More than 40 of the 70 Caribbean hotels and resorts in the Virtuoso portfolio are once again welcoming guests, and even more are planning to reopen later this year. We’re calling it a comeback, but the fact is, nearly three-quarters of the region was unaffected by 2017’s hurricane season, and many islands that received only a glancing blow were back in business soon thereafter. We’ll show you where to go now – and how to support ongoing recovery efforts. READ MORE
Packing Tip: Roll your clothing to save room on packing. Use each Cube for a different clothing type (aka jeans or sweaters) and peek through the mesh top to quickly identify what’s in each bag. Check out eagle creek packing organzers and let us know how they work for you on your next trip! SHOP HERE
Choosing the right location and lodge are key to a peak ski getaway, especially when you’re short on time. Virtuoso Traveler magazine shares close-to-home mountain resorts that rise to the occasion. READ MORE
Wondering where to travel in 2018? Virtuoso Traveler Magazine gives advice. Experience the "Dragon Kingdom" located in the Himalaya's eastern end, or Australia's "Outback of the Outback"....or maybe a rooftop tour of Saint Petersburg in Russia during the FIFA World Cup in June & July! READ MORE
Would you like the comfort of a pillow but don't like to carry the bulky thing around? Try the convertible Travel Pillow Infinity Scarf. It appears to be a stylish infinity scarf but hides an inflatable pillow to make travel more comfortable! Check it out at Uncommon Goods webstore!
When you travel, security is top of mind for many. This little gadget will give a high-pitched alarm sound if the door is opened. It's as simple as hanging the alarm from the doorknob then inserting the sensor in between the door and the door jam. Visit the makers of this handy gadget at campmor.com
Good news! New security measures added at international airports now allow laptop computers, tablets and other large electronic devices back in the cabins of all flights into the United States. In late March 2017, The Department of Homeland Security announced that the United States would be banning electronics on direct flights from the Middle East region, regardless of citizenship. READ MORE
Geoffrey Kent, founder, chairman, and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent says “I truly believe that if we were to travel more, there would be less conflict in this world. Whether it’s a country where you don’t speak the language or a place where you can’t drink the water, it opens your mind.” READ MORE
Delve into Morocco on a Luxury Small Group Journey with Abercrombie & Kent. Discover all that exotic Morocco has to offer, from the historic cities in the north to the mysterious desert. Experience the Sahara in style when you sleep under the stars at an A&K Exclusive Desert Tented Camp amid the stunning Erg Chebbi dunes. READ MORE
Meet the Jet Lag Calculator! Jet lag is a human condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (such as fatigue and irritability), which occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body. The Jet Lag Calculator uses a combination of sleep time adjustment and light exposure to come up with a customized plan for each person. Try using it at least three days before you fly!
Did you know that at the beginning January 22, 2018, the final phase of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "REAL ID Act" will require all state-issued drivers' licenses to include "machine-readable technology" or chips to mitigate the number of air and cruise passengers using counterfeit forms of ID to pass through security? READ MORE
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From sea to shining sea, Crystal’s spectacular fleet of eight ships — two classic ocean liners, five all-suite river yachts, and one all-suite luxury yacht — will span the globe in 2019, visiting 298 ports of call on 260 voyages to 91 countries, featuring 71 overnight stays in dynamic destinations and 13 maiden calls in less-explored gems.
Nothing feels more special than checking into a boutique hotel, like you’re being invited into an undiscovered little slice of the world: a dreamy room inside a Moroccan casbah, a coastal villa with a bird’s-eye view in New Zealand, or a tree house fronted by its own private beach in Mexico. These 20 hotels – each with fewer than 20 rooms – prove that sometimes less really is more. READ MORE
Do you know how many Americans will be renewing their passports in the next few years? A record 49 million. Why? For starters, 2017 will be exactly ten years since passports became mandatory for travel to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean… and passports last for ten years. Translation: total surge. READ MORE
Enjoy Irresistible offers for your next adventure. Virtuoso’s collection of active and specialty travel partners present to you an array of exclusive offers to help connect you with the authentic travel experiences you love. READ MORE
In late March, it was announced that the United States and the U.K. would be banning electronics on direct flights from the Middle East region, regardless of citizenship. How exactly does this affect you? READ MORE
.With its unusual wishbone shape and dramatic setting against a backdrop of snow-kissed peaks, this cobalt-colored lake an hour from Milan has lured luminaries from Lord Byron to George Clooney to its shores. READ MORE
If there's one constant in the airline industry, it's change. We've rounded up five of the top airline highlights for the year, from the new "basic economy" seating class trend to an exciting update for Delta at LAX. And if you love Southwest, you're about to have a lot more options. READ MORE
Even Costa Rica, one of the planet’s best-known eco-travel destinations, has its hideaways. In the northwest corner of the country, not far from the Nicaragua border, a small spit of land called the Papagayo Peninsula is emerging as the country’s high-end family destination. READ MORE
Spring off to Ischia—Italian for health. For thousands of years, volcanic Ischia’s mineral-rich springs and smoking plumes of air have turned caves into curative saunas. Much of this goodness is channeled into 300-plus spa hotels and thermal parks, making Ischia the largest thermal-water destination in Europe. READ MORE
Big Five Tours & Expeditions’ 12-day itinerary pumps up the exclusivity factor with a stay at the and Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge as well as two nights at Okonjima, home of The AfriCat Foundation’s cheetah sanctuary, where activities include radio-tracking tours of collared cats and up-close encounters with the cheetahs at feeding time. READ MORE
Pomp and Pampering - Be among the privileged few to receive after-hours access to Stonehenge. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk inside the stone circle, then travel to Salisbury Cathedral to see the original Magna Carta, sealed by King John in 1215. READ MORE
With diners growing more discerning than ever, destination restaurants have become as important to hoteliers as spa treatments and thread counts. These days, some of the most anticipated establishments debut in hotels – all the more appealing for guests, as the concierge can likely fit them in, so they don’t have to wait months for a reservation. Here are a few of our favorite openings in Las Vegas, New York, Atlanta & Miami. READ MORE
Go kayaking in the sparkle of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays, touch noses with dolphins in the Polynesian paradise of Moorea, or swim out to a hammock suspended over a lagoon in the Maldives. From Aruba to Aitutaki, an island vacation is the stuff dreams are made of. READ MORE
At the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Resort & Camp, 25 rescued elephants freely roam the resort's 180 acres. Three new family suites make the property -- which offers adventures like elephant walks and cooking classes -- even more popular for families. MORE DETAILS
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For how incredibly easy a private jet would make your life, the idea of chartering one just sounds like a lot of effort. Fortunately for you, it really isn't. READ MORE
As trusted travel advisors, we help couples choose the right destination, find a venue, negotiate hotel rates, book rooms, arrange flights and transfers, review contracts, manage logistics for off-site parties, plan activities and excursions, and coordinate with the hotel wedding planner, who usually focuses on details for the actual wedding. READ MORE
Business travelers, rejoice! We've found the best way to apply for TSA Pre✓™ and it may actually make you smile. READ MORE
Mekong River - With biodiversity second only to the Amazon’s – including 1,300 known species of fish – the Mekong River winds some 3,050 miles across Southeast Asia. Along the banks of this “River of the Nine Dragons,” travelers find ruins from the ancient kingdoms of Siam and Khmer, remote Buddhist stupas and temples, remnants of colonial empires, and a way of life largely untouched by time. READ MORE
What could be better than a remote island for delicious disconnection? Cue an entire necklace of isles, to beachcomb, snorkel, bike, loaf around, swim, hike, and otherwise discover at your leisure. Of the myriad sun-splashed archipelagos around the world, we offer five favorite havens for recharge, release, and relaxation, each with its own personality and vibe. No matter which you pick, you can’t go wrong – archipelagos offer an island for everyone. READ MORE
1.5 million acres comprise not only the largest protected subtropical wetlands in the U.S., but also one of the most diverse habitats on the planet. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Everglades National Park hosts some 1,300 species of flora – including cacti, bromeliads, and nearly 40 types of orchids. READ MORE
In this compact, active city of flat terrain and narrow bridges, bicycles are as elemental to everyday life as the glittering canals and scent of herring. Amsterdam’s roughly 811,000 residents own more than 880,000 bikes, and by daybreak the streets clink and whoosh with pedal power, rain or shine. READ MORE
Smaller ships with shallow drafts can slip into off-the-beaten-path ports at little-visited locales, providing an intimate portrait of remote landscapes, wildlife, and cultures. Travelers can test their comfort zones on life-list adventures without sacrificing modern comforts such as spa treatments and gourmet cuisine. Low passenger counts beget onboard camaraderie, and flexible itineraries allow lingering, say, over polar-bear sightings. READ MORE
From the first balloon ride in 1783 over Versailles (passengers: a sheep, a duck, and a rooster)to businessman-explorer Steve Fossett’s solo circumnavigation of the world in 2002, hot-air ballooning has inspired countless adventurersto reach for the skies. And rightly so: Whether it’s hearing the initial whoosh of the balloon’s burner, seeing the sunrise from midair, or raising a celebratory Champagne toast back on terra firma, humankind’s original means of air travel has the power to transport like no other form of flight. READ MORE
Success! TRAVEL À LA CARTE'S Global Entry event 2016 is in the books. Thank you to my incredible sponsors: National Geographic Expeditions/Lindblad, Big Five, Classic Vacations, Fairmont Kea Lani, African Travel, Way To Go Tours, Silversea Cruises and Uniworld River Cruises. We were excited to serve 125 people who left with their Global Entry Cards. It's another fantastic way to ensure you will " Travel in Style! “.
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This comprehensive catalog lists nearly 1,100 Virtuoso preferred hotels and resorts and destinations that Virtuoso advisors have chosen specifically for unique settings, extraordinary service, and top-drawer amenities. Virtuoso advisors mail this luxe publication to their clients to help inspire them when planning their next vacation. Published once a year.
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