The Wonderful World of Belmond in Botswana

‘We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.’ Often the anticipation of something you are looking forward to can build expectations that are near impossible to fulfill. For me, travel has always been the exception. After my first visit to Africa over 10 years ago, I had promised myself that

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Subtle Discoveries in Peru

Boarding the plane in Miami, I could hardly contain my excitement. After five hours and 40 minutes, we landed in Lima. Located on the coast of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Lima is the gateway to all of our excursions in Peru. After a night in the city and tour of Lima’s churches, convents and the

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Madeira – Paradise Perfected

After visiting the mainland of Portugal, I made my way to the island of Madeira for a few days and stayed at the iconic Reid’s Palace, a Belmond property. The hotel’s tagline is “paradise perfected in a clifftop haven,” and I certainly agree. Steeped in history, Reid’s Palace has been the hospitality jewel of the

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Experience the Portuguese Capital like a Local

Lisbon is known as “Europe’s West Coast” and is the second oldest capital in Europe after Athens. Given the blending of traditional heritage with striking modernism, it’s no wonder Lisbon has so much to offer. Travelers are often so caught up in their list of sights to see, that they miss some of the most

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Consider a Land Program in the Douro River Valley

Imagine after finally doing your research and wanting to knock a river cruise in the Douro Valley off your bucket list, you find out there are no cabins available for two years! Don’t fret! There are several attractive alternatives that may be a better-suited match for your travel style. If you have your heart set

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Vibrant Berlin

All good things must come to an end. My Germany adventure that started in the quiet city of Frankfurt, then on to a raucous stop in Munich for Oktoberfest, was ending in the historic, divisive and colorful city of Berlin at the Hotel de Rome. Our introduction to Berlin began just outside the lovely Hotel

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Flying in Style with Emirates

Before this past October, I was accustomed to flying and accepting whatever cramped, amenity-free seat any airline would sell me at the lowest fare. Then I flew business class on Emirates and the experience completely changed me, and I don’t know how I can ever fly in economy again! As soon as I boarded the

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How to Oktoberfest

There are three steps you must take to truly experience Oktoberfest in Munich. Step 1: Get thee to Munich! Step 2: Meet up with a group of other likeminded friends and travelers, with a native German or two thrown in for a real adventure. Step 3: Put on a Dirndl… Okay, so step three wasn’t

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Living Life Long and Luxuriously in Sardinia: Forte Village

It is said that Sardinians have one of the highest number of centenarians in the world. Actually, they are in one of the five “blue zones” which identifies places that have more people per capita that are living over 90+ years of age. I set out recently to explore this amazing area and to also

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