Granted, a museum may not be the most obvious choice for a wellness escape, but Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in Spain, is on a mission to change your mind — in a good way.The newly introduced Wellbeing program features innovative opportunities to engage in mindfulness activities within museum spaces in a peaceful, art-centric setting ideal for soothing the mind and inducing a response geared to physical and mental relaxation.
Once you arrive, set your mobile device to airplane mode and turn your thoughts to Slow Gazing. During this pursuit, visitors are invited to join a guided Slow Gazing group tour. Options for Slow Gazing also include an audio tour delving into the mesmerizing sculptural artwork of El Anatsui — among them, the artist’s colossal Rising Sea.
On Wednesdays, 2–3:30 p.m., The Quiet Hour is an opportunity to wander the museum on your own after listening to a 15-minute guided meditation in the museum’s Atrium. As stated on the museum’s website, participation in the program can lead to an improved sense of wellbeing that can help visitors “feel calm and connected.”
Science has proved that among the positive human responses to something we perceive as beautiful is stimulation of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which affects our stress response and calms our nervous system. Be sure to make time for Artetik: From the Art on the third floor. This installation, launched in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, is an interactive exploration of emotions and responses sparked by the museum’s art collection.
Check the website for upcoming mindful tours, lectures by experts and holistic yoga classes offered in unique settings, such as integral yoga held in the Matter of Time Gallery, which incorporates movement with Richard’s Serra’s winding and flowing Matter of Time installation.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
For the 13th consecutive year, Global Traveler honors the best of the best in the industry, naming 2023’s Airline of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.