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We feel every day women should be celebrated around the world, but this past weekend some fearless female travelers upped the ante in honor of International Women’s Day by celebrating the power of connecting travel-loving women all over the world.
Inaugural Women’s Travel Fest in NYC
The inaugural Women’s Travel Fest, presented by Go! Girl Guides, kicked off in New York City at the awe-inspiring Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts building. Kelly Lewis, founder of Go! Girl Guides, created the 1-day event to inspire and empower women to travel through tips from the experts on everything from how to travel through the Middle East to connecting with fellow female travelers.
“There’s just something magical about getting women together to openly address our hopes, our fears and our dreams,” says Lewis. “Women have unique concerns about their health and safety … that’s why I created Go! Girl Guides, and why we needed the Women’s Travel Fest as a community of women.”
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Circuitous medieval streets, half-timbered houses, quaint storefronts, butterscotch-hued buildings, and turreted rooftops that gleam like copper pennies constitute the French wine-making village of Sancerre, set in the eastern edge of the Loire Valley.
Don’t let today be an ordinary day — add a little luxury into your plans. From 2|1c to 6|5c Travel Channel will showcase the best of the best in luxury living with Mega Mansions and Extreme Vacation Homes. Start planning your summer road trip now, as we take you backstage to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the Old Westbury Gardens estate in Westbury, NY (location of the Oscar-nominated The Great Gatsby) and more in Mega Mansions.
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Heading to Kauai? Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots. You’ll want to don them to trek the undulating trails of Waimea Canyon.
Cuiaba (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)
Cuiabá is a host city not to be overlooked by visitors when traveling to Brazil for the World Cup. In the 20th century, this gold-mining city drastically grew from 57,000 to 544,737 residents in 30 years. Today, the city’s 3 ecosystems (the wetlands of the Pantanal; the savannas of the Cerrado; and the Amazon), are treasured by locals and tourists. The city offers visitors magnificent opportunities to immerse themselves in nature, whether it be waterfalls, rivers, plateaus, or miles and miles of beautiful green landscape.
Cuiabá, The City of Picturesque Countryside
One of the many spots to hike and explore in Cuiabá is the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park (Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimarães), a UNESCO World Heritage site located a few miles outside of the city. This enormous natural park gives people a place to go and explore the large orange and red-rock formations via guided hikes with varying levels of difficulty. Along the hike, visitors to the park see caves, canyons and beautiful outlooks.
Oscars aside, Carnival revelers are celebrating on floats, dancing in parades, covered in mud and more in this week in photos. We’re also mixing things up in this week’s news roundup and traveling vicariously with some of our favorite celebrities.
According to US Weekly, the royal couple are staying at the brand-new, five-star Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort in the Maldives. They gestimate the 4-night stay including a 2-bedroom private villa, infinity pool and $500 dinners will cost $10,000. Wouldn’t you like to trade places with Wills and Kate?
Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore went on an adorable girls’ getaway to Napa Valley (including a private cooking class!) according to People — and their respective Instagram accounts.
The Washington Post says the Obamas traveled to Florida today and will get some R&R at a resort in Key Largo, that is, if the President’s plans aren’t interrupted by the unfolding events in Ukraine.
According to the reputable Daily Mail, Mary Kate Olsen spent the last few weeks of February vacationing in Jamaica — and getting engaged.
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So many of Wes Anderson’s whimsical films have had us wanting to escape to dreamy destinations – from under-the-sea in Life Aquatic to seaside New England in Moonrise Kingdom. And with a name like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s much-anticipated film opening this weekend, we think this one might be his most travel inspiring film yet, bringing us back to a time when travel was grand and dripping with glamour.
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Extensive and space age, the City of Arts and Sciences might be a futuristic city on Mars. In truth, it’s an architectural marvel in Valencia, the third largest city in Spain.
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Atop a maze of trails inhabited by more yak than humans, the sacred structure can be reached by foot from the mud-brick, high altitude city of Leh, once a key stopover along the Silk Road.
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Once largest Islamic college in Marrakesh, Ben Youssef Madrasa is a stunning example of traditional Moorish architecture and ornate décor.