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History of Reggae Music

updated at 02/19/2019 in Jamaica
I am going to share a secret with you about the history of Reggae Music. I think now is the opportune time as I think you are at a place that you can handle it. This genre did not originate with Bob Marley nor his world renown song One Love. The term reggae was derived from rege-rege, a  Jamaican phrase...

Accor's New-Concept 'Millennial' Hotels: 'Revolutionizing' Travel?

updated at 02/19/2019 in Anywhere
French company Accorhotels is launching JO&JOE, a new hotel concept it says is 'disrupting' traditional hotel codes and 'reinventing' the hotel experience in design, food&beverage, service and lifestyle, blending 'the best of private-rental, hostel, and hotel formats for solo, groups, pairs or family 'tripsters'. A lot of jargon, but what does it mean for travelers? JO&JOE hotels are an economy...

Minmore, House of Spirits in Cairngorms National Park

updated at 02/19/2019 in United Kingdom
By Anita Draycott For true Scottish hospitality and an unforgettable setting, I recommend a stay at Minmore House on the Glenlivet estate in Cairngorms National Park. This is the mythic heart of the Highlands with its majestic landscape of foreboding mountains carved by deep glacial valleys. It’s moody country: one minute the sun is flickering on hues of heather and...

5 Little-Known Facts about Africa's 'Big Five' Animals

updated at 02/19/2019 in Africa
'Safari'. It's a Swahili word simply meaning 'journey'. But for travel lovers, the word 'safari' ignites our imaginations of exploring vast Sub-Saharan landscapes and encountering majestic creatures in their natural environment .Africa's 'Big Five' list dates from a time when human/animal encounters ended badly for the animal. The Big Five were the hardest to hunt on foot and therefore the most valued trophies.Today,...

'Glamping' in Laos: Luxury Tented Villas are a Rosewood Resort First

updated at 02/19/2019 in Laos
Laos may be one of the last, best-kept secrets in South-East Asia. Now, travelers looking for an immersive vacation in the unspoiled environment, unique culture and French-Laotian heritage of Laos have the perfect ultra-luxury destination: the tented villas of the new concept Rosewood Luang Prabang.It's Rosewood's second resort in Southeast Asia – and its very first world-wide to feature tented...

What European River Cruise is the Most Romantic?

updated at 02/19/2019 in Rhine
It's the time of year when we celebrate love - and love of travel. We've hand-picked our favorite travel experiences for treats, pampering, romance, the good life, and celebrating traveling with everyone in our lives we love.Beginning with... the most Romantic river cruise in Europe: Castles and wine and lovers' legends, oh my!Lynn Elmhirst, producer/ host and cruise expert of...

Have You Heard About OceaniaNEXT?

updated at 02/19/2019 in Anywhere
Oceania Cruises is making a triple-play of transformations, breathtaking in scope, that have already begun. When complete over the next few years these three tremendous changes will elevate all of the things you love about Oceania, and give you even more to experience.A $100-million re-imagination of its four, 684-guest Regatta-class ships to make them 'better than new'A thousand artisans have...

Top Souvenirs from Alaska

updated at 02/19/2019 in Alaska
Alaska's breathtaking scenery and wildlife encounters will be memories that stay with you a lifetime. But there are one-of-a-kind tangible memories you can take home as well as your photos and close-encounter stories.Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host of BestTrip.TV, shares her favorite Alaskan souvenirs from her ports of call in Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau on a recent Regent Seven Seas...

7 Reasons to Go To Sea on the New MSC Seaside

updated at 02/19/2019 in Caribbean
MSC Cruises' new flagship launched at the end of 2017 and it's really making waves.  Designers of the MSC Seaside had a goal: to bring guests on a big ship closer to the sea.  They threw out the playbook and started fresh, creating the Seaside, a new prototype for a class of ships inspired by an elegant Miami beach condo....

Spoiling you at Sea: Lifestyle Brands on the World's most Luxurious Ships

updated at 02/19/2019 in Anywhere
If you've never sailed on a small, luxury cruise, you don't know what you're missing.   It feels like being on a large, private yacht that can sail right into the heart of a destination, allowing you to stroll on and off the ship at your leisure. Imagine an all-suite environment that includes walk-in closets, butlers, exquisite dining and breezy,...