If you think a travel hat can’t fit inside a stocking or your carry-on — we’ve got good news: Wallaroo Hat Company makes stylish, quality headgear that can be squashed into a stocking or suitcase, and come out ready to wear. Crushable or pack-flat styles for women include the Casual Traveler, Piper, Seaside and Aqua hast; men can choose from the Explorer, Jackson, Shelton, Gabe and Palm Beach.
Based in Colorado, the 19-year-old company draws from colors found in nature — while offering functional fashion with a line of sun-protective hats (look for the sun icon) that earned a recommendation by the Skin Cancer Foundation. The company was founded by Stephanie Carter, who drew inspiration from her frequent expeditions to visit her husband’s family in Australia. Along with the travel series, Wallaroo creates elegant resort styles, like the Aria and Riviera, and golf-appropriate visor styles, including the Savannah and Bianca.
New in the world of sleep aids, nodpod offers strapless, weighted, unscented sleep-mask therapy — free of the frustrating, tacky pad fasteners that pull your hair and slip around your head when you change position. Designed to move with you through the night, the micro-bead-filled eye mask contours to the shape of your face and blocks out light, while the extra-long design includes hollow end-tabs that perform in a pull-through fashion or lie flat across your pillow.
“Our bodies respond magically to gentle, constant pressure,” explains Melissa Bamberg, product creator and company founder. “It’s referred to as Deep Touch Pressure Stimulation, and it is something we can all benefit from. It naturally reduces stress and anxiety while promoting deep, restful sleep.” The nodpod can be machine washed, dried and you can even stash it in the fridge or freezer to help provide cooling relief for headaches.
Ear discomfort when flying or traveling to high-altitude destinations is a problem for many travelers, regardless of experience. Thankfully, there’s a tried-and-true solution on the market: EarPlanes ear plugs. Wearing EarPlanes when taking off and landing (or when settling into your mountain-top ski chalet) help alleviate the pressure and popping that accompanies these extreme changes in location.
“Changes in cabin pressure or any high altitude creates a differential between the middle ear and the eardrum: that popping feeling,” explains Drew E. O’Connell, CEO, Cirrus Healthcare, LLC.
“Our filtered earplug allows your middle ear more time to naturally adjust to this pressure, potentially alleviating the popping feeling altogether [along with] many commonly associated discomforts.” EarPlanes are constructed from hypoallergenic silicone that’s soft and cleanable for repeated uses, and feature exclusive CeramX filters that allow air pressure to be naturally filtered. They’re also available in two sizes, perfect for children and adults with smaller ears.
IMAGINE SETTING SAIL IN AN EXOTIC, far-flung destination, just you and your family or group of friends aboard a private yacht. The sun warms the deck, a soft breeze dances off the water, and an über-attentive crew caters to your every whim while the personal chef whips up the finest of the local cuisine with all of your culinary preferences top of mind. All the while, the captain navigates the yacht into secluded coves; to pristine, seemingly undiscovered beaches; or even to the hottest spots along the coast for a night out on the town.
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My husband, friends and I visited Parkway Bakery & Tavern on a recent trip to New Orleans. The restaurant is one of the most well-known for the city’s signature sandwich, the po’ boy. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so we arrived close to when it opened and braved the already-long line.
A survey conducted by Morning Consult and commissioned by American Hotel & Lodging Association found 44 percent of Americans are planning overnight vacation or leisure travel in 2020, with interest for road trips, family events and long weekends high. Of those expectant travelers, 68 percent say they are likely to stay in a hotel in 2020.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
The Rwanda Development Board announced commercial flights will be welcomed back to the country starting Aug. 1.
WELCOME TO THE EIGHTH ANNUAL Leisure Lifestyle Issue, celebrating the best in leisure travel. This year is a bit different because many of us haven’t traveled as we have in the past, but instead of writing about what we’ve missed in 2020, I’m looking forward to what will be possible in the rest of the year and beyond.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
WHAT A YEAR ... AND IT’S ONLY JUNE (or already June, depending on how you look at it). “Leisure lifestyle” may seem like an oxymoron in 2020, but as an optimist and travel enthusiast, I’m still determined to live the rest of this year to the fullest (or as full as possible, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation) — with travel at the forefront — and there’s no better way to do that than with a strictly leisure vacation.