My First Intl. Getaway: Merida, Mexico

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Where to go for my first international getaway? Friends have raved about Merida, Mexico. And then I read how 60,000 readers of Conde Nast Traveler named it in the best small city in the world for 2019. Off we went, and it turned out we liked it so much we extended our stay. It has it all – a serious foodie city, incredible mansions built in the late 19th and early 20th century when Merida had one of the most significant numbers of millionaires in the world, very good hotels and museums, major Mayan ruins nearby, and designer shopping. Plus, it’s totally authentic, with hardly an American fast food chain in sight, safety protocols to the max and you can fly nonstop from Miami to Merida, Mexico (Just over 2 hours).  Plus you can team the visit up with a beach stay in Playa Del Carmen and get my friend and family discount at a top luxury resort.

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First Getaway Weekend: Philadelphia

A Philadelphia getaway weekend is perfect for a first long distance trip involving air travel from South Florida. We went for a long weekend and came back wishing we had spent more time. It’s eminently walkable, its art museums offer world class collections of art history’s greats, and it’s a serious eating town. And a very important plus at this point in time, a visit to the place where this nation’s history began, the Constitution was created and Declaration of Independence signed. It all seems more meaningful than ever. Here are more reasons for a visit and tips on what you can do and where to eat in a getaway, including a link to 30 different mini-itineraries designed for special interests.
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My Experience: Being Safe Flying + Best Airlines

Many of you are probably weighing if and when to travel by plane, so I thought it’d be helpful to share my first experience which was just last week. Plus, at the end you’ll find a link to a guide to the “Best US Airlines of 2020: Who is Doing it Right in the COVID-19 Era”. For those of you on the fence about airplane travel, here’s an account of my experience with tips on how to be safe on an airplane.
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New! Miami Workations at 30 Hotels

Have you heard about the new thing, the Workation? It’s a new trend, a combination of “work” and “vacation”. You do your normal job online while being on a kind of vacation to change the scene, add some excitement, pampering and variety and change your routine. Select hotels and resorts all over the world are offering them for tourists, and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau thinks it has appeal to locals too. As part of their Miami Shines Tourism Recovery Program, they’ve come up with a  Work & Learn Remotely Program. These Miami Workations are special offers from more than 30 hotels, spas and attractions that are encouraging professionals to change their scenery to include a workspace at one of Miami’s many leading hotels. If you’re on the fence about doing it, check out a few of the special services and amenities you’d have access to.
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Miami Staycation: Acqualina Resort & Residences

#1 Best Resort in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report and 2020 #1 Luxury Beachfront Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. You have to admit, impressive credentials. I was looking for a Miami staycation and wanted to go to a part of Miami and a beach I don’t usually go to. Good friends went to Acqualina Resort & Residences in Sunny Isles Beach for a staycation not once, but twice, and raved about it. I had been to the spa for Miami Spa month and had lunch at Il Mulino a few years ago and was impressed. Then there was a chance to try the cryotherapy  facial. So no contest, off we went for a 3 day/2 night holiday. Tomorrow look for my post on things to do and see in Sunny Isles Beach.
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Staycation Palm Beach: Where to Stay – Part 1

Though I’ve been to Palm Beach numerous times over the years, somehow this time was my favorite. Part of the reason was surely that I felt like I was getting away, having a travel experience. But it was also because “PB” as I call it was relaxed, with an absence of traffic, and everyone was especially welcoming, happy we were there. Plus, we had such a wonderful hotel stay at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, rated as Florida’s top resort for 5 years running in Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards, we extended our visit a night for a 4 day/3 night getaway. It was our first hotel stay since the start of COVID-19, so could experience the safety protocols. Here’s my first hand experience:
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Daycation: SLS South Beach Day Pass, My Experience

After  four months pretty much in lockdown, don’t you feel you need to mix it up? I sure do.  So no coincidence all of the posts about scenic drives and walks, daycations and staycations, with more to come. One of the better days we’ve had since March was the daycation with the SLS South Beach day pass last week. It was super fun, easy, we enjoyed very good service, and felt totally refreshed.  Plus, with the safety protocols in place at the resort (social distancing, masks, sanitizers throughout), we felt secure. There are a wide choice of passes depending on the amenities you want and number in your party. Here’s our first person experience and the options.
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Staycation: Florida Keys, What’s New – Part 1

Looking for more Staycation ideas? With all the new offerings in The Florida Keys & Key West, you’ll want to take a look here for your next getaway. The Keys reopened to visitors June 1 and there’s a lot new, from hotel enhancements and new places to stay along with new experiences and tours and more flight service. Here’s Part 1 on what’s new on where to stay in the Florida Keys. Part 2 will be on new things to do.
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