Global Traveler’s June issue focuses on wellness. It is easy to forget as a frequent traveler the importance of one’s overall health. Wellness no longer is defined by travelers as simply a culinary choice or standard exercise equipment sitting in a florescent-lit room similar to that of a hospital; wellness includes mind, body and spirit. As I travel, I have noticed there are more and more resources available at my disposal to take care of my wellness overall.
These healthy initiatives are seen in the hotel, airline, cruise and even car service industries, and I am loving it. Within our latest edition of Global Traveler, our writers cover topics such as walking tours to stay physically engaged with the world around you, spas that have alternative methods to increase one’s well-being, and gadgets to assist with tracking one’s health to maintain it no matter where you roam. Travelers are more connected than ever, which increases stress on one’s overall well-being at times, so taking the time and having these tools readily available is a great resource for rejuvenation and maintenance of one’s self.
When traveling, I personally enjoy taking bubble baths, so a spacious tub is a delight. When it comes to fitness and physical wellness, I always take a jaunt around the area I am staying to stretch my legs and take it all in visually; that, coupled with healthy meal choices, is crucial for me. As far as my mental health, I enjoy chatting with those I love on the phone or meditating to a collection of soundscape music I regularly rotate in and out of my music queue. This re-centers me and encourages a peaceful slumber at the end of a work day. On a leisure basis, I enjoy a nice day on the lake with friends and family (as seen here in my glorious unicorn float!). Being well includes fun activities, too, and the travel industry continues to make strides to ensure they are ready to make it easier than ever to feel like your best self while on the go.
Travel is wonderful, but making sure you take the time to take care of yourself overall everyday will lead to a more productive and peaceful life. Stay well, my fellow travelers, and don’t forget to review all of the great editorial topics in this month’s edition of Global Traveler!
— Stephanie Makowski, account executive
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One of Palm Desert, California’s, signature hotel properties recently finalized its biggest-ever redesign. The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa is home to 884 guestrooms and nearly 250,000 square feet of event space. Every facet of the property has been redesigned ahead of the property’s grand re-opening in January.
CRUISING HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY over the past century, first providing travelers with a means of transportation and then ushering in a new era that attracted leisure travelers looking for variety in the midnight buffets and activity on the shuffleboard courts. The new generation of cruisers takes cruising to an entirely new realm, where passengers split their time on and off the boat for an equal mix of time on the water and on the shore.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
IT IS IN THE NATURE OF THINGS we love to want to trace them to their beginnings. It is also in the nature of things we love to enjoy sharing them with others. Put the two together, add a ship, and that is what wine enthusiasts can expect on a wine cruise. Sail along historic rivers, disembark to visit wineries, walk the vineyards, taste the wines and later, on the ship, enjoy dinner with other wine lovers while sipping wines highlighting your meal. A wine-rich day ends with a peaceful night’s sleep as the ship sails on to tomorrow’s vinous treat.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.