Archive for September, 2014

This Week in Travel

Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica. Photography by Getty Images

This week’s travel blog roundup features destinations worth a second look, from a Caribbean island to an artsy yet overlooked neighborhood in the City of Angels.

If you ever needed a reason to book a family vacation in Jamaica, Kidventurious has 8. Consider it planned.

Explore LA’s burgeoning Arts District — including where to shop, eat and drink — alongside an LA local at Trevor Morrow Travel.

Which country’s residents travel farthest for their honeymoons? And where is the world’s most popular honeymoon destination? Skift explains (with a little help from Facebook).

Have the burning desire to sip lavender lemonade or stitch leather bags in condemned buildings? No? Well, according to Fathom, that’s what all the cool kids are doing in Denver.

Lastly, Thrillist has rounded up 10 upscale hostels that are nicer than most hotels. Yes, you read that right.

It’s 5 o’clock Friday, and we’re guessing that you’d rather be just about anywhere than your cubicle — like a Caribbean island, for instance. Once reality sinks in, don’t abandon the daydream just because it’s smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. All Caribbean islands are not created equal, after all — nor are their chances of being struck by a storm.

Travel insiders have long known that the “Dutch ABCs” — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao — are your safest bets during the fall, since they are situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Better yet, if you book now, you’re likely to find great deals, as the summer crowds are long gone and have left lower prices. Read on to find out which Netherlands territory will live up to your island fantasy.

Aruba

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Whether you’re in the mood for leaf peeping or you’re planning your next international getaway, you’ll want to check out Travel’s Best Road Trips 2014. Our coveted list includes the most picturesque and adventurous drives across the globe, from off-roading on the salt flats in Bolivia to an unexpected fall-foliage-inspired drive on the “Going to the Sun Road” in Glacier National Park.

Our panel of road-trip experts — including off-road explorer and host Don Wildman, Roadtrippers.com founder and CEO James Fisher, and cinematographer and road-tripper Allison Otto — not only shared their recommendations for the best drives in the world, but they also shared with us their favorite road-trip songs.  If you thought Don listens to classic rock cruising on his Harley, you’re right!  No matter where your travels take you, here’s our road trippin’ playlist to set the mood.

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Book by Nov. 20.

As the weather cools off, travel is starting to wind down in destinations across the US. That’s not the case for Las Vegas. This party and entertainment city keeps going strong — and arguably is at its strongest — through winter, and it’s offering some great deals to boot.

This getaway package from Delta Vacations, is one of them. It offers round-trip flights; a 3-night stay at the 4-star Monte Carlo Resort and Casino; 2 complimentary tickets to Blue Man Group; and all taxes and fees for $314 per person.
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Enjoy Scotland’s Golfing Scene at the Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup (Sept. 23-28) is a world-famous golf tournament that’s heading to Perthshire, Scotland, this year. This team-oriented competition, which pits the U.S. and Europe against each other, expects to attract more than 10,000 golfing enthusiasts to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. The venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Gleneagles Resort, is absolutely gorgeous. Soak up the green hills and tall trees of Gleneagles with this awesome tour of the golf course.

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Fall is officially here, and we couldn’t be happier to start enjoying a few of our favorite things: sweater weather, heart-thumping adventures and pumpkin-flavored food galore.

There’s no shortage of things to do in fall, but we whittled down our list to 6 of our favorite seasonal musts. There are only 90 days in fall, so get crackin’.

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South African Safari

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This week, we’re living vicariously through some of our favorite travel blogs, from secluded South African safaris to $8,000 flights that take first class to the next level.

If you’re dreaming of the ideal South African safari, A Luxury Travel Blog has found the top 5 remote safari lodges.

The Expert Vagabond discovered both wildfires and ice on an epic trekking adventure in Turkey’s Kackar Mountains.

Nomadic Matt has 10 interesting and helpful websites when planning your next trip.

Skift has the scoop on what the most expensive domestic US fare buys travelers. For the record, it’s a cool $8,000.

Nashville native Camels & Chocolate reveals her neighborhood guide for SoBro and Rutledge Hill.

Photography by Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

With the fall finally here, it’s a good bet that you and your friends will be headed out to arguably the most traditional festival of the season — Oktoberfest. And while I think it’s safe to say most of us won’t be making the trip to Munich for the official celebration (Sept. 20-Oct. 5), there are plenty of options stateside for a real taste of Germany. Whether it’s in a small town, major city, German beer hall or vintage barn, Oktoberfest is always great fun. But we’re not talking about the generic beer garden and polka band here. We’re talking about German-American communities getting down the same way their ancestors and countrymen have been doing across the pond for centuries. I mean, you wouldn’t go to a Mexican restaurant for St. Patrick’s Day, would you? Of course not!

So let’s break out the bratwurst, slap down some sauerkraut and, of course, tap the kegs on some of America’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations.

Cincinnati (Sept. 19-21)

Perhaps the largest and most popular Oktoberfest in the US is smack dab in the middle of the country —not surprisingly, in a city rich with German culture. Cincinnati (or Zinzinnati this time of year) plays host to thousands of Oktoberfest supporters, young and old, each fall with the city’s signature festival. With six blocks closed down for the party, there is plenty of room for you and your friends to don some lederhosen, down a few liters of beer and stuff your faces with German cuisine. Founded in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati may be best known for earning its place in the Guinness Book of Records by setting the mark for the world’s largest Chicken Dance at the time, with 48,000 people in 1994. The traditional dance is still going strong 20 years later, along with numerous other German games and dances throughout the three-day festival. READ MORE

Scotland
With a historic vote on independence this week, all eyes have been on Scotland. And while the Scottish people said “No” to the referendum and chose to remain part of the UK, this small, but proud nation captured the attention of the world. Here at Travel Channel, all this talk of Scotland served to remind us of the age-old traditions and natural beauty that has lured travelers to the country from around the world.

Sample Scotland’s Drink of Choice

Lots of Scots said they’d toast a “Yes” vote with a dram of whisky, but we have no doubt the “No” votes will be doing the same. With nearly 100 distilleries around the country to choose from, there’s no excuse to miss out on this centuries-old tradition on your visit to Scotland. Start your tour on the western coast, also known as the “Whisky Coast,” on the tiny island of Islay. This mecca for whisky drinkers is just 25 miles long, but it’s home to 8 top-notch distilleries. Laphroaig, Bowmore and Kilchoman are 3 of our favorites, but whichever you chose you’ll notice the distinct salty flavor the island’s strong whiskys are known for, thanks to the sea spray that covers the island’s peat, which is used during the malting process.

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Photo courtesy of Baron Baptiste 

In honor of National Yoga Month, we caught up with one of leading men in the yoga world, a man who has transformed the face of modern yoga in America — Baron Baptiste. A global force on the scene for the past 2 decades, Baptiste is a yoga teacher, trainer, best-selling author and speaker. He was destined to be a yoga pioneer: His parents opened the first yoga studio in San Francisco in 1955, and he started practicing yoga at the ripe age of 12.

Founder of the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute and creator of Baptiste Yoga, he has built his own brand of power yoga — a vigorous style of yoga seeking to transform the mind as well as the body — that’s one of the most popular practices in America. From teaching war veterans to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, Baptiste strives to make yoga accessible and empowering to all, without new-agey mysticism.

Find out how the busy but serene yogi became a yoga icon, how he takes his practice on the road and what he’d be doing if he weren’t a yoga teacher. Hint: It’s still just as Zen.

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