Photo Courtesy of Jason Leppert
Want to relive a bygone era of classic trans-Atlantic ocean-liner travel? With Cunard Line — which is impressively celebrating its 175th anniversary this year — and its fleet of elegant vessels, you can do that and more.
The only true liner in operation today, the magnificent Queen Mary 2, cuts through the towering swells and choppy waves of the northern Atlantic Ocean nearly like butter. Art-deco interiors romantically enchant while modern amenities pamper and entertain passengers. Live classical music permeates throughout as a parade of formalwear enters the stately dining room, and the chandelier-clad ballroom beckons well-dressed couples to the dance floor.
Wes Dening with Mount Everest in the background.
“This is Nepal in front of us. The border closes at 5:30. We made it with 8 minutes to spare.”
Those are the words you’ll hear from Bruce Kirkby as he and his family rush across the Tibet/Nepal border in Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. But truth be told, they weren’t alone. Off-camera, racing alongside the family like a pack of wild broncos, was our production team in tow. As Bruce uttered those words in his one-of-a-kind Kirkby accent, our crew (with pelican cases in 1 arm, personal bags in the other, and passports wedged in our mouths) scurried by his side. Just like Bruce; his wife, Christine; and their 2 sons, Bodi and Taj, we, too, had made it into Nepal with only 8 minutes to spare.
As we crossed the border, we were greeted by warm, healthy smiles and friendly pats on the back. We could feel it in their welcoming hug — an instant kinship with our Nepalese production team, with passports still wedged between our teeth. We would be living and working with this group of locals for the next 7 days. READ MORE
Times Square (Photo Courtesy of NYC’s Original City Guide)
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Finding entertainment can be surprisingly complicated in the entertainment capital of the world. Los Angeles’ sheer size makes careful planning paramount in executing a fun day out on the town. But it’s a mistake to focus only on the established culture hubs. LA has no real center, and neither do its cultural offerings.
There’s no shortage of things to do — it’s all about looking in the right places.
‘See Jane Sing!’
May 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Actress Jane Lynch is known for playing characters who, in striving to project normalcy, reveal a core of surreal madness that’s as fascinating to watch as it is hilarious. Probably best-known for her role as no-nonsense coach and principal Sue Sylvester on Fox’s Glee, she also made her debut on Broadway in 2013 as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Prepare for a night of musical shenanigans.
We are a vacation-deprived nation. Americans are taking almost a full workweek less of vacation than they did just 15 years ago. It’s time to change. With temperatures rising, spring blooming, and summer around the corner, here’s why you need to plan your next vacation right now. READ MORE
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To connect or not to connect? While on a cruise vacation, that is the question.
There was a time when staying connected at sea was nearly impossible, and disconnecting was preferred for the sake of relaxation. But in this day and age, it seems almost blasphemous to give up our smartphones and laptops while traveling. The issues are a lack of onboard apps and slow-as-molasses internet speeds — that is, until now.
International Travel Goods Show (Photo Courtesy of Troy Petenbrink)
Talking about weight is usually not polite conversation, but it has been a hot topic this week at the International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. Hosted by the Travel Goods Association, the show lets manufacturers link up with retail buyers in hopes of getting their goods to consumers.
In this day and age, when an extra pound can be the difference between a $25 or $100 check-baggage fee, it is no surprise that luggage manufacturers have put themselves on major diets. Nearly all of the 300 exhibitors were touting new, lighter products.
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Are you yearning to travel to the Mediterranean but aren’t fond of long-haul flights? Here’s a solution: a Caribbean cruise. Yes, it’s unorthodox, but it’s also convenient for North American travelers, and MSC Cruises’ uniquely European MSC Divina might just be the oasis you’re looking for.
The leisure division of the industrial Mediterranean Shipping Co., MSC Cruises once catered predominantly to foreigners, but in the Caribbean, the line has tailored its sailings to embrace US citizens as well. In fact, one of the delights of MSC is the diverse mix of passengers on board and the international idioms heard throughout. Rest assured, however, that English remains the primary language spoken on the MSC Divina.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Photo: Getty Images)
“Fat Tuesday” is observed around the world, but only in New Orleans can you celebrate with the true flair of a party-ragin’ Cajun. There’s plenty to do during one of the biggest annual celebrations in America. And in a multilingual city with a rich French colonial history, there are myriad options for Carnival fun. It’s no coincidence that The Big Easy is sometimes referred to as the “most unique in the United States,” and this annual bead-begging bash shows exactly why.
A direct flight from New York to New Orleans is about 3 hours. From Los Angeles it’s just 1 hour more. And from Washington, DC, it’s only a 2 1/2 -hour jaunt, all of which makes it easy to jump right into the Mardi Gras mix. Once you arrive in New Orleans you’ll want a comfy place to rest up and energize from the day’s travels. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying Mardi Gras in New Orleans that will fit almost any budget. READ MORE
Anthem of the Seas (Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)
Are you ready for a new year of cruise travel filled with new ships? Check out which ones are set for launch in 2015.
Anthem of the Seas from Royal Caribbean International
Already plowing the high seas as of 2014, the new, high-tech Quantum of the Seas set the stage for its sister ship, the Anthem of the Seas, to follow in April 2015. Special creature comforts include modular staterooms interconnected with varied layouts for large parties and virtual balconies to provide interior staterooms with a digital view of outside the ship.