Last month at this time, I headed to NYC with my 16-year-old daughter for the Wherever Awards event. It was Alli’s first trip to NYC, and I wasn’t sure what we’d be able to fit in to such a short trip, but I wanted to make sure it was fun for this future global traveler. Well, here’s what we crammed into that quick overnight trip.
On the first day of our road trip through Spain and Portugal, we set off from Madrid, seeking to take some of the more lightly traveled roads rather than the major highways on our way to Segovia and then on to Burgos. At first our route took us through a very dry landscape, followed by rural areas featuring some pastureland and acres of sunflower fields, with dry, blackened stalks. Gradually we drew close to mountains, and our road began a steady climb in elevation as pine trees became the predominant vegetation. As we neared the summit of the Guadarrama Mountains, we passed through a ski resort town boasting homes and lodges with a distinctly alpine look and a looming ski slope with idle lifts. Quite a change of scenery in only about an hour's time!
Henry David Thoreau once said, “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” There is no better ‘woods’ to walk in than the Great Smoky Mountains, a mountain range rising along the Tennessee and North Carolina border. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and/or commonly shortened to the Smokies. It is home to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and with more than 11 million visitors per year, it is the most visited national park in the United States. The mountains are part of an International Biosphere Reserve. It consists of 187,000 acres of old-growth forest, constituting the largest such stand east of the Mississippi River. The Great Smokies have also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The National Museum of American Jewish History hosts a special exhibition based on a book of the same name: “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
This past weekend we got probably our first real taste of fall weather this year. The temperature dropped into the low 50s at night and didn’t get too warm during the day. Add in changing leaves and overcast skies, and we had a perfect fall weekend in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Last week I took a much-needed vacation to somewhere I’ve never been before but have heard about for years: Montana. The Big Sky, roaming bison and utter quiet compared to the hustle of Los Angeles were such draws, and they surpassed all my expectations.
In 2015, before I knew much about travel or the industry in general, a few of my friends and I decided to book a trip to Portugal based purely on word of mouth. We were studying in Rome at the time, and everyone we spoke with raved about the country for all types of things, so we figured an extended weekend trip wouldn’t hurt.
Our recent trip to Spain and Portugal began in Madrid, with just a few days scheduled there before we embarked on our road trip. We managed to squeeze quite a bit of sightseeing into those two days, especially considering we spent half of one day trying to figure out where my delayed suitcase was and when it would be delivered.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
The addition of 50 high-end Explorer Cabins upped Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite’s game in the rustic-luxury market by attracting those who want upscale amenities but desire an outdoorsy mountain experience — “cabineering,” as Tenaya calls it, or roughing it in the woods without the rough part.
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
The Boeing 737 MAX cancellations will continue through the new year and at least one airline is keeping them grounded even longer to avoid disruptions down the line.