Travel Photos to Get You Through the Week

It’s Monday and time to get back to the grind! To help you get through the week, we’ve compiled gorgeous travel photos. Go ahead, day dream – your secret is safe with us.

Stuck between a golf course and beach in Rosslare, Ireland. What a great problem to have, right?

As if the cliffs of Cinque Terre, Italy aren’t beautiful enough, a rainbow is added to make this view nothing short of amazing.

A gondola ride down the canals of Venice, anyone?

Haystack Rock provides a great view off the coast of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

We want to see your amazing travel photos! Share them with us on Facebook, Tweet us or send them on Pinterest. We can’t wait to see your photos!

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Summer Sand Sculptures

Summer vacations are filled with sunshine, salt water and sand castles. However, sand castles have been taken to another level. A bucket and a shovel will no longer do the trick to construct sand castles – or sand sculptures – like the ones in this article.

This sculpture in Fulong, Taiwan, celebrated the Sand Sculpture Festival in June 2013.

In fact, using only sand and water, sand sculptors or “carvers” shovel, stack and carve a sculpture to compete in sand sculpting competitions across the world. The competitions run from July 2013 until the same time next year, and they are everywhere from Florida to Taiwan.

This sand sculpture at Sea Sun's Greeting calls West Palm Beach, Florida home.

Don’t feel like competing? The events are just as entertaining for spectators, too. You can watch the experts build sand sculptors from the ground up – literally. The use butter knives, drinking straws and other tools to make their masterpieces.

If the masterpieces are deemed special enough to preserve, they are sprayed with a solution of water and glue. Then, the sculptures can be seen by travelers for months or even years.

Now, tell us – would you visit a sand sculpture competition? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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4 Best Girlfriend Getaway Spots

In the past couple of years, girlfriend getaways are growing in popularity. If you’re ready to join in on the trend, we’re sharing the best spots for girlfriend getaways.

  • For Music Fans: Austin, TX | Austin is the perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway if you and your friends enjoy live music. Simply walk outside, and you’ll hear music coming from every restaurant and bar. To find the right hotel for you, click here.
  • For Foodies: Charleston, SC | From seafood to barbeque, Charleston is full of places to get great food. In addition to great restaurants, Charleston is full of great culinary tours and cooking classes. To find the right hotel for you, click here.
  • For R&R Lovers: Scottsdale, AZ | With world-class spas and award-winning hotels, Scottsdale is the perfect place to relax with your girlfriends. To find the right hotel for you, click here.
  • For Beach Bums: Miami, FL | If you want to soak up the sun with your girlfriends, Miami is a great place to visit. With average temperatures of 70-80 degrees in the summer, you can hang out on the beach and enjoy a margarita (or two) with your friends. To find the right hotel for you, click here.

 

Now it’s your turn to tell us – where would you go for a girlfriend getaway? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us.

Travel to Cancun on the Rise

According to the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, more than 2 million visitors will be visiting Cancun this Spring.

Throughout the past month, families, students and friends are selecting Cancun for their vacation destination. In fact, Easter week saw more than 500 daily flights and an approximate 90 percent occupancy rate. The vibrant city held events like Oasis Dance U brought together a variety of performers from the worlds of electronic music, hip hop and dance, as well as top DJs from around the world that attracted thousands of vacationing college students and other audiences.

Now it is your turn to tell us – is Cancun a popular spot with your clients? Has anyone shared safety concerns about traveling to Mexico? Leave a comment below, write on our Facebook page or Tweet us. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Spa Travel on the Rise

Spa vacations promise rest and relaxation to travelers who are used to a busy schedule.

SpaFinder Wellness recently reveled the results of their 6th annual “State of Spa Travel” report. Every year, the company surveys global travel agents and gauges the strength of the spa travel market. Findings are based on an in-depth survey of 160+ travel agents around the world, completed during the fourth quarter of 2012. Their 68-page report contains valuable information and we’re breaking it down for you here:

  • The report indicates that Mexico/the Caribbean surpassed North America as the top global spa travel destination in 2012.
  • Hawaii took the lead as the number one U.S. region.
  • Spa travel was up in 2012 over 2011. Sixty-eight percent of travel agents reported growth in the number of clients choosing spa travel last year.
  • In 2012, there was an increase in the average price-per-night-booked for spa travel, with the majority of bookings now falling above $300 per night.
  • Three percent of travel agents reported their spa travel bookings have increased since the emergence of deal sites.

Now, we want to hear from you! Are you booking more spa vacations for your clients’ this year? If so, why do you think the interest in these types of vacation has risen? Leave a comment below and we look forward to hearing from you!

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