On my recent vacation, I was able to read The Salton Sea by Debbie Bentley. I have always found the Salton Sea an interesting and odd place, a man-made accidental giant lake formed in 1905 when the Colorado River broke through its levees and was allowed to fill the Salton Sink (a below-sea-level region near Palm Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert). For a time in the 1950s, the Salton Sea was a mecca for boating and other watersports activities. It attracted fishermen and bird-watching until it started evaporating as its fresh water supply had been cut off, making the salinity level so high it resulted in fish kills and exposure to the run-off fertilizers in its sediment.
Bentley’s book does a nice job summarizing the rise and fall of the Salton Sea and potential resolutions. It documents the current status through haunting photographs of abandoned areas once frequented by tourists.
Many travel to the Anza-Borrego area in the spring to see the incredible wildflowers bloom; the Salton Sea would be an interesting side trip to that journey, and Bentley’s book is a great introduction to your discovery.
Years ago I traveled to the area and stayed at La Casa del Zorro in Borrego Springs, a fantastic resort with a spa, a great restaurant and activities including golf. It closed for a while, but I was pleased to see it reopened. From here, I drove to Phoenix through some outstanding sand dunes in California on the way. A neat road trip!
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With more companies around the world becoming more environmentally friendly, American Airlines recently announced it committed to set a science-based target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This move will sharpen the company’s strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and aligns its path with the global imperative of limiting temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
As more travelers return to the skies, American is here every step of the way to ensure an elevated and seamless journey. Experience flying freedom with AirPass, American’s all-inclusive, pre-paid travel membership program.
Deep Dive Dubai, home of the deepest swimming pool for diving in the world, opened in Dubai, in the Nad Al Sheba neighborhood. Guinness World Records verified the pool as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving at a depth of 60.02 meters, or almost 197 feet, holding 14 million liters of water, equivalent to six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Family gatherings are extra special this year and we chose to celebrate a milestone birthday in New Orleans. The JW Marriott New Orleans, across the street from the historic French Quarter, is ideally situated for exploring the city. Streetcars roll in front of the property and are especially fun for first-time visitors. Within a ¾-mile radius, we could walk to the National WWII Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Sazerac House, Harrah’s Casino, the Shops of Canal Place and numerous restaurants.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
For the third year in a row, Regent Seven Seas Cruises broke the company’s world cruise opening day booking record. The 2024 World Cruise sold out around 11 a.m. on July 14, after going on sale that morning at 8:30 a.m. Fares started at $73,499 per guest for a deluxe veranda suite, up to $199,999 per guest for a master suite.
Now is the time to get out of the house, soak in the sun and try something new. From bread making to learning the latest TikTok dance, Americans picked up new hobbies since the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel gets busier, keep the momentum going with paddle boarding that can travel with you anywhere in the world.
You probably didn’t know you needed to visit the Dominican Republic until you learned about the new, beautiful, modern, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana.
As the vaccine rolls out and travel picks up, it’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Okinawa with us.