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The Places to Travel to in 2021

Written by https://www.travelmarketreport.com/ It’s not a matter of if people will travel, but when. And with news of a vaccine, the travel industry is as optimistic as ever. So where will be the top destinations to visit, as clients and advisors get back on the road? We talked to the experts – travel advisors – who have...

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A New 'Species' of Extreme Thrill Ride: the 'VelociCoaster' Takes 'Flight' in Orlando

Florida’s fastest and tallest coaster – along with a pack of fierce Velociraptors – will be unleashed at Universal Orlando Resort in 2021.   If you – or the kids in your life – have seen all the movies and fantasize about visiting Jurassic Park and its fierce dinosaurs, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster will bring the...

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There's a New Moon on the Horizon - a Silver Moon

October was an extraordinary month for stargazers and amateur astronomers. One single month saw two full moons: a Harvest moon and a rare, second full moon – a blue moon.   But one other moon appeared in October too – Silversea’s Silver Moon.   Sister ship to the ultra-luxury cruise line’s Silver Muse, it’s the 9th vessel...

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The Latest Cruise Line To Go 'All-Inclusive'

Nothing is more luxurious than when things are extra simple and extra special. Now you can have that wonderful feeling that ‘everything is taken care of’ on your next big-ship cruise.   Celebrity Cruises has unveiled a new ‘Always Included’ program. Instead of differing promotions and packages, the cruise line is including unlimited drinks, unlimited wi-fi and even...

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30 Years Later: Celebrating One of the Great Monuments to Democracy

This fall, Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of its reunification.    It’s hard to believe it was three decades ago that the Cold War came to an end. That from the end of WW2 until 1990, Germany was a divided country, with families and fellow citizens split between democracy in the West and the Soviet Eastern...

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Celebrating Life With A Post-Quaratine Vacation

While this hasn’t been the kind of year we expected either, things are looking up as life seems to be moving in the right direction now. And with much of the world starting to open back up to travelers, we’ve decided it’s time to finally burst the “travel bubble” and celebrate post-quarantine life by planning a...

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Avani Resorts

Stylish spaces. Great food. Endless relaxation. From Thailand to Portugal, from Australia to the United Arab Emirates, we deliver effortless stays in the world’s most exciting destinations. Your next adventure starts here - reach out to one of our Travel Consultants!

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Perfect Day at CocoCay

Vacations are ready for a comeback. So why not go big on new memories and plan a Royal Caribbean® cruise to the most incredible private island in The Bahamas — Perfect Day at CocoCay. It’s a place that takes paradise to the next level, with incredible thrills and awesome ways to chill at every turn.  ...

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Why I Loved Avalon Waterways Excursions

By: Keith Jenkins On any given day during the Active & Discovery cruise, there were so many excursions to choose from, and the best part is, on Avalon, almost all the excursions are included! There was literally something for everyone – whether you’re interested in nature, culture, history or food – which often made it difficult...

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Full Steam Ahead: CDC Gives the Go Ahead to Start Sailing

After months of uncertainty, it appears that cruise lines will be able to again take to the water before the end of 2020. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated conditional sailing order for cruise ships that will allow cruise ships to start sailing in North America starting on Nov. 1....

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KLM has revealed the future of flight. Hint: You'll be sitting IN the wings.

If you’re one of those travelers who always picks a seat over the wing, you’re in luck. In this new-concept aircraft, you – and every other passenger on board – will be flying IN the wings. They call it the Flying –V. And it’s a whole new vision of passenger flight.“Tube-and-wing” design has defined planes since the...

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Top 4 Places In The World To Go Hot Air Ballooning

Imagine yourself silently drifting along under colourful silk, cradled in a giant basket. You’re part of the breeze and Nature as you tranquilly float on the air over undisturbed scenery below. Your pilot lets the heat in the balloon drop to silently lower you closer to your birds’ eye view… then lifts you to majestic heights...

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Why This Mexican Mountain Town Keeps Getting Voted 'Best Small City In The World'

When you think of Mexico, famous beach towns may come first to mind. But Mexico is more than its coasts. And one place, the ‘Heart of Mexico’, half a day’s drive northwest of Mexico City in the Colonial Highlands, has again been named ‘Best Small City in the World’*. It’s just the latest recognition of the charms of...

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3 Hallowe'en Traditions With Roots in Ancient Celtic Ireland

Frightful Hallowe’en is many people’s top holiday of the year – but did you know that we can thank ancient Ireland for our favorite Hallowe’en traditions? Travel to Ireland these days, and you’ll still be able to connect with the origins of Celtic culture that still swirl in the mists of time in Ireland’s Ancient East.Today’s Hallowe’en...

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Five Caribbean Hotels Reopening in Time for Holiday Getaways

by Jessica Montevago The Caribbean remains one of the largely accessible travel destinations for North Americans, and has been popular choice for those looking to safely enjoy a vacation. As more islands have opened their borders once again to international travellers, resorts across the region have announced reopening plans. Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla, reopening Nov. 1...

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Santa's Not Just Making Toys in His Village Above the Arctic Circle in Lapland

It’s exactly 3 months until Christmas, and we know Santa and his elves are working full throttle. But not just putting in overtime in the workshop and training the team for their big flight Christmas Eve. Santa's got a new summer gig. Finnish Lapland, with its Arctic landscapes, Northern Lights, ancient winter customs and herds of wild...

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Cruising Again by November? Industry Association Lays Out Formula to Start Sailing

You might be on a cruise in the Caribbean before the holidays. Cruising in the Americas – that’s the cruise region for the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America - could begin again in about a month’s time, if significant industry developments this week bear fruit. Testing the Waters in EuropeAny regular reader of our newsletters will...

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3 New, Impossibly Picturesque Boutique Hotels That Make it Easy to Dream About Your Next Trip to Europe

France. Italy. Spain. If you’re imagining traveling again to Europe, you’ll have no problem picturing yourself in any of three independent boutique hotels that have just opened in spectacular historic properties. All three belong to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group of over 500 independent and unique hotels in 90 countries. They all have special...

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Roundup of the NEW, COVID Insurance Options for Canadian Travellers

In less than a month, the landscape for Canadian travellers has been transformed.Back in March, the COVID-19 virus was determined to be a ‘known factor’ and so it was no longer covered by regular travel medical insurance policies. Since then, Canadians who have wanted to travel have not had coverage for expenses incurred if they contracted...

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More Sandals Resorts Reopen in October

Sandals Resorts International will reopen four more resorts throughout October. Beginning this week, Sandals Grenada and Sandals South Coast will welcome visitors on Oct. 1, 2020. Sandals Royal Plantation will officially open to guests on Oct. 8, followed by Beaches Turks & Caicos on Oct. 14. The lineup will join presently opened: Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals...

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Costa Rica Welcomes More Countries Oct 1

Costa Rica is again adding states, and other countries, to its tourism list as the country continues to slowly open its doors to travel. Starting on Oct. 1, citizens and residents of Mexico and Jamaica, along with California and Ohio, will be able to visit the nation, according to an announcement by Costa Rica Tourism Minister...

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AMResorts®: Dreams® Natura Resort & Spa Celebrates Reopening

Dreams Natura Resort & Spa will now offer the Dreams brand signature Unlimited-Luxury® offerings, including: Gourmet dining options with no reservations required Unlimited international and domestic top shelf spirits 24-hour room and concierge services Pool and beach wait service Refreshed mini bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer Daily maid service Endless daytime activities...

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Bahamas' Covid timeline: Where we are now for travellers

Here's a brief recap of the past six months as it relates to Covid's impact on travel to the Bahamas. March 24: The borders of the Bahamas closed to incoming air and sea travel. A 24-hour curfew took effect. Hotels and resorts closed their shutters and latched their doors. Reopening dates were not even hinted at or predicted....

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Complimentary Covid19 Insurance for Canadian Travellers

Air Canada has announced it will begin offering complimentary COVID-19 insurance to Canadian customers who book international roundtrip flights to eligible destinations. The plan covers emergency quarantine and medical expenses for Canadian residents related to COVID-19, and will be available for new bookings made in Canada through October 31, 2020. Air Canada is the second Canadian airline to offer...

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We Found Your Paradise

Hi jet-setter! Helping travelers just like you experience once-in-a-lifetime vacations every time is what we do best. But what we also pride ourselves on is bringing you unparalleled value with our exclusive travel offers that you won’t find anywhere else. And lucky you! We’ve just landed some very hot getaway specials to two of our favorite...

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Cruise into the history and beauty of Canada & New England with Princess

From classic cities to sweeping maritime shores, Princess is renowned as the “Best Canada & New England Itineraries by Porthole Magazine The best way to embrace a new experience is to use all five senses. But did you know that Princess has discovered a sixth? It’s that jaw-dropping, heart stopping feeling you get when you gaze...

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In Touring We Trust

GLOBUS & COSMOS HAVE ALWAYS GREETED THE MOST FASCINATING PLACES across the globe with unmatched intrigue, curiosity, and wonder. Along the way, we’ve discovered the sights to see, encountered the people to meet, engaged in the customs to sample, and indulged in the cuisine to taste. And we’ve done this while bundling unrivalled knowledge from Tour Directors...

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3 Top Trips for Golfers Who Cruise - From Close to Home to Around the World

Suddenly, everyone is golfing again.With only a few minor tweaks that courses have easily implemented, the game checks all the boxes for a COVID-safe pastime. So it’s no surprise that even less committed golfers have dusted off the clubs, rediscovering the delights to be found on the greens.As we rediscover travel, the same features that make golf...

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The Airline That's Providing Passengers with COVID insurance

Travel companies are introducing many new health and safety practices to help protect travelers, staff and locals as travel begins to resume.Now, one airline has taken those measures one step further. In a travel industry first, Emirates is covering its passengers for COVID-19 expenses. For travelers longing to take to the skies again, the Dubai-based global airline’s commitment...

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The New COVID Safety Measure Cruise Travelers will actually LOVE

It’s one of the least-loved experiences on a cruise. Not long after you board your ship with excitement to explore and start your vacation, you are required to put down your cocktail, and report to your ‘muster station’ for a mandatory safety drill. Sometimes, you even have to go back to your stateroom, collect your life vest, and...

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How the Postponed Tokyo Olympic Games Will Feature Japan's National Sport

We should be watching the opening ceremony of the XXXIII Olympiad right now. But COVID has changed the history of the Olympics along with so many other features of our lives. Tokyo 2020 retains the name, but the dates have changed.Originally scheduled to take place from July 24th through the second week of August this year, Tokyo 2020...

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Change #WorkFromHome to #WorkFromTheBeach with a New, 1-Year Remote Workers Visa for this Island

For a lot of us, #WorkFromHome is the new normal, and many companies say they plan to continue the practice permanently even after the COVID crisis. That’s giving a lot of people new freedom to re-structure their lives in a way that brings them more joy than long commutes and office cubicals. One Caribbean island is capitalizing on...

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Drink Like the Queen with the First Official Buckingham Palace Gin

In the times of COVID, even Her Majesty needs a side-gig. Why not in the tasty world of spirits?In a Royal first, official Buckingham Palace gin has gone on sale to the public – and the first batch sold out online in only 8 hours!The premium, small-batch, London dry is an initiative of the Royal Collection Trust. It...

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This is the First US-based River Cruise Line to Restart Cruising in Europe

Americans are still barred from Europe, and Canadians are technically permitted into Europe but still under their own government restrictions against leisure travel and required to quarantine 14 days upon their return to the country. So it’s hard to imagine that one of North America’s favorite river cruise lines has begun sailing the rivers of Europe again. As...

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Are Disney Parks Re-opening? And A Taste of Disney at Home with a Recipe for a Favorite Disney Treat

Can you take a Disney family vacation this summer? The answer is not as simple as you might wish (…upon a star… See what we did there?) Disney Parks have multiple locations in both the US and around the world. Asian Disney Parks have successfully re-opened already. In the US, the company had announced it would begin...

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5 Steps to a Cruise Comeback

If you’re one of the majority of cruise travelers, you can’t wait to return to the waves and waterways. (It’s true! Surveys show over a third of cruise travelers want to board a ship within 3 months of the return of cruising!)Cruise travel involves a lot of moving parts (that’s one of the reasons most cruises...

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Places You Can Tour Wine Country Close to Home

There may be more places than you think.California's legendary wine regions and famous wineries have the weather, the scenery, the lifestyle, and of course, the wines, that put them at the top of global wine travel lists.But as we are planning our first post-COVID trips, wine lovers should expand their lists of wine tour regions close...

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4 Tips to Navigate Travel's Re-Opening Like an Expert

Recent weeks and days have seen a flurry of changes in travel restrictions and COVID status. Some countries have started declaring themselves COVID-free, while other places - like the US - continue to see spiking numbers.So re-opening rules keep changing and are different from place to place. It’s a lot for our US and Canadian readers...

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Bubble Cruising? Yes, You Can Cruise Close to Home

COVID's impact on travel is having one brilliant effect: it's shining a spotlight on the boom in cruising on the waterways of North America, with new ships and new itineraries to appeal to every cruise traveler's interests.'Bubble' travel is the first step in the return to travel.Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/Host of BestTrip TV and cruise expert, explains...

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What's a Travel Bubble? Plus 3 Tips For Making the Most of Yours

You might see this view sooner than you think.The world of travel has begun to re-open. But it’s not like the tap has suddenly been turned full blast. More like a trickle. And there’s a clear pattern that’s going to shape your travel opportunities for at least the rest of this year, and possibly into 2021.Bubble TravelHuman interaction...

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Canada's Iconic 'Castle and Cabin' Western Mountain Hotels Re-Open

June 1st was the 132nd birthday of the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, and this year, the date marked another milestone: the re-opening of the four Fairmont Hotels in Canada’s Western Mountain region following a nearly two-month pandemic shutdown.Fairmont Banff Springs is joined by its sister hotels in Canada’s western mountains Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Chateau...

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First In-Person New Cruise Ship Delivery Since Pandemic Lockdown: The Silver Origin

Silversea has welcomed its first-ever destination-specific ship, the Silver Origin, designed for ultra-luxury expedition sailings in the Galapagos.It’s a good-news, milestone event for the cruise line - and for cruising.The global pandemic shutdown has resulted in a number of scheduled new ships to be delayed or postponed, so the official flag ceremony marking the completion of...

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3 Travel Planning Tips in a Post-COVID World

There’s good news for travel lovers! We are starting to see travel restrictions lifted.Once we do start traveling again, the world of travel will be different.Here are 3 tips for how to prepare yourself to travel again.By: Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host of BestTrip TV  Coming… and GoingIt’s not enough to have a valid passport anymore .These...

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Do You Miss Cruising? This Recipe Will Let You Re-Create an Iconic Cruise Experience at Home

There may be no dish that evokes cruising more than Baked Alaska.A miracle dessert of warm, caramelized meringue on the outside, still magically full of layers of frozen ice cream on the inside. No one really knows why, but somewhere along the way, it became a classic of traditional cruise culture.Even today, Baked Alaska is often...

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Three Falls to Fall in Love with This Fall

In some very special places in North America, Mother Nature has found a perfect formula to make dramatic hillside scenery decked out in autumn colours even more breathtaking: she’s added waterfalls. If you’re planning an autumn colours getaway, here are three fantastic falls that will put the icing on the cake of the fall colour pictures...

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Newfoundland Ponies Are The Joy We All Need Right Now

When a destination’s nickname is ‘The Rock’, you don’t expect a warm and cozy place. Newfoundland is the eastern most point in North America, the vanguard of the continent where it faces into the North Atlantic waters and winds that once brought Vikings and still bring icebergs to its shores.    In this dramatic setting and tough...

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In it for the Long Haul: Cruise Line Marks 147 Years of Sailing History

These historic photos and delightful vintage posters trace one of the longest journeys of any cruise line. Holland America Line commemorates its 147th anniversary in April 2020.      While 147 years is not the round number milestone that usually marks big anniversary celebrations, this anniversary takes place while travel has paused globally and HAL cruise...

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These 'Hotels' are Full of 'Guests' Throughout Pandemic - Part of Fairmont's 'Bee Sustainable' Program

The global pandemic closed the doors of nearly every hotel in the world. But thousands of very special ‘guests’ at some Fairmont hotels stayed.Some have even been ‘residents’ for years.'HOME SWEET HIVE'In 2008, the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto and Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver installed honey beehives. These two urban hotels may not seem likely places for apiaries. But...

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Seven Insta-Worthy Spots to Visit in Ireland

Ireland’s cultural and natural beauty, ranging from charming, picturesque towns to spectacular scenery and engaging attractions, are all Instagram-inspiring. CIE Tours, the experts in Ireland, features these top Insta-worthy sights and many more on its 38 tours that include the oh-so-photogenic Emerald Isle.AdareLooking for the classic postcard photo of thatched cottages that immediately conjures up images...

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WestJet Vacations - Safety Above All

The safety of our guests and WestJetters has and continues to be our top priority. In these uncertain times, we’ve made some important changes to our business, for your safety and peace of mind at every step of your travel journey. Reduced contact at check in Your check in experience will be close to what you’re...

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