If Greece isn’t in your travel future, I suggest you earmark a place for it now. And, ideally that you go in what the travel industry calls the “shoulder season” – May, early June, September, October to avoid the crowds. Besides the iconic sights that are a “must” on any traveler’s bucket list like the Acropolis, the new Acropolis museum and the Athens Archaeological Museum, there are still hundreds of authentic, picturesque villages; delicious farm to table food; over 6000 islands to explore; warm hospitality wherever you go; dramatic scenery and crystal clear water; and it’s all so reasonably priced. Here are Greek, Athens travel and Crete travel surprises, revelations and curious observations I thought you’d enjoy reading about (even if you’ve been there before), with images of course that tell even more of the story. If, after this, you’re dreaming about Greece, check out the blogpost on Wednesday about a special one night only “Taste of the Aegean”.
Want to get in shape for “the season”, one on one with the country’s top pros? The “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host its annual Wellness Getaway from September 5th to 9th. Better yet, I’m offering readers a friends and family discount of 25% off of published rates! You fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport, just 25 minutes from the resort. On tap are complimentary sessions led by industry leaders, a Medicine Reading Ceremony from “fashion’s favorite healer”, Spa Atelier self-discovery workshops, juice therapy, different kinds of Yoga, cooking classes, and other mindful wellness activities.Live in luxury, enjoy foodie worthy cuisine at four gourmet restaurants, top service, beachfront location, and impressive spa. Can’t make these dates, watch for a wellness getaway in Cabo San Lucas later this year.
It’s not even peak travel season yet and many places are packed. In fact, I just read in a report by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Assn) that 204 airports worldwide are running out of capacity to accommodate additional flights! Plus, as companies put in more technology, there are fewer people at hand to help out. But if you love travel, you adapt, and “survival tactics” need to come into play. Here are some of my tried and true travel tips 2018, and others I learned after a recent eight city trip. Love to hear your suggestions and comments as well, as I know a lot of you out there are well traveled.
What will World Cup visitors to Moscow find? All I can say is nothing prepared me for the Russia I saw on my recent trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg with New York Times Journeys in coordination with Abercrombie & Kent, one of a terrific series of educational trips led by a bureau chief, editor or contributor to the Times joined by guest lecturers.In this blogpost I’ve chosen not to describe many of the tourist sights – you can find that in any guidebook or travel article. Here are Russia surprises, revelations and curious observations I thought you’d enjoy reading about (even if you’ve been there before), with images of course.
It’s a great time of year to go on a Staycation to the Florida Keys – much less traffic, off season hotel rates, and no problem getting a reservation at choice spots. This year it’s even better with everything from new hotels Key West including a luxury all inclusive, the Keys’ first; more excursions and attractions by land and sea; and places to grab a beer or mojito and enjoy the sunsets. And get this, a new Hemingway Literary Day Trip to Havana from Key West International Airport. Here’s the scoop:
We’ve gone beyond dreadful airline food to no food served onboard in economy class. Maybe that’s a good thing. So we’re forced to BYO, unless we want to find ourselves famished and having to deal with the double no no of buying overpriced snacks that are usually high cal and low on nutrition. What to do? I asked leading travel bloggers their secrets about healthy travel snacks. Here are the findings which I plan to put in practice (better than my lone apple). And one writer even shares her recipe for the absolutely delicious sounding Amazing Apple Muffins pictured here.
First came the American travelers In their private jets, then frequent travelers to Italy who have done Tuscany, Venice, Rome and Florence. Apulia (or Puglia in Modern Italian) is getting discovered, but has still escaped the crowds and high prices, and maintains its authenticity and sense of place, and it’s a gem. It was here we recently traveled after Ethiopia (Ethiopian Airways has nonstop service from Addis Ababa to Rome). As with my earlier travel Fabulous Friday, rather than a travel article, I’m going to tell you about fascinating facts about the region relating to Italian history and customs, and show you culinary eye candy. Sit back, relax, and enjoy:
A travel destination to put on your bucket list is Ethiopia, that is if your tastes run to places that are distinctive, authentic, and rich civilizations with centuries old history with their own culture, food, music and dance. After a little over a week there, I’d put it in a category with India, Mexico, Egypt and China – my favorites for exotic travel.
Need to de-stress? Want to get in shape for “the season” or just learn new tools for delicious, and healthy eating and lifestyle? Miami’s own food stars and friends, Robyn Webb, culinary instructor at the Wellness Center of the University of Miami and Wok Star Eleanor Hoh will work their culinary magic and teach new skills at upcoming wellness weeks at Grand Velas Resorts luxury all inclusive resorts in the Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos along with Rebecca-Louise, an international fitness personality and adventure traveler . And how about this – wellness seminars, fitness sessions, juice therapy, spa, therapeutic concerts, personal trainer, and a two star Michelin chef from Amsterdam .Guests can opt to stay in one of the resorts wellness suites designed to renew one’s body and mind in every way possible with everything from complimentary massage and special amenities. The Wellness travel getaways will be held from October 4-7 at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and November 22 – 26 at Grand Velas Los Cabos. Plus, I’m offering readers a 25% discount!