Mindful Media Shares 11 Travel Couples to Inspire Your Trips for 2021

Ontario, Canada, Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To all of my fellow travelers, 2020 has been a bit of a globe-trotting bust. My condolences to the countless travel plans laid to rest due to these unprecedented times. As an eternal optimist, however, I have opted to look at the current situation like an extended layover. Perhaps a few of our connections have been canceled, but we’ve been given some time to re-fuel, gain a little rest, and gain a renewed appreciation for having the opportunity to travel, which is all too often taken for granted. 

If you’re anything like me, you’ve also taken this time to gain some travel inspiration. We’ve been living vicariously through our phone screens, which have been dutifully transporting us into a time and space that extends beyond the confines of our homes. Amongst these virtual visits into the lives of others, we’ve handpicked 11

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Spanish cuisine: what to expect from Spanish food when on holiday

Most of us have a favourite dish from Spain’s rich platter. Ben Gibson delves into the wonderfully-varied world of Spanish food and drink.

Eating in Spain is an institution. It reflects the lifestyle and goes hand-in-hand with their family values – it’s long been the Spanish way to enjoy communal dining with large groups of family and friends. The climate has also influenced their eating habits, not only the food they eat and produce, but also the nature of those long days, with meals often lingering into the early hours.

A variety of ingredients

Spain is a big country – more than twice the size of the UK – and the foods are every bit as varied as the contrasting landscapes. But there are typical ingredients. Cured ham, olives and olive oil, fresh fish and seafood, pulses, game, sausages, garlic and seasonal vegetables combine to make up the country’s diverse

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Hanoi-Da Nang route among world’s 10 best train journeys

The train line linking Hanoi and the central city of Da Nang, operated by Vietnam’s Reunification Express, has recently been listed among the 10 best train journeys in the world by the Conde Nast Traveller – a prestigious travel magazine.

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The train line linking Hanoi and the central city of Da Nang, operated by Vietnam’s Reunification Express, has recently been listed among the 10 best train journeys in the world by the Conde Nast Traveller – a prestigious travel magazine.

The list was made by British journalist and travel writer Monisha Rajesh based on her book ‘Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure’.

According to the author, starting in Hanoi, the Reunification Express runs the length of the country right down to Ho Chi Minh City in the south, of which the finest segment is the first half of the journey to Da Nang.

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Enjoy Your Own Personal Guide With RIU’s Guest Info App

Information at your fingertips—that’s what everyone is looking for these days, right?

a person sitting in a swimming pool: Hotel Riu Palace Mexico

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During the last six months, being able to access information on an electronic device has become crucial, as face-to-face communication was almost completely shut down.

As resorts start to re-welcome guests and travel begins to pick back up, RIU Hotels & Resorts conveniently introduced the RIU Guest Info App and RIU Check-In Online. These tools allow guests to get to the beach faster—and safer—with a contactless check-in, in addition to having all the hotel information at their fingertips.

Guests can download the RIU Guest Info App for their future stays in order to have their own personal guide during vacation. Visitors have information regarding the resort and its surroundings conveniently in the palm of their hand. By downloading the app, guests can:

—Check-in online prior to the arrival date

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Colorado Springs hotels continue better-than-expected recovery in August | Business

Colorado Springs hotels continue to recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic than the rest of the state and much of the nation, but they still have a long road to return to full health, according to the latest numbers.

The local hotel occupancy rate rose for the fourth straight month in August to 70.9%, up from 66% in July and the second highest of any city in Colorado after Durango, according to the Rocky Mountain Lodging Report. While the occupancy rate is still well short of the 85.1% level reached in August 2019, the increase last month is notable because occupancy in local hotels typically peaks in June.

Colorado Springs among strongest U.S. hotel markets, survey says

The local occupancy rate was the nation’s second-highest behind McAllen-Brownsville, Texas, of the 165 cities tracked by hotel research firm STR. Nationwide, the company said hotel occupancy improved slightly in August to 48.6%

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First direct commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain lands one week after signing of diplomatic deals

The national flags of, left to right, Bahrain, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States are flown along a road in the resort city of Netanya, in central Israel, on Sept. 13, 2020.

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The first known direct commercial flight between Israel and Bahrain landed Wednesday in the island kingdom, just a week after it signed a deal alongside the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations.

Flight data showed an Israir Airlines Airbus A320 landed at Bahrain International Airport after a nearly three-hour flight from Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport. Hours later, Bahrain acknowledged the flight carried a delegation of Israeli officials.

“A working team from the state of Israel visited Manama today to discuss areas of co-operation between the two countries,” Bahrain said in a brief statement. “These talks come after the signing of the Declaration of Peace.”

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Bahrain did not

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COVID-19 prompts families to reconsider trips


Here are 6 tips to know before you book your flight during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Like many families this year, the Rivers clan will be throwing out its normal holiday travel tradition to make sure the coronavirus doesn’t make an appearance at the Thanksgiving feast.

Gene Rivers of Tallahassee, Florida, says the normal routine of gathering the family at a ski resort northwest of Montreal both for Thanksgiving and mid-December to mid-January won’t work because  Canada and the U.S. have shut the border on both sides to non-essential travel.

Plan B – trying to draw his three grown-up kids to join him and his wife to New York City – isn’t practical either because it’s in one of the states imposing a two-week quarantine on those coming from places with high rates of COVID-19 infections. And even if that weren’t the case, their youngest son, a college

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Avalon slates Christmas market cruises: Travel Weekly

Avalon Waterways plans to launch six Christmas market cruises at the end of the year, managing director Pam Hoffee said Tuesday.

The cruises will be offered to British and Canadian travelers: The company will offer two sailings each for the U.K. market on the Danube and Rhine and two for Canadian travelers on the Danube, beginning at the end of November, Hoffee said.

“We’re gearing up to operate, which we are really excited about,”  she said. “These have been selling for about a month now, and they are doing relatively well.”

While the Christmas market in Cologne, Germany, has announced it won’t operate this year because of the pandemic, most others are optimistic about opening this year, she said.

“The reality is these are outdoor markets, and outdoor markets have been happening all summer,” Hoffee said.

While there may be measures to control crowds, most are working to make sure

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Emerald and Avalon open for 2022 river cruise bookings: Travel Weekly

Emerald Waterways and Avalon Waterways have opened up some of their 2022 European sailings for booking, following other river cruise operators in putting the season on sale earlier than usual.

Emerald said it has opened the books on 75% of its 2022 sailings, while Avalon said it has posted a preview and will continue to add itineraries as they are developed.

“Thanks to a large number of travelers resetting 2020 vacation plans with letters of credit; early 2021 sales tied to a Panorama Suite upgrade offer as well as an increased interest in river cruising as an alternative for big-ship cruising, we’re enjoying a wave of new bookings and anticipate more,” said Pam Hoffee, the managing director of Avalon Waterways.

“By releasing several 2022 Europe itineraries today, we know we will be ready for the surge, ensuring travelers have access to the vacations and departure dates they crave.”

Avalon will

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Travel PR News | Hotel Nikko Bali Partners with Indonesia Medical Tourism Board & BIMC Siloam Hospital to Welcome Medical Tourists

Nusa Dua – Bali, Indonesia, 2020-Sep-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach is ready to welcome medical tourists to Bali through its recent partnership with Indonesia Medical Tourism Board (IMTB) and BIMC Siloam Hospital in a joint effort to promote the advanced healthcare and world-famous hospitality of the island.

Hotel Nikko Bali is one of the first accommodations in Bali that registered as an official hotel partner with IMTB, an agency that facilitates and promotes the healthcare travel industry in Indonesia. The collaboration allows travelers who are seeking healthcare to conveniently arrange their treatment and stay through one platform. Through the IMTB website, guests will be guided to see the available treatments across cities in Indonesia, as well as participating hotels which they can book at exclusive rates.

“Bali is the address to many things, including sophisticated medical programs and treatments, which many can be done

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