Photo Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
It’s never too early to start saving for next year’s vacation — particularly when you’re planning a $119,000 ultra-luxe splurge on board the brand-spanking-new Four Seasons Jet.
Indeed, the high-end hotel and resort company has decided the sky is quite literally the limit, unveiling the travel industry’s first fully-branded private jet experience on Wednesday.
Debuting in February 2015, the jet — a completely retrofitted Boeing 757 — will be emblazoned with “Four Seasons” on the fuselage, and have the company’s logo displayed on its tail. The redesigned plane will take 52 guests on bespoke tours around the globe and will include an in-flight staff, as well as a dedicated on-board concierge happy to book spa treatments or golf dates at pending destinations.
That’s right, our #31DaysofSpring campaign has drawn to a close, but that doesn’t mean we’re lacking warm-weather inspiration. In fact, since spring has sprung incredibly slowly for most of the country (thanks, polar vortex) you might just be getting around to that first warm weekend getaway. Remember, you can always revisit our Spring calendar for a month of travel ideas to take you into the summer.
We asked you to send us your best #TCSpringFling Instagram photos from your spring break, weekend getaway or even your commute home, and we received these beautiful, romantic and inspiring signs of spring. We’ve compiled the best into a slideshow for your viewing pleasure, please check out these 14 Enviable Spring Fling Photos.
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Salvador’s Pelourinho Neighborhood (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)
Salvador is known as Brazil’s “capital of happiness” because of its countless number of popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. Its humble beginnings can be traced to 1549 when Portuguese settlers decided to colonize Brazil and make Salvador the capital of the country. As a result, this coastal city quickly became the main port of call for ships from all over the world that would dock and import their goods into South America. Salvador is no longer Brazil’s capital, but it is a magnificent city with unique architecture, historic museums, chic gastronomy restaurants and African-inspired music, which makes it a unique host city for the 2014 World Cup soccer games.
Salvador, the City of Music
Bahia is the musical state of Brazil. Its rich mixture of Brazilian, African and European cultures birthed genres and rhythms like axe, pagode and samba.. The state’s capital, Salvador, marches to its own beat. People here sing and play special percussion instruments like the berimbau, agogos and atabaques.
Photography by André Maceira
When you think of Brazil, do you think of cowboys in wide-brimmed hats and red neck kerchiefs, verdant canyons and apple strudel? Didn’t think so.
These things happen to be as Brazilian as a pulsating samba beat; Technicolor carnival costumes and intoxicatingly beautiful beaches, and you can find them in the country’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, which is getting ready for its star turn during the 2014 World Cup.
The region will reveal a side of Brazil that few know with culture and customs traced back to fiercely independent gauchos, along with determined Portuguese, Spanish, German and Italian settlers. These customs show up mostly in the region’s foods. There’s chimarrao, the evra mate tea sipped from a communal cup called a cuia; galeterias, restaurants serving the pastas, polenta and grilled chicken of Italian immigrants; and café colonial, serving plate after plate of German-inspired dishes, including strudel. And then, there is churrasco, the gaucho parade of grilled beef, pork and chicken, probably Rio Grande do Sul’s most well-known export. READ MORE
Start of Boston Marathon 2014 (Photo Courtesy of Reuters)
Boston is stronger a year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. And to prove it, millions of spectators came out today to cheer on 36,000 athletes as they raced from Hopkinton, MA, to Boylston, MA.
So who were the big winners? Meb Keflezighi took 1st place in crossing the finish line of the 26.2-mile run. Keflezighi, the first American winner of the Marathon since 1983, clocked in at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. And Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo was the first woman to cross the finish line in 2:18:57.
On April 22, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day. Since its first celebration in 1970, Earth Day has focused on increasing awareness and sustainability of the environment through a variety of educational programs, exhibits and events.
Each year, the Earth Day Network — an organization that works with more than 22,000 partners, including environmental advocates, educators and organizations to promote the environmental movement — coordinates Earth Day events with cities and countries around the world. READ MORE
You might be able to spend a night in one of the world’s most haunted places: Poveglia Island, Italy. That is, if Italy gets its way and a luxury hotel developer places the highest bid. Until then, the island with a long, sordid history of illness and death is up for sale. The question is: who would take on such a place?
Photography by Getty Images
Rising from the verdant island of Luzon, about 30 miles from Manila, the Taal ranks as the world’s smallest volcano, as well as the Philippines’ second most active, with 33 recorded eruptions.
Photography by Tribeca Film Festival
From April 16-27, the hip NYC neighborhood of Tribeca will welcome film fanatics from around the world for the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
With more than 5,000 submissions from around the world, many of the films selected for this year’s festival will be showing for the first time as North American, international or world premieres. Starting at $9 for late-night or weekday matinee tickets, festival-goers will have the opportunity to be among the films’ first viewers. READ MORE
Curitiba (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)
Curitiba is a city that advocates sustainable living. The name of the city originates from Guarani, an indigenous language in South America, and translates to “lots of pine trees.” People traveling to Curitiba for the World Cup will admire the Arena Da Baixada, which is considered to be one of the most modern stadiums, as it opens its doors to more than 40,000 fans from around the world. Even with all of the excitement and energy surrounding the games, guests will enjoy Curitiba’s hidden gems, including its urban parks and city center.
Curitiba, the City with Sustainable Living
With existing public policies that focus on sustainability in urban public areas, the city of Curitiba is at the forefront of environmentally friendly living. These policies helped build and maintain 30 parks and forests, and the government’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the United Nations Environment Program, who awarded Curitiba a prestigious award for its recycling waste project.
To start your tour of Curitiba’s urban parks, we recommend going to the Parque de Pedreiras (Quarries Park) where the marvelous Ópera de Arame (Wire Opera House) is located. This gorgeous, translucent structure is built out of steel tubes and is full of windows, and it only took an impressive 75 days to construct.