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Summer isn’t the only time to vacation. Explore popular destinations and attractions during the fall for fewer crowds and more experiences, and finalize your plans for decking the halls this winter with ideas for your holiday getaways. Plus, we’ve sprinkled in some luxury to create your ultimate vacation experience. When you book these destinations and resorts, you’ll be guaranteed a pampering experience.
5 Important Roles Travel Agents Fill
Learn why you shouldn’t book another vacation without the assistance of your travel agent.
Winter Wonderlands of Europe
Paris shimmers and shines during the holiday season with a Christmas market like no other.
Resorts That Put the Luxe in Your Luxury Retreat
You deserve to indulge, and we’ve found the perfect resorts for every traveler who wants to spoil themselves in opulence.
Vacation Like Royalty: The Best Castle Hotels Throughout the U.K. and Ireland
Live like a king or queen for a night – or five – in well-preserved castles across the United Kingdom and Ireland that are now upscale royal resorts.
5 Unique Spa Experiences for Luxurious Bliss
These over-the-top spas at the world’s most opulent hotels boast incredible treatments to transport you right into luxurious bliss.
Somewhere Over the Water
We searched the Islands of Tahiti for the best resorts offering extravagant sanctuaries above the bluest water you’ll ever see.
Fall in Love at These Adults-Only Destinations
Back-to-school season happens to be the best time of the year for a romantic retreat to enchanting destinations that are swarmed by families in the summer.
Don’t Miss a Sip at Oktoberfest
We’ve got your go-to guide for making the most of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest.
5 Caribbean Bites That’ll Put A Tropical Twist On Your Thanksgiving Meal
Have yourself a gleeful little Thanksgiving away from home, and we have five Caribbean bites that will not only spice up your meal but also give you a true taste of island life.
5 All-American Road Trips to Drive in Your Lifetime
Open the sunroof, turn up the music, and hit the road on one of these iconic road trips that every American needs to take.
4 Tips for Traveling Over the Holidays
With hotel rooms, flights, and cruises filling up fast, our experts have the tips for booking holiday travel with less hassle.
There’s No Place Like Europe for the Holidays
When it comes to Christmas Markets, holiday decorations, and big celebrations, these cities don’t hold back.
It’s Christmas Time in Orlando
We’re headed to America’s favorite theme parks in search of the best holiday experiences.
8 Incredible Markets for Ultimate Holiday Shopping Around the World
From the Souks in Morocco to the Floating Markets in Thailand to El Rastro Flea Market in Spain – the shopping possibilities are endless this holiday season.
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IN PERSON Put yourself in the picture, with pristine white sand beaches, epic ocean views, and unlimited top-shelf drinks. Book yourself over-the-top luxury at the allinclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the view, no filter needed.
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FEEL FREE TO EXPLORE THE LEI OF THE LAND. No one lets you capture the pure spirit and soul of Hawai`i like Norwegian Cruise Line. Only Norwegian visits four islands in seven days with overnight stays in Maui and Kaua`i, so you’re on an island each and every day. Which means you’ll have plenty of time to hike up a waterfall, take a helicopter ride over an active volcano and brush up on your hula at an authentic luau. Or uncover even more by adding a few days on land before your cruise with our O’ahu Explorer Cruisetour. And since we’re the only cruise line that sails round-trip from Honolulu year-round, you can vacation on your schedule. Who wouldn’t want to spend at least seven days in paradise? Leaving, on the other hand, takes a lot of convincing.
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5 Important Roles Travel Agents Fill Whether you’re searching for your next vacation destination or know exactly where you want to go, booking travel is a commitment, one that can be a thrilling adventure. But travel also has its challenges, and that’s why you want your agent with you through it all. Your travel agent is more than a friendly face.
A travel agent is:
A Travel Genius
From rooms with the best views to construction notices and upcoming events, travel agents have the knowledge, connections, and experience to book you in your preferred room category and resort. Plus, if you’re traveling to multiple cities, islands, or countries, you’ll want a travel agent’s expertise to provide a smooth journey. Your travel agent will also advise if you need a passport, a visa, or both to get into that specific country, so you won’t be held up at customs or even denied entry.
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Travel agents excel at finding the perfect destination and resort for even the most discerning traveler, and as the ultimate matchmakers, they can pair you with that all-inclusive property, luxury golf and spa resort, or family-friendly destination. For honeymoon and romantic escapes as well as gastronomic getaways, agents will choose a resort with special amenities or award-winning restaurants. No matter what you prefer, a travel agent can create a memorable vacation from your personal tastes and desires. We all want the perfect vacation every time we travel, but sometimes things happen. Maybe it’s a series of delays, or the weather doesn’t cooperate. If you booked without a travel agent, you spend hours on the phone or on line at the ticket counter hoping to find an available flight to nowhere before connecting home. But if you booked with a travel agent, they’re on the phone with an airline finding you the best possible routes without the hours of frustration.
A travel agent strives to get you the best value for your journey, which can mean exclusive packages, rooms in “sold-out” hotels, and possibly special arrangements or requests. Since agents know hoteliers, concierges, and other attendants personally, they are more likely to receive additional added value to ensure your enjoyment at the resort. Agents can also help you navigate traveler’s insurance to help you choose the best plan to suit your specific needs. A travel agent has the latest information about packages, property details, and new activities at their fingertips, usually sent to them by the hotels and destinations themselves. With years of experience and firsthand knowledge, travel agents save you countless hours upon the Internet and plan your trip with expertise no search engine can give. Plus, they’ll do price comparisons, provide insider tips, restaurant recommendations, and more, depending upon your preferences and destination.
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WINTER WONDERLANDS OF EUROPE Fresh snow blanketing the ground. The sound of carols in the air. A festival of twinkling lights and bright colors. The wind carrying the mixed scents of cinnamon, peppermint, gingerbread, and warm mulled wine on the breeze. This is the Christkindlmarkt, when the Old World comes alive in the form of a Christmas market that shimmers and excites. While similar markets can be found around the world, there is something uniquely magical about strolling the same streets where these celebrations have been held for centuries. Paris especially delights with trinkets, gifts, and grog along SaintGermaine-des-Prés, on the Champs-Elysées, and Trocadéro, and don’t miss out on the famous window displays at Galeries Lafayette.
Find your perfect market for an unforgettable winter getaway in “There’s No Place Like Europe for the Holidays” on page 34.
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RESORTS THAT PUT THE
We’ve all dreamed of the luxury vacation: extravagant accommodations, superb service, and elite activities all come to mind. This summer, you deserve to indulge, and we’ve found the perfect resorts for every traveler who wants to spoil themselves in opulence.
Grand Velas Los Cabos The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Families Get Fancy at Grand Velas Los Cabos The corridor between entertainment hub Cabo San Lucas and culturally charming San José del Cabo is no stranger to world-class resorts, but one in particular treats guests of all ages like VIPs. Grand Velas Los Cabos hosts luxurious all-inclusive vacations in an oceanfront paradise. The all-suite hotel’s spacious accommodations are perfect for families of every size and include premium amenities, in-room spa tubs, and private ocean view terraces. But this is a luxury vacation, so why not splurge? Choose a Grand Suite instead and enjoy beautiful sunsets from your private plunge pool. Or revel in a two-level Wellness Suite with added fitness comforts like an exercise bike, Vitamin C sprinkler, and personal spa concierge. Speaking of concierge, you can enjoy these specialty services as you work on your tan by the pool and on the beach while your kids and teens hang out in state-of-the-art clubs designed just for them. Get together for gourmet meals and taste something new every day with an ever-changing menu of international fare. On a getaway to Grand Velas Los Cabos, every day is a decadent treat.
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Zoëtry Montego Bay
Puttin’ On The Ritz in Maui
Find Your Zen at Zoëtry Montego Bay
You can’t help but think “upscale” when you hear the name Ritz-Carlton, and that’s exactly what you’ll discover when you visit their lavish, five-star resort in Kapalua on the stunning Hawaiian island of Maui.
There’s no better place to find balance than in Jamaica with its laid-back vibes, friendly locals, and tropical topography, and that’s exactly what Zoëtry Resorts hoped to capture when it opened its new hotel on the Island of All Right. The health and wellness of your body and mind are at the forefront of Zoëtry Montego Bay’s boutique, spa resort concept. Meld with Jamaica’s ecological beauty in one of 49 suites with natural décor, open terraces, and floor-toceiling sliding doors.
Surround yourself in natural wonder on 54 acres of lush grounds featuring Maui’s native plants and vegetation. Explore the onsite nature reserve and two marine sanctuaries, and dine on organic, locally-sourced cuisine in one of the six gourmet restaurants. Head to the spa and relax in private cabanas as you enjoy treatments featuring the island’s eco-resources and native traditions, such as a Waihua water ritual. Golf lovers have the ultimate opportunity to play on two famous courses, notable for hosting the PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions. You’ll also find a sanctuary fit for a kahuna when you retreat to your room. Relax on a fully-furnished balcony or in the soaking tub of an all-marble bathroom in your guest room or suite. Enjoy all the spoils of a Club Level room, including concierge service and continuous snacks in a private, ocean view lounge. For a true home-away-from-home experience, book a one- to three-bedroom residence offering kitchens and living rooms.
All guests are treated to Zoëtry’s Endless Privileges®, including butler service, unlimited premium drinks, and boundless cuisine featuring fresh and organic ingredients. Plus, visitors at this resort receive complimentary access to Montego Bay Airport’s Club Mobay, a VIP lounge boasting all-inclusive drinks and snacks, wait service, and relaxing atmosphere while you wait to board your flight. Zoëtry Montego Bay is the perfect oasis for finding your zen. Arguably the best perk of staying at this resort is the complimentary 20-minute wellness treatment or fitness consultation per stay that every guest receives. Zoëtry’s spa is famous for soothing, natural treatments and experienced, professional staff. Health enthusiasts can take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities and workout classes such as yoga.
Let your local travel agent whisk you away to a luxury getaway at one of these deLUXE resorts.
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LIKE ROYALTY The Best Castle Hotels Throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland
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At one time or another, we’ve all dreamed of what it would be like to be a king or queen. Thankfully, there are a few unique hotels that are finally giving us that chance. Well-preserved castles across the United Kingdom and Ireland have transformed their halls into upscale royal resorts that we non-nobles can enjoy. Take a peek into the past and see how the other half lived at some of the best castle hotels in Europe. Bovey Castle, England
Ballyseede Castle, Ireland
This luxury lodging set in the heart of Dartmoor National Park in Devon conjures images of royalty spending long luxurious summer days in the stunning English countryside. Built in 1890, Bovey Castle boasts 60 elegant guestrooms in the main manor, along with 22 self-catering lodges nestled across 275 rolling green acres. Spend your days teeing off on their 18-hole championship golf course or rejuvenating at the spa. But nothing feels more English upper-class than being served high tea by the award-winning staff.
Ballyseede Castle stuns guests from the moment they pass through its gates with its 16th century structure and 30 acres of emerald grounds. Laying across the country from Dublin on Ireland’s west coast, this luxury estate is close to some of the most iconic natural beauties of the Emerald Isle, such as the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. Indulge in a blend of old-world elegance and modern comforts from exquisitely decorated rooms set within the main castle and in the detached stately lodge. Savor traditional locally-sourced cuisine from Ballyseede’s two award-winning restaurants. Take a moment – or more – to bask in Ireland’s famously beautiful countryside with a hot cup of tea or a foaming glass of Guinness on the hotel’s garden terrace.
Fitzpatrick Castle, Ireland If you’re planning a visit to the Fair City, consider spending some time outside the pub-filled streets of Temple Bar. On the far south end of Dublin lies the 18th century Fitzpatrick Castle, a crimson gem overlooking the bay. When you’re not in your stylish room or suite, you’ll find impressive pool facilities with a traditional Scandinavian wood sauna, and a variety of fitness classes. Soak in some of that notorious Irish wit in the library, where you can also conveniently pick up a whiskey or Guinness to sip on as you enjoy a bit of light reading.
Melville Castle, Scotland Dating as far back as 1155, the historic Melville Castle offers the atmosphere of a traditional, luxurious Scottish country lodge with an abundance of modern comforts. Only a 20-minute drive outside of lively Edinburgh, this elegant estate has hosted notable monarchs such as Mary Queen of Scotts and Queen Victoria. Today, it’s still very much a royal retreat with 32 stately bedrooms and stunning grounds and ballroom perfect for private celebrations. Whether you’re dancing the night away at your Scottish countryside wedding or relaxing with the family after a few busy days exploring the city, Melville Castle will make you feel as though you’ve stepped through time to socialize with nobility.
Clontarf Castle, Ireland Clontarf has seen its fair share of history, royalty, and celebrity guests. From the Viking raids of 1014 to hosting the great composure Handel and notable Irish author Bram Stoker, we can only imagine the stories Clontarf Castle could weave if its walls could talk. Today, these grand accommodations are a favorite among locals and travelers alike. Offering the perfect location between buoyant Dublin and the spirited sea, visitors can enjoy the best of Ireland from this grand retreat. Enjoy modern Irish dishes from an array of restaurants boasting atmospheres that range from fine dining to a laidback gastro pub. The excellent staff welcomes guests to enjoy gourmet barbeques on the terrace in the summer, or spend an afternoon in their modern Fusion Tea Room and let the steamy beverages sooth your traveling soul.
Ready to live out your most imperial fantasies? Contact your local travel agent to start planning your own royal retreat to one of these one-of-a-kind castle hotels today.
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Spa treatments have the ability to take your relaxing vacation and transform it into the most tranquil trip of your life. But these unique, fascinating, and also relaxing services go above and beyond your favorite massages and facials.
Spa Imagine, Hotel Mousai, Puerto Vallarta Pamper yourself 15 floors above Banderas Bay amidst 360° views of sapphire seas and lush rainforest. If the sights alone don’t put you at ease, book yourself a Chakra Balancing Ritual complete with body scrub, head-to-toe massage, and gemstone and essential oil ceremony to align your energies.
Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui State-of-the-art technology combines with the soothing elements of nature to take you on an energy journey. Elevate your mana (life energy) under Rain Experience Showers with settings that range from morning mist to evening storm, or treat yourself to a massage on a wave table, which simulates the feeling of floating on the ocean and is one of only four in the United States.
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Well & Being Spa, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Arizona A desert oasis awaits you at this haciendastyled spa with traditional aromatherapy massages to innovative exercise routines like hammock yoga. For a unique treat, take part in the ancient Chinese tradition of cupping, which uses heat to create a vacuum within a cup that is then moved across the body to increase circulation, relieve pain, and promote healing.
One&Only Spa, One&Only Reethi Rah, the Maldives Visit this award-winning spa to bask in the beauty of the ocean on the resort’s overwater Chi Pavilion, private treatment villas and relaxation pavilions, and the legendary Jameson Retreat. This personalized wellness regimen is designed to cleanse and condition the body with daily sessions of cardio, yoga, stretching, and massages, plus tailored meals.
Miri Miri Spa by CLARINS, St. Regis Bora Bora, French Polynesia Relax in the luxurious resort from the Vince Vaughn movie Couple’s Retreat. Located in a private Lagoonarium, the 13,000 squarefoot Miri Miri Spa by CLARINS relaxes with breathtaking views of majestic Mount Otemanu, Polynesian treatments like the fullbody Taurumi massage, and an open-air Vichy shower.
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Somewhere Over the Water
5 OVERWATER BUNGALOWS IN THE ISLANDS OF TAHITI THAT ARE
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The Islands of Tahiti and overwater bungalows are as synonymous as sun and sand; after all, the concept of luxurious “huts” on the water was born here. It’s hard to imagine a trip to these islands that doesn’t include a stay in the bungalows, and it’s definitely an experience you’ll find on most bucket lists. We searched the islands for the best resorts offering over-the-top sanctuaries above the bluest water you’ll ever see.
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The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort The island of Bora Bora is no stranger to world-class resorts with five-star accommodations — there are so many to choose from. But the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort really stepped up their bungalow game. Overwater Villas feature enchanting lagoon views, Italian marble bathrooms, private waterside balconies, and glass panes in the floor that peer into the water below. However, what really sets them a step above the rest are their two-bedroom Royal Overwater Villas. These mansions at sea feature two bedrooms, two baths, and an outdoor terrace with a private infinity pool suspended over the cerulean sea. If that doesn’t float your boat, maybe your complimentary butler can arrange an in-suite massage or a day trip to one of their private islands. With everything at your beck and call, you might not want to leave your home away from home.
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort One of the first resorts on the island of Moorea to offer overwater accommodations, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has perfected this one-of-a-kind experience. Their Superior and Luxury Overwater Bungalows have glass viewing panels built into the floor and direct access into the lagoon for when you want to join your new fishy friends. To truly connect you to nature, their Luxury bungalows, the largest on the island, have unparalleled views of the water and the silhouette of Tahiti in the distance thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows in your solarium.
Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa The island of Taha’a’s secluded location is as sweet as the vanilla that grows there. Though a popular spot for Tahitian black pearls, you can truly disconnect from the world on this island, but the epic views are the real stars of the show. Watch the colors dance on the water from your Sunset Suite, admire the silhouette of the neighbor island off in the distance from a Bora Bora Suite, or feel the intimacy as the open ocean stretches for miles from your end of the Pontoon Suite. All Le Taha’a Resort’s Overwater Suites offer spacious bathrooms containing a separate shower and bathtub for a relaxing soak after a day of swimming in the lagoon from your private sundeck.
InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa The InterContinental on the main island of Tahiti is a perfect paradise for those who wish to feel secluded while being close to the action. Only a quick ten-minute ride from the airport and capital of French Polynesia, Papeete, this resort features overwater bungalows built on and around their private islet and Lagoonarium, a natural aquarium with a full reef ecosystem where guests can snorkel and learn about the local species from on-staff scientists. For a deluxe and distinctive experience, stay in a Motu Overwater Villa Suite. With an ideal location on the tip of the lagoon, these extra-large suites can host up to four adults and have a split level terrace and sundeck complete with outdoor shower for rinsing off after your afternoon snorkel adventure.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora For an opulent retreat worthy of the number one island in the world, stay at the Four Seasons Resort. And don’t stay in just any overwater bungalow, stay in their Specialty Overwater Bungalow Suites with Plunge Pools. Choose from one- or twobedroom suites to accommodate couples or the entire family. Thanks to large sliding doors, views of the Pacific are plentiful throughout the bungalow, but the best views are definitely seen from the soaking tub, where the bathroom provides you with panoramic views with floor-to-ceiling glass panels, plus one built into the floor. The large deck stretches the complete length of the suite and ends with a refreshing and private plunge pool right outside your bedroom door.
Whether escaping to the sheltered shores of Taha’a or the beautiful beaches of Bora Bora, your journey to the Islands of Tahiti is not complete without a stay in an iconic overwater bungalow. Your local travel agent will find the villa with your name on it and make your Tahitian dream vacation come true.
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Beaches®, the Caribbean’s most awarded all-inclusive luxury resorts for families, offers the ultimate get together getaway where everything is included and unlimited. Discover the islands’ most sublime beachfront accommodations including top-tier, familysized suites with personal butler service. Savour 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining and premium spirits at up to 21 restaurants and 14 bars. Enjoy our pirates-themed waterparks featuring body slides, lazy rivers and a surf simulator, or take on the latest games at our Xbox Play Lounges. We even offer endless water sports including scuba diving*. Plus, the exclusive Caribbean Adventure with Sesame Street ® for the whole family to enjoy. Best of all, since everything is included, even tips, taxes and transfers*, you are free to do what you want, as much as you want, on an unforgettable vacation you won’t soon forget.
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LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME Fall In Love at These Adults-Friendly Destinations
With summer drawing to a close at the end of August, many kids lament the end of vacation season. But it is just the start for you. With the new school year fast approaching, some of the world’s best destinations trade the great family rush for some adults-only fun. Grab the one you love and leave the kids at home for a romantic fall retreat. Costa Rica With bountiful beaches on the Guanacaste Coast, a burst of eco-adventures throughout the country, and the bustling culture of capital city San Jose, Costa Rica calls to travelers of all ages. While the summer months are filled with families in search of a unique adventure, the fall and winter seasons offer a thrilling escape for couples. The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica experiences its driest season in September and October, providing the perfect weather for surfing in Playa Negra or snorkeling the vibrant, protected waters of Cahuita National Marine Park. Experience the majesty of Costa Rica’s diverse ecosystems and head inland towards the Arenal Volcano and Monte Verde regions for cloud forest hiking, whitewater rafting, and nature safaris. For a truly romantic retreat, book a stay at the luxurious Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in Arenal and spend an evening soaking in the property’s natural hot springs while basking in the orange glow from the volcano in the distance.
Riviera Maya Mexico’s captivating Caribbean coast is a popular destination during every time of the year, but it definitely sees a drop in junior visitors in the fall months. Take advantage of the area’s numerous options for quality all-inclusive resorts and get ready to fall in love with Riviera Maya’s rich culture, fascinating history, and stunning beaches. Step back in time at the ancient Maya sites of Tulum and Chichén Itzá, or trek through the jungle on ATVs or horseback. On the very southern end of Riviera Maya lies one of the world’s best beaches – Akumal. Stay at the new, adults-only Secrets Akumal for the rare opportunity to swim with the many sea turtles that call the area home.
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Hawaii The Aloha State offers nearly endless opportunities for an exciting tropical getaway. Families and couples alike love the blend of Polynesian and international cultures, stunning natural beauty, and welcoming spirit of Hawaii’s four main islands. While the kids head back to school, pack your bags for an island-hopping adventure. Start on popular Oahu and see its iconic sights like Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, and the North Shore. Then make your way to the Big Island to watch active lava flow at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park before flying to Kauai to get off grid in this eco-enthusiast’s paradise. Save Hawaii’s most romantic island for your last stop and enjoy the wonderful activities at the Hyatt Regency Maui, such as the Drums of the Pacific Luau and rooftop stargazing.
Miami South Beach has always been a playground of neon lights, retro glamour, and all-night parties. While the rest of the country seems to be cooling down in the fall, Miami is still heating things up. Play on powder-sand beaches and splash in turquoise water so clear you’ll think you’ve landed on an island in the Caribbean. Treat yourself to Miami’s diverse cuisine and savor Cuban delicacies, fresh seafood, and southern comforts. The area seems to awaken at night with a lively scene of clubs and bars to hop to and from. To experience the hottest spot in Miami Beach, escape to the famous Fontainebleau. This mega resort sits directly on the beach and boasts some of the area’s best parties, entertainment, and dining right on site.
St. Lucia In the far eastern Caribbean, you’ll find an island experience like no other. St. Lucia’s mountainous landscape is covered in a blanket of lush, emerald foliage and is home to a number of exciting activities you can’t find anywhere else in the Caribbean. While the families return home, head into the forests to discover natural wonders like the world’s only drive-through volcano, or hike the majestic Piton Mountains. Be sure to spend some time in one of St. Lucia’s towns to meet the friendly people and also schedule a Bean to Bar tour where you can make your own chocolate bar from the decadent plant that grows here. Now’s your chance to stay in one of the world’s best resorts – Jade Mountain. These extraordinary accommodations boast awe-inspiring views due to the lack of a fourth wall. Your suite directly opens from room to balcony, giving you unobstructed sights of the ocean and Pitons.
Vacation season is just starting for couples looking for a kid-free fall getaway. Take advantage of back-to-school season and contact your travel agent today to start planning your romantic escape to one of these adult-friendly destinations.
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The arrival of fall marks the beginning of the biggest beer festival on earth. Oktoberfest celebrations, despite the name, predominantly take place through September, ending on the first weekend of October. Don’t fret over what it’s called. Instead, gather in Munich with your fellow liquid gold lovers and raise a glass to Germany’s beer pride.
1 The Early Bird Gets the Beer
Rise and shine. Don your best dirndl or lederhosen and make your way to the Weisn – an affectionate term meaning “the field” that the Münchner (locals) call the fairgrounds. If you didn’t make a prior reservation, it’s important to arrive early to get in line for the tent of your choice – don’t be surprised if you see people lining up as early as 6 a.m. The 14 beer-serving tents fill up fast, with each one hosting a different atmosphere; a few cater to families or couples, while others focus on the food, but the main tent, the Schottenhamel, welcomes all.
2 It’s What’s Inside that Really Counts
Once you’ve braved the queue, make your way to a table. Sharing is caring in these tents, and you’re expected to share your spot with strangers. It’s frowned upon to try and claim a whole table to yourself, but this is the perfect opportunity to make a Wiesenbekanntschaft – a unique local term for an “Oktoberfest acquaintance.” Just be friendly and polite, and always ask if the seat is taken before sitting down.
3 Order Up
Once you’re settled, it’s time to get a “bier” in your hand. Every tent features a brew from one of Munich’s six authorized breweries that abide by the strict criteria for making the official festival beer. Oktoberfest lagers are full of rich, caramel flavors that pair nicely with a variety of pork sausages like weisswurst, brautwurst, and currywurst, potato pancakes, and soft pretzels the size of your head - all served fresh at the festival. Instead of a pint, order a mass, and never touch the extremely busy waitresses to get their attention. If you do, you might get yelled at. You’ve been forewarned.
Prost! Now you’re ready to sip with confidence at the legendary Oktoberfest. Contact your local travel agent to plan your beer-filled celebration in Munich.
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5 CARIBBEAN THAT ARE SURE TO PUT A TROPICAL TWIST ON YOUR THANKSGIVING MEAL 1. Conch Fritters, The Bahamas These bite-sized, golden-fried balls of greatness are absolute bliss on the tongue and a Bahamian staple. They’re indigenous to the waters surrounding the islands, and their pearly-pink shells are sold as souvenirs in gift shops and along the seaside right from fisherman’s boats. The meat is used in a multitude of dishes, so it’s a must-try for anyone visiting this island nation. Conch has the texture of clams or mussels with a fresh sweetness that’s heaven from the sea. For the fritters, the conch meat is finely chopped and mixed with bell peppers, onion, cayenne, and garlic, then fried to perfection. Dip the fritters in a side of spicy lime aioli – also known as Calypso Dipping Sauce – and get ready to be blown away by that bold Bahamian flavor.
2. Kalua Pig, Hawaii The islands of Hawaii are a fully-stocked pantry of tropical and international delicacies. For traditional Hawaiian fare, just head to a luau on any of Hawaii’s islands, and you’re sure to find a buffet filled with fresh pineapple, pungent poke (the Hawaiian version of raw fish ceviche), and a purple dish called poi. But the guest of honor at all luaus is Kalua Pig, and for Hawaiians, you either cook it right or not at all. The fully intact pig is slowly roasted for hours in an underground oven known as an imu. In the end, this time-consuming process is totally worth it, and the reward is pull-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth pork meat with a smoky flavor that you’re sure to pig out on. But there’s no need to be embarrassed. You can bet your fellow luau guests will be lining up for multiple helpings right alongside you.
3. Jerk, Jamaica You’ll notice we left the word “chicken” off the end of this dish, but there’s a method to our madness. The term ‘jerk’ refers to the unique style of cooking and spice blend featuring Scotch Bonnet peppers, allspice, and nutmeg, which all grow in abundance on Jamaica. And while the fowl variety tends to be a favorite for us mainlanders, Jamaicans use this technique on pork, beef, fish, and even vegetables. You’ve probably seen or tasted a version of this spicy meal at eateries in the States, but those lucky enough to have sampled it straight from the source will tell you nothing beats the jerk dishes on the Island of All Right. What’s their secret? Jamaicans cook the jerk over coals mixed with fresh, green pieces of pimento wood from the allspice trees, giving it a flavor you just can’t replicate at home.
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The turkey, the stuffing, all the trimmings – after a while, it can just get to be too much. Have yourself a gleeful little Thanksgiving away from home and invite your entire crew. We have five Caribbean bites that will not only spice up your meal but also give you a true taste of island life. 4. Mofongo, Puerto Rico The vivacious island of Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, which means you won’t need a passport to indulge in all of its spectacular food, and don’t even think about leaving the island without trying this popular dish. Mofongo might sound silly – and look it, too – but it’s rich, savory flavor is no joke. It resembles a loaf of yellow-green mashed potatoes, but traditionally it’s made from smashed fried plantains that are then mixed with garlic, broth, and, on occasion, small pieces of pork or bacon. Mofongo can be served by itself, stuffed, or smothered with an array of meats ranging from chicken to crab. No matter how you prefer your mofongo, be sure to wash it down with another ingenious concoction hailing from Puerto Rico – the Piña Colada.
5. Habichuelas Con Dulce, Dominican Republic It’s only fitting that we finish our tour of tropical flavors with something sweet, and no island does dessert better than the Dominican Republic. From Spanish-influenced treats with a tropical twist, such as coconut flan, to decadent cakes filled with native fruits like guava, this island has a dessert to satisfy every sweet tooth. If you’re craving a sweet that has 100% Dominican roots, grab a big bowl of Habichuelas Con Dulce – or Sweet Cream of Beans. Wait, did we say beans? Yes, we did, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find they make an excellent dessert. Every household has their own style for this liquid treat, but all recipes cook puréed, soft-boiled kidney beans with coconut and evaporated milks, sugar, and cinnamon to create a creamy dessert. Top it with pieces of sweet potato, raisins, or milk cookies to add the perfect amount of texture. While picturesque beaches draw visitors to islands around the world, it’s the one-of-akind food that’ll keep you coming back for seconds. And on Thanksgiving, might as well go up for thirds. Call your travel agent to plan your tropical family Thanksgiving now.
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ROAD TRIPS TO DRIVE IN YOUR LIFETIME
North America’s vast landscapes and iconic cities were made to be explored. They evoke the urge to jump in the car and hit the open road. Give in to their call. Nothing compares to the freedom of a road trip. Whether you travel with your own car or book a rental from your travel agent, road trips allow you to discover America’s greatest natural wonders, bustling cities, and historical monuments at your own pace. Not sure where to start? Just take a look at these iconic paved adventures to fill up on some inspiration.
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U.S. 1, Miami to Key Largo Heading out on U.S. 1 from electric Miami, it’s a straight stretch to Jimmy Buffet and Ernest Hemingway’s favorite party town—Key West. But there’s no need to rush, especially when there is so much to experience on the road in between! For starters, the views are just incredible, and the turquoise waters will have you feeling like you made a wrong turn and somehow landed in the middle of the Caribbean. Make a stop at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo for a guided snorkeling or diving excursion in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In the tiny town of Islamorada, you can rent kayaks to enjoy an early morning sunrise on the water. On your way through Marathon, a must-visit is the Dolphin Research Center at Mile Marker 9. Here, conservationists rescue and study not only dolphins but also manatees and seals. The highlight of the trip, however, before you get to the nonstop fun on bustling Duval Street in Key West, is crossing the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, where it’s just you, your car, and the open sea.
North America’s European Trail, Montréal to Québec City Did you know that North America has its own slice of Europe? In Canada’s Québec Province, you’ll find two fascinating cities with a unique culture inspired by their blend of French and Canadian roots. The modern metropolis of Montréal is the second largest French-speaking city outside of Paris and boasts an exciting urban scene of world-class events, active nightlife, and over 7,600 restaurants. After you’ve had your fill of Montréal, jump in the car and set your GPS to Québec City. This charming town really makes you feel as though you’ve arrived in Europe with its historic Old City, the first French settlement in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s no better way to discover these fascinating cities than a road trip through Canada’s scenic wilderness. Plus, our Neighbors in the North are celebrating their 150th birthday this year, so take part in their festivals throughout the year and receive free entry into all their national parks. Hop in the car and discover North America’s French side while exploring Canada’s natural beauty along the way.
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Route 66, Chicago to Santa Monica Named “The Mother Road,” Route 66 may well be the most significant strip of highway in American history. Kick off your Route 66 road trip in the Windy City, and see the Second City’s highlights — the Loop, Wrigley Field, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Lake Shore Drive, and South Shore Drive. Head south to stop in St. Louis, Missouri to visit their zoo, considered one of the best in America. Continue on through Tulsa and Oklahoma City for delicious southern BBQ and a taste of the west. New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque, is your next destination, so take in the arts and culture of this bustling metropolis. When you reach Flagstaff, Arizona, you have the choice to make an ultimate detour to Grand Canyon National Park. This is one side-trip that’s completely worth it. Hit the beach to relax after your long yet rewarding trip once you reach Santa Monica, California. You’ve earned it.
Rock’n’Roll Road, Nashville to Memphis Ok, this might not be the official name of the route between Memphis and Nashville, but it definitely fits. Music lovers of every genre will appreciate the deep melodic roots in these two cities. Start out in the country music mecca — Nashville. See landmarks of music history and be sure to get your fill of live music when in town, with plenty of stops for authentic barbecue as you bounce from song to song on the famed Music Row. From the Country Music Hall of Fame to a museum dedicated to Johnny Cash, Nashville celebrates its music history. Check out the Grand Ole Opry to see what country beat is in town, and enjoy whiskey at its finest at the Jack Daniel Distillery in nearby Lynchburg. Next, drive to Memphis and listen to traditional Delta blues and other music on Beale Street before delving into history at the National Civil Rights Museum® at the Lorraine Motel on the site where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Afterwards, visit Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll. Here his spirit permeates almost every turn, from the Jungle Room to the Racquetball Building to the Meditation Garden.
Colonial America Road Trip, Philadelphia to Williamsburg Fill up your car for one of the truest and most comprehensive explorations of our nation’s history. Start in the City of Brotherly Love. Visit historical gems in Philadelphia like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, and Elfreth’s Alley. Don’t forget to throw in a genuine Philly cheesesteak in between stops. In Washington D.C., hit the key sites representing America’s capital — from the White House and the Capitol Building to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. You’ll be reminded of the incredible history of this country and your right to freedom at every turn. End this All-American road trip in Williamsburg, Virginia, where Colonial America has been beautifully preserved. Explore Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne, and be sure to check out Busch Gardens, an incredible European-themed park perfect for the whole family.
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4 TIPS FOR TRAVELING DURING THE HOLIDAYS It’s becoming increasingly common for families, couples, and singles to escape the holiday madness and celebrate in style at some of the top destinations in the world. With hotel rooms, flights, and cruises filling up fast, our experts have the tips for booking holiday travel with less hassle.
We can’t stress this enough. You might think we’re overexaggerating, but the truth is some seasoned holiday travelers have already reserved their travel for the 2017 season, and a lot of them had it booked a year or more in advance. Some hopefuls wait until the fall or even December to book because they’re looking to score lastminute deals. They’ll be disappointed to find out these are almost nonexistent during that time of year. If you don’t book it now, someone else will.
Another benefit to booking early is the option to make payments. The increase in rates during the holidays is already concerning. Save yourself some stress and put a deposit down on your trip when you book ahead of time. While almost all airlines still want you to pay for your ticket upfront, most hotels, cruise lines, and tour operators are flexible and allow you to book with a deposit. Your final payment usually isn’t due until about two months before your departure date, leaving you plenty of time to save or make payments on a monthly basis.
Many holiday cruises started selling out in January, and many of their 2018 cabins are already reserved as well. Remember, prices of flights and hotel rooms are always based on availability. As they start to book up, prices increase. Save yourself and your wallet by booking in advance for a better rate, and to get the room category, resort, and flight itinerary you desire.
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Be Flexible This one is important. It may sound idyllic to fly out on Dec. 23 or 24, so you can wake up bright and bushy-eyed on Christmas morning, or leave for home on Jan. 2, so you can nurse your hangover on the beach. You’re right; it’s a fantastic concept. Unfortunately, everyone else thinks so, too. Those dates are the most expensive days to fly. Travelers can save themselves hundreds if they depart a few days before or after these dates. In fact, you’ll even save money if you depart on Christmas or New Year’s Day, as most people wish to already be in their destination beforehand. Plus, the airports are a lot less crowded.
The Caribbean and Mexico, family-friendly spots, and some of the favorite destinations in Europe may be busy, but will definitely be enjoyable for the holiday season – decorated and delightful. But you may want to consider some of the more unknown off-the-beaten-path destinations that can be just as lovely. Spend the week in Budapest or Prague. These beautiful and affordable European gems are often overlooked, and both have the charm and wonder of the great European cities, with excellent food, rich history, and breathtaking architecture. Or consider a trip to Thailand: the water is clear, beaches are ideal, and the warm weather is just perfect. Use your holiday vacation as a chance to explore unique destinations. We bet you’ll have a blast this holiday season no matter where you go.
It’s never too early to book your holiday getaway. Call your travel agent for the best rates, itineraries, and expert advice for all your holiday travel needs.
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The Holiday Season alights a spirit in cities around the world. With festive activities for all ages and stunning decorations being strung across neighborhoods, some destinations shine with holiday spirit more than others. And nothing rings truer than in some of Europeâ€™s most magical cities. Discover how these cities prove that thereâ€™s no place like Europe for the holidays.
Iceland’s vast wintery facade and mesmerizing northern lights are enough to put anyone in the Holiday spirit, but the capital city of Reykjavik decks out its streets in such holiday cheer it would put a smile on any Scrooge’s face. Greet the Christmas creatures of Reykjavik at the Winter Woods Wonderland in City Hall, or grab your ice skates for some fun in Ingólfstorg Square. After visiting the reindeer in Christmas Valley, stop by the Christmas Village to sing along to Iceland’s favorite holiday tunes.
As the capital of yet another frozen destination, Copenhagen comes to life in the winter. Its colorful Nyhavn harbor front is lined with stalls selling trinkets and sugar-coated almonds, while the historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park hosts the city’s beloved holiday market. If there’s one thing that Danes do best, it’s making the most of the long, cold winter by finding “hygge,” a unique term for getting extremely comfy and cozy. Find your own hygge in one of Copenhagen’s many cafes.
Nuremburg’s claim to holiday fame is its massive Christmas market. The world-renowned Christkindlesmarkt seems as though it sprung from the dreams of children, right alongside the sugar plum fairies dancing in their heads. Dating as far back as 1628, the Christkindlesmarkt is charmingly traditional, featuring 180 stalls selling ornaments, homemade gifts, and prune men – funny little figures made of the dried fruit. As the scents of fresh baked gingerbread and roasting chestnuts fill the air, be sure to grab a steaming cup of Glühwein – German mulled wine – to warm your bones.
The City of Light is the perfect destination for absorbing some holiday cheer. In between gazing at the incredible views from atop the Eiffel Tower and sharing a smile with the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, take time to do some gift shopping for your friends and family back home. From art to antiques, high fashion to culinary delicacies, Paris has a store or market for exactly what you’ve been looking for – or what you didn’t know you needed. Make sure to enjoy being immersed in this beautiful place with a skate around the many ice rinks within the city.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is magical all year round, but it seems especially enchanting during the holidays. The entire city is cloaked in a warm glow from decorations and lights, highlighting the cobblestone streets and gothic architecture. Illuminated trees sprout up in Old Town and Wenceslas Squares to mesmerize patrons shopping in the Christmas Markets. When it’s time to take a well-deserved break, pick one of Prague’s traditional pubs for a hot meal and a glass of famous Czech beer.
Spain’s capital truly shines during the holidays, and we’re not kidding. Nearly every street has lights strung across from building to building, and each neighborhood features a different scheme. You can take your time strolling around, or you can hop on the Navibus from Plaza de Colón. For a mere two euros, this bus takes cheerful patrons all around the city for picture perfect light viewing. To snag some unique gifts, shop in the Plaza de España’s artisan market, which is open from December to January.
Rome, Italy Italians, particularly Romans, know how to have a good time, and The Eternal City’s holiday celebrations are some of the most jovial in Europe. There are Christmas trees, and then there’s the mother of all lighted holiday shrubbery in St. Peter’s Square. Churches around the city are festive hubs hosting concerts and boasting intricate nativity scenes. Along with markets, decorations, and ice-skating, pop into the Vatican City to see the pope and the Sistine Chapel.
The holidays alight the world in cheer, and there’s no place better for capturing a bit of the season’s joy for yourself than in Europe’s great cities. Pack your bags and contact your local travel agent today to start planning your European celebration.
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This holiday season, head to America’s favorite theme parks for the merriest of celebrations. We’ve got your go-to guide for the new jolly events and unforgettable favorites that will brighten Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™, starting as early as November! Holiday Events at Walt Disney World® When: Select nights, November 9, 2017 – December 22, 2017 for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
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Holiday decorations throughout Walt Disney World® stay up through the New Year. Walt Disney World Resort decks the hall with holiday magic, and in Magic Kingdom Park, Mickey celebrates the season with joyful music, festival attire, and a shimmering Cinderella Castle. For enchanting surprises around every turn, make sure to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
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Feel the holidays come alive in a jubilant stage show as your favorite mouse throws Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration show with his Disney pals – Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto – who drop by in their Christmas best. Peter Pan, Alice and the White Rabbit, Woody and Jessie, and even Snow White, Dopey, Pinocchio, and Jiminy Cricket also show up for the perfect yuletide treat to share with the family. Witness the splendor of Cinderella Castle, glowing with enchanting holiday illuminations, and feel the warmth and wonder of the season, wrapping up in one sensational, snowy, show-stopping finale. The holiday spirit sweeps across the Castle Forecourt Stage with Else and Anna in A Frozen Holiday Wish. This merry-and-bright seasonal show culminates with Queen Elsa transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays.
The most wonderful time of the year is coming to Universal Orlando Resort™, and this year, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ will be part of the destination-wide Holiday celebration. As night falls, a magical holiday transformation of Hogwarts™ castle will take place right before your eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle – bringing holiday spirit and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter series to life like never before. Festive décor like ornate garlands will line the streets of both Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™. Each storefront will be decked out with uniquely-themed decorations, and you’ll enjoy special holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment.
Once Upon a Christmastime Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade sprinkles with magic and holiday cheer, offering gingerbread men, elves, and your favorite Disney characters. Smell the sugary sweetness of candy and chocolatey goodness of cookies as Goofy and his pals ride through the streets, and watch as galloping reindeer and marching toy soldiers signal the arrival of the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself, Santa Claus. Yuletide Insider Tips What’s a holiday celebration without cocoa and cookies? Around the theme park, delight in sugar or peanut butter cookies with cocoa – included in the cost of your ticket – or if you enjoy a healthier option, munch on apple slices and water. Though Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires a special entrance ticket, the event is worth the extra cost. The party doesn’t start until 7 p.m., but you receive entry at 4 p.m. with your special ticket. Plus, the park is generally less busy during the party than it is during the daytime. So those favorite rides with long lines? Your wait may be shorter. The holiday spirit resonates throughout Walt Disney World® Resort, from the decorations in the hotels and holiday events at Disney Springs to Holidays Around the World at Epcot. Check out the Candlelight Processional, a holiday celebration unlike any other with a 50-piece orchestra, joyful choirs, and a celebrity narrator.
Holiday Happenings at Universal Orlando Resort™ When: November 18, 2017 – January 6, 2018 Don’t be a Grinch! Let your heart grow three sizes bigger with the festive holiday cheer at Universal Orlando Resort™.
NEW! Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s This November, Universal will also unveil a new festive parade experience – Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. At Universal Studios Florida™, this new experience will feature magnificent new floats and balloons with beloved characters like the Minions from Despicable Me, DreamWorks characters from Madagascar and Shrek – and even Santa Claus himself. Grinchmas and More Celebrate the holiday in the way only the Grinch can at Seuss Landing™ with Grinchmas and Who-liday Spectacular, a retelling of Dr. Seuss’s beloved holiday tale. Then listen to the evocative sounds of Mannheim Steamroller, giving holiday classics an “18th Century Classic Rock” treatment. Plus, you’ll find surprise holiday cheer at the on-site hotels with special activities and exclusive benefits to celebrate the season, and stick around for EVE, an all-out New Year’s Celebration on Universal CityWalk™. (Special ticket required.) Holiday Traditions, New Experiences! Instead of heading to the North Pole, head south to the Pacific with Universal Orlando’s newest theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay™. Using innovative technology and the power of the mystical Waturi, Universal’s Volcano Bay ™ is a water theme park experience like no other with a towering 200foot Krakatau™ volcano with heart-pounding waterslides, an aqua coaster, three scenic villages for guests of all ages, and relaxing sandy beaches.
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We know it’s the middle of summer, but it’s never too early to start working on your holiday shopping list. If you’re planning on visiting some of the world’s most fascinating cities this year, make a trip to the local markets. Not only will you experience a day immersed in the culture, you’ll also get a head start on buying your gifts.
El Rastro Flea Market, Madrid Every Sunday morning in the historic El Rastro district of Madrid, hundreds of vendors line the streets to sell their goods at the largest flea market in Spain. From most of the markets you’ll shop in Europe, this one closely resembles an authentic flea market, with a variety of items being sold at bottom line prices with sellers ready to haggle. This is your chance to score some genuine leather goods at a great price. Your loved ones will cherish the wallets, boots, or leather jacket you brought back for them from Spain.
Grand Bazar, Istanbul For over 500 years, Istanbul’s Grand Bazar has drawn patrons to its labyrinth of streets with an exciting sensory repertoire of aromatic scents, vibrant colors, and boisterous noise. Visit Monday through Saturday to bargain for rugs, jewelry, and lanterns. This market is also excellent for picking up some spices for the foodies in your life.
Souks of Marrakesh, Morocco Morocco’s souks have been on every shopaholic and travelers’ wanderlist since they first laid eyes on the photos gracing the pages of travel guides and magazines alike. The rows of stalls winding through narrow alleyways seem like a dream come to life. As you shop for gifts of vibrant textiles, kaftans, leather sandals, and carpets, be sure to treat yourself to some of Morocco’s famous mint tea. 42
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Floating Markets of Bangkok, Thailand Bangkok’s floating markets give visitors the extraordinary opportunity to shop on the water — and we aren’t talking about store-lined harbor fronts. Hop in a boat to cruise through narrow canals, stopping at floating vendors and waterside shops along the way. While you’ll undoubtedly be savoring some of Thailand’s best boat food, don’t forget to buy a few traditional Thai hats, handmade candles, statues, incense, and spices to stuff your friends’ stockings with at home.
Jade Market, Hong Kong The streets of densely populated, mega metropolis Hong Kong are no stranger to copious amounts of selling, buying, and bargaining. As a major port city, Hong Kong contains hundreds of markets selling everything from flowers and electronics to clothes and goldfish. You’re sure to find something for everyone here, but we’ll bet you’ll check a lot off at the Jade Market in the Kowloon district. This misty green stone symbolizes good fortune in the Chinese culture, and you can bring a little New Year’s luck to your friends with gifts of jade jewelry, statues, and even chopsticks.
Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris They say that the City of Lights is where the concept of flea markets was born. There are so many markets in Paris that you could easily spend days, weeks, or even months happily getting lost amid stalls of Parisian treasures. It’s hard to pick just one, but the massive Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen is perfect for holiday shopping. Technically, this is over a dozen eclectic markets spanning over seven acres rolled into one. You’ll find over 3,000 vendors selling everything your friends and family could want; antiques, collectible books, artwork, and knickknacks that will satisfy even the hardest person in your family to shop for.
Portobello Road Market, London As a lovingly upheld Saturday morning tradition for local Londoners and travelers alike, Portobello Road is the world’s largest and most renowned antiques market. You’ll be crowned the gift giving king or queen when you bring your friends London’s most unique fare. Snag some vintage collectibles like vinyl records, cameras, and china. To truly impress your fashionista friends, gift them a piece or two of London’s famous fashion.
Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne If you find yourself in the Land Down Under, be sure to spend a few days in the cool, stylish city of Melbourne. While you’re there, head to Queen Victoria Market, otherwise affectionately known as “Queen Vic.” Squeezed alongside the fresh produce, cheese, and delicacies, you’ll discover unique “sheds” selling clothing, shoes, leatherwear, and jewelry from aspiring artists and designers.
International gifts are irreplaceable treasures from around the world and truly make for unique and special holiday presents. Contact your travel agent to start planning your shopping trip around the world now.
El Rastro Flea Market
Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
Queen Victoria Market
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