My wife Becky and her daughter Rachel, the one with four kids, work well together at planning family vacations. That's because they share the same goal: to expose the kids to new places and experiences they can't get in central Indiana. Their father Kevin, Becky's other daughter, Amanda, and I also support this goal, but we don't seem to have the same skill sets. Also, in my case, my imagination is perhaps not bold enough to be a Vacation Planner. For example, I would never have considered taking a trip to Arizona in July. It would be too hot, I would have argued. Crazy hot. But because our family vacations are dependent on the strictures of school calendars, sports schedules and other organized
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Dating in Manila is difficult, especially with the traffic that keeps people from leaving their houses. Of course, some special occasions still call for a proper meal in a romantic setting -- something that might be difficult to find for couples who prefer to stay in and binge-watch the latest hit TV show. That won't ...This article, Great date spots: Romantic restaurants, rooftop bars and al fresco hangouts in (and around) Metro Manila, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company. Want more Coconuts? Sign up for our newsletters!
Tokyo DisneySea will launch a new flight simulator attraction Tuesday that promises to make visitors feel as if they are soaring over famous landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Egyptian pyramids. The indoor attraction takes guests, seated in an airplane-like vehicle, on a virtual journey shown on a huge screen while they take in the breezes and scents that match the various landscapes. The new attraction was unveiled to the media on Wednesday ahead of the launch. Although similar rides exist at other Disney theme parks, the attraction at Tokyo DisneySea will “feature new scenes and visuals for an experience exclusive to the park in Japan,” including the view from the skies of Tokyo, according to the operator Oriental Land Co.
A travel blogger is facing prison after sharing a mocking post on a flight from Sydney about a handwritten menu given to business class passengers. Rius Vernandes was on a Garuda Indonesia flight when he was given the dinner options on a piece of paper which looked like it had been ripped out of a notebook. Mr Verandes, who is from Indonesia, shared the image to his 90,000 followers with the caption 'the menu is still being printed, sir'. Two days after Mr Vernandes shared the post he uploaded another image of a letter from Indonesian police stating that he and his fiancee were being sued for defamation by the airline. Writing on social media, Mr Vernandes said he initially received an apology
New Delhi: American hospitality major Airbnb is partnering with Arianna Huffington's media and corporate service company Thrive Global India to launch 'Thrive Retreats', a set of curated wellness retreats and business offsites in India and abroad targeted at Indian professionals. Bookable on Airbnb, Thrive Retreats will offer select Airbnb experiences for mental peace and wellness besides activities like spa treatments, ayurvedic massages, hiking, nature walks and outdoor sports. Huffington, founder and CEO at Thrive Global, said India's workforce is not only one of the largest in the world but also one of the youngest and that her company's mission is to help the “digitally savvy Indian workforce” prioritise their wellbeing in order to lead more productive and meaningful lives. Amanpreet Bajaj, country manager at Airbnb India, said the partnership is in line with the firm's efforts to ramp up its corporate travel category Airbnb for Work in India.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A fisherman man said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written. Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula in South Australia state while fishing. Elliot said he was looking for the author Paul Gibson, who described himself in the note as a 13-year-old English boy traveling in a cruise ship along the southern Australian coast from Fremantle in the west to Melbourne in the east. Government oceanographer David Griffin said the bottle could not have remained afloat for 50 years off the south coast
RAMBLE, Hanover —Managing Director of Collorn Agri Enterprise Limited Collin Wright is disclosing that plans are currently in high gear to open his 376-acre cattle farm for eco-tourism by the end of the year. The farm located in Farm Pen, Ramble, Hanover currently has approximately 400 heads of cattle made up of mostly specialised breeds such as Charolais and Jamaica Brahman. Wright who was once a big cattle meat and dairy farmer, came out of the dairy business in 2006, due to competition from milk powder, especially the imported variety. While others have existed in the dairy industry, Wright has remained in cattle meat production selling to supermarkets and general outlets such as PriceSmart in Kingston, and is now looking forward to entering the tourism industry.
Mushrooms in Russia In Russia, mushroom picking is called the “quiet hunt” and it has a ritual all its own. From late spring through to autumn, the high season for mycophiles, Russians fan out into the forests in search of fresh air, solitude and fungi to fill their wicker baskets. Should you see Ladas and Range Rovers abandoned roadside after a downpour, do not be alarmed: it is just mushroom season, not the zombie apocalypse. The prey depends on the season: morels in spring, then pine boletes, broad milkcaps, orange chanterelles and the prized boroviki, the porcinis or penny buns that crown the season before the first snowfalls. Yes, Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy wrote about mushroom hunts. But for
You might know tastemaker and restaurateur Jay Lewis as the man behind Costa Mesa's fresh-to-the-table lunch and take-out dinner spot, Outpost Kitchen (with a second location coming this summer at 3420 Bristol Street). Lewis may now call Newport Beach his home with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Lennox Lazer, but he's never far from his Australian roots. This month he makes a pitch for visiting the Gold Coast, where he grew up. “There is something for everyone there – from beach life to the exotic wilderness to exquisite cuisine and nightlife,” says Lewis. “Whether you're a thrill seeker or a chiller, the beautiful landscape that surrounds the Gold Coast astounds. It's hard not to fall in
Holidaymakers looking for a break from the heat need look no further than Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. This summer proves no different with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts' new and recently renovated hotels. Nothing beats spending the summer months on the beach and the upcoming Wingate by Wyndham Hainan Chengmai will be one of the ideal destinations for an island vacation in China.
Royal Caribbean will start offering year-round cruises from New Orleans beginning in January and running through April 2021. The Majesty of the Seas, a 2,744-passenger ship, will begin sailing out of Port New Orleans in 2020. Royal Caribbean returned to New Orleans on a seasonal basis from December 2018 to March with the 2,435-passenger Vision of the Seas. The Majesty of the Seas will sail on seven-night voyages to the Bahamas and western Caribbean. The ship will leave on Saturday and return on Saturday. “Royal Caribbean's strengthened commitment to the Port NOLA market is a testament to the growing demand for cruises from our unique American city, as we continue to offer two vacations in one,”
A week on a Caribbean beach, cocktail in hand, might be just the vacation you need. But if you're looking to immerse yourself in a place, Matthew Kepnes recommends deep travel. Kepnes is the author of the just-released "Ten Years a Nomad", a travel memoir and manifesto about his experiences exploring the world. He also runs the travel website Nomadic Matt. And he says you don't need to travel the planet for a decade to experience deep connections with the places you visit. “These ideas are universal. I just used them for a much longer time than most people would,” he says. It can be easy and comfortable to talk to your traveling partners. And part of the purpose of your trip might be to strengthen
Caption Close For 10 days in August, top acts from across musical genres will converge on Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for Musikfest, held annually since 1984. That means there's still time to book your travel for Philadelphia, an easy hop to Bethlehem and the historic Lehigh Valley. One of the largest non-gated music festivals in the nation, Musikfest, running Aug. 2-11, showcases an eclectic mix of modern music and art while paying homage to the region's German roots. Proceeds benefit nonprofits around the valley. Expect over 500 performers, with headliners including Earth, Wind & Fire, Brad Paisley, Weezer and Godsmack. While you're there, take the chance to dig into the region's unique history,