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Japan’s Quirky Festivals: Great Sidetrips Around Tokyo’s Summer Olympics

Fifty-six years after the Tokyo Olympic Games of 1964, the Japanese capital will be hosting these world events for the second time, from July 24 to August 2020. And while the games will be thrilling enough the Japanese matsuri, or festivals, offer travelers an opportunity to escape the crowds and experience Japan’s rich cultural heritage […]

London Flower Festivals

Winter Orchid Festivals Abloom from London to Ft. Lauderdale

By Susan McKee     Orchids are the perfect winter flower. Redolent of the tropics whether grown in a Northern greenhouse or “wild” in a rainforest, their colors, shapes and scents attract travelers. Botanical gardens tend to have the most extensive orchid shows. Here are a few to consider: An orchid show takes place January […]

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“Trump Effect” is Boosting US Visitation to “Foe” Destinations

Contrary to White House policies, US travel to Cuba, Iran and Mexico is way up. One might think that foreign countries in the crosshairs of President Trump’s disparaging rhetoric and hurtful policies would see a slump in tourism, but surprisingly the opposite is proving true. Despite Trump’s attempts to close borders and restrict travel, Intrepid Travel has seen record […]

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Virtuoso Looks at “Fire of Desire” Influence on Travel Planning

Travelers in 2020 are seizing the day and prioritizing trips now, fired up by the belief that customized experiences are the best investment of their money and time, according to the latest Virtuoso Luxe Report. The luxury travel network  annually surveys its top travel agency members and their advisor sales force across 50 countries to predict […]

Sustainable cruising

Get Ready for the Rise of Green Cruising

Carnival Corporation, which holds the tag as the world’s largest leisure travel company, is partnering with leaders from maritime and engineering industries to pilot the world’s first fuel cell system designed to power large passenger vessels. As early as 2021, Germany-based AIDA Cruises will trial this innovative fuel technology on AIDAnova, becoming the cruise industry’s […]

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