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Destinations for the Perfect Snow Day

In the depths of winter, it’s only natural to daydream of sun-filled beach days. But why not embrace the chilly temperatures (there are 90 days of winter, after all) and jet off to the perfect snow day destination. Think mineral springs, steaming hot toddies, and a view of the Northern Lights.

Ouray, Colorado

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Colorado is known for its ski resorts and acres of ranches. But nestled between the Rockies’ towering peaks is a small mining town with an authentic winter vibe. The intimate community of Ouray is sure to beat those winter blues. Whether you prefer to bundle up and peruse the Victorian storefronts, hunker down for a craft beer, or venture out for a day of ice climbing, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to defrost in the natural hot springs!

Lyngen Fjords, Norway

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Located in the northernmost region of Norway’s Arctic Circle is the Lyngen Fjords. These high alpine glaciers create a dramatically beautiful scene perfectly viewed from the Lyngen Lodge. Bundle up for a fine dining experience featuring local ingredients such as reindeer, fresh fish or local lamb and end the evening gazing at the Northern Lights.

West Yellowstone, Montana

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This national park has its summer perks, but West Yellowstone turns into a snow-capped wonderland in the winter months. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is only accessible by an over snow vehicle, but once you have arrived (at about 7,300 feet) the options are endless. Soak in the steaming hot springs, embark on a dog sledding journey, or take a tour of the Upper Geyser Basin.

Top photo credits: Vincent Rush of Cincinnati, Ohio (vincentrush.wordpress.com)

New Year’s Wellness Retreats

It’s no secret that the holidays bring about some serious indulging. Once the New Year hits we can’t help but want to reboot. For some that means a dedicated detox, for others it’s hitting the gym, hard, and for many, unplugged solitude is the solution. Luckily, there are a variety of wellness retreats around the world that cater to your needs.

Bodhimaya, France

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You might be in France, but there won’t be a croissant in sight. Once inside the 16th century Chateau de Robernier, your detox-focused program begins with juicing, each created for the individual’s need. So forget your morning cup of joe, at Bodhimaya you are greeted with hot water and lemon and the day ends with an evening meditation. While you might feel the initial shock, you will reap the benefits for months to come.

Rancho La Puerta, Mexico

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What might best be described as an ancient sanctuary, Rancho La Puerta has much to be desired. But don’t let the picturesque Mount Kuchama fool you. There are 25 miles of hiking trails and fitness classes ranging from boot camps and hydrofit to chakra dance and yoga. And when you’re not sweating it out, recharge your body with acupuncture or the signature hot candle wax massage. Your body will thank you later.

Song Saa, Cambodia

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If your mind is what needs a rest, then Song Saa is your sanctuary. Located on two islands in the gulf of Thailand, this retreat focuses on loving kindness and compassion. The island of Koh Ouen is home to 27 eco-villas and just across the bridge is the island of Koh Bong where you will find meditation platforms and yoga salas. Visitors indulge in the “stillness bath ritual” and nosh on sea-bass ceviche on a swing in the Vista restaurant. Island hopping will take on a whole new meaning.

Travel Books of 2015

Although we turn to the Internet for just about everything travel related, it’s hard to replace the magic of books. This year brought a variety of travel inspired material, from guides to fictional paperbacks, to majestic coffee table tomes.

Rick Steves Snapshot Italy’s Cinque Terre

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This compact guide features Steves’ essentials for traveling to Cinque Terre, Italy’s rugged yet breathtaking Riviera coastline. Explore the villages of Corniglia, Vernazza and the nearby towns of Santa Margherita and Portofino through the mind of an expert European traveler.

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States

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Just in time for the National Park’s 100th birthday, this classic, best selling guide will be debuting its 8th edition come January. Preorder today to get this revamped and up-to-date resource, featuring California’s newest park, Pinnacles.

Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City

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New York Times best selling author Mark Adams takes us on yet another adventure, this time into the minds of the explorers who are actively searching for the lost city of Atlantis. A great in-flight read, this book draws you into one of history’s greatest mysteries.

Wine Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends in Wine Country

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Do you long to sip on a glass of Cabernet, Chardonnay or Sangiovese? I mean, who wouldn’t? Immerse yourself in Lonely Planet’s travel guide Wine Trails, where you will discover secret gems in Napa, Sonoma and Tuscany as well as off the beaten path regions like Georgia and Greece. With detailed itineraries covering the best places to eat and stay, all there is left to do is pack!

How We Live

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There is something uniquely interesting and inspirational about seeing how other people live. Photographer Marcia Prentice has compiled a visual journal of the homes and work spaces of designers and artists from around the world. From Mumbai and Marrakesh to Amsterdam and Mexico City, view the world through another person’s lens, literally.

Thailand: A Post-Holiday Getaway

We are in the midst of the holidays, but it’s comforting to know January is on the horizon, it’s only 2 weeks away! While most of us look forward to that time to hibernate, recuperate, and relax, it’s also the perfect time to travel. Why not combine the two and venture to Thailand.

Thailand truly has the best of both worlds – Bangkok’s cultural Mecca and stretches of white sandy coastline. The peak season is January, especially for the islands of the southwest Andaman coast. With little to no rain and temperatures reaching the 80’s, it won’t take much to relax.

Koh Phayam           

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This is one of the most remote and mellow islands on the southwest Andaman coast. Enjoy the crystal clear waters, blue skies, and coral reefs, without all the crowds. It used to be a 9-hour bus ride from Bangkok to Koh Phayam, but now airline Nok Air offers a direct 90-minute flight from the capitol.

Similan Islands

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If remote sea exploration is your idea of post-holiday recuperation, then the Similan Islands are for you. This national park west of Khao Lak is known for what lies beneath the waters. The island’s majestic coral reefs are ranked one of the best diving sites in the world.

Phuket

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Phuket is one of Asia’s most popular beach destinations, but there is a reason for that. This island has hip rooftop bars (like Baba Nest), mind-blowing street food in Old Town, and some of the most exotic accommodations. Do not miss the authentic Indian, Malaysian, and Chinese influenced cuisine in Old Town, you won’t look at Thai takeout the same again. If you are looking for a unique retreat, look no further than Keemala. Nestled away from the crowd lies recycled wooden doors that open to mushroom-shaped clay cottages, tented suites, bird nest villas, and bamboo houses.

The Traveler: Holiday Gift Guide for Him

Whether he is voyaging to the roughest terrain or clad in his Armani suit with a cocktail in hand, we have the perfect gift for the traveling man in your life. The jet setter in him knows what he needs to get up and go, so why not give him what he wants.

The Carry on Cocktail Kit

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He doesn’t have to settle for that mid-flight glass of Chardonnay. With The Carry on Cocktail Kit ($24) he can mix his own drink in-flight, all he needs is the hard stuff. Choose from The Old Fashioned, The Gin & Tonic or The Moscow Mule. Want to spoil him with all three? The Travel Pack is a handmade canvas and leather bag that includes all three cocktail varieties.

Fold Up Kayak

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His bucket list includes climbing Kilimanjaro and diving the Great Barrier Reef. Get him ready for a trip down his dream river with the fold up Oru Kayak ($1,275). Designed and manufactured in California, this high performance kayak folds from box to boat and comes in two different models. It’s only a check-in away from becoming his perfect travel companion.

Ferrari Passport Holder

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If he is going to jet set around the globe, ensure that he is doing it in style. The Ferrari Passport Holder ($165) was created by the engineering company GTO London and was inspired by the vintage interior of the Ferrari 250 GTO. This hand-stitched Italian leather piece is part of a collection, which includes a travel wallet, a luggage tag, and a flask.

The Traveler: Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Are you stumped on what to get your globetrotting gal this holiday season? If she is always on the go, spends more time in the air than on the ground, and lives out of her carry on, we have you (and her) covered. Whether she is your best friend, wife or daughter, give her a gift she will use no matter her destination.

Emilia Cashmere Travel Set

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For a bona fide jetsetter, luxury becomes essential. Give her the gift of a cozy and comfortable flight with the Sofiacashmere Emilia Cashmere Travel Set ($395). The pure cable-knit cashmere blanket and eye mask will have her dozing into a sweet slumber. The set comes in taupe or grey and includes a matching cashmere zippered bag. Top it off with a pure cashmere airline pillow ($95) and red eye will be a thing of the past.

The Cordito Cord Wrap

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If she travels for business, she knows the technology she can’t live without. Help her keep all those tech cords in check with The Cordito Cord Wrap ($49). This premium leather case holds three cables, includes a pocket with a snap for plugs, and comes in a chic gold color, making it look less tech and more like a trendy accessory.

Skidless Yoga Mat Towel

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She goes on and on about her yoga retreat in Bali, has perfected her sun salutations, and juices religiously. The Skidless Yoga Mat Towel ($64) by Yogitoes is the gift for her. Each towel is hand-dyed and features silicon dot technology that grips your mat and prevents slipping. It is a hygienic, comfortable, and stable yoga essential and it only weighs one and a half pounds. Now that’s carry-on material!

Travel Light: Healthiest Airport Food Options

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The holiday season is officially in full swing and the travel mayhem has commenced. While you might not be able to control those delayed flights or baggage claim lines, now more than ever, you can control what you eat at the airport. Throughout the United States, more airport restaurants are turning to healthier food options, including vegetarian and vegan fare.

If you haven’t booked your holiday flights yet, consider flying into an airport that provides the highest number of healthy food options. According to a 2014 study, Baltimore-Washington International Airport came in first place, followed by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport in third.

At Baltimore-Washington International Airport, or BWI as they call it, your odds are good. They have healthy fare options at 92 percent of their restaurants. Stop in at the Silver Diner for gluten free quinoa pasta or a locally sourced roasted veggie salad. Shorter layover than expected? Swing by the Airspace Lounge for a veggie hummus plate.

With its Pacific Northwest flare, it’s no surprise that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport serves up a variety of healthier dishes to travelers. Grab a fresh cup of oatmeal at Vintage Washington or a vegetarian sushi roll at Kobo. You can still enjoy the game and eat healthy too at the Seattle Seahawks 12 Club, where they serve a vegetarian fiesta salad, among other healthy alternatives.

One too many holiday parties paired with Thanksgiving leftovers will have you craving some fresh California produce. Luckily you can find that at the sunshine state’s very own LAX airport. See what the buzz is all about at Real Food Daily, the nation’s first organic all-vegan airport eatery. Try one of their raw kale salads or the lentil mushroom burger. You can still do hearty while eating healthy at The Larder at LAX, with their broccoli and cauliflower bowls and signature salad.

Your local airport might not have made the list yet, but it’s likely to be on its way. Newark International Airport has been awarded most improved with healthier food options at restaurants like Java Moon Café and Mediterranean Café. The restaurants at Chicago O’Hare International Airport now incorporate fresh produce grown on site from the first airport aeroponic garden. While traveling this time of year can be a burden, eating light has never been easier.

Top Holiday Travel Destinations

The holidays are a busy time, with gift giving, cooking, parties, family, traveling… it can quickly turn into the least wonderful time of year. What better opportunity to pack your bags and indulge in the true meaning of holiday cheer at some of the top holiday travel destinations in the world.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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A tropical paradise that’s only a two and a half hour flight from Miami just so happens to have a Christmas season that is equally as spectacular. Starting on Thanksgiving Day, San Juan celebrates the holidays through the beginning of February, with parades, music, dancing, and lots of roasted pork. One of the largest celebrations, El Dia de los Tres Reyes or Three Kings Day, marks the height of the Christmas season.

New York City, New York

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The Rockefeller Christmas Tree, do I need to say more? If you aren’t already jetting off to the city of lights, then imagine yourself ice-skating on the outdoor rink and watching the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the infamous Rockettes. This truly traditional Christmas is sure to convert any grinch.

Nuremberg, Germany

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This city is famous for its Christkindlesmarkt, a traditional Christmas market that has over two million visitors flocking to Nuremburg each year. The kids will love the giant carved wooden Ferris wheel and adults can enjoy perusing the traditional handmade goods and toys (no plastic wreathes here), while noshing on spiced gingerbread and sipping mulled wine.

Quebec, Canada

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Calling all environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts! Quebec serves up one of the most unconventional holiday traditions, gathering around a Christmas tree made of recycled sheet metal adorned with lights powered by pedaling cyclists. Now that’s a sight to see!

Vienna, Austria

As if Vienna’s intricate buildings aren’t beautiful enough, try visiting during the holidays. Garlands of lights are strung throughout the city, giant chandeliers lead the way to Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, and a huge Christmas tree adorns Rathausplatz square.

 

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First class is so yesterday.  No need to worry about the person sitting next to you, the leg room that isn’t so roomy, or waiting for your drink.   Whenever and however you want to fly – it’s done.  Pop the Champagne, enjoy your flight, your way.

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