According to Allianz Partners USA’s recent Top Valentine’s Day Destinations report, searches for Valentine’s Day travel plans jumped by 45 percent this year, compared to last year. To conduct the survey, Allianz reviewed more than 700,000 itineraries for round-trip flights departing U.S. airport Feb. 2–6, with a return Feb. 9–13, finding 71 percent of itineraries are for domestic travel and 29 percent are for international trips.
“Love is indeed in the air this year, with flight itineraries soaring around the Valentine’s Day holiday,” said Daniel Durazo, director of external communications, Allianz Partners USA. “For those who choose travel over chocolate and roses, it’s important to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect pre-paid travel investments from unpredictable events like trip cancellations or interruptions, travel delays, and baggage issues.”
Florida destinations Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami take the top three spots for romantic destinations this year, followed by Honolulu, and Kahului, Hawai’i, taking spots four and five. Salt Lake City, at eight, and Denver, at 10, also showed up in the rankings. Internationally, beaches are a draw with Mexico, Aruba, Jamaica, Costa Rica and the Caribbean ranking. Cancún is No. 1, while St. Thomas is the first U.S. Virgin Island to appear on the roster in the 10 years Allianz has tracked Valentine’s Day travel.
After a stressful pre-holiday season and a busy work schedule, there was no better time for a relaxing spa experience than during my recent trip to Pasadena with the FXExpress Publications, Inc. team. We headed to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena for the 20th anniversary of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards, which meant a jam-packed trip, but I managed to carve a little time out of our busy schedule to visit Chuan Spa at the hotel.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
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