It’s that time of year again. When the lineups are long, the TSA security check lines are rife with cranky passengers and the winter weather wreaks havoc on travel schedules everywhere…yes it’s holiday travel time! Yay! Fear not! Here a few handy travel tips and apps that can help alleviate your travel stress this holiday season.
Soaring above the tree tops, overlooking the farmlands, vineyards and historic towns of Italy’s Tuscany region, I took a moment to pinch myself. Travel by hot air balloon is a special experience. In our fast-paced ADD era of modernity and speed, the slow hand-powered flight was a throwback to simpler (perhaps more soulful) times. There I was, just outside Florence on an exclusive shore excursion offered by Celebrity Cruises called “The Winds of Tuscany.” On this trip, you take off in a hot air balloon and soar high above Tuscany and take in the pastoral landscape.
I don’t really consider myself a ‘car person’ but there is something undeniably awesome about a Ferrari. Her smooth curves, her speed, the Vrrroom vroom of her purring engine and her $240,000 price tag. A beautiful machine, a true piece of auto art, the Ferrari is a universal symbol of luxury and status. As any mid-life crisis business man can attest – all problems are solved behind the wheel of a Ferrari.
A Spanish port that boasts Roman ruins, Moorish fortresses and ancient Arabic citadels, Malaga is a quaint coastal city perfect for an afternoon of sightseeing. Yesterday, I explored the city’s narrow alleyways and cobblestone streets by bike.
From Capone to Scarface, the Godfather to Bugsy Siegel, the line between criminal masterminds and mainstream entertainment has always been a bit blurry. Beyond the subjects of TV shows and movies, Mafioso thugs also make great fodder for tours. For the inside scoop on gangster history, check out one of the following tours. It’s an offer you can’t refuse.
Carmel might be the most adorable town in America. It’s as if magical elves and hobbit like creatures, with an affinity for fine wine, delicious cuisine and expensive art, have made this fairytale town their home. This charming seaside resort dates back to the early 1900s and today it’s a mecca for tourists driving up the California Coast.
Big Sur baby! I’ve made it to the stretch of highway that picture perfect postcards are made of. Dramatic stretches of coastline, crazy winding roads, bluffs the overlook an ocean panorama of awesome.
Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway, cruising around in a Corvette convertible up California’s central coast brings an incredible sense of freedom. Top down, wind in my hair, the open road overlooking gorgeous ocean views, white sands, rolling farmlands and never ending sunshine….well it makes you feel like a million bucks. It was an epic day of road tripping yesterday!