6 Winter Events From Around the World

Looking for a lively, cultural experience this winter? These six events around the globe cover all bases, from art to religion to politics.  Escape the cold in Sydney or the Philippines, or brave a Norwegian winter to see the northern lights.  Each of these places allow travelers to see the complex and exciting cultures of the world. Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia January 6-28 This festival covers all forms of international and Australian art, including drama, dance, music, and visual arts.  Watch a free performance in one of Sydney’s beautiful parks and the famous Sydney Opera House.  In 2018, children and…
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The Gift of Travel

While the holiday season is an exciting time filled with family and festivity, there is no doubt that it comes with plenty of stress.  Long lines in stores, winding through mall parking lots to find a spot, and pondering the perfect gift to get a loved one can cause quite the headache.  This year, forgo all of that stress and give your friends and family the gift of travel. A recent study by San Francisco State University found that people find more happiness in experiences rather than material possessions.  The excitement of buying a new object fades quickly, while the…
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Travel to Cuba Still Possible Despite New Regulations

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced tighter restrictions on travel between the United States and Cuba. While tourist travel to Cuba is banned by the U.S., there are twelve categories of authorized travel that allow Americans to visit the island nation: Family visits Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations Journalistic activity Professional research and professional meetings Educational activities Religious activities Public performances, workshops, clinics, competitions, and exhibitions Support for the Cuban people Humanitarian projects Activities of private foundations or educational institutes Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials Certain authorized export…
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Marvelous Marrakech

Tasha recently returned from Morocco, where she found culture and luxury different from anywhere else in the world.  After landing in Marrakech, Tasha checked into one of Riad Joya’s elegant suites, which are decorated to reflect the natural landscape and history of Morocco.  Each room has plenty of space to relax, complete with a large bathroom.  The breakfast at the Riad Joya, a fusion of traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean specialties, is to die for. The air in the labyrinthine Medina hangs with the aroma of freshly baked bread and authentic leather.  The old Islamic capital is home to the Djemaa…
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Luxury and Culture in Marbella, Spain

The resort city of Marbella, Spain has all of the essentials for a luxury vacation: high end dining, comfortable accommodations, and relaxing beaches. However, Marbella has even more to offer than a typical luxury resort with opportunities to explore the Spanish landscape and indulge in local culture and cuisine. After flying into Málaga Airport, follow the Costa del Sol south into the city of Marbella, where the opportunities for relaxation and adventure are endless.  Pick a spot in the sand on Marbella’s sixteen mile coastline and dip your toes into the cerulean sea, or head over to Six Senses Spa…
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8 European Christmas Markets to Visit This Holiday Season

  With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to book a festive getaway to visit some of Europe’s renowned Christmas markets. Enjoy a river cruise with stops at antiquated cities to admire local holiday traditions, or hop around to different countries to experience a wider variety of Christmas customs.  Europe offers hundreds of Christmas markets in dozens of countries, each with its own special customs and opportunities.   Manchester, England November 10-December 21 The first and largest Christmas market in the United Kingdom is situated in ten different locations across Manchester, each with its own unique ambiance.  Try…
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Exotic Honeymoons

With many couples delaying marriage into their 30’s, they have been there, done that.  Whether on spring break or family vacations, for many, sitting on a beach has lost its appeal. I am finding more and more honeymooners choosing exotic destinations such as Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. My favorite honeymoon suggestion is Africa. I have seen more than a 50% increase over the past 5 years in requests for exotic destinations for honeymoons from the 28+ age group than I have in the past 15 years.  Many couples have been working for ten years and have saved…
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A Trip to Paris at the 2nd Annual Cancer Beat

On Saturday, October 21, The Cancer Couch Foundation hosted the 2nd Annual Cancer Beat at The Warehouse in Fairfield.  The Cancer Couch was founded by Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.  Since then, Rebecca has dedicated her life to finding a cure for Stage IV breast cancer.   The 2nd Annual Cancer Beat brought guests from all over Fairfield County to indulge in a VIP cocktail reception with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and a buffet under a French theme, followed by a concert performance by Howard Jones.  Rebecca gave a heartfelt speech about her…
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6 Reasons to Book With a Travel Agent

With the rise of apps and websites that make it possible for travelers to book flights and hotels on their own, some have come to the belief that travel agencies are obsolete.  This is untrue. Cruise and World Travel books over $12 million each year by providing services that customers do not have access to on their own.  With its global connections, stellar customer service, and experienced agents, Cruise and World Travel creates more satisfying and less stressful experiences through its ability to provide the following services: Value Booking airfare, accommodations, and transportation separately is a pain, and the money…
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13 Free Smartphone Apps for International Travel

Smartphones have become an essential part of travel.  They’re used for taking photos, navigating cobblestone streets, and staying connected with friends and family back home.  These travel apps allow you to use your phone for more than just photography and communication; they give your phone the ability to help you find delectable meals, speak foreign languages, and live like a local in a foreign city. AroundMe This app makes traveling in an unfamiliar place a lot less daunting.  AroundMe uses your location to find anything you might need, such as pharmacies, ATMs, restaurants, hospitals, and much more.  The app also…
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