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5 benefits to luxury adventure travel

5 benefits to luxury adventure travel

Take an average vacation, upgrade the hotels and restaurants, add in some extra time in nature and a local guide to show you the way, remove the usual tourist spots, and don’t forget good walking shoes, and you’ve got a luxury adventure travel experience that is good for your mind, body, and soul. While luxury can certainly be found amidst high thread-count sheets and Michelin-starred restaurants, it can also be about having an expert local guide by your side who speaks the language and knows you the hidden gems, and the time you can afford to slow down and delve deeply into one area instead of cramming so much into your holiday that you return home more exhausted than when you left.

You’ll be able to visit places not accessible by vehicles

Thankfully, there are still places that remain inaccessible by vehicle, only reachable on foot, bike, boat, or pack animal—remote monasteries, ancient glaciers, untouched rainforests, and Sherpa villages, to name a few. While it takes some additional time and energy to make it to these beautiful locations, they are more special because of it. Medieval hilltop villages in Italy, uninhabited islands in Palau, a little-known clearing with epic views—it’s always worth the extra effort. When you’re hiking over Alpine passes or snorkeling among pristine reefs, you’ll have 360-degrees of splendor all around you. It’s hard to get that from the window of a bus. Sure, pull out your camera, but the memories will always be more vivid. Each day brings another jaw-dropping vista.

You’ll meet more locals

Strolling through old-world villages or walking past farmers, you’ll encounter real people. You might not speak the same language (your guide will be happy to translate for you), but there’s something new to learn with every interaction such as what a culture values and how your livelihood differs from theirs. Being on foot means that it’s much easier to meet and interact with local people, from visiting an artist’s studio to watching shepherds herd their flocks. These moments are much more authentic than showing up to a “tourist trap” for an experience that’s been massaged for crowds and marketing. You never know who you might meet—nod your head to an accordion player at a mountain hut, join some school children for a quick football match, or marvel at a mural being painted by a local artist.

You’ll notice the details

There’s nothing like being in nature to make you appreciate the little things. Perhaps a vibrant wildflower or a gecko skittering across your path, or you stop to listen to birdsong or the creaking of tree limbs swaying in the forest. Maybe you’re captivated by an unusual rock formation. The details stay with you long after you’ve returned. This is only possible when you’re in the landscape, up-close to the flora and fauna. Top guides will be able to identify what you see and point out things you don’t. Traveling at a slower pace means you’re taking your time to relish in your entire travel experience, both the activities and sites you visit as well as the time and journey in between.

You’ll have some pretty unique experiences

There are certain things that you just cannot do unless you put boots to the ground. The meaning behind completing even just a portion of the historic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is all but lost if you simply drive to Santiago de Compostela. The thrill of sharing the ground with incredible wildlife on a guided walking safari in Africa is incomparable to being in the safari vehicle. Trekking to the base of a mountain believed to be sacred by locals is pretty powerful for both the accomplishment and the spiritual atmosphere. And there’s nothing like seeing Machu Picchu from the back, a perspective only seen by those who hike the lesser-known Salkantay Inca Trail.

You’ll stay fit and healthy!

We all know how important physical activity is for our health – both our mental state and our bodies. Active travel can help keep you fit and mobile, so you can see more, do more, and have many more future adventures. Fresh air and time in nature are shown to reduce stress and help with relaxation. After all, the healthier you are, the longer you can continue to travel, even if it’s just exploring your own region. Not sure you’re up for a week-long trek? Not a problem, there are many other active adventures to be had that are not quite that intense. Walking in Italy’s Puglia region, exploring the incredible winter landscape of Iceland, and kayaking in Costa Rica are just a few destinations where you can have an active experience without committing to something strenuous. Even if you incorporate one or two active components into your standard holiday, that’s a huge start, and you may enjoy it so much, you’ll want to expand on it the next time!

Matt Holmes is the Founder & President of Boundless Journeys. Boundless Journeys is an award-winning tour operator that goes off the beaten path for immersive and authentic travel experiences.

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How to Make the Most out of Your Vacation

How to Make the Most out of Your Vacation

The holidays are big business. Some countries depend heavily on the tourism industry. It’s no wonder because everyone needs a break from normal life. People want something to look forward to – something tailor-made for their desires and interests, and to return rested and refreshed. The reality can sometimes be otherwise, however, due to squabbling kids, having building work at the hotel, drunken holiday makers, or sickness. This article is designed to help you maximize your holiday experience.

Choose the most suitable vacation

This is harder when there is more than one person! Spouses can have very different interests. The husband may just want to crash on the beach while the wife wants to go shopping and travel. If there are children too, their interests are crucial for the holiday to be a success. Places like Disneyland are top of the tree for most kids, but not everyone can afford these destinations. 

A couple may love to snuggle up in a farmhouse or wooden cabin. Others may want to go skiing and spend the whole time outdoors. It was interesting to see these rental options in Florida because the experts said that beach houses can be most suitable for large groups or people who want lots of space. They are usually family-friendly too, so beach houses are a viable choice when two or more families are traveling together. 

Plan in advance

A large part of receiving gifts or having exciting experiences is the anticipation. Planning in advance helps fuel this. 

Last-minute packing is never a good idea. It’s easy for busy people to do this, but usually involves people staying up really late the night before they travel. That means they’re already tired on day one of the experience. 

It’s well worth researching the holiday in advance. It will be easier to pack the essentials and to be dressed for the climate. This is even more important if there are special medical or dietary needs among travellers. Preparation also means it’s less stressful on arrival. You know where to go and how much currency to have, and are better placed for planning your days. 

Be wise regarding work

Prepare for your absence as early as possible. That’ll give the maximum time to clear most of your work before going away. There’s nothing worse than arriving back at work feeling refreshed and rested, only to discover a pile of work sitting on the desk. You almost feel punished for being away. Delegating work while you are away can be an absolute plus. That means people are covering your absence and most of your work will be done and dusted before you return. 

The word ‘boundaries’ is key in relationships, and it’s key as regards holidays. With the popularity of mobile phones, it’s easy to sit reading work emails on the beach. Such things should be totally avoided. The same goes for social media and the latest gossip at home. It’s nice to have a set of days where one is totally unavailable – and for good reason too.

holiday experience near the water

Have more holidays

Lots of people prefer to have two or three breaks during the year to look forward to, rather than just one. Planning the next one immediately you return home can be very therapeutic too!

This has to be balanced with the fact that two-week vacations may benefit people more than one-week vacations. That’s because they usually spend the first week unwinding and switching off from everything at home. Some people find that one week is simply not enough. 

Be flexible

Anyone who feels they spend most of their life chasing the clock and meeting deadlines will value a more relaxed timetable on holiday. Why not enjoy the journey rather than the destination? If the kids are happy in one place, why rush them on to the next?

Spontaneity can be very good for our mental health, so it’s great when people discover a surprise destination on holiday, and recalibrate their plans around it. 

If a holiday is too pre-planned and rigid, there may be little time for actual relaxation. To return from holiday feeling one needs another holiday is surely a home goal. How one feels on holiday is more important than how much is done. 

Holidays can take a lot of money and a lot of time to organize. It can be stressful, particularly when it’s a foreign country. Having said that, it can be the highlight of the year when everything pays off. Few things can match finding the perfect destination and activities, and doing new things. Switching off from work and everyday life can be a welcome relief. Bringing excitement into the break makes it new and alive. Planning more than one holiday a year can break the year down into manageable chunks.

The post How to Make the Most out of Your Vacation was first published on Coworkaholic.


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What hotels, tourism will look like in Southwest Florida over the Fourth of July

What hotels, tourism will look like in Southwest Florida over the Fourth of July

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The coronavirus pandemic has canceled a lot of things, but your summer vacation doesn’t have to be one of them.

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Fourth of July usually brings visitors to Southwest Florida in droves.

This year will be different amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Marco Eagle, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network..

While some hotels and resorts expect to fill up as usual, others don’t anticipate the crowds they’d typically get, due to coronavirus-related risks and restrictions.

With Independence Day falling on Saturday and the holiday observed on Friday, it naturally creates a long holiday weekend for many workers, making it easier for them to get away for a quick trip.

However, more people are expected to stay home — or at least closer to home — and away from crowds this year to avoid exposure to the deadly virus.

With so much economic uncertainty caused by the virus, AAA didn’t issue its usual travel forecast for Fourth of July travel this year.

However, data company Arrivalist predicts Americans will take 36.8 million road trips over the long weekend based on its own index, which makes Independence Day the biggest road trip event so far this year.

“There’s nothing that binds Americans of all races, persuasions or beliefs together like the great American summer road trip,” said Cree Lawson, Arrivalist’s CEO and founder, in a news release. “Whether it’s a cross-country trip or a jaunt to see fireworks set off the highest local bridge, it’s a time-honored tradition, just like guessing how many Americans will hit the road.”

While many will still hit the road for the holiday weekend, road trip travel will be down 11% from last year based on the AAA’s forecast for 2019.

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That’s expected to leave more hotel rooms sitting empty in Southwest Florida, as the region’s tourism industry continues to fight for its survival after taking a big blow from COVID-19, which brought travel to a virtual standstill for three months starting in March.

“We are usually 100% occupied over the Fourth of July. This holiday we will be between 60-70% — weather dependent,” said Brian Kramer, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs. “We always have a big contingent of drive-market staycationers over the holiday weekends and we expect this weekend to be the same.”

Many events in Southwest Florida have been canceled or postponed, including some of the usual fireworks displays and parades, over concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

After officials in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties decided to close their public beaches for the long weekend due to a spike in coronavirus cases on their coast, local leaders feared residents there might flock to this coast in greater numbers to enjoy the sand, surf and sun over the coming days, creating a greater safety risk.

Due to those concerns, several local governments, including Collier County, Marco Island and Naples, voted to restrict weekend beach hours and parking starting Friday. 

Beaches and national parks are usually top draws for Fourth of July travelers.

Once the news hit about the closure of Miami’s beaches late last week, Kramer said he expected to see an immediate uptick in reservations at the Hyatt Coconut Point for the coming weekend, but that never happened.

“To date we have still just been on our normal pace of business,” he said.

By normal, Kramer said he means the “new normal,” which has left the hotel operating at a less than ideal occupancy, forcing it to keep more than 100 employees on a temporary layoff.

Some area hotels have self-imposed restrictions on capacity for safety reasons, which are designed to protect their guests — as well as their employees.

The Pink Shell Resort on Fort Myers Beach, for example, has set its occupancy limit at 85%, which makes it easier to follow the federal social distancing, cleaning and sanitation guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This weekend will be a good one for the resort, which has sold out all of its available rooms, said principal Robert Boykin.

“We have reached our capacity for a month now. So we expect to be as busy as we are allowing ourselves to be,” he said.

The Hotel Escalante, a boutique hotel in downtown Naples, will be fully occupied and operating at 100% capacity for the holiday weekend, said Mary Brandt, the owner.

On top of that good news, half the reservations are for four nights or longer, making the holiday business even better.

With rooms that are spread apart, its easier to keep guests at a safer distance, so there are no capacity limits in place at the hotel, Brandt said.

A few of the hotel’s guests this weekend will be Florida residents from the east coast, she said, but there are more travelers than usual coming from other parts of the country, including the Midwestern and Northeastern states.

When asked why more visitors are coming from up north, Brandt said: “Because cruises may be something they don’t want to do or international travel either.”

At the JW Marriott on Marco Island, Amanda Cox, director of sales and marketing, said all of the property’s available rooms sold out before government leaders decided to close beaches on Florida’s east coast, “so we’ve not really seen the impact of that recent news.”

Her resort has also limited its capacity for now. 

“We are not selling the entire resort to ensure social distancing,” Cox said. 

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The resort plans “lots of social distancing-friendly opportunities to enjoy nature and the surrounding area, she said, but it’s still not offering its customary children’s activities, “as they don’t fit in with today’s social distancing environment or local health recommendations.”

“Marco Island has canceled its annual fireworks display for similar reasons, so we are crossing our fingers that Mother Nature gives us an amazing sunset that evening for our own version of fire in the sky,” Cox said.

Because the JW Marriott sits on a 10.1-acre private beach, the city’s decision to restrict beach access doesn’t impact its guests.

“We will continue with the same practice we’ve had since March of pre-setting all umbrellas and chairs on our private beach to ensure our guests enjoy the beach while observing appropriate social distancing,” Cox said.

Jenny Gezella, president of Naples Princess, said she’s been “happily surprised” by the demand for its two boats in Naples, which both offer daily cruises.

Still it’s not business as usual.

The tour boat operator can only operate at half of its capacity under the state’s current Phase 2 reopening rules, but it’s keeping its capacity at “just under 50%” to create enough spacing for people to feel comfortable, Gezella said via email.

“We are cruising on both boats five nights a week with limited daytime cruises,” she said. “It’s down mostly due to the restrictions of the 50% capacity versus the demand and us wanting to ensure a safe environment for guests and our staff.”

Wow: Their cruises were canceled months ago. These customers are still waiting on refunds.

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The local restrictions on public beach access this weekend could actually bring in more business, Gezella pointed out.

“Typically July 4th weekend people think of beaches and BBQs, but if the beaches are closed in the afternoon it may open up both local and visitors eyes to doing something else to get out on the water,” she said.

At The Shell Factory in North Fort Myers, owner Pamela Cronin expects a busy weekend ahead.

She anticipates seeing more customers originating from other parts of the state this holiday weekend  — and for the rest of the summer, as many look to travel, but still stay closer to home.

The iconic attraction is lucky to be set up in a way that makes social distancing not so difficult. There’s an outdoor Nature Park and a 50,000-square-foot store, where separating visitors is “not a problem,” Cronin said in a text message.

There’s also a miniature golf course, with the “very reasonable” rate of $3 per person, making it a big attraction for families on a budget, especially in these hard economic times when so many people are still unemployed due to the pandemic.

As for the carousel and zipline, they’re kept extremely clean, with social distancing in place, Cronin assures.

“I think all of our local attraction owners are very caring and concerned about their staff and guests,” she said. “We live in a fabulous community.”

As she looks ahead she remains optimistic, despite the fact that fewer people are expected to take trips this summer.

AAA forecasts Americans will take a combined total of 700 million trips from July to September through all modes of transportation, including airplanes. That number is down nearly 15% when compared to the same months a year ago — and if it rings true it would be the first decline in summer travel seen since 2009.

“AAA booking trends show Americans are still making travel plans, though more cautiously and spur of the moment, often seeking long weekend getaways instead of extended vacations,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA – The Auto Club Group, in a statement “When they do venture out, the greatest share of travelers will pack up the car for 683 million road trips.”

If it weren’t for the spread of COVID-19, AAA’s projected trip count for Americans this summer was expected to hit nearly 860 million — for a 3.6% increase over last year.

Based on those numbers, the pandemic wiped out nearly 150 million trips this summer.

Meanwhile, a recent study by Morning Consult commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association found that fewer than 45% of Americans are planning overnight vacation or leisure travel this year, with high interest in road trips, family events, and long weekends over the summer months.

Encouragingly, 68 percent of these travelers say they are likely to stay in a hotel in 2020.

Among Americans planning to travel in 2020, 59 percent expect to take their first overnight trip by the end of the summer. Summer road trips will take center stage, with 72 percent planning an overnight vacation via car over the next five months. Of these, 75 percent expect to drive two or more hours.

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Why Dubai May Be Very Crowded This Summer

Why Dubai May Be Very Crowded This Summer

UAE Tourism Summer 2020

For citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) hoping to escape the summer heat, air conditioning is likely going to be the only choice for the summer 2020 months. Government officials have barred citizens and residents from leaving the country for vacation. Meanwhile, foreign tourism will resume next week.

UAE Tourism Summer 2020: UAE Citizens + Residents Not Permitted To Leave

Citing heightened health risks at home and aboard, the United Arab Emirates has told citizens and permanent residents that it cannot leave the country for holidaymaking. The move marks a sharp escalation from the previous (already burdensome) policy of requiring permission from the government to return.

Speaking at a virtual news conference on behalf of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), Saif Al-Dhaheri said:

“Essential travel is permitted … but will be assessed on a case by case basis according to risk levels.”

There are still exceptions for those who can leave:

  • Study
  • Medical treatment
  • Diplomatic missions
  • Business (a potentially broad loophole)
  • Residents who want to visit or return to their home countries
  • Diplomats and governments employees on official business

All those wishing to leave will need to submit supporting documentation and obtain permission from the government.

UAE Tourism Summer 2020: Foreign Tourists Will Be Welcome, With A Valid Test

Per Paddle Your Own Kanoo, Starting July 7, 2020, tourists will again be welcomed to the UAE, though entry will be subject to COVID-19 testing. Travelers will have two options to gain entry:

  • Arrive in the UAE with a negative COVID-19 test certificate dated within four days of travel
  • Testing on arrival

Note those who choose testing upon arrival will be responsible for all quarantine and medical treatment costs if they test positive.

Every tourist will be subject to mandatory tracing by the UAE government on a mobile phone tracing app.

CONCLUSION

Tourists will soon be welcomed in the UAE, but locals won’t be able to leave on holiday. It’s a bit draconian for my liberty-loving worldview, but perhaps a better option path than letting the viral spiral out of control.

Any plans to travel to or through the UAE this month?

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