Encompassing more than 4,600 square miles, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country. Artist Eleonora Dobbin showcases some of the country’s rich global ties with her handmade papier-mâché masks. The African Nouba tribe influenced the design of this black-and-white “African Heritage” mask. $89.95. (http://www.novica.com)
A Brazilian meal isn’t complete without coffee. The rich, fragrant brew is so potent that the final course lasts only a few sips. Joy Brazil Certified Organic’s buttery, sweet blend makes the most of the experience both in taste and sustainability. A lot of thought goes into growing the Mogiana Paulista-region beans, including planting zucchini, pumpkin and bananas between the rows of coffee to protect the soil and prevent erosion. About $8 for 8 ounces. (http://www.mybraziliancoffee.com)
Almost 30 years ago, Brazilian artist Guena left a career in accounting to jump into the unstable world of art. He now combs the vast country for emeralds, crystals and agate. Guena believes gentle crystals, such as the rose quartz in this Love’s Flame sculpture, attract balance and harmony. Novica’s fair-trade practices mean buyers can feel virtuous about supporting the artist. $288.95. (http://www.novica.com)
Take steps toward a greener lifestyle — and support Brazilian workers’ rights to fair wages and benefits — while looking fabulous. Flexible Melissa shoes are plastic, but think again if this conjures up gradeschool “jellies” or shapeless clogs. Melissa collaborates with designers including Vivienne Westwood, Edson Matsuo and Alexandre Herchcovitch. And, not that you’d want to, the shoes can be recycled. In fact, the factory reuses 99.9 percent of its water and waste, and overstocks are turned into new styles. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania in plum, $145; Zig Zag in plum, $65. (http://melissaplasticdreams.com)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.