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5 Reasons to Visit Finland During its Centennial Celebration

Feb 3, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This December, Finland will celebrate its 100th birthday, and as such, they’ll be commemorating the occasion with a number of festivals and events throughout the year. It’s also a destination that has been touted across the travel world as one of the best countries to visit in 2017, and we couldn’t agree more. The land of endless saunas, the Northern Lights, adorable husky rides and scenic landscapes, Finland has so much to discover no matter what season you visit. Here are seven reason to visit the Land of a Thousand Lakes:

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Amazing $10K+ Valentine's Day Packages to Spoil Your Loved One

Jan 27, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Each year, we round up some of the best over-the-top Valentine’s Day hotel packages from across the globe. With price tags of $10,000 and up, this year’s list had no shortage of elaborate offerings, and choosing only 10 proved to be difficult. But whether you want to surprise your darling with a trip to New York, hit the beaches of Anguilla or go snorkeling in Thailand, these offers have just about everything you’d need for the perfect V-Day. Starting from $10,000 and working our way up, here are the most extravagant packages to indulge in this lover’s holiday:

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San Diego's Hottest Suite Will Make You Feel Like a Rock Star

Jan 26, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s pretty easy to consider never leaving your room when staying in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Multi-Platinum Suite. With 1,070 square feet of space, you might find yourself skipping a tour of the city to relax in your BainUltra air jet tub or sip on Champagne on one of two cozy L-shaped couches in the room. Had it not been my birthday weekend, you may have found me Neflix and chilling my whole stay instead of hitting the town. It’s that impressive.

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China's Newest Hotel Has Its Own Man-Made Ocean

Jan 25, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Lest you call it “just another luxury hotel,” the new Sanya EDITION has one amenity you may not expect: its own man-made, five-acre private ocean. Headed by American hotelier Ian Schrager, the Marriott-branded property opened this past December in what China considers its answer to Hawaii, the city of Sanya on Hainan Island.

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8 of the World's Best Heli-Skiing Destinations

Jan 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s nothing like fresh, untouched powder when you’re heading out on a ski trip. But finding that perfect snow can be difficult, especially at crowded resorts where waiting in lift lines and battling less experienced skiers can get in the way of a good shred sesh. This is why ski enthusiasts look to heli-skiing for unbroken snow, more challenging topography and the kind of epic conditions you’re likely to only catch once a year. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, here are eight of the world’s best heli-skiing destinations to visit:

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Presidential Destinations: A Look at Our Former Leaders' Hometowns

Jan 20, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Today’s Inauguration Day ushers in the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. And as we look to the future with our new Commander-in-Chief, we thought we’d take peak back at our last five leaders and learn a little bit more about where they came from.

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3 South American Cruises to Book in 2017

Jan 10, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every January 1, as a part of the new year’s tradition, people resolve to do all kinds of things such as eat healthier, get back in shape or finally ask for that much-deserved raise. While it’s typically hard to keep such promises throughout the year (when was the last time you used your gym membership?), one pledge you should really keep is your resolution to travel more. Plus, jet-setting from destination to destination typically leads to lower stress levels, more productivity at work and can even produce better relationships with friends and family. To help you out with a few ideas, we gathered together a list of South American cruises that you can embark on in 2017.

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The Unexpected Destination on Bloomberg's Places to Visit in 2017 List

Jan 5, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On Tuesday, Bloomberg released its list for Where to Go in 2017. While many of the places seem like obvious choices—Cape Town, Miami, Toronto, London, Japan—we were definitely surprised to see one name we weren’t expecting: Iran. In February of 2015, we wrote about the Middle Eastern country urging travelers to visit its borders with an international tourism campaign. Yet, at the same time, the revolution’s slogan throughout the country was “Death to America.”

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Four Seasons Debuts Its New $46k-per-Night Private Island Hideaway

Dec 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This month, Four Seasons announced the opening of its private island Maldives resort, the brand’s first exclusive archipelago and world’s only exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway in a World Biosphere Reserve. Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah is a seven-bedroom home that sits on five acres of land and can accommodate up to 22 guests.

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Hotel Zelos: A Quirky & Trendy Property in the Heart of SF

Dec 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Francisco is undeniably a quirky city that marches to the beat of its own drum. When you visit, part of the fun of staying in SF is getting a sense of that same unique character within your hotel. Located in the heart of Union Square, Hotel Zelos is just the kind of property you’d expect to find in this charming destination.

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Loews Regency San Francisco is an Upscale Retreat With SF Spirit

Dec 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Standing on the large terrace of Loews Regency San Francisco’s Presidential Suite, it’s easy to see why so many people love this city. Called a “bridge to bridge” view, guests of the suite can not only get a bird’s eye view of SF, but can also catch a glimpse of both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. At night, SF looks almost magical with its twinkling lights shining across the bay, and through its soaring skyscrapers and iconic Victorian homes.

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48 Hours in Dallas: Where to Eat & What to Do | Sponsored Content by W Dallas - Victory

Dec 23, 2016  |   Contributor: W Dallas - Victory

There are always big things happening in Texas, especially when you’re in Dallas. With so much going on, it can be overwhelming to choose the right activities to fit into a 48-hour stay. Luckily, the abundance of things to do means there is something for everyone no matter what part of the city you’re in. From foodie havens to shopping meccas, here’s how to fit the best of Dallas into a weekend.

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Manhattan Sophistication at the Tuscany Hotel

Dec 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Nestled amidst the standard accoutrements of a hotel room—chocolate bars, salted nuts and bottles of water—is a pair of cardboard VR goggles found at The Tuscany in New York. Consider these the modern-day version of a guidebook. The idea is to slip on the goggles, download the hotel's app, and be immersed in micro-vignettes about the city, filmed by other guests, before venturing out. 

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Step Inside Paris' Chic Le Cinq Codet Hotel

Dec 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

For the discerning traveler who prefers a more intimate and customized experience, a luxury, boutique hotel is the way to go. Vying for a clientele with an unlimited budget, boutique hotels attract savvy guests by focusing on style, design, lighting, technology, music and personalized experiences. What began as a niche market in the 1980s, the boutique concept is now a global phenomenon that appeals to Millennials and Empty-Nesters alike. According to a recent boutique and lifestyle report conducted by Hotel Analyst, a growth in demand for boutique rooms is expected to exceed that of traditional hotel rooms by the end of 2017.

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Kempinski Hotel Bristol Remains a Berlin Favorite 65 Years Later

Dec 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Located on the corner of Kurfurstendamm and Fasanenstrasse, Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin, which opened in 1951, was the brand’s first-ever property. When it opened, it symbolized the rejuvenation of post-War Berlin itself. Today, the property still remains one of the city's best hotels for discerning travelers seeking top-notch accommodations, great service and a prime location. 

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