I recently was browsing Facebook and saw a friend taking her daughter to Disney World in Florida. I believe she is about 5 years old, and it made me reminisce about my childhood family vacations and the wonderful memories made with my mom; dad; and brother, Allan. Today’s travel landscape has shifted so much for family travel, multigenerational travel and group/friend travel. Growing up, most of my friends’ families had places of interest they would frequent annually, such as the Jersey Shore, Maryland beaches or even the Caribbean. My family liked to mix it up depending on our age; interests; and my parents’ desire to expose us to various cultures, history and natural wonders domestically and internationally.
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I am in the midst of finalizing plans for a trip with my mom in April. We will cruise the Western Mediterranean, including stops in Italy, Spain and France. It will be such a treat to spend time with her and make more memories together. I am curious and would love to hear from our readership: Where is your next family or group vacation? Do you have a destination you always visit? Please share some feedback in the comments below; it would be great to hear what destinations are of interest to you!
— Stephanie Makowski, account executive
The Global Wellness Institute predicts wellness travel will continue to rise as more travelers seek destinations with a focus on recharging and resetting. Treat yourself to a wellness retreat at Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. Here are three reasons why it should be at the top of your travel list:
Awareness about fair and sustainable travel continues to grow around the globe, with travelers everywhere considering a destination’s eco-friendly options before visiting. As public consciousness for this important aspect of tourism strengthens, tourists also look beyond just ecotourism and delve deeper into types of travel that allow them to respect the local culture, interact with locals and distribute benefits fairly.
This winter season sees a major milestone in the history of Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski in St. Moritz as the hotel celebrates its 20th birthday. To celebrate those two decades, the hotel invites international guests and locals in St Moritz to experience its freshly renovated lobby as well as a brand-new lobby bar redesigned in a contemporary style.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.
Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways extends its complimentary pre- or post-cruise land offer as add-ons to select Europe and Egypt cruises for groups and individual travelers in 2023. The offer is also available exclusively for groups in 2024. Now, the cruise line extends the offer for new reservations made through March 31, 2023, on select 2023 departures.