Taking two weeks off to backpack through Europe sounds great, but nowadays more people are taking advantage of quick weekend getaways to relax and recharge. If you’re concerned you can’t make the most of a trip when it’s quick, think again. Weekends are just enough time to enjoy the new things local cities offer. Here are three tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your trip.
Stay close: It’s 5 p.m. on Friday. To ensure you’re settled in just in time for a late dinner, choose a destination that’s fairly close. The more time you spend driving, the less time you’ll spend relaxing. A good rule of thumb is to pick a city that avoids rush-hour traffic, and look for a scenic, alternative drive. Also, consider checking out your local train schedules. Being on the railroad and away from traffic can get your getaway started sooner.
Saturday is for sightseeing: Start your day with an early breakfast and plan to start sightseeing by 9 a.m. Do your legwork ahead of time so you know exactly what you plan to see. If you’re in a big city, consider a sightseeing bus that allows you to hop on and off throughout the day. Pre-planned tours are a great way to ensure you won’t miss anything during the day.
Everything else: Now that you’ve seen the main sights, take advantage of Sunday as time for the extra nuances. It’s always fun to check out what each city is famous for. If you’re in Philadelphia, spend Sunday trying cheesesteaks for lunch. If you’re in New York, try to catch a matinee of a Broadway show.
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Practicing mindfulness is an increasingly popular and recognized method for reducing stress, but for those needing to keep their hands busy in order to ease their anxieties, mindfulness can be difficult. While fidget toys can work in a pinch, sometimes you just want more. If you’ve tried to keep your mind clear and your hands busy with things like adult coloring books, and you’ve found that still doesn’t do much for you (all that pressure to stay inside the lines!), you might want to try the Buddha Board.
Summer is the best time to kick back and enjoy a delicious cocktail — especially outside! Hotels around the world shared some of their most popular, delicious drinks for travel lovers to make at home. Try your hand at mixology and enjoy these cocktails at home.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Foragers Market and its restaurant, Foragers Table, a decade-old farm-to-table favorite in Chelsea, recently reopened for the first time since closing during the pandemic. Its reopening sees the restaurant start fresh with new executive chef Olivier Palazzo leading the kitchen. Palazzo’s culinary experience and inspiration sees a new modern-Mediterranean menu, as well as an imaginative wine and cocktail program.