Island Hopping in Japan’s Setouchi Region: Part Two

OKAYAMA PREFECTURE Located in western Japan’s Chugoku region, Okayama Prefecture is known as the land of the sunshine for its pleasant climate. It is just an hour from Kyoto and thirty minutes from Hiroshima by bullet train. Okayama has a rich history of art, culture, and nature, with many attractions that are unique to the

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Island Hopping in Japan’s Setouchi Region

I had the unique opportunity to be hosted by the Setouchi Tourism Board for an educational trip to the culturally rich and picturesque area of Western Japan. Japan, comprised of eight regions and forty-seven prefectures (similar to the U.S.’s 50 states) is approximately the size of California and populated with 126 million residents. The Setouchi

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Southern England’s Best Kept Secrets: Devon and Cornwall

With such spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand why many novels and films have been set in Southern England. I could envision Jane Eyre and Heathcliff on the cliffs of the moors in Devon, or Captain Ross from the recent drama, the Poldark series, staring out at sea on the Cornish Coast. Devon and

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Montana Revisited

Our family cabin in southwestern Montana was the chosen venue for the 33rd “summit,” an annual reunion of my five college roommates. A far cry from the urban sanctuaries and beach venues that have hosted prior summits, I had a hunch that the “last great place” would resonate with my friends and that endless vistas

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Traveling in Style with Rocco Forte

Recently, I visited two of our preferred-partner, Rocco Forte’s hotels in London and Brussels. Because I had such a fantastic trip, and I was able to learn and experience so much, I would like to pass along the tips I gleaned to those of you who may be traveling to these destinations. Brown’s Hotel in

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Discovering The Unique and Majestic Lodge at Blue Sky

If you are looking for an upscale destination to a resort that has plenty of activities, amenities, and unique creative culinary offerings, the recently opened Lodge at Blue Sky Auberge Collections is a perfect choice. I had the pleasure of spending several amazing days exploring this property with my colleague, Denise Schreiber, just a few

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The Awasi Difference at Iguazu Falls

I recently had the opportunity to take American Airlines’ inaugural flight from Miami to Cordoba, Argentina. The moment I found out I would be traveling to Cordoba, I knew I had to make a short detour to Iguazu Falls. Recently named one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World, seeing Iguazu Falls was

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