Take a trip to Sarasota’s Marie Selby Gardens to see a dazzling orchid display

SARASOTA — Enter the Tropical Conservatory at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and you’re immediately greeted by a living wall of purple, gold and white orchids set among lush greenery, while the twinkling notes of 1920s jazz music sets a celebratory mood.

It’s a fitting entrance for the “45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling,” which celebrates a number of occasions.

This year is the 100th anniversary of William and Marie Selby’s purchase of the land where the gardens opened 45 years ago. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The living wall at the entrance is a nod to the women’s suffragette movement, using the colors of both the British and American groups — purple, gold, white and green.

Flowers on the Suffrage Celebration Wall of Orchids in the Tropical Conservatory during the 45th Anniversary Orchid
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Iceland Tourism Prepares for a Comeback

This year, the Icelandic government is investing roughly 1.7 billion Icelandic krona (about $12.3 million) in infrastructure at both public and private tourist spots across the country, said Skarphedinn Berg Steinarsson, director general of the Icelandic Tourist Board. Roughly 1 billion krona has been set aside for infrastructure at national parks, protected areas and large public tourist sites, while 700 million krona is going into the country’s Tourist Site Protection Fund. The investments were already being planned last year, but the government increased the funding after the pandemic hit. Further investments will support harbor and road improvements throughout the country.

The improvements at tourist sites have two goals, Mr. Steinarsson said in an interview, “allowing them to receive bigger numbers — creating parking spaces, walking paths, etc. — but also preserving the nature to make sure that the sites will not be worn down when we get the visitors back.”

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15 Arizona travel destinations named among the best places to visit



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The votes are in: Over 715,000 readers voted in Condé Nast Traveler’s 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020 and 14 Arizona hotels, resorts and spa resorts made the cut.

The city of Tucson also grabbed an accolade this year, ranking ninth on the list of top large city destinations in the United States, which brings the number of Arizona awardees to 15.

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“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, the U.S. editor of Condé Nast Traveler, in a statement.

Arizona properties ranked in three categories. And two properties even cracked the top 30 awards list for best spa resorts across the world. 

Top 20 hotels in

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How Hawa Hassan Built a Cookbook Around East African Grandmothers: Women Who Travel Podcast

LA: No, no, it really does. Sort of going on to food appropriation and recipe appropriation, I mean, you kind of touched on this before, but where do you think that line lies between who gets to cook what?

HH: I think all of it is rooted in respect. I think everyone should eat what they want, they should cook what they want, but how are you sharing that space when you’re in it? Are you occupying it? Are you closing the door behind you when you get into someone else’s culture? Who else is in that position to better tell those stories that is from that place? And then also, what is your reasoning for being in that space? Is it to learn more and to bring the world closer to one another and to make the table longer? Or is it to just, again, occupy it?

It’s like,

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Ten Places That Could Be Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film | Travel

Oct. 14, 2020, 8 a.m.

In June 2017, with a photo of the Museo De Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wally Koval and his wife, Amanda, launched Accidentally Wes Anderson, a travel-based Instagram account that would soon become a sensation. The photos—there are now more than 1,200 of them from spots around the world—embody the basics of filmmaker Wes Anderson’s aesthetic: a colorful palette, symmetrical features, a feeling of nostalgia, a fascinating story. The account has bloomed to more than a million followers, a community of fans who love Wes Anderson’s style from movies like The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rushmore, and more. The community submits more than 3,000 photos a month from their own travels in hopes that they will appear on the account.

Koval’s Instagram account has now been turned into a book, Accidentally Wes Anderson, with a

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Lonely Planet releases ‘Ultimate Travel List’ second edition

The coronavirus pandemic has totally upended travel this year, but once things get back to normal, there’s a new list of must-see destinations to help you plan your next trip. 

Last week, Lonely Planet released its second edition of the “Ultimate Travel List” coffee table book, which includes 500 “unmissable travel experiences.”

According to a press release, the book features more than 200 new destinations and has ranked all 500 places “in order of brilliance.”

Piers Pickard, the Lonely Planet vice president of publishing, said the company slightly changed how it scored the ranking for the new book.

“For this edition, we awarded extra points to destinations and attractions that are managing tourism sustainably,” Pickard said in a statement.


According to the press release, the book focuses a lot on outdoor and backpacking experiences, but it also includes

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Skip ‘Green Book’ and Watch This Instead

“Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America,” directed by historian Gretchen Sorin and director Ric Burns (younger brother of Ken Burns) premieres tonight on PBS, and the documentary reveals how the automobile — portrayed as the ultimate symbol of independence — has long been of particular significance to  African Americans who relied on travel guides and informal networks to keep them safe and, most importantly, alive.

It’s hardly surprising that mobility for African Americans has always been restricted, from the days of slavery to Jim Crow America when “Sundown Towns” were a thing. “The Negro Motorist Green Book” became a necessary guide decades ago, and the focus on Black mobility continues in the form of recent stop-and-frisk laws in New York City that predominantly targeted Black people. Limitations on movement from before the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation has carried over, in different forms, into Reconstruction and beyond.

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Where Was ‘The Bachelorette’ Filmed? How to Book a Stay at the California Resort

This season of The Bachelorette looks a lot different from those past, mainly because of the location. Clare Crawley and suitors didn’t spend any time at the Bachelor Mansion due to COVID. Instead, they bunked up at a glamorous resort, which you can definitely visit—when it’s safe to travel again, of course.

Clare Crawley meets Riley on night one of "The Bachelorette" Season 16.

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Clare Crawley meets Riley on night one of “The Bachelorette” Season 16.

Instead of the cast traveling the world, or even throughout the California area, all of the Bachelorette filming took place at the La Quinta Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. It’s located in La Quinta, California, which is super-close to Indio, where Coachella usually takes place. So, next time you’re headed to the music festival (whenever it resumes, post-COVID), you might want to check it out, to get a slice of that Bachelorette lifestyle. Why exactly producers of The Bachelorette chose to

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From the “Green Book” to Buicks, PBS’ “Driving While Black” examines the history of Black mobility

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Black mobility has always come with its limitations in this country. A vision of a better life met with fear entrenched the journey. The automobile for many African Americans was a utility of safety, freedom, and opportunity. Shackling someone cruising along the highway is difficult. Historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin has done extensive fieldwork on the subject, culminating in her book “Driving While Black,” which was published earlier this year. The book provides the basis for the two-hour PBS documentary of the same name, directed by Sorin and Emmy-winning filmmaker Ric Burns.

The documentary examines “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a small directory of Black-only businesses, restaurants, staying accommodations, and gas stations that were safe for African Americans to use while traveling. The book was published by New York mailman Victor Hugo Green from 1936-1966. Its chief goal was to no

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Black Travel Summit hosts weekend webinar to talk travel

Traveling with kids, taking care of your mental health on the road, traveling while Black — these are some of the topics an upcoming webinar hosted by the Miami-based Black Travel Summit will highlight this weekend.

The two-day virtual event will bring together 26 speakers from around the globe, including content creators and a director for the Seychelles Tourism Board. The event runs from Oct. 17-18 and is sponsored in part by the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

“This is a celebration of people of color in the travel space,” said Anita François, founder of the Black Travel Summit. “We’re trying to create a connection between us and the travel industry by fostering collaboration with influencers and encouraging partnerships.”

Attendees can register online at blacktravelsummit.com. General admission is free, but up to 500 VIP tickets ranging from $20 to $70 include vendor discounts and a lifetime membership to the Black Travel Summit.

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