FAMILY TRAVEL: TOP TIPS FOR CHICAGO

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Chicago: A Great Destination for Families

It took 108 years for the Cubs to win the World Series again, but Chicago instantly captures hearts and minds with “so much great shopping, dining, intriguing architecture, and history,” says Abby Lagman, a Virtuoso travel advisor from Las Vegas. “The city is amazing, and the buzz is always fun.” It’s easy to get around, and there are plenty of kid-focused museums and attractions – as well as a pizza place around every corner, she adds. Here, Lagman shares her Chi-Town choices.

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Sky-high at The Tilt.

Topping Lagman’s list of must-dos is the Tilt, a popular attraction at the John Hancock Center (875 N. Michigan Avenue) that leans forward 30 degrees from 1,030 feet above the city: “Definitely not for those afraid of heights, but such a fun way to see the gorgeous Chicago skyline!” Another favorite is the coal mine exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore Drive), where visitors descend a mine shaft and ride the rails in a “working” mine. You can also walk through a real U-505, the only German submarine in the U.S. (“Super-cool for kids of all ages,” says Lagman.) Budding paleontologists should visit Sue the T. rex – the world’s largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil – at The Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive).

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza 

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Pizza at Lou Malnati’s.

The Chicago deep dish at Lou Malnati’s “is not like any other pizza you’ve ever had,” says Lagman, who recommends preordering before being seated to shorten the inevitable long wait. The River North location (439 N. Wells Street) is a quick Uber ride from Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph Street) “where you can take selfies at The Bean.” She also suggests families with older children try at least one meal at The Purple Pig (500 N. Michigan Avenue), which she describes as “an adventurous foodie’s paradise.” The tapas-style menu features octopus and fried pig’s ear, along with house-made meatballs for less-daring palates. Tip: The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so visit during off times or leave your cell number with the host and check out the nearby shops until you get a text that your table’s ready.

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Reflecting on “the Bean” (Photo: Radius Images/Alamy).

Where To Stay (Especially for American Girl doll fans) 

Lagman lauds the Waldorf Astoria Chicago (11 E. Walton Street), particularly for American Girl doll fans. The hotel (“a peaceful and beautiful retreat”) offers a special package that includes doll-size robes, slippers, and a keepsake travel bed, along with house car service to visit the flagship store: “A great idea if you have an American Girl doll that’s part of the family!” The Luxury Suite with a fireplace and furnished terrace has room for everyone. 

Adults Only 

For a grown-up time, Lagman recommends Untitled (111 W. Kinzie Street), a sprawling supper club with a speakeasy vibe and a 400-deep whiskey library. Live entertainment spans Billie Holiday tributes to burlesque shows.

Top photo: The Field Museum in Chicago (Gino’s Premium Images, Alamy). 

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Published: 26/03/2017

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Visit Canada This Summer

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Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Vacation Video Tour

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Don’t miss Denali this summer – up to 25% off!

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Spring Loaded Savings! Save up to 50%!

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Spring loaded with deals

Spring is here! The thawing of snow and the warming sun has inspired us to get busy spring cleaning, and we’ve cleared out some massive savings on sunny vacation packages with our Spring Loaded Sale! Book by midnight on March 24th and save up to 50% on top-rated resorts across the resorts across Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America for spring departures. So why not spring into the warmer weather sooner than you thought with one of these incredible deals. But hurry. With prices this low, they’re bound to disappear much faster than the snow. So book now!

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Video: Set sail with Royal Caribbean’s original musical, Columbus, The Musical!

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Embark on a journey that recounts the imagined history of Marvin Columbus, Christopher’s fictional, down-on-his-luck, distant cousin. An original Royal Caribbean production, the story recounts Marvin’s banishment from his family’s kingdom, and his madcap voyage of discovery in the hopes of claiming his own place in history. Unforeseen romance and a “happily ever after” are on the map as Marvin crashes into his Caribbean destiny.

 

 

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Fun Surfing in Barbados

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Barbados is situated east of the Caribbean island chain and is part of the Windward Islands. It is located about 350km (220m) northwest of Venezuela. Barbados is a popular holiday destination, thanks to its clear turquoise water and sparkling beaches. However, it is also one of the most popular places in the world for surfing. Numerous athletes come here to catch a wave, along with fans of surfing or those who have just begun their surf practice.

The spot is ideal for different kinds of surfing due to the strong, constant trade winds and year-round swell on the east coast. In winter, surfers move to the north and west coasts of the island, where the north swell is perfect for masterful tricks. The rainy season on the island is from June to December.  Barbados is an ideal vacation destination for surfers of different levels, as it offers some heavy waves, but they aren’t too frequent. The destination is good for those who want to ride fun waves, rest on the white sandy beach and enjoy the beautiful nature of this tropical paradise. The island is flat, with very little elevation changes, with the exception of the “Scotland District”. The climate here is tropical, which provides pleasant warm temperatures year-round with a high level of humidity and rich wildlife. The wind here is not as strong as in the other parts of the island, mainly E-N, and it doesn’t change much throughout the year. 

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However, the surf here is quite inconsistent and random.

Surfing on the West Coast lasts from December to March (with a North Swell). On the East Coast, with Atlantic swells, surfing is available almost year-round.

Location: Caribbean, island located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela

Geographic coordinates: 13 10 N, 59 32 W

Coastline: 97 km

Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to December)

Landscape: mostly flat, with some elevation in the central part of the island

Natural hazards: infrequent hurricanes; periodic landslides

Currency: Barbadian dollar (BBD)

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The South Coast

If you are searching for an active holiday with busy nightlife, numerous activities and plenty of entertainment for tourists, you will most definitely like the South Coast of the island. Numerous high-quality restaurants, happening nightlife spots and other popular places are located in close proximity to the coast. The most persistent breaks are South Point and Brandon’s. However, you could also try it out at Freights Bay and Accra.

Visit Barbados from November to June, and you will have a chance to catch some heavy waves.

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The East Coast

The East Coast is good for professionals or surfers with a lot of experience. In other words, this coast is not for you if you’re a beginner. The waves here are heavy almost all year round. The East Coast is home to the Soup Bowl – a world-class right point break, which is extremely heavy and hollow. It could be compared with the waves of the north shore of Oahu.

Remember that the best time to visit the South Coast and have thrilling and even extreme surf is when the north wind is constantly blowing on the shore. The best surfing in Barbados is done at low tide.

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The West Coast

The West Coast is the most popular among the surfers of Barbados. However, this side of the island can change quickly. The most convenient wave for the perfect ride is a north swell. It could happen when the air is cold in the morning; if the air feels cold there may be a low pressure system and you might have a chance to surf a north swell. These swells wrap onto the West coast of Barbados. It could happen pretty often, or even less than 6 times a year. However, the only months to catch these waves are December to April. You can find a lot of amazing spots for having a perfect ride, including Maycocks, Tropicana, Batts Rock, and others.

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Luxury in Singapore

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The perfect gateway to Asia

The journey of a lifetime begins in Singapore. Visit this charming gateway to Asia and be transported to a vibrant world of rich cultures, local flavors, dramatic landscapes and iconic skylines. It’s truly the perfect first stop – or finale – on an Asian adventure. Singapore is an English-speaking, multi-cultural country that is the cruise and air hub of Southeast Asia.

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SINGAPORE HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy a 3 Michelin Star rated meal at Joel Robuchon, the famous celebrity chef restaurant located on Sentosa Island, Singapore’s tranquil resort island that is also home to the lovely Capella Hotel
  • Let the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore create a personalized itinerary for you on the city’s best attractions and activities
  • Explore Gardens By the Bay, a spectacular indoor-outdoor garden with the stunning Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove
  • Visit the ArtScience Museum for fascinating exhibitions, hands-on creative workshops and unique, thought-provoking events
  • Explore Marina Bay and Singapore River on a nostalgic vessel called a bumboat cruise at night once the city skyline lights up.
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A paradise for foodies, Singapore offers 29 Michelin-starred restaurants.  Two of Singapore’s food stalls earned a Michelin Star, a first in Michelin Guide’s history! Now Singapore is the least expensive place in the world to eat a Michelin Star rated meal for just US$3.00!
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Travel trends in Spring 2017

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Eco-travel

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Photographer taking pictures of an African elephants, wild animal, safari game drive, Eco travel and tourism, Kruger national park, South Africa. Photo: depositphotos.com

Eco-travel is gaining more popularity these days. Whether you are a fan of wildlife, support the green movement or just feel responsible for the future of the planet, ecotourism might be the right choice for you.

All types of ecotourism and “green” travel are trendy right now and are becoming more popular: responsible travel, sustainable tourism, ethical tourism or culturally aware traveling. The modern tourist is becoming more responsible and gaining more awareness of the environmental problems that humanity has to face nowadays. But the fact remains that all the travel opportunities that come under the umbrella of eco-travel are highly popular right now.  

Ecotourism is also a popular choice for many celebrities, politicians and top world businessmen.

If you have chosen this type of travel for your next holiday, be prepared for vegetarian food, getaway destinations, digital detox activities and unfamiliar activities: all healthy and environmentally friendly, but sometimes unfamiliar for those who are used to more traditional travel activities. In terms of destination, you can choose from a wide range of perfect trips, as nowadays eco-travel is accessible almost all over the world.

Family-owned properties

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Travel trends in 2017 include the promise of finding places that are more exclusive, exceptional and new. If a few years ago everyone was crazy about luxury hotels and high-end resorts, nowadays the concept is changing in favor of having a more authentic experience. Family-owned properties are becoming more popular due to the possibility of making deeper, local connections.

Don’t miss this opportunity if you want to plunge into a different culture and more fully understand the place you are visiting.  Travelers who desire to keep up with the times and modern trends will certainly like the idea of staying in a family-owned property. Coinciding with the ecotourism trend, its most popular destinations are connected with the idea of exploring nature and eco-friendly destinations while staying in family-owned properties.

Sailing adventures

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Yacht, sailing regatta. Photo: depositphotos.com

Yachting and sailing have always been popular among travelers all over the world. However, this spring season is going to be the most popular in terms of sailing adventures. The average tourist is usually trying to find some new experiences. In this case a perfect choice would be sailing, yachting or cruising with the top cruising companies, which you can experience with YYZ Travel. From luxury cruise ships and the best entertainment onboard the largest ships, you can experience private sailing and yachting with maximum comfort and the ability to sail in narrow bays and hideaways

Polar travel

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According to J.Walter Thompson’s Innovation Group’s third annual ‘Future 100’ Report, polar travel is one of the main target destinations for explorers in spring 2017.

“As the planet warms, more travellers are visiting the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth: the polar regions,” she says. “Crystal Serenity became the first large-scale cruise liner to traverse the Northwest Passage from Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean in September 2016. And in the remote Norwegian territory of Svalbard, revenue from tourism is outstripping revenue from coal mining, previously the region’s mainstay. As summer ice in the Arctic reaches historic lows, more ships are expected to join. Tourists hope to see the region before climate change alters it forever, even as environmental groups warn that large-scale tourism could spell disaster for the fragile Arctic.”

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