Tuesday, January 17, 2017

23rd World Travel Awards 2016 Winners!

Announced last December in the Maldives, here's a recap of the 23rd World Travel Awards 2016 winners. Even though there are hundreds of categories in total, ranging from destinations and attractions to airlines and hotels, I've included just a few of the most notable highlights - let's take a look! 

World's Leading Cultural City Destination

St. Petersburg, Russia

World's Most Romantic Resort

Baros Maldives

World's Leading Tourist Attraction

Titanic Belfast

World's Leading Resort

Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, Italy

World's Leading Destination

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

World's Leading Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line ©ConnieMotz2017

World's Leading Cruise Destination


World's Leading Beach Resort

Andilana Beach Resort, Madagascar

World's Leading Beach Destination


World's Leading All-Inclusive Resort

Sandals Royal Bahamian, Nassau

World's Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand


World's Leading Airline

Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi

World's Leading Airport


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Airbnb Top 10 Destinations to Visit in 2017

According to the home-sharing website Airbnb, there are some neighborhoods you should definitely check into for 2017. Having seen the most growth last year, the race is on to visit these up-and-coming areas before the entire world takes note. Let's take a look at the Airbnb Top 10 Destinations to Visit in 2017!

Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia

This colorful Melbourne neighborhood offers a wealth of trendy bars and restaurants, along with vintage shopping, music joints and vibrant street art. On the weekend, it's a must to visit Rose Street Market where you'll find hundreds of stalls selling everything and anything.

Wyndwood Walls in Miami, FL

This is another trendy neighborhood with it's main claim to fame being colorful street art! Wynwood is becoming so popular that Big Bus Tours Miami takes visitors to see how this district is being completely transformed into one of Miami's hottest spots.

Usera in Madrid, Spain

With it's notable Chinatown-style vibe, Usera is home to a convenient metro stop making it easy to access the entire city of Madrid in no time.

Chutes-Lavie in Marseille, France

Up more than 600 percent in bookings over the previous year, Chutes-Lavie is home to attractions like Notre-Dame de la Garde, the highest point in Marseille, and Calanques National Park. 

Konohana-ku in Osaka, Japan

Well, if you've never been to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, here's your chance to visit the one and only international version in Osaka. According to Airbnb, many booking venues even come with Hogswarts bathrobes, wow!

West Seattle in WA

You may have already done Seattle, but you've probably not done with the spectacular mountain and skyline views that some of the Airbnb properties offer in West Seattle. And yes, there's no doubt a few Starbucks locations to enjoy as well ;) Be sure to check out 3 Great RV Road Trips to Take this Fall!

Rockcliffe Smith in Toronto, ON

With an almost 500% increase in bookings over the previous year, Rockcliffe Smith is a Toronto neighborhood full of family homes and plenty of outdoor spaces to enjoy, including hiking and running trails.

Narvarte in Mexico City, Mexico

This diverse neighborhood is a perfect jumping off point if you're looking to explore Mexico City. It offers tons of ethnic dining and feels more like an authentic Mexican experience over other districts. 

Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you're looking for great dining opportunities with a residential feel, Kampung Baru may be the perfect Airbnb residential neighborhood for you. It's had a whopping 976% increase in bookings over last year so be sure to visit soon!

Milneburg in New Orleans, LA

Ravished by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Milneburg is making it's comeback with an extraordinary 1,500% increase in Airbnb bookings over last year. With picturesque shotgun houses and it's proximity to the French Quarter, it's no wonder it's a popular neighborhood to visit. 


Friday, January 6, 2017

Parks Canada: FREE 2017 Discovery Pass

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, Parks Canada is providing:

"free admission for the entire year to Parks Canada places 

from coast-to-coast to coast!"

So, where will you travel in 2017?? Maybe Wood Buffalo National Park of Canada? Banff National Park or maybe Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada? Or, if you're heading south, be sure to check out 3 Great RV Road Trips to Take this Spring, Summer or Fall.

The FREE 2017 Discovery Pass offers:
  • admission to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada
  • Lockage Parks Canada's historic canals and waterways
  • Lockage fees for Parks Canada's historic canals and waterways
What the FREE 2017 Discovery Pass does NOT include regular fees for experiences and services such as:
  • camping and accommodations
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
  • Mooring
  • Reservation fees
  • Guided tours and hikes
  • Firewood
  • Overnight backcountry use

 Order your FREE 2017 Discovery Pass today

Monday, January 2, 2017

Win the Ultimate Hamilton Experience!

Didn't get tickets to Hamilton for the holidays? Don't despair! Here's your chance to Win the Ultimate Hamilton Experience!

And I'm not just talking seeing one Hamilton broadway performance in New York, noooo!! 

I'm talking about New York, Chicago and San Francisco along with airfare for two and two nights accommodation for every trip - holy frick!!!!

Enter to Win The Ultimate Hamilton Experience here!

Besides 100 chances to win for only 10 bucks, you'll be making a donation in support of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Unfortunately, the signed programs, posters and Hamilton Mixtapes are already sold out, but you can still get t-shirts and beanies, or grab a recording below. ❤️Lin-Manuel Miranda!!