Two hours east of Zürich, across Lake Constance from Austria and Germany, and bordering Liechtenstein, the Appenzell is close to Switzerland’s heart, but a world apart. Farmers in embroidered red vests, yellow breeches, and black hats embellished with flowers and ribbons parade their cattle to the high pastures; artisans craft big shiny cowbells; rustic mountain inns welcome hikers, and fresh-farm meats, produce and herbs provide down-home gourmet fare.
Celebrated artists, filmmakers and A-list personalities from around the world will converge on Los Cabos for the 4th annual edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival this November 11-15, 2015 as the specter of Hurricane Odile fades into the latest reports of recovery, rejuvenation and a renaissance for the Baja California Sur Corridor.
It’s a long sliver of a country located in the southwestern part of South America. With a diverse landscape, the country of Chile’s agricultural valleys at the foot of the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean help drive a strong wine and food industry that is definitely worth a visit
JetBlue flight 950 took off promptly at 7:25am through a shower of celebratory water jets. The occasion was the inaugural flight from New York’s JFK Airport direct to the famous Spice Island of Grenada in the Caribbean. At the departure gate, songs and dance rhythms, coffee and tea service, an island of cupcakes and a spread of fresh fruit and pastries were followed by congratulations and acknowledgements by JetBlue and Grenadian dignitaries.
Steeped in British tradition and tinged with Caribbean charm, Bermuda is a fish-hook shaped string of 181 islands, islets and rocks; most of them uninhabited and some so small there is only room for the birds to build their nests in the trees. Anchored in the Atlantic Ocean 650 miles east of North Carolina, temperatures rarely reach the nineties and high season is from April to November.
Clients seeking a less expensive way to visit Cuba without being forced to join a group should know about CubaCruise. Aboard the Celestyal Crystal, a 1,200-passenger Malta-flagged vessel leased by a Canadian company, anyone who can reach Montego Bay on a Friday between December 15, 2015 and April 8, 2016 can start a very reasonably priced, high quality, seven-day
Sometimes forgetting something leads to a good find. When I forgot to secure a Vietnamese visa, my Hong Kong plane connection quickly became a two-day layover. But, that isn’t a bad thing. I got to visit a place I haven’t seen in 30 years. My 48-hour stay whirls by as quickly as the city’s traffic.
Our guide, Teriianutapuatea (aka Teri) plays his ukulele and sings as he steers the boat across Bora Bora’s crystal-clear lagoon. The turquoise waters and white sand beaches that border this verdant island are picture postcard perfect.
A safari vacation can be a bit on the pricey side no matter how you slice it. The term “affordable” is relative when considering a safari option. Of course, there are tips you should consider when trying to book a budget safari for your client. Consider having them travel in the off-season (in South Africa, for instance, the quieter May-July winter months offer cooler temps and better animal viewing), select owner-operated safari lodges and lesser-known game reserves. If your client is adventurous, have them try a self-drive safari. In some instances in Namibia and South Africa, the roads are good and parks fees low. Below are some options for a safari that won’t break the bank...relatively speaking.
Don’t send your clients to Egypt. Send them several times to gaze again and again in wonderment at the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx at Giza, the tombs of Nefetari and Ramesses I, the colossal statues of the Pharaohs, the temples at Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbal.