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July 2016

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How to Have a Truly 5-Star Walt Disney World Experience

Jul 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Usually associated with visions of enjoyable characters, feature length children’s films and a loveable mouse, Walt Disneyland and Disney World have become synonymous with the perfect family vacation. What is least expected, however, is a high-end, luxury experience at these parks. But if you know where to look, a lavish Walt Disney World Orlando trip is hidden just behind the curtain. The destination offers everything from fine dining and luxury accommodations to unforgettable experiences and jaw-dropping attention to detail. From the parks themselves, to the new luxury offerings, Disney has a whole new meaning in Florida.... Read More

The Intimacy, Authenticity and 21st-Century Comfort of Tall Mast Sailing

Jul 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Imagine pulling from port in Barcelona with a backdrop of the Spanish city’s twinkling night lights, all decks on hand as yards of sails unfurl to ascend the ship’s four masts with the Vangelis song 1492: Conquest of Paradise playing at departure. Then add to the scene top-of-the-deck passengers lifting their glasses in synchronized toasts to their upcoming venture. This scene is just another day aboard Star Clippers' Star Flyer.... Read More

History, Art, Music & Charming Squares in Aix-en-Provence

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Aix-en-Provence in southern France has an intriguing history, its name originating from the Latin word linked to water. This was the first town in the old region of Gaul to be colonized by the Romans, who remained for more than 500 years. While there are few remnants of that era still standing, the basement of the Granet Museum has some painstaking reconstructions of broken statuary and ceramics, as well as Celtic bracelets and other artifacts.... Read More

A Guide to Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Siem Reap

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Even with all the photographs in the world and the plethora of guide books on Siem Reap, there’s a sense that nothing can really capture the beauty and intrigue of the destination without experiencing it firsthand. The stunning Cambodian city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a place where tuk tuks rule the streets, getting lost in the Old Market all afternoon is encouraged and striking temples serve as reminders of this city’s deeply religious history.... Read More

Surfing the Perfect Arctic Wave

Jul 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The meaning of luxury is expanding as time evolves; and the most recent shift has consumers craving experiential travel versus material possessions. They’re looking to see pink Dolphins on an Amazon river cruise, go diving in Fiji, or surfing in Unstad, a cold water area above the Arctic Circle, where you can actually surf under the midnight sun or Northern Lights.... Read More

The Most Comfortable Way to Explore the Peruvian Amazon

Jul 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Travis Levius

By the time I’d stroked the thick, fuzzy abdomen of a wild tarantula from a local tracker’s hands in the jungle, I knew many travel “firsts” would be achieved in the coming three days. It’s not the norm to have fished for piranhas in a creek, have mischievous capuchins leap upon your group’s skiff as they help themselves to your banana supply or encounter the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon. Yet there was no retreating to some sweltering tent amongst creatures that hiss, but onto the Delfin II, a sleek, all-suite riverboat for travelers who prefer not to completely “rough it” in the world’s most spectacular rainforest region.... Read More

Head to Playa Del Carmen for a Sophisticated Caribbean "Baecation"

Jul 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

About a 45-min drive outside of the more well-known Cancun, you’ll find tiny Playa Del Carmen. Once known as a small fishing village, this little gem on the Caribbean coast is located in Riviera Maya. A great location for travelers from the East Coast, Riviera Maya is also home to another popular lover’s getaway, Cozumel and the trendy, bohemian village of Tulum.... Read More

Become a Cosmonaut at the Russian Space Program This Fall

Jul 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We're betting most of you can remember a time when you considered what it’d be like to go to space, soar up into the stars and get a glimpse of the entire universe. Space has always been one of those destinations that will always be universally intriguing. Although we haven’t quite gotten to the point of civilians being able to venture that high above the earth, there are still plenty of ways to experience what space travel would be like.... Read More

Baccarat Celebrates 250 Years With $300K Around the World Trip

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In its 250 years of existence, Baccarat has made a name for itself in the crystal business, becoming one of the most respected and recognizable brands in the game. To celebrate their centuries-long success, the luxury label is offering a 12-day trip around the world starting off in New York.... Read More

The Ultimate Proposal to Put All Others to Shame

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When it comes to proposing to your significant other, some men will keep it simple and intimate, while others want to pull out all the stops to show their love how much they mean to them. If you’re part of the latter group, World Of Diamonds and Cé La Vi have put together the most lavish way to pop the question. The companies are collaborating on a romantic dining experience for the buyer of the rare 2.08-carat Fancy Vivid Blue Jane Seymour diamond ring (US size 7).... Read More

Discovering Ecuador’s Less-Traveled Backcountry

Jul 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Sarah Staples

I was at the cruising altitude of a Cessna, inching down the steepest canyon of my life. Waist-tall thorny brush, wildflowers and gnarled polylepis shrubs surrounded me in a rare, high-altitude wetland ecosystem called a paramo, which only exists in Ecuador and in neighboring Bolivia. Each step required exertion because my body hadn’t adjusted yet to hiking at 13,123 feet. ... Read More

 
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