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End-of-Decade-Worthy New Year’s Eve Experiences Around the World @RobbReport

These over-the-top celebrations from New York to the Maldives will have you toasting 2020 with proper fanfare.

By Devorah Lev-Tov ON DECEMBER 2, 2019

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah Dubai New Year's Eve

It’s the end of a decade, the end of an era. As 2019 comes to a close and we prepare to welcome 2020 with hopeful hearts, it only makes sense to send off the last year—and last ten years—in style. A simple soiree won’t do this time around. Instead, think bigger: We’re talking two celebrations in two time zones via private jet, an epic house party at one of London’s toniest hotels, and a private party in Dubai for you and 49 of your closest friends. Here are 11 New Year’s Eve celebrations at luxury hotels worth splurging on—after all, how many times do you get to don your finest duds, pop the bubbly, and send off a decade?

Private Fly Package, Sydney, Australia, to Honolulu, Hawaii

fireworks New Year's Eve Sydney Harbour Bridge

Since a decade New Year’s only comes along once every ten years, may as well celebrate twice, right? Private Fly’s New Year’s Eve Twice Package will fly up to eight people from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii in a Gulfstream G650ER, the world’s fastest flying private charter jet. Start off in Sydney, where you can catch the fireworks bursting over the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge at midnight. Then depart Sydney at 2am on the jet—which will be stocked with whatever food and drinks you request—and arrive in Honolulu at 8:30pm, ready to party all over again. From $275,000 for eight passengers.

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, Dubai

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah Dubai New Year's Eve

Want to ring in the new decade with 49 of your closest friends and family? Rent Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s outdoor private event space, Palm Garden, for a little over $81,000, and the space is yours for the night. Celebrate with up to 50 people, including cocktails, a sit-down dinner, a countdown with Champagne, and incredible views of Dubai’s fireworks display from one of the highest points in the world. Dance under the stars as DJ performances and live entertainment continue into the early hours for 2020. Starting at $81,000; call the hotel to book.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Whitsunday Islands

Inter Continental Hayman Island Resort Australia New Year's Eve

Ring in 2020 alongside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, home to some of the whitest sand in the world. The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s New Year’s Eve experience for two  begins with a sunset helicopter trip to picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach where a bottle of Champagne awaits. Chopper back to the resort and settle into one of four private cabanas for live entertainment, indulgent seafood, loads more drinks, and front-row seats to stunning fireworks lighting up the star-filled dark sky. $1,350 per adult; just four packages for two people each are available.

The Little Nell, Aspen

The Little Nell, Aspen New Year's Eve
A legendary luxury hotel in snowy Aspen, The Little Nell is known for its epic New Year’s parties, and this year they’ll be going all out for their 30th anniversary. For those who want to be surrounded by other party-goers, the Dom Pérignon Party will transform the hotel into a chic circus with musical acts, dancers, and acrobats. Mingle in the Hennessy Lounge to the sounds of All That Jazz Sextet and dance to DJ Cyn in the Belvedere Lounge. The Dom Pérignon Lounge will host dueling DJs Niiko and Swae, while an Ice Bar will serve shots of Hennessy Cognac paired with freshly made donuts. Count down to midnight with a fire show leading up to sparkling fireworks over Aspen Mountain. From $650 per person, including bottomless Dom Pérignon, access to top-shelf liquor, canapés, oysters, and a cheese bar.

For a more private affair, book the VIP Cliquot Cats experience, either for the 8pm or midnight fireworks show. Arrive to a private Veuve Clicquot lounge in the Silver Queen Gondola Building with a DJ and drinks. Next, board your private snowcat (one of three available) to be driven to an exclusive seating area overlooking Aspen, complete with chairs, plush blankets, and a glowing fire pit. Here, you’ll be greeted by your dedicated host, who will serve Champagne, caviar, and blinis while you enjoy your front row seats to the fireworks show over Aspen Mountain. Rates are $12,000 per snowcat, which seats 12; drinks and food included.

Faena, Miami Beach


Miami is never a bad choice for a party, and the over-the-top Faena doesn’t skimp on celebrations. This year’s New Year’s Eve party theme is Tropical Baroque, combining the drama and glamour of Europe’s Baroque period with South American romance. The festivities begin at the hotel’s gilded Cathedral, where guests are greeted with Champagne and cocktails along with live performances. A decadent multi-course feast awaits at your choice of restaurants (pre-fixe dinner from $650 per person); choose Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos and indulge in black truffle and artichoke carpaccio, Osetra caviar and Hanging A5 Wagyu tenderloin, or dine at Pao on the ocean view terrace to savor dishes like Alaskan King Crab with trout roe and white truffle and smoked kama congee. After dinner, head to the Living Room or Tree of Life (tables from $500) and dance the night away. As the clock counts down to midnight, meet at Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth sculpture on the beach for exciting live musical performances (from Keba and the Usual Suspects, Jahzel Dotell, and Cimafunk), a dazzling fireworks display, and a few surprises along the way. Tickets from $250.

Palais Coburg, Vienna

Palais Coburg Vienna New Year's Eve

Ring in the new year like the royalty you are at this palace hotel in Old World Vienna. Palais Coburg will adopt a Golden Twenties theme for the 2020 party, beginning with a gala dinner at either Clementine Im Glashaus ($325 for a seven-course meal with wine, a Champagne toast at midnight, and party admission) or in the Staterooms with star chef Silvio Nickel, who will share his best creations from 2019 ($875 for nine courses with Champagne toast, additional $770 for rare wine pairing, inclusive of Champagne toast and party admission.). At midnight, head to the Grand Portico Terrace for Champagne and fireworks to the sounds of the Blue Danube Waltz and the bells of Stephen’s Cathedral. Afterward, the party continues in the lobby with a specially choreographed performance by members of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Keep celebrating into the early hours at the Golden Twenties main party, featuring two bars, visual effects, and a DJ. Starting to flag? Not to worry: The hotel keeps with Austrian tradition, offering sausages and goulash in the early hours to boost energy levels.

The Knickerbocker, New York City

The Knickerbocker New York City New Year's Eve rooftop Times Square

The Knickerbocker is renowned for its epic New Year’s Eve party, which always offers the best and closest (just 150 feet away) view of the Ball Drop in Times Square, but is still pleasantly away from the fray. In addition to the party on its St. Cloud rooftop, the hotel offers a $150,000 New Year’s Eve Experience that gets you more than bragging rights. The VIP experience includes luxury accommodations in one of the hotel’s four Tribute Suites, dinner at Charlie Palmer, VIP access to the New Year’s Eve party atop Times Square on the St. Cloud rooftop (with reserved seating in a private, illuminated Sky Pod), a dedicated butler for any food and beverage service, premium bottle service and top-shelf libations, personal luxury velour throws and hand warmers to keep you warm, a Champagne toast at midnight, and live entertainment all night long. Package starts at $150,000.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas New Year's Eve

If you want to get away from it all but still party until the fish come home, book a stay at one of the over-water villas at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas over New Year’s. To mark the occasion, a Moulin Rouge themed party will bring cabaret performances, live music, and fireworks to the idyllic island. Start the night with craft cocktails and a gala dinner in the company of stilt walkers, contortionists, fire shows and aerial acrobatics. After dinner, head to the party at SKY and count down under the millions of stars as fireworks light up the sky. Tickets $850 per adult and $425 per child.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Kona Hawaii New Year's Eve

Get ready to hula you way into the next decade at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The Kona hotel is hosting a Havana Nights New Year’s Eve Gala, complete with a rum bar, vintage cars for Cuban street vibes, and a cigar roller. Tasty Cuban bites include Cuban tamales, yuca frita, ceviche, lomo saltado, camaronep, Paella de langosta, pollo asada, flan de coco, and arroz con leche. The party, which is held at the grand entrance of the resort overlooking the signature pool and the ocean, will also feature live music by the band Impulse and a poem composer who types custom poems on the spot on a vintage typewriter. Stick around for the private fireworks show at midnight. From $395 per person.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel Cabo San Lucas Mexico New Year's Eve

The New Year’s Eve party at The Cape is ideal for foodies and music lovers who also appreciate epic ocean views. The evening starts with a lavish dinner ($268 per person) prepared by multi-award-winning Chef Enrique Olvera at his restaurant on property, Manta. This year, he’s bringing the spirit of his famous restaurant Pujol for a one-night-only mash-up menu of both dining hotspots. After dinner, head to the rooftop party for musical performances by Breakbot & Irfane, Yuksek, and Aeroplane. while El Arco loom in the background. The morning after, The Cape is hosting The Cure Day, a poolside barbecue. Entrance to party from $225 per person, $450 per person for private cabana.

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Trip of a lifetime: South America @SquareMile_com

When it comes to planning a trip of a life time, where you stay can make or break the experience. If you’re looking at South America, your accommodation worries are solved below…

Published: Monday 30th September 2019

A region of exceptional diversity and peerless natural beauty, Latin America offers high-end experiences to suit every traveler: from foodies to photographers, wildlife watchers to thrill seekers and the most committed beach-loving sun-worshipers.

Since its establishment in 2011 by Simon and Kirsty Williams, Humboldt has gained a strong reputation for outstanding personalised service and specialist five-star packages in Latin America.

Offering luxury tailor-made tours featuring hand-crafted experiences that go beyond the ordinary, Humboldt’s boutique team of specialists draw on their extensive knowledge of the destinations and unrivalled network of contacts to design a wholly bespoke trip for each client.

Therefore, when collating a list of the best hotels and accommodations in South America, it made sense to put our trust in their hands. Humboldt director Simon Williams presents his top picks below…   



For those seeking the ultimate barefoot boho luxury experience in a paradisiacal beach location, you can do no better than UXUA Casa, situated in the celebrity hangout of Trancoso in the state of Bahia, northern Brazil.

Based on a ‘shabby-chic’ tropical design concept by designer Wilbert Das, each private villa in this boutique mini-resort evokes a different character from Trancoso’s colourful past. Featuring luxurious private plunge pools, secluded private gardens and sun-drenched terraces.

The characterful ‘casas’, tastefully adorned with bespoke furniture pieces made from recycled natural materials, are the perfect spot to curl up with a good book and lose yourself in Trancoso’s relaxed ambience.

An exquisite spa, an exclusive beach club and a charming restaurant complete the picture at this laid-back retreat.



Occupying a privileged spot on a remote private peninsula by Lake Titicaca, Titilaka hotel offers extensive private grounds and blissful isolation in this region of striking natural beauty.

Cradled by the snow-capped Andes, the cobalt blue lake shimmers under cloudless white-washed skies, making this minimalist luxury retreat the perfect hideaway for landscape photographers or hikers.

Bearing the Relais & Chateaux seal of approval, the hotel’s contemporary Peruvian cuisine is flavoursome and delicately presented, whilst a similar attention-to-detail is applied to Titilaka’s flexible service ethos.

Exclusivity and social responsibility are what sets Titilaka apart from its competition – activities at this remote lodge are conducted away from the mainstream tourist crowds and in collaboration with local indigenous communities who benefit directly from the interactions with lodge guests.

For an in-depth experience of one of the Andes’ most scenic spots – look no further.


Casa San Agustin

A city of such effortless Caribbean charm that it is almost impossible to dislike, Cartagena de Indias on Colombia’s north coast is overflowing with quirky luxury boutique properties hidden away in converted colonial mansions: Casa San Agustín, however, is unquestionably the best of the bunch.

With a light and airy design featuring splashes of delicate blue as a nod to the crystalline Caribbean Sea, and handcrafted touches sculpted from reclaimed wood or woven from local fibres offering rich textures as an earthy counterpoint to the smooth modern elements – this hotel is elegant, rustic and contemporary all in the same breath.

With a stunning spa, a private beach area and artfully preserved architectural characters, this hotel immerses guests in the magic of Cartagena’s colourful history with the utmost style.


Mashpi Lodge

Tucked away in the biodiverse equatorial Chocó bioregion, this environmentally conscious hotel offers a singularly in-depth wildlife experience in the cloud forested highlands of Ecuador.

One of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Mashpi is a world-leader in sustainable eco-tourism and alongside providing discerning nature-loving travellers with world-class luxury accommodation, does important conservation work for the many endemic species in the area.

Minimalist suites with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows invite the verdant forest of the outside in, as the hotel restaurant celebrates the bounty of the Ecuadorian jungles with a delicious menu of sustainably sourced dishes inspired by local ingredients.

With responsible exploration of the cloud forests’ delicate eco-system as the lodge’s ruling priority, Mashpi takes guests on a journey into the untouched wild like nowhere else.


The Vines

Situated in the sunshine-soaked foothills of the towering central Andes, two hours south of Mendoza; this luxury boutique wine resort benefits from an indulgent full-service spa offering a playful menu of treatments conceived using ingredients inspired by the expansive local vineyards.

Sleek and spacious suites with a delicate, neutral colour-palette offer sweeping vistas of the mountains and surrounding vines.

Fine wines and hearty Argentine cuisine play a central role in the hospitality of this brutalist-style contemporary design hotel, with acclaimed Argentine chef Francis Mallman’s Siete Fuegos restaurant on-site serving a range of delectable rustic specialities such as 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye steak, cast-iron salt-baked salmon and regional grilled cheeses paired with award-winning boutique wines from the area.


Tierra Atacama

Boasting striking views of the Licancabur Volcano and an exquisite contemporary architecture typical of the Tierra brand, Tierra Atacama gives each guest an immersive experience of the rugged, copper-toned landscapes of the Atacama Desert alongside outstanding service, cuisine and thoughtful, minimalist design.

Highlights of a stay at this chic luxury lodge include the tranquil outdoor pool, offering sweeping vistas of the snow-capped mountains and dusty lunar valleys; the UMA Spa, utilising locally sourced ingredients to inspire energising treatments to rejuvenate the body after a long day of exploring; or the colourful gourmet dining experience, placing locally sourced produce and traditional preparation techniques centre stage.

For a luxury break in a region of peerless natural beauty, Tierra Atacama is the perfect choice.


Hotel Casana

Masterfully blending the laid-back bohemian beach sensibilities of the nearby windsurfing hub, Jericoacoara, with a technologically advanced approach to luxury hospitality more suited to the control room of a spaceship, or at the very least a sleek inner-city business hotel, Casana certainly stands out from the crowd.

Avant-garde details like the chic black-mirror infinity pool and the space-age bedside electrical control panels provide an interesting counterpoint to Preá’s unspoiled coastal landscape of pale sand and isolated coconut palms occupying the hotel’s doorstep.

Casana offers accommodation on a full-board basis and guests are treated to an ever-changing menu of colourful meals updated daily to incorporate freshest local produce.

Elegant plates of exotic fruit, organic vegetables and fresh seafood are developed using innovative cooking techniques to delight even the most refined palate.


Awasi Iguazu

With much more to explore than merely the magnificent Iguassu waterfalls that have made it so internationally famous, Awasi Iguazú’s unique programmes offer guests the opportunity to get to know the hidden delights of Argentina’s Misiones province.

Composed of 14 stand-alone villas tucked away amongst the verdant tropical vegetation of the Atlantic rainforest, guests of Awasi have a private guide and 4×4 vehicle at their disposal during the entirety of their stay to explore the region at their own pace.

Naturally, time spent peering over the barriers above the deafening Iguassu Falls is a must-do – however, specialist birdwatching, illuminating cultural visits to local Guaraní tribes and intrepid river kayaking on the Rio Paraná are also an option.


Singular Patagonia

Housed in a distinctive historic building overlooking the icy waters of the Fjord of Last Hope, The Singular Patagonia occupies the skeleton of Chile’s first ever cold-storage facility from which refrigerated meats produced in the region were shipped to Europe to feed war-weary troops in the early 20th century.

Repurposing much of the old warehouse machinery to imbue the hotel’s industrial décor with some typically Patagonian heritage charm, this luxury institution still encompasses an on-site museum dedicated to educating travellers on the history of Patagonia’s settlement.

Serving a varied menu of outstanding Chilean cuisine, offering thoughtful personalised service, and a truly original programme of excursions in the hotel’s expansive private reserve – The Singular is an experience in the far south like no other.


Kachi Lodge

Situated in the midst of unquestionably one of the most surreal landscapes on earth, the striking geometric domes of Kachi Lodge perch on raised wooden platforms above the shimmering ethereal whiteness of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Offering a luxury ‘glamping’ experience in Bolivia’s remote southern Altiplano, these six rustic-chic domes evoke the cultural and artistic heritage of the Andes featuring cosy alpaca-wool fabrics, hand-crafted furniture of reclaimed wood and exquisite woven-wicker details.

Providing a jarring contrast with the sophisticated neutral palette is the original artwork of Bolivian artist Gastón Ugalde’s bold technicolour pieces, bringing a little of modern Bolivia into the otherwise understated design.

Guests enjoy wholly bespoke private tours of the Salt Flats during their stay and full board gourmet meals provided in partnership with Gustu, one of La Paz’s most innovative and in-demand dinner venues.

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The Best Places to Go in April @TandCmag

An authentic adventure in the Far East, a stunning port city that caters to wine lovers, and other destinations that’ll inspire your next trip.


Often, the hardest part about planning a vacation is choosing a spot that satisfies your travel wants and needs. In search of a little inspiration? We’ve got it.

Whether you’re looking to avoid the high season crowds or you want to cash in on the prime weather conditions in an exotic location, we’ve rounded up the 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for April, from Marrakech to Raleigh and everything in between.

Marrakech, Morocco

where to go in april 2018

“Marrakech is ideal in April when the weather is perfectly mild,” says Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith. “You might not be the only traveler to opt for an Easter break, but hole-up in El Fenn and you’ll feel as though you’ve truly escaped the busy city, despite being a stone’s throw from the lively Medina.” While you’re in town, pay a visit to Musée Yves Saint Laurent, which opened in October and showcases the late designer’s most influential and personal work. Another suggestion? Take a tour of the city from the seat of a vintage sidecar. Travel companies like Black Tomato and Insiders Experience offers customizable itineraries that give visitors a decidedly unique point of view.

Kyoto, Japan

where to go in april 2018

There is arguably no destination more beautiful in the spring than Kyoto. The city’s spectacular cherry blossom season is carefully forecasted each year, and predictions for 2019 suggest that the flowers will arrive on March 23, with the peak viewing taking place from early to mid April. Luckily, that means you still have time to plan a trip. For those who love luxury hotels but still want an authentic local experience, book a room at Hoshinoya Kyoto. The top-rated property promises travelers the experience of a traditional ryokan (Japanese-style inn) with an elegant, five-star twist.

Porto, Portugal

where to go in april 2018

“Porto has all the charms of Lisbon—wine bars, killer seafood, golden rooftops—without the crowds, and April is a great time to visit, before the summer tourism rush,” says Amir Segal, the VP of Global Supply at travel booking app HotelTonight. For a property with waterfront views, check out 1872 River House, and for design lovers, Hotel Teatropromises dramatic décor and a central location.

Savannah, Georgia

where to go in april 2018

With temperate weather but thinner crowds and lower prices, March and April are low season in this history-rich city, according HotelTonight. Among the must-do’s for visitors? Take a horse drawn carriage ride, shop the boutiques along Broughton Street, and pop into the Telfair Museum (the oldest public art museum in the Southeast). You’ll also want to indulge in Savannah’s standout food scene with stops at The Olde Pink House (for a traditional experience), Bubba Gumbo’s (for fresh shrimp and oysters), and Leopold’s (for ice cream).

Merida, Mexico

where to in april 2018

“The charming colonial city in the Yucatan is never overrun with tourists and has a thriving art culture,”says Lohan. “April is a perfect time to visit as it’s just before the sweltering summer heat descends on Mexico. Chable Resort is in the jungle just outside of the city and has an incredible spa; Coqui Coqui Merida is the spot to stay if you want to be in the middle of all of the city action.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Though much of Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, things in San Juan are back up and running—and the country could use a tourism boost now more than ever. Spend the day relaxing at one of the area’s pristine beaches, then wander the streets of Old San Juan, where colonial architecture and candy-colored buildings reign supreme. Dinner at Marmalade on Fortaleza Street is a must, as is ordering a piña colada just about anywhere—the tropical cocktail is said to have been created in San Juan more than 50 years ago.


where to go in april 2018

“If you want to check a safari off your bucket list, Botswana is the place to go. The country is blessed with some of the most dramatic wilderness areas in Africa,” says Tom Stein, Vice President of American Express Travel. “The best months to visit are from April-October during the dry season because it offers the best game-viewing.” Stein specifically recommends visiting The Moremi Game Reserve, where guests can canoe through the river alongside hippos, lions, elephants and rhinos. “It’s a truly life-changing experience,” he says.

Newport Beach, California

where to go in april 2018

With oceanfront mansions, high-end shopping, laid-back beach bars, and historical cottages, the sophisticated seaside city in Orange Country caters to both yachties and surfers alike. Though the area is pleasant year-round, April is a particularly buzzy time thanks to the Newport Beach Film Festival. Now in its 20th year, the annual event lures more than 50,000 cinephiles to town for eight days of film screenings, premiere parties, and nightly galas, kicking off April 25. Equally buzzy is the newly opened Lido House, a 130 room boutique property that brings a Cape Cod aesthetic to Newport Beach. The hotel is home to Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, Topside, catering to out-of-towners and locals with champagne pairings and prime waterfront views.

Crete, Greece


“Typically we think of Greece as a destination for the height of summer, but temperatures really start to rise at the end of April and it’s an ideal time to get to the islands before the masses descend,” suggests Lohan. “Crete has plenty of chic family-friendly hotel options if you’re traveling with children in tow, but Kapsaliana Village is a destination unto itself—quite literally a village comprised of ancient hillside lodgings, a museum, pool, restaurant and its own olive press.”

Raleigh, North Carolina


For a low-key weekend away, head to North Carolina’s capital city. Your itinerary should include a visit to one of the area’s craft breweries (like Trophy Brewing & Tap Room), a meal at Poole’s Downtown Diner, a 1940s-era eatery from James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, and a stay at The Umstead, a cozy 150-room hotel with an award-winning spa and art gallery.

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Spa resorts built to meet your every need @SquareMile_com

City life can be unforgiving at the best of times. The pressures of the rat race make taking a little ‘you time’ imperative to easing stress and aiding mental health.

And if you’re going to let off some steam, you might as well do it in style. From Thailand to India, Vietnam to France, these spa resorts are purpose built to meet your every need.

Check in, switch off, and let the worries slip away.

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The Ultimate Guide to traveling with your dog! @HerePupBlog

Traveling with your dog is not something you should take lightly, but sometimes you just want to take a trip with your best furry friend

That’s why we’re creating the ultimate guide to traveling with your dog – so you’ll know exactly what you need!

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The Future of Travel: Where Will 2020 Take Us? @RobbReport

Chad, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan are all on the brink of tourism booms. Who’s coming with us?

As the world gets smaller and travel continues to bypass material consumption as the indulgence of choice, the hunger to uncover the next unspoiled destination gets ever stronger. So we asked six travel experts to look into their roving crystal balls and predict where in the world we might find ourselves in the next century. Here, they weigh in with a surprising set of next-generation destinations that prove the future is indeed right around the corner.

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Travel in style this winter @

Stylish Winter Travel Outfits to Keep You Warm (While Still Looking Cool)

“When traveling during the winter, it can be tempting to leave behind slush-soaked sidewalks and cheek-scorching winds for sunny skies and an easy ocean breeze. But there are so many places that are strikingly beautiful—and far less crowded—during the colder months. The long weekends in January and February are perfect for a short, snowy getaway close to home.”

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