As the winter season approaches, both ski bunnies and near-professional slope fiends use travel as an excuse to visit some of the world’s best slopes. When it comes to selecting a destination, sometimes the best place to look is right outside your door. Based on recent data presented by the U.S. National Ski Areas Association, the top ski destinations are not in the Pyrenees or the Alps. With an increase in ski slope attendance by approximately 6 percent, the most popular ski destination in the world is the United States.
Nearly 50 million skiers and snowboarders visited resorts across the country in during the 2014–2015 winter season, with the most traveling to the Pacific Northwest including Oregon and Washington. Meanwhile on the East Coast, resorts saw a decline in the number of visitors due to unreliable weather patterns. Other locations in the west that saw consistent numbers in ski passes sold include Telluride in Colorado and Deer Valley, Utah.
France, which has topped the list for the past few years, fell to second place with a mere 52 million visitors at its resorts in the Pyrenees and Alps, while Austria came in third place. The regions’ lack of snow at the beginning of the season was the major cause for the dip in attendance.
For some extremely last-minute holiday gifts this year, you can still give back by gifting with the all-new Adopt an Animal program with Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium. Based in Springfield, Missouri, the museum’s virtual program allows would-be guests and nature lovers around the country to connect with the 35,000 resident animals of Wonders of Wildlife.
Travelers go on trips for various reasons: Some love to enjoy unique culinary experiences, while others want to explore new cultures and have authentic local experiences. Whatever the reason, vacations should have one thing in common — rest. In fact, healing and healthy ways to boost the immune system are trending topics now and Korean-style wellness is just what you need on future trips. At the 48 recommended wellness travel destinations in Korea, visitors can relax and recharge by enjoying different types of Korean therapy and participating in programs that seek healing in nature. Stay at home and visit Korea for a wellness vacation when it's safe to travel again.
New Year’s Eve is going to look a little different this year. With celebrations scaled back and reduced gatherings, people seek different ways to ring in the New Year. Whether spending the holiday in your hometown or going on a little getaway for a change of scenery, check out these cities to spend the holiday.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.