Travel Packages: Of Suites and Treats

Ananda Wellness retreats

Ananda in the Himilayas: Packaging Youth

This summer health-minded travelers can rejuvenate in the award-winning luxury destination spa, Ananda in The Himalayas. Frequented by celebrities and discerning spa goers from across the world, this wellness retreat located on a 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate in the cool Himalayan foothills of India specializes in Detox, Weight Management and Rejuvenation through traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and contemporary international therapies. Read more »

Welcoming the Well of Potential in Wellness Travel

Five Elements in Bali

Wellness is the latest wealth indicator in the U.S., whether that means looking at results-driven wellness retreats, new health products, or eating well. The Wellness Uprising Report released last fall by WSL, a retail tracking consultancy, notes that people of all ages (47 percent, according to the survey) name their top concern as health and wellness and are adopting strategies for healthier living.

“What began as a fringe movement of people interested in organic food, yoga and shopping at Whole Foods has turned into a national trend driven by a broad constituency of consumers of all ages, incomes, ethnicities and genders. They’re knowledgeable and passionate about taking care of their own and their family’s health,” says WSL’s CEO Wendy Liebmann.

And focused wellness resort companies, such as VeraVia in Carlsbad, CA and Fiveelements in Bali are listening.    READ MORE… Read more »

A $4 Fix for the Airline Industry?

Flight complaints

Let’s face it. We all have to put our pants on one leg at a time. And we all have to fly. The difference is that although our pants may squeeze us, they do not charge us for it.

So tired of the squeeze, in fact, it seems consumers are so dissatisfied with the lack of airline competition they are willing to pay $4 more per ticket provided funds are dedicated to system improvements. Read more »

What to Do in Panama: Discovery Beyond the Canal

Visiting Panama

By Scott Ludlum

What is there to do in Panama? While the world-famous Panama Canal may be known as Panama’s top tourist destination, travelers in the know are discovering the tremendous tropical beauty, incredible diversity of cultural attractions, fantastic beaches, and great variety of exciting adventure sports that only Panama can offer. It’s not a matter of what there is to see “other than the Canal.” Rather the key is to consider how much time a traveler has, what his/her interests are, and how much of the country he/she wishes to visit.

One benefit to visiting Panama is that it is small – about the size of the state of South Carolina – so that means travelers can cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. Although small, Panama is logistically complex. Renting a car is never recommended for safety and security reasons. This means Panama is very conducive to being sold in vacation packages to families, couples and retirees especially by knowledgeable travel agents. Read more »

Gay Las Vegas: Strip Turns up the Heat on Pride

Gay friendly Las Vegas

Las Vegas has long been the epicenter of LGBT fun in the sun and now the secret is out. From one end of the Strip to the other, Las Vegas welcomes the LGBT community and, as only Las Vegas can do, offers plenty of reasons to head to the neon desert this season. Read more »

Disney Cruise Line Sailing to Europe in 2016

Disney Cruise Line Heads to the British Isles in 2016

As Disney made its mark bringing traditional European fairy tales to life on the big screen, if is only too fitting that Disney Criuse Line is now heading to Europe with what promises to be fairytale sailing experiences that can be shared by the whole family.

In 2016, Disney Cruise Line is sailing its first British Isles itinerary, visiting Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Throughout the summer of 2016, Disney Cruise Line also will return to Norway, Iceland and ports of call in more than 15 European countries. Read more »

Best Destinations for Kids Seeking the Three E’s

Vacation with Kids

Ok, it’s barely spring and you are already called upon to make summer vacation plans. For families this can be a very serious conversation. Aside from seeing grandparents and long lost relatives, summer vacation is not just for beach and memories, it’s a time to take in those memorable museums, immersive zoos and odd roadside attractions. For kids it should be about the three E’s: Education, Entertainment, Excitement. Read more »