“Travel more.” It’s certainly at the top of our resolutions for the new year (and every year, for that matter). Here are 7 more resolutions to make the most out of your travels in 2014.
Slow down your travel.
Savor the fleeting moments when you’re not at your desk buried under work or stuck in rush-hour traffic. Revel in the experience, whether that means lingering at a 4-hour meal or a tossing out the museum list for a long walk with no target destination. It’s easy to pack your schedule on a trip, afraid that you’ll miss something, but you won’t be able to fully appreciate a different culture unless you take the time to experience its nuisances.
Don’t let a “dangerous” label deter you.
Of course, we aren’t advising traipsing around a war-torn country without taking any precautions, but rather suggesting that there are places that are inherently dangerous— whether they’re crime-ridden or full of wild and hungry animals – that shouldn’t be avoided because of fear alone. Be safe, but don’t cross off visiting some of the world’s best places — like Brazil, Nicaragua, and Colombia — altogether just because their reputation is a little dicey.
The birth of England’s future king, a high-wire act across the Grand Canyon, and a historic Miss America – see some of 2013’s most remarkable travel moments.
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Prince George of Cambridge
Royal baby mania gripped the world, as news crews waited outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital on July 22 for news of Kate and William’s royal delivery: George Alexander Louis had arrived.
There’s a lot to do on Tenerife, the largest isle of Spain’s Canary Islands. But when you check into the posh Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, situated on Tenerife’s sunny southern side, you may struggle to leave the resort.
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We’ve pulled together 10 fun reasons why travelers should be excited about travel in the New Year. Take a look our list of 2014 travel trends and see why the travel industry and travelers are gearing up for a good year.
1. Shorter Security Lines. US Customs and Border Protection and the TSA continue to innovate with automated passport kiosks and pre-check programs throughout domestic airports. While the jury’s still out about the efficiency of TSA’s PreCheck program, we think it’s a step in the right direction toward reducing crowds at airport security.
2. Healthy Dining. The travel industry recognizes that more travelers are seeking tips to stay healthy while traveling. Airlines have improved in-flight dining with more nutritious selections, and travelers are bringing healthy options onboard (post-TSA security line), like drinks to stay hydrated.
Photography by Howie’s HomeStay
Howie’s is your home away from home, in the Himalayas. An award-winning 5-star resort, once featured in Architectural Digest.
Photography by Hotel Alfonso XIII
Refurbished in 2012, Hotel Alfonso boasts a melange of period features, including ornamental towers, Mudejar archways and antiques once owned by Spain’s royal family.
Photography by Congress Hall
A far cry from the recent reality TV portrayal of the Jersey Shore, Cape May is a genteel stretch of shoreline off the busier path.
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Meander amid the town’s melange of fortified ancient walls, brightly colored houses, round medieval towers and its famous Roman-forged footpath.
Photography by St. Regis, Bora Bora
Offering 5-star service in a family friendly setting, the St. Regis resort stands out as one of the islands top luxury stays.
Santa’s on his way (Photo: Getty Images)
Once again a time-honored Christmas Eve tradition is underway, as Santa Claus makes his way around the globe delivering gifts to good little boys and girls everywhere. If NORAD’s current calculations hold steady, Father Christmas’s reindeer route is unfolding as planned, with one of the latest Santa sightings made in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Barring navigational forces, Santa’s journey, which usually starts in the South Pacific and hits New Zealand and Australia before moving on to Japan and Asia, will take Kris to Africa and Europe, followed by North America and South America, as he delivers the goods — at last count, nearly 2 billion — to kids everywhere by Christmas Day.