After the excitement of Christmas comes the lull of January, with its New Year’s resolutions and terrible weather.
There is no better time to skip town and find some sun, or at least some warmer weather, abroad. It might sound like a luxury to leave the worst of winter behind you, but it doesn’t have to be expensive.
For U.S. residents, Mexico has always been a popular getaway. You’ll find hundreds of cheap flights to Cancun, from where the small beach town of Tulum is just a two-hour drive away. It’s an idyllic place, with Mayan ruins overlooking the beach, and the weak Mexican peso makes everything more affordable.
For something a bit further afield, take a look at Cambodia. Flights might cost you a bit more, but the cost of living is incredibly low, and there is a lot of fascinating local culture to see. From the temples of Siem Reap to the Killing Fields, the history of Cambodia never ceases to amaze.
Back in Latin America, Ecuador is another great escape option. With friendly locals and a dollar economy, it’s easy to fit right in. Beach towns such as Montanita are busy with travelers from all over South America, thanks to the January summer holidays for students, or you might prefer to check out the mountainous terrain around Banos.
If you can’t stand the thought of spending a cold, grey January at home, have a think about booking a ticket to one of these destinations. You’ll never think about January in the same way if you do.
On Labor Day Weekend, I visited Blue Ridge Winery in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, for a bachelorette party. Not knowing anything about the winery prior, my breath was taken away the moment we arrived. It was stunning. The beautiful view of the evergreen farm could be enjoyed from seating above on a terrace, below on a ground floor, on a patch of turf or under a tent. Our group made our way through the crowds to find a seat. There were many tables with firepits and couch seating, but all were already occupied. We were able to find seating in the tent.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
On your next visit to the Finger Lakes, add Wagner Vineyards and Brewery to your list. Unlike other spots in the Finger Lakes, Wagner boasts an on-site winery and brewery, perfect for anyone getting wine-d out. Visitors also have access to Ginny Lee Café, across the parking lot from the winery.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, home to 24 miles of vibrant, lucid waters and snow-white sand beaches made of pure quartz crystal, is the perfect destination for an end-of-the-summer getaway. The destination offers an impressive line-up of unique experiences and outdoor adventures, both in the emerald waters and on land.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the debut of Thompson Hollywood, a luxury lifestyle hotel on Wilcox Avenue, near Hollywood and Vine. The 11-story hotel features 190 Mid Century-inspired guestrooms, 16 suites, a dining concept from Lincoln Carson, and Bar Lis, a rooftop lounge and pool with city views.