • Camuy Caves - one of the largest cave systems in the world!
  • Ponce - including it's Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe 
  • Arecibo Observatory - the world's largest radio telescope!
  • San German - it's Porta Coeli church is one of the Western Hemisphere's oldest churches!
  • the islands of Vieques and Culebra with their picture-perfect beaches and laid back atmospheres

And remember, there's no passport required for US citizens to visit Puerto Rico, making this an epic nearcation that can't be beat!

    

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Hyatt has introduced it's new selection of luxury hotels, known as the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Providing venues with unique qualities including historic value, exclusive locations, architecture and award-winning dining, currently there are only 4 hotels meeting their upscale Unbound standards. Let's take a look!


The Driskill, Austin, TX
Historic 1886 hotel with luxe rooms & dining - Google



Hotel du Louvre, Paris
A 5-star hotel located in central Paris, near the Louvre, and ideal for both business and leisure travellers. - Hyatt



Carmelo Resort & Spa, Uruguay
Rustic-chic lodging with refined dining - Google



Coco Palms, Kauai (set to re-open spring 2018)
Visited by numerous movie stars and also the scene of Elvis Presley's film Blue Hawaii. The resort has been closed since being hit by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. It is scheduled to be restored and reopened as a Hyatt resort in 2017 - Wikipedia



For more information or to make your reservation, visit Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

       

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