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A Magazine for Travelers New Year, New Experiences Edition 9 Places to Visit in 2019 Time to find your next adventure Backdrops for your

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“ THE NEW YEAR STANDS BEFORE US, LIKE A CHAPTER IN A BOOK, waiting to be written .” - Melody Beattie

There’s something magical about the New Year. It’s both an invitation to new opportunities and an open doorway to new experiences. In this edition of On the Go, you’ll discover the many ways you can experience more of the world in 2019. Read about voluntourism trips that allow you to make a difference in the lives of others, explore wowworthy top restaurants around the world, and discover what five perfect days on St. Lucia look like. And for those planning a trip down the aisle, see our “Destination Wedding Checklist” and don’t miss our list of the most breathtaking locations to take your wedding photos. Ready for your first adventure of 2019? Together with GOGO Vacations, we can deliver a vacation full of memorable experiences.

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5 Benefits of Travel Agents

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9 Places to Visit in 2019 From a quiet corner of the Caribbean to a land rich with ancient history, these are the places to see.

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5 Days on St. Lucia

Here’s the perfect way to spend five glorious days on this little Caribbean island paradise.

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It’s a New Year and you need new places to go. Check out the latest openings in sunny Mexico.

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The Best Places to Take Your Wedding Photos

Discover the destinations with the most spectacular views and scenery for amazing wedding pics.

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Portugal at a Glance Travelers love this European country for its captivating cities, rich history, and incredible cuisine.

Destination Wedding Checklist

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Everything you need to know to ensure your destination wedding planning goes as smoothly as possible.

Travel Well While Doing Good

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Learn how travel companies are advocating for sustainability, voluntourism, and social responsibility.

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Celebrity Honeymoons

See the spots where some of your fave celebs have honeymooned (and where you can, too).

Make Food First and Foremost

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If you’re a foodie and a traveler, you’re going to want to keep this article in your passport holder.

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Quiet, clean, and laid-back, the Cayman Islands offer a picture-perfect vacation setting.

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Whether you’re looking to experience the Aurora Borealis, bask on a beautiful beach, or discover world culture, the nine places to visit in 2019 offer a range of experiences that appeal to diverse travel styles. From the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland and Scotland, to the cultural treasures of Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Bangkok, or beyond to the remote islands of the Maldives, these destinations reveal vast northern landscapes, colorful marine sanctuaries, and storied antiquities. Every year, new destinations join the global travel conversation. Here are nine new places to explore in 2019.

Iceland Iceland offers the epitome of winter travel; visit Reykjavík, and experience Iceland’s version of hygge (the trending Danish concept of indoor winter leisure), discovering cozy eco cafés fueled by geothermal heat where you can curl up with a book and a warm sweater, or soak in the ever-popular steaming waters of the Blue Lagoon. Leave the city limits, traveling the northern coastal roads across lunar volcanic landscapes illuminated by the Aurora Borealis, or take the famous Golden Circle route and see the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall. Visit Vatnajökull Glacier to explore the haunting ice caves, known for their blue roofs of ice, formed entirely by frozen meltwater— naturally-sculpted works of art.

Vietnam Vietnam has undergone a renaissance, opening new luxury resorts and boasting several recent additions to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Natural treasures on the list include the towering islands of Halong Bay and the incredible biodiversity of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. Sites of cultural significance include the Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town, and the My Son Sanctuary.

Bangkok Travel to Thailand for the world-class cuisine and discover Bangkok’s sacred temples. Admire Wat Arun’s intricate spire made of Chinese porcelain and colored glass. Enter Wat Traimit to admire the magnificent Golden Buddha. Then, visit Wat Phra Kaew, known for its Emerald Buddha, crafted from a single block of jade. Find a delicious snack at the floating market, where vendors drift by in boats selling their wares.

Maldives If you’re looking for a remote island escape, the Maldives offers a unique balance of nature, spiritual experiences, and exploration. Enjoy an Ayurvedic spa treatment and let time-honored wisdom and teachings help you rebalance your mind and body. In a world where coral reefs are increasingly threatened, the Maldives remains one of the few places on earth where you can dive this underwater wilderness.

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Portugal From romantic seaside villages where the seafood is as fresh as it gets (and the wine just as good), to the beauty of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Portugal blends natural beauty with cultural abundance. Lisbon offers 16th century history in the Belém district, iconic trams that navigate steep picturesque streets, and a flourishing culinary scene. With some of the best weather in Europe, seaside Porto delivers old world charm, beaches, and cafés.

Costa Rica Costa Rica has been discovered, and it’s no wonder—it’s home to some of the best surf beaches in the world, beautiful cloud forests, stunning volcanoes, and a culture that embraces conservation. A vacation in Costa Rica can take you from the depths of the forest, to the heights of an active volcano, to the sunsets of a pristine beach—all in one week. Surfers flock to Tamarindo for its perfect waves, and sun-lovers can find a stretch of sand to bask in the sun.

Scotland Beyond Edinburgh’s stately Royal Mile and breathtaking castle on a hill, you’ll find Scotland’s wilder side. From the new Snow Roads Scenic Route through the highest elevations of the Cairngorms, to the St. Kilda islands of the Outer Hebrides, a UNESCO World Heritage Site accessible only by boat, northern Scotland can indeed feel like the edge of the known world. Just a train ride north toward Skye takes you through otherworldly landscapes, charming villages where the signs are written in Gaelic, and where rugged coastlines await those who ride to the end of the lines.

Sri Lanka From wild experiences to cultural treasures, Sri Lanka offers a little of both. At Yala National Park you can take a safari in search of wild elephants and leopards, and end your ride at a 2,000-year-old Rock Temple of ancient pagodas and shrines. Combine your vacation with service by volunteering at an elephant sanctuary, giving back to these magnificent creatures and the people who work to conserve them. Whether you’re looking to meditate at the Dambulla Cave Temple or rebalance at a beautiful seaside resort, Sri Lanka is stunningly diverse.

Cayman Islands If you’re looking to dive in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands offers some of the most pristine diving spots in the Caribbean Sea, and the world. Swim with wild stingrays, dive shipwrecks, and explore tropical marine sanctuaries. Top marine destinations include Stingray City, the Kittiwake Shipwreck, and Eden Rock & Devil’s Grotto.

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Strolling hand-in-hand in the sand along some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, retreating to posh guest rooms in unbelievably luxurious resorts, soaking up the boutique intimacy of a small island of colorful villages – Saint Lucia presents the very definition of a romantic getaway. Saint Lucia has long been a favorite vacation destination, thanks to its jungle interior guarded by the majestic, awe-inspiring Twin Piton mountains, a picturesque coastline ringed by white-sand and volcanic blacksand beaches, a sky full of glorious tropical sunshine, and a welcoming people who are proud of their unique mix of heritages and cultures – and who love to share their secluded tropical heaven with visitors.

reds, oranges, greens, yellows, and purples on the high walls and ceilings, a reflection of the colorful spirit of the Caribbean. The Cathedral is located just off Derek Walcott Square, a park named in honor of the Nobel Prize-winning poet. Nearby, mingle with the locals while bargaining for the perfect present or souvenir (as well as fresh produce and spices) at the Castries Central Market. Alternatively, La Place Carenage Shopping Plaza is open six days a week for duty-free retail therapy for local fashions and crafts, as is Duty Free Pointe Seraphine Shopping Complex, great for finding designer fragrances, jewelry, and clothing.

Day 1 - Sand & Sea Pack a bag and head to Reduit Beach. Take a leisurely stroll down the long stretch of golden sand, set up your beach umbrella, then have your pick of water activities – including swimming and kayaking in the calm, clear waters. When it’s time for lunch, there are plenty of dining options at Rodney Bay Village, which is within walking distance from Reduit Beach. Indulge in local cuisine, like fresh-caught seafood, and sip a glass of rum punch while overlooking the turquoise waters.

Day 2: Soufriere Volcano Jeep Safari Take a scenic journey through Saint Lucia’s banana plantations, fishing villages, and the towns of Anse La Raye and Canaries, and take an easy hike to beautiful Piton Waterfall, where you can also swim. In Soufriere, the island’s oldest town, see the soaring twin peaks of The Pitons and visit Sulphur Springs – the world’s only “drive-in volcano” – where you can luxuriate in the soothing mud baths, followed by some delicious creole cuisine.

Day 3: Castries Culture Castries, the island’s Victorian capital and largest city, is a hot spot of activity, with its cruise ship docks, open-air markets, duty-free shopping, and entertaining nightlife. Stroll the quaint streets, lined with historic 19th-century colonial architecture, and explore the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the largest church in the Caribbean. From the outside, it’s a classic gray stone structure, but inside it’s a mix

Day 4: Sweet Sunset Join the Piton Sunset Cruise and take in the gorgeous scenery as you make your way to the majestic Pitons, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Swim and snorkel in the blue waters at the base of the volcanic peaks. Cruise back up the coast as the sun lights up the sky with orange, amber, and gold hues – you may even see the elusive “green flash” sunset phenomena. Pass through Marigot Bay and dance to some island rhythms while you enjoy drinks and delicious appetizers.

Day 5: Rhythms of the Ocean Get back into that beach mode before you tearfully depart Saint Lucia. On an island that borders two seas, there’s always more beaches to visit, so head to popular Anse de Sables, a mecca for windsurfers and sun worshipers, or Jalousie Beach, with its absolutely stunning location between the two Piton Mountains.

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NEW HOTELS & RESORTS IN

Mexico

Mexico’s newest resorts and hotels offer a little something for everyone. If you’re planning your honeymoon, Reflect Resorts & Spas and Riu Hotels & Resorts each provide special surprises for honeymooners – from mimosa breakfasts in bed to special couples’ massages. You can also plan your destination wedding complete with cake, champagne toast, and on-site wedding coordinator to ensure everything goes smoothly. For family travel, Hard Rock Hotels, Sunscape Resorts & Spas, and Estudio Playa Mujeres offer vacation and resort experiences for all ages. Plan your next Mexico vacation around the newest beachfront resorts, suites and luxury offerings.

REFLECT KRYSTAL GRAND CANCUN

You might never want to leave Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun’s whitesand beachfront resort where meals at the six restaurants overlooking the Caribbean are all included; should you want to explore bustling Cancun, you’re just a 30-minute drive away from the heart of the city. This recently opened resort features four heated swimming pools, a fully equipped fitness center, and plenty of entertainment including beach parties, theme nights, and live musical performances.

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REFLECT KRYSTAL GRAND LOS CABOS

The newly opened Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos on the Sea of Cortéz, blends desert landscapes and oceanfront views, with six unlimited dining options, located steps away from the downtown Arts and Cultural District. Younger guests will have a blast at the fully supervised Explorer’s Club for Kids and Core Zone Teens Club, which includes indoor and outdoor fun such as a wading pool with slides, sports, classes, and games.

REFLECT KRYSTAL GRAND NUEVO VALLARTA

Minutes away from the colonial charms of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find the recently opened Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta with unlimited dining at six restaurants and unlimited drinks at five bars. Take a dip in your choice of three heated pools – one for adults only – then take the kids to the wading pool with slide. The spa features six private treatment rooms, a beauty salon, and a sauna.

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RIU PALACE BAJA CALIFORNIA

Overlooking the Sea of Cortéz, Riu Palace Baja California, which opened in December 2018, offers adults-only relaxation in Cabo San Lucas. Soak in the infinity pools, grab a drink at the two swim-up bars, or bask in the sun at the reserved beachfront area. With 24hour room service and private soaking tub, you might never want to leave your room. When you’re ready to venture outside, enjoy a treatment at the Renova Spa or explore the marine life at Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park.

RIU PALACE COSTA MUJERES

With five swim-up bars, live entertainment, private beach area, access to Splash Water World, and themed restaurants featuring Japanese and Mexican cuisine, a steakhouse, and Italian dining, you might never want to leave this new resort, which opened in November 2018. When it’s time to explore, the bustle of Cancun is just 40 minutes away by car.

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ESTUDIO PLAYA MUJERES

Luxury family-friendly suites surrounded by one of Cancun’s best golf courses (the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed course) and the blue Caribbean Sea await you at the recently opened Estudio Playa Mujeres. Surround yourself with marble and wood accents, private balconies, and beautiful views.

ATELIER PLAYA MUJERES

An adults-only experience on Playa Mujeres awaits you at Atelier Playa Mujeres, with views of the Caribbean, golf course, and beautiful natural landscapes. This recently opened resort is home to Nuup Spa, which offers innovative treatments and a relaxing hydrotherapy circuit. Go barefoot at this beautiful resort where Mexican artwork, natural vistas, and incredible attention to detail characterize every moment.

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SUNSCAPE STAR CANCUN

With a resort experience designed for the whole family, Sunscape Star Cancun will provide all-inclusive reservation-free dining when it opens in mid-June 2019. Sip unlimited drinks poolside, on the beach, at the rooftop bar, and at the Starlight Nightclub. With an Explorer’s Club for Kids, Core Zone Teens Club, an adults-only rooftop pool, incredible spa, and surf pool—there’s a little something for everyone at Sunscape Star Cancun.

HARD ROCK HOTEL LOS CABOS

Bring a little rock and roll to your Baja beach vacation while soaking in your personal outdoor hydro-spa hot tub, or while relaxing in one of five pools at this new resort scheduled to open in May 2019. From the kid’s club to the eight restaurants that offer everything from familyfriendly fare to romantic dinners, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos’ all-inclusive experience will get you into the Mexican rhythm.

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WELCOME TO UNLIMITED LUXURY KISS YOUR RESORT CREDIT GOODBYE Introducing the all-new Limitless All-Inclusive, where no matter how many spa treatments, golf outings, and sunset cruises you squeeze into your stay, it’s all included. Welcome to the future of all-inclusive luxury.


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Wedding Photographs While your wedding day itself won’t last forever, your wedding photographs will. Get inspired for your own special day with some of the most breathtaking backdrops throughout the world.

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Mexico The sparkling sapphire sea of Los Cabos is edged by the white-sand shore, providing a beautiful stage for the quintessential beach wedding ceremony.

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Puerto Rico One can’t help but feel happy wandering the blue cobblestone streets of this historic region that’s lined with row houses painted in every bright hue imaginable.

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Italy The Tuscany region of central Italy is dotted with rolling, green hills and bathed in warm sunlight, reminiscent of a Renaissance art masterpiece.

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Portugal Also known as Monserrate Palace, this striking mansion in the picturesque city of Sintra has a detailed stone exterior and an overall enchanted feel.

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Canada Located in British Columbia’s Yoho National Park, the intense green hue of this massive lake stands out amongst the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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France This towering French icon in Paris is one of the world’s most well-known landmarks and sets the tone for the ultimate romantic moment.

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Greece Mazes of gray, stone alleyways, flanked by whitewashed buildings, lead to incredible views of the blue-green Aegean Sea on this small, dreamy island gem.

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Portugal AT A GLANCE Welcome to Portugal – a remarkably diverse destination. This little country on the western edge of Europe offers a unique blend of old-world charm and new-world cool. As one of the warmest European countries, it enjoys a Mediterranean climate even though it’s on the Atlantic shore. Visit the city of Lisbon to discover castles and cathedrals by day and experience wine bars and trendy clubs by night. When in Porto, travel to the gorgeous Duoro valley where the grapes are grown for the famous Porto wine, and enjoy the unique opportunity to sample some of the best varieties. See why Portugal is on the list of “The 9 Places to Visit in 2019” on page 9.

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DESTINATION WEDDING

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So you’ve decided to have a destination wedding? Congratulations! Here’s how to stay organized so that your important day is perfectly planned and completely stress-free.

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Contact your group travel agent – He or she will help you choose a destination, venue, or an all-inclusive resort that’s just right for you and your guests. Your travel agent will put you in contact with your resort’s wedding planner, who will arrange vendors, photographers, and caterers

Order wedding invitations and send them out

Finalize arrangements with vendors

Obtain your passports, if needed

Choose your wedding date

Create a budget

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Finalize menus with on-site wedding planner

Book hair and makeup appointments

Let your travel agent plan additional sightseeing tours for your guests

Assemble welcome bags for guests

Put together your guest list

Send out “Save the Date” cards

Choose your bridal party

Pack your luggage

Have your travel agent book accommodations, flights, and block off hotel rooms for your guests

Make arrangements for any family and friends to bring any additional items

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Use this checklist as a guide to planning your amazing destination wedding and let your local travel agent help you along the way

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VOLUNTEER Travel Well While Doing Good With a revolution of sustainability and social responsibility across a range of sectors and industries – from large to small – it’s not surprising that travel has also been positively affected. Travel companies – from leaders in touring to immaculate island resorts – are upping the ante when it comes to giving back. And, in some cases, putting you – the traveler – to work. Which is to say, giving you the choice to take part in voluntourism.

also helps fund the ChildSafe Network to support the welfare and advancement of children in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Most major resorts and tour companies are in some way advocating for sustainability, voluntourism, and social responsibility, but these companies are raising the bar. While you travel the world, these leaders of the industry are helping the world become a better place. Next time you go away, think about going away to give back.

• SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL PARKS HONORARY RANGERS AND THE LION RECOVERY FUND: Travelers taking African tours with Globus® will also make a contribution to these groups who are preserving Africa’s beauty and wild life, always at no additional cost.

Globus® Cares Globus® has partnered with countless foundations and companies that are dedicated to making the world a better place. In fact, they even use environmentally friendly motor coaches during their tours, so everything is consciously thought out. Some of their partnerships include: • TOURISM CARES: Dedicated to preserving and restoring some of the world’s most beautiful regions, like Yellowstone National Park and The Galápagos Islands, this partnership

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• THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER FOUNDATION: Celebrating the unsung heroes who are helping to preserve our national parks – firefighters – this organization helps to protect some of the Earth’s most majestic areas. By simply taking a GoParks! Tour with Globus®, travelers will make a contribution to the foundation.

With Globus®, traveling literally means giving back. Countless other partnerships – including one with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation – proves that Globus® understands that travel is to give back while having a fantastic vacation.

Luxury & Voluntourism with Anantara While they lift luxury to new heights across the map – with extravagant resorts & spas throughout Thailand and in Maldivian paradise – Anantara Resorts also lifts the concept of voluntourism and social responsibility to new heights.


Discover paradise on another level while making true change. Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds program means a day doesn’t go by without them creating positive change in the world. Since their inception in 2001, Anantara has created projects to benefit the environment and local communities – and they’re doing more than ever today. Partnerships with guests, locals, and staff has molded a harmonious relationship and unique community. While you’re lounging in the pinnacle of paradise, you can also be helping out with these amazing projects that Anantara has started: • Mangrove planting • The establishment of an eye clinic in the Maldives • Island cheetah breeding program • Coral adoption programs • Rare turtle release programs • Outreach programs for orphanages and schools at every single resort Opportunities for guests staying with Anantara include activities like reef rehabilitation and teaching English to locals. Plus, the Dollars for Deeds program lets guests get involved by simply donating one dollar for each night of their stay, which the hotel then matches. This dollar-for-dollar initiative has already helped fund cleft palate surgeries, housing, medical insurance, schooling for children, elephant healthcare, and conservation efforts to local communities around the world. The Green Growth 2050 Global Standard uses a range of criteria to recognize which hotels and resorts around the world are legitimately environmentally-friendly and sustainable, and Anantara currently has 34 hotels and resorts that have been awarded with a Green Growth certification. They are also the first major hotel brand to fully eradicate plastic straws at every single one of their properties in Asia, with goals of eradicating plastic straws entirely in other regions as well.

quintessential luxury Caribbean getaway is your backdrop as you give back. The resort’s community foundation is constantly improving the livelihoods of the locals, thanks to the generosity of the staff, guests, and partners. Providing assistance to underprivileged schools to enhance educational opportunities, the resort’s foundation is all about the future of Turks & Caicos. The resort has even adopted five primary schools on the islands. To start off every school year, they deliver backpacks brimming with school supplies for the local students. Furniture and other equipment also gets donated. With its focus on education, it only makes sense that the resort gives out some serious scholarships – the Grace Bay Resorts Community Foundation provides scholarships to students that show real promise, a passion to succeed, and mainly to students who care about the local community as much as they do their academics. The Little Chefs program is also a unique and creative way to give back while advocating education. This program trains talented and passionate youngsters from the island for a career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. With internships, high schoolers from the islands learn how to cook up some phenomenal plates, all working towards continuing their studies in the culinary arts. Little Chef students even get to work side-by-side with celebrity chefs at the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival, literally having them learn from the best. All of this is not made possible without the generosity of the guests, so donating while living in total luxury here is a great way to give back while knowing your money is in good hands.

Behind the scenes, they also have foundations doing incredible things for the world, ranging from elephant conservation to the Heinecke Foundation that helps less fortunate children in Thailand. While the resorts advocate for environmental actions like water and energy conservation, it somehow never impedes on luxury; in a way, all this goodness makes it all that much better.

Grace Bay Club Turks & Caicos is Cooking up Goodness in Education To stay in Caribbean luxury while making a huge difference, look no further than Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos. This

From a focus on educational and preservation initiatives, to unrivaled voluntourism opportunities, these travel leaders continue to set the standard for what it means to advocate great causes while simultaneously advocating for total travel fun.

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CELEBRITY COUPLES REINVENT THE Bali, Indonesia For a honeymoon that brings both romance and spiritual growth, follow the lead of Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, who honeymooned in Bali where they found romance and sunshine. Expand your yoga practice, learn some partner yoga poses that build intimacy and trust, or meditate before an ancient temple. Beautiful beaches, perfect surf, and lush landscapes offer a natural backdrop to a romantic adventure that includes moments of stillness and thrills.

Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos If a private island escape is more your style, follow the lead of Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, and discover Parrot Cay, a private island luxury resort in the Turks & Caicos. The ultra-exclusive resort offers private beaches for pretty much every guest. Free of the encumbrances of civilization, like streetlights and traffic, Parrot Cay emphasizes wellness and ancient wisdom. The Shambhala Spa offers couples access to visiting masters and renowned teachers who provide yoga, Pilates, and wellness experiences.

Big Island, Hawaii What better place to celebrate your love than to witness the creation of new land? Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green said “I Do” on the Big Island, where fire meets the sea. Love is transformative and the Big Island of Hawaii embodies this sense of transformation in its snow-capped peaks, red-hot streams of lava, and breathtaking black sand beaches lapped

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by the Pacific. The Big Island is home to eight of the world’s climate zones, so whether you’re looking to cuddle above the clouds or soak in the sea, the Big Island has it all.

Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica Costa Rica is considered one of the happiest countries in the world. It’s no wonder why with its abundance of pristine natural beauty, sunny beaches, and welcoming culture. What better way to start your marriage than in the Pura Vida spirit? Trek a volcano, go zip lining above a cloud forest canopy, surf the waves, and then return to your resort for sea-to-table dining. Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker honeymooned in Papagayo, known for its sustainable luxury travel.

Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy If you’re looking for something classic and European, with seaside flair, follow the lead of Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, who selected Positano for their honeymoon. The Amalfi Coast is an UNESCO World Heritage-listed stretch of rugged Italian coastline boasting precipitous cliffs that stand over the lapis-blue Mediterranean. Sometimes overlooked in favor of the French Riviera, the 34-mile stretch of coastline is quite a find. Stroll charming seaside towns terraced over the beautiful ocean, with quintessential Italian style. With 13 seaside villages, there are a range of accommodations, but the gem of the Amalfi Coast is Positano, known for its luxury resorts, stunning private villas, charming old-world cobblestoned streets, and incredible cuisine.

Remember, you don’t have to be a celebrity to honeymoon like one. Beautiful destinations – for every budget and every travel style – are easily within reach. Feeling inspired? Contact your travel agent to begin planning.

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What’s it Near? Modena is definitely off-the-beaten path a bit, which actually adds to its luster. As described in an episode of “Chef’s Table” featuring the restaurant’s head chef, Massimo Bottura, the restaurant was discovered by a food critic who ended up in Modena by chance while trying to avoid terrible traffic. The restaurant is a little more than a two-hour drive to both Milan and Venice.

What’s it Near? Right in the heart of Paris, this three-Michelin star restaurant (the highest honor) will be nearby everything Paris has to offer. You’ll be particularly close to the Musée d’Orsay, a museum that houses some of the world’s most revered artworks, featuring paintings by Renoir, Van Gogh, Monet, and others.

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2018 World Rank: #12

2018 World Rank: #1

What’s the Big Deal? French cuisine is considered the model for high-end, fine dining, and you can’t go wrong with this contemporary French restaurant that holds every accolade a restaurant could ever want. Chef Allain Passard owns several farms and the restaurant is known to serve fresh vegetables daily to the point where they never even have to see the inside of a refrigerator. This is your stop for classic Haute French cuisine and is worth being the centerpiece of your Paris vacation. The chef has also banished red meat from the menu, so this spot is also a vegetarian’s dream.

What’s the Big Deal? Considered the best restaurant in the world, the marvel of Modena is worth the trip to Italy for the bragging rights alone. Bucking trends of traditional Italian cooking, the style almost put Bottura out of business at first; the locals were not quick to embrace new-age concoctions like Bottura’s dish The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna. As he told Forbes Magazine, “Every single kid in Emilia-Romagna knows it is the best part of the lasagna – the rest is for adults!” His dessert Oops I Dropped the Lemon Tart also takes this nontraditional approach, creating a dish that literally looks like a happy dessert disaster of deliciousness on your plate.

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PRO TIP: If you’re looking to snag a seemingly impossible-to-get reservation, stay at a high-end hotel and ask your travel agent to consult with the hotel’s management way in advance; they might just have an in.

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These four restaurants spanning the world are expensive, legendary, highly-ranked (even by Yelpers), and are totally worth planning a trip around. Like any well-thought out trip, however, you’ll want to plan ahead. These seats are tough to get. World Rankings below are based on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants™ list.

TOKYO, JAPAN

POCANTICO HILLS, NY

Narisawa

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

What’s it Near? Located in a wealthy, less touristy area of Tokyo, you’ll still be close enough to the heart of the city to explore vibrant Tokyo at your leisure following one of the most memorable meals of your life. $$$$

What’s it Near? Just 45 minutes north of Manhattan, this farm and restaurant is the perfect quiet respite from the city. Explore all New York City has to offer, but nothing will probably match the experience at this fine dining restaurant that puts new meaning into farm-to-table dining.

2018 World Rank: #18

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What’s the Big Deal? Innovative is an understatement. Your plates here will almost look like terrariums, so dense with detail and colors of nature that it’s almost like looking at a reflection of Japan itself. Celebrating the topography of the country – covered in forest and surrounded by water – the dishes are beyond beautiful to look at and beyond tasty and fresh. The menu is seasonal and uses sustainable ingredients from the surrounding regions creating an immersive meal into the culture and one’s senses.

2018 World Rank: #11 What’s the Big Deal? Chef Barber’s not a fan of the phrase “farm-to-table”, though he’s a pioneer in the philosophy behind it, preferring “seed-to-table” or “local” more, as explained to The Guardian. Obviously changing by the season, the menu will feature some of the freshest produce and succulent meats in the Hudson Valley, with an unrivaled fine dining setting to match. The property is also home to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, so a meal here is a constant educational journey. Though every flavor will wow, maybe nothing matches Barber’s attention to bread. The Barber Wheat is literally a whole-wheat bread he invented from the seed up. He does this with other nutrient-rich ingredients as well, urging his farmers with the radical notion of farming for flavor, not quantity.

You can’t go wrong when consulting The World’s 50 Best Restaurants™ list or the Michelin Guide. Just know that it’s not weird to start your planning by picking a restaurant first. These meals will be dinner and a show.

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Cayman Islands

A marine paradise in the western Caribbean, the three Cayman Islands are surrounded with coral reefs and sparkling blue waters. Whether you swim with stingrays, dive down to the coral reefs, or simply relax on one of the white-sand beaches with your favorite cocktail, the islands offer something for everybody. The biggest of the three islands, Grand Cayman, is home to Seven Mile Beach, which is known for its gorgeous clear waters and soft, coral sands. On Little Cayman, travelers will find peace and quiet on the secluded beaches. And, at just 12 miles long, Cayman Brac is small, easy-going, and charming. See why Cayman Islands made the list of “The 9 Places to Visit in 2019� on page 9.


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On The Go Magazine | Spring 2019  

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