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Open for Optimism

updated at 06/02/2020 in Anywhere
That phrase seems the best way to sum up the business of travel these days. Most of us remain self-isolating at home for our own safety and the safety of our communities. Travel is at a standstill. As of this week, every cruise ship in the world is at anchor, and one airline has even announced it is temporarily canceling all flights...

The Ship that's Changing River Cruising

updated at 06/02/2020 in Anywhere
How do you revolutionize river cruise ships?River cruise ships are limited in length by the navigational requirements of rivers... like the sizes of locks. While ships bear their company livery colors and a few unique design features, many river cruise ships appear much the same - at least on the outside.The design for the AmaMagna, launching in 2019, is game...

5 Reasons To Love Your Suite Butler on a Silversea Cruise

updated at 06/02/2020 in Anywhere
If you've never sailed on Silversea Cruises before, you might not realize something very special you will come to love: your Silversea Butler. This is the only cruise line that provides its famous Butler service in every suite on the ship, where the staff-to-guest ratio is nearly one to one.  If you're trying to picture how that level of service...

Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Croatia

updated at 06/02/2020 in Croatia
From an isolated backwater behind the Iron Curtain, Croatia has transformed itself into Eastern Europe's 'Riviera'. Sun worshippers discovered the miles of sunny, pristine beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Dalmatian coast.Other tourism followed for ancient and historic monuments, including UNESCO world heritage sites and even some communist concrete architecture, spellbinding natural beauty featuring islands, waterfalls, and mountains, and the good...

Remai Modern: A New Player on North America's Modern Art Scene

updated at 06/02/2020 in Saskatoon
October 2017 saw the birth of a new destination for modern art lovers.  The nearly $100 million Remai Modern art museum at River Landing in Saskatoon is an ambitious project that puts this Saskatchewan city on the map for culture fans. And maybe it's OK to be ambitious when your collection includes 8000 works of  'the art of our time',...

Video: Meet the Cobbler Hand-Crafting Italian Sandals on the Silver Muse

updated at 06/02/2020 in Anywhere
There's a tinkling, tap-tap-tap coming from the pool deck of the Silver Muse. It's being made by a hammer against a tiny shoe nail in the hands of an Italian cobbler. Before your eyes, he custom-makes Italian leather sandals for another fortunate guest.One of the hallmarks of a Silversea cruise is the exceptional level of service. It's personified in the...

Video: Normandy WW2 Landing Beaches

updated at 06/02/2020 in Normandy
It may not be the most joyful travel experience you have in Northern France, but for families of veterans, and any grateful citizen, a visit to the World War 2 Landing Beaches in Normandy creates a lifetime of memories. BestTrip.TV journeyed to the shores on a stormy English Channel to remember the brave souls from the UK, the US, and...

America's Tallest Monument Park Transformed in Time for One of Nation's Biggest 4th July Parties

updated at 06/02/2020 in St Louis
The view 630 feet above St. Louis from the top of its defining monument has changed after an immense, multi-year, $380-million renovation to the city's Gateway Arch National Park .The 1965 Gateway Arch became a global architectural icon and helped cement Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen's position as one of the masters of American mid-century design. The striking, modernist monument to the...

Top 10 Souvenirs from a Trip to Hawaii

updated at 06/02/2020 in Hawaii
You'll come home with a million sun-drenched memories of a holiday in Hawaii. Here are 10 mementos you can take with you. ANYTHING PINEAPPLEThey may be the most common symbol of Hawaii, and you'll find pineapples, pineapple products, and pineapple motifs everywhere. Pineapples are actually native to South America, and their Hawaiian name 'halakahiki' means 'foreign fruit'.  They arrived in Hawaii in the 1500's,...

Learn to Haka on the All Blacks' Rugby Team's Home Ground

updated at 06/02/2020 in New Zealand
It's one of the most famous – and fearsome – pre-game rituals in the world. One that you can now learn for yourself in one of the world's most storied stadiums.Any global sports fan has heard of New Zealand's fabled All Blacks rugby team. The All Blacks are not just heroes of the country's national sport; in spite of New Zealand's...