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Sep 2 2015

Hatteras Island, North Carolina: Free and Easy

Category: Anna Goodman @ 05:45

The most talked-about destinations on North Carolina's Outer Banks are the ones with most activities and attractions: Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. All are up north toward Virginia, on Bodie (pronounced "body") Island.  But if you're coming mainly to be with the ocean, you might do best in one of the villages on Hatteras Island--Rodanthe, Buxton, Avon or Hatteras--where rental cottages are bigger and cheaper and there are fewer distractions to get between you and the ocean. There are also fewer shopping and entertainment opportunities to separate you from your wallet. This can be ideal for large family groups where big spenders find themselves cohabitating with more frugal relatives. As in the rest of life, the best things on Hatteras Island are FREE!

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Sep 2 2015

An autumn road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall is swiftly approaching, and I can think of no better way to experience its crisp air and vibrant foliage than on a leisurely road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway stretches from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, with dozens of jaw-dropping vistas along the way. It's a truly gorgeous stretch of the country, and fall is the perfect time to take it all in.

Fall foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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Aug 27 2015

Do I really need travel insurance?

This post comes from Denise Rogers, travel42 Advisory Board member and owner of Palm Beach Travel Genie. Want to learn more about the top agents on our Advisory Board? Click here.

Travel Insurance. Just the thought of it makes people groan and roll their eyes—travel professionals and clients alike.

Admittedly, it's not a sexy topic, but it is an essential one. After their homes and cars, travel is often the next-largest investment people make. Clients buy insurance on themselves, their homes and cars; they need to insure their vacations, as well.

I don't know how many times I've heard, "I don’t need insurance; I'm going even if I have to go on a stretcher!" Well, that optimism is interesting but just not practical. Or I'll hear, "Nothing is wrong with me. Why should I waste my money on insurance?" I don’t know about yours, but my crystal ball doesn’t predict the future very well. I have seen perfectly healthy people need insurance.

I once had 22 family members booked on a cruise: grandparents, parents and children. They boarded the ship midafternoon. Two hours later, More...

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Aug 18 2015

travel42 Best Of: Top 10 boutique-hotels around the world

Category: Best Of | HotelsMegan Leader @ 05:57

I have a slight obsession with hotels. And since I'm among travel aficionados here, I know I'm not alone... you're probably familiar with that feeling you get when you stumble across an incredible property that just takes your breath away. It sticks with you. You immediately want to book a client there because you know they'll adore it. And you may be a little depressed because you would give anything just to move in and live there... if only you were independently wealthy!

But I digress. I got that feeling over and over while putting together this list of top 10 boutique hotels around the world. These properties exhibit gorgeous design and personality, and some of these are on my personal bucket list as destinations in themselves.

Florence boutique hotel

1. J.K. Place Firenze, Florence, Italy. Located right on Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this stylish boutique property is less than five minutes from the train station as well as from the Duomo. The top-floor terrace has great views of More...

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Aug 13 2015

The best places to eat in San Francisco

Category: Destinations | DiningMegan Leader @ 10:22

San Francisco is the promised land for foodies. Fresh California ingredients and vibrant international fare abound, and an abundance of California wines makes for perfect pairings. Plus, the trendy Bay Area vibe is pervasive, and more restaurants than ever are delivering creative fare in a sleek, well-designed atmosphere.

For a trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco, I think these five restaurants offer a perfect sampling of California dishes and drinks.

Photo via Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema. Daily changing menus, California-Mediterranean cuisine and foreign films flickering on the terrace wall make this place unique, warm and very San Francisco. In addition to serving wonderful food, it also makes killer cocktails. Try the More...

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Jul 31 2015

Quirky style at The Concierge

Category: HotelsMegan Leader @ 08:11

In the laid-back beach city of Durban, South Africa, the main attraction is the Golden Mile, a gorgeous stretch of beach along the Indian Ocean. It's popular among surfers, families and all the travelers who visit this city to relax by the sea. But a littler farther inland, Durban has a burgeoning arts community and food scene that visitors shouldn't miss. On a recent trip to Durban, I toured a quirky, colorful hotel just steps from Florida Road, one of Durban's best stretches of restaurants and shops. 

The Concierge is located off a quiet residential street surrounding a courtyard. With only 12 rooms, it's quaint and represents the city's youthful, trendy vibe.

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Jul 27 2015

Tokyo: a Trip that Made a Difference to Camille Hoheb

Trips that Made a Difference is a series that features travel industry leaders and the trips that have changed their lives. Camille Hoheb is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a leader in education, development and promotion of wellness travel. She is also the editor of Wellness Travel Journal.

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My life-changing travel experience occurred when I was a high school junior. It was my first time traveling by plane, first time being away from my family and, needless to say, it was my first time traveling internationally.  I was a summer exchange student to Japan.  This was 30 years ago, when overseas phone calls were reserved for emergencies most international communication was by snail mail on crinkly paper.  I was on my own, with a new family, in a new land with unfamiliar food, language and culture. It was quite a way to broaden my horizons and life perspective.

Inner garden at the Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

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Jul 23 2015

travel42 Best Of: Top 10 wellness retreats

Category: Best Of | HotelsMegan Leader @ 08:46

Wellness and travel are a wonderful match because they're both aspirational: When we envision our best selves, we see ourselves as healthy, fit, educated and well-traveled. In a way, wellness travel gives us more bang for our buck because we're enjoying meaningful life experiences, gaining fresh perspectives and nourishing our bodies along the way.

Wellness travel has been booming in the past few years, and this is a trend that's not going away anytime soon. As travelers become more and more conscious of their health and activity, it's becoming more common for them to seek out places of relaxed rejuvenation. A few years ago, a beach trip to Nicaragua without TV or Wi-Fi might have sounded too quiet—even boring, but today it's a perfect respite from the noise and constant activity, a chance to focus in on yourself and reset your habits. These 10 wellness resorts are wonderful places to get away, be still, and rejuvenate your body and mind.

1. Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Indonesia. I swoon every time I pull up photos of this hotel. If you're looking for a wellness getaway, you can't do much better than this beautiful Bali retreat. It has More...

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Jul 14 2015

North Carolina's summer of sharks

Category: Destinations | GeneralKaren @ 08:34

Sharks have always captured my imagination. They're powerful, beautiful and, yes, occasionally deadly to humans, but also sadly misunderstood. This summer's wave of at least eight shark attacks off the North Carolina coast is startling and unusual, but should it deter you from your coastal – Carolina or otherwise – vacation? Let's take a look at the facts.

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Jul 13 2015

Tips for exploring the Scottish Highlands

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 06:51

For a relatively small country, Scotland packs a punch when it comes to a variety of scenery. You've got the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh— vastly different, each with its own unique character—plus stunning stretches of coastline, misty moors, craggy outcroppings, calm lochs, lush countryside and all kinds of wildlife.

Scotland's Highlands have been on my bucket list for a long time. It's the perfect destination for a laid-back, unplugged getaway without any set itinerary. Here are a few tips for planning a lovely, relaxed trip.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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