Adventure. History. Wild, rugged nature. A trip to Alaska promises a range of experiences – from visiting frontier towns rich with colorful characters, to spotting wildlife and taking in some of the State’s most spectacular landscape.
I was recently invite by Celebrity Cruise lines aboard the Celebrity Solstice to take part in their 8-night Alaskan cruise. We’re talking float plane adventures, traditional salmon bakes, vintage train rides and some quirky Klondike history, so it was a pretty hard offer to turn down so I eagerly packed my bags and hit the road. My trip began in Vancouver, where we sailed up through Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. It was an epic trip. Here are some of the highlights:
Cyan waters, cloud-free skies, palm-fringed sugar white beaches of pebbly perfection that stretch for miles. You’re tucked away in a hammock, gently swaying in the cool tropical breeze, sipping a chilled rum and coconut milk cocktail, straight from a freshly plucked green coconut. For many, this scene is heaven on earth; a fantasy island of pristine beaches made for blissful relaxation. If you’re looking for a refuge far from the 9-5 grind, away from the pressure of mortgage payments and dry-cleaning errands, here are ten tropical island paradises across the globe with stunning natural landscape, unspoiled beaches and a Hakuna Matata ‘no worries’ lifestyle.
Puerto Rico is a destination that is often overlooked but it’s a great choice for the adventure traveler. You can get the exoticism of a far flung destination but without the hassles. This US territory is a few hours flight from NYC. It’s US currency, English speakers, you don’t need a passport to go, your cell phone still works and there are rainforests El Yunke (It is the only tropical rain forest in the United States National Forest System), beach, luminescent bays and adrenaline activities.
“Brain meets brawn.” That’s how many are describing the hybrid spot of chess boxing. Yes, chess boxing! As the name suggests, chess boxing combines the cerebral discipline of chess and the physical force of boxing. Athletes are pitted against each other in rotational 3-minute rounds of chess, followed a 3-minute round of boxing. The first opponent to knock out the competition or proclaim ‘check mate’ wins. Chess boxing is Bobby Fisher meets Muhammed Ali.
It’s a rite of passage, an excuse to get together with friends, a time for that one last wild blowout before you commit to life-long monogamy and “death do you part.” The bachelor/bachelorette party is traditionally a debaucherous event complete with pub crawls, strippers and waaaaaay to much alcohol. But where best to spend those precious final single days? The following are some of the most action packed activities for bachelor and bachelorette parties around the world.
For your next trip along California’s legendary Central Coast, embrace kitsch car culture and crash at the recently opened Airstream hotel. A short bike ride from downtown Santa Barbara, just a 15-minute walk from the Mission, the Santa Barbara Auto Camp offers nightly hotel rentals in four renovated vintage Airstreams. A night here provides the nostalgic Airstream experience with all the modern comforts and tech needs of today. While there are many cool hotels dotting the Pacific Coast Highway, this newly opened spot puts the retro chic back in the RV Park.
Looking to break the routine and indulge in some extreme adventures for 2014? I recently presented at the New York Times Travel Show and shared 10 top destinations for 2014. Every few days, I’ll highlight one of the destinations I covered in my presentation. Some of these destinations highlight culture, others nature and adrenaline activities, but each one offers something unique for the adventurous and spirited traveler. Let’s begin with one of my all time fave locations that appeals to anyone who loves the great outdoors. Alaska!!!
If you didn’t get a chance to make my presentation this year at the New York Times Travel Show March 1-2, here are some of the travel tid bits you missed. I’ll share a few money saving travel tips on flights, hotels, car rentals, as well as dive into how the shared economy movement can help budget travelers.