Travel Writing

Adventure Awaits at Mayakoba

Hugging the shores of the Caribbean Sea, amidst a tropical rainforest, the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Mayakoba is about 40 miles south of Cancun in Mexico's Riviera Maya. This tropical paradise includes mangrove jungles, lagoons, pristine shores and miles of canals, earning it the nickname, “Venice of the Caribbean.” A visit to Mayakoba offers the opportunity to explore this fragile ecosystem in tandem with local Mayan culture.... Read More...

Luxe Layovers: ATL

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA, USA: ATL Remember the days when the thought of an airport layover brought shudders and a sense of dread? Today's airports are breaking out of that mold—and breaking all the old rules—to offer bespoke services to modern travelers. From luxury lounges, modern spas and art museums, to wine bars, gourmet restaurants and markets filled with fresh produce, airports around the world are revolutionizing the travel experience. Discover a new place each month for your next luxe layover.... Read More...

Glorious Gardens: Wander 3 Southern California Natural Hotspots

No matter the season, botanical gardens enable us to experience the world within a few beautifully maintained acres. From desert succulents to tropical plants and towering trees, these beauties are dedicated to preserving the rare and endangered as well as bringing other parts of the world right to the United States. If you are planning a trip to Palm Springs or Southern California, these botanical gardens are destinations worth discovering.... Read More...
Be on the lookout for alligators in the Everglades. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Cajun Country Cravin’

Explore Lake Charles and Baton Rouge to experience a different side of Louisiana. When most people visit Louisiana, they spend time in New Orleans but never experience the rest of the state. Two of the state's largest cities—Baton Rouge (also the state capital) and Lake Charles—offer a different side of Louisiana. Explore the Cajun and Creole traditions, along with the bayous, back roads, cuisine, and celebrations that define the region.... Read More...

5 Western Gardens That Wow

From roses to cacti, these outdoor wonderlands showcase natural beauty all year long. Botanical gardens across the Western United States offer amazing opportunities for visitors to explore the world around them, experiencing everything from native plants to exotic foliage. these gardens vary from desert landscapes filled with cacti and succulents to hothouses brimming with exotic orchids to rugged seaside cliff walks. Some gardens also house animals, birds, children's activities, petting zoos, carousels, miniature trains, art and antiquities.... Read More...
AMS Departures by Ghislain Mary via Creative Commons

Luxe Layovers: AMS

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (pronounced shki-pole) had its beginnings back in 1916 when a little military two-seater flew into a field outside Amsterdam. Just four years later, in May of 1920, KLM Royal Dutch Airlineslanded the first commercial plane there, with two journalists from England on board the plane. Over the next half-dozen years, Schiphol earned the nickname “Schiphol Bathing Resort” because, more often than not, the field was a mud bath due to heavy rainfall. The airlines even hired big burly Dutchmen to carry passengers off the plane on their backs. In 1926, the city of Amsterdam took ownership of the new airport in anticipation of the 1928 Olympics, and created an impressive system of tarmacs to prevent planes and passengers from sinking.... Read More...

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