FOLLOW THE GUIDEBOOKS in your next destination and they will likely have you pound the pavement in an effort to uncover the hottest of the crowded restaurants or the priciest of the charming boutiques without even breaking a sweat. While there’s something to be said for shopping locally and supporting small businesses, cities often go only partially explored when visitors stick to the concrete pathways and brick-and-mortar establishments within their borders. A destination’s green spaces are often the lifeblood of the city, acting as a place where locals and visitors can breathe in fresh air, commune with nature and maybe even embark on an adventure or two.
Green spaces are becoming essential for urban environments, generally funded and maintained by the city in an effort to help filter urban pollutants while improving overall well-being and quality of life. Tour operators and hotels get behind these spaces in a big way by offering unique experiences for visitors and guests to get out in the open air and see the city in a different light.
In Florida, World of Hyatt loyalty members can use their points to book bespoke experiences in the wilderness with a guided hike through an oldgrowth forest outside Pembroke Pines through Hyatt’s new FIND experience platform. The platform recently launched in cities around the world with exciting tours and experiences to encourage Hyatt guests to get out and explore more of their destinations.
“These immersive local experiences speak to various facets of well-being and encourage members to feel at their best while enhancing the mind, body and spirit,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. “Members are able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points by partaking in these authentic, exclusive experiences that encourage travelers to adventure into the beauty and nature that surrounds their destination, whether that’s in their home market or where they travel.”
In New York City, visitors can indulge in a hearty, farm-fresh breakfast at The Bar Downstairs and Kitchen at Andaz 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and then be transported moments later into the pristine waterways of Cold Spring Harbor for a guided kayak trip through a beautiful landscape. Other options include taking a guided hike with Ambassador Wolves in Frazier Park, California, or enjoying a meditative walk through nature with a forest therapy guide in Chicago, Illinois.
Lynott Tours offers insights into some of Ireland’s and the United Kingdom’s best gardens, including tours through Ardkinglas Woodland Garden and Crarae in Scotland and the famous Chelsea Flower Show in England. The Old Town Trolley sightseeing tour in Boston drops passengers off at the Boston Common for a chance to wander around the nation’s oldest city park, and many other parks around the world are free and open for visitors to stop and smell the flowers while exploring on self-guided, self-paced tours.
As harmful to the environment as air travel is, some airports are taking measures to become more environmentally conscious. One example is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where an adjacent solar farm powers certain airport operations.
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.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
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.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.