When the cold winter finally breaks, you probably still have some time before your next travel adventure. There is great opportunity to use the warming weather to full advantage in your own backyard.
Spring is a short-lived phenomenon. It seems like just a few weeks separate bitter cold from blistering heat.
Plan your outdoor activities. As winter starts winding down, get a list of hikes you would like to take together. Whether they are old favorites or new ones you were worried about taking in the cold, the big thaw is a great chance to go on some hikes.
Similarly, get your watersport shoes ready. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and more have probably been inaccessible, especially if you live somewhere that freezes over. Take advantage of the thaw and get out on the water. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
A good way to stay out of the sun while still enjoying the outdoors is planning for long hikes. If you go early enough in the season, you will still avoid most of the insects, but the air might get a little chilly. Wait too long and the trees will hold heat while mosquitos and other pests eat you alive.
No matter how you like to spend your time outside, spring is fleeting. Get out and enjoy the weather before sweltering heat forces everyone inside.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.