With triple-digit temps just days away, you just know it…you’ve got to plan at least one getaway during the toasty Valley summer. In addition to escaping the heat, it’s also important for your own sanity to take a little time for yourself. Somehow you sailed through the holidays and, without skipping a beat, continue to juggle a demanding work schedule while making time for family and friends. Before you take that well-deserved break from the daily routine, here are some things to check off your list to make it easier to head off to that exciting locale.
Now is the time to take advantage of our beautiful desert weather. Here are some suggestions to get outside and take in the splendor of springtime in the Valley of the Sun.
There’s a lot to be said about the value of taking a break from your regular routine. A change of scenery helps to put things in perspective. But given only three, four or possibly five days, deciding which destination to visit can be daunting. So we’ve done our research and found locations that are easily accessible, offer superb accommodations and excellent dining options and have a wide variety of things to see and do. Whether you prefer a rural setting, seaside retreat or bustling inner city, we’ll cover it – the choice is yours.
Recently CNN Travel asked readers if it would be worth flying six hours to a destination if you only had four nights to spend there. Surprisingly, the majority responded with a firm yes! So the next question is: how do you make the most of a short break?
We discovered three retreats that are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or just a long weekend to destress. All are a bit under-the-radar and off the beaten-path, but well worth the extra travel time. You’ll be wined and dined, wowed by breathtaking vistas and kept comfy in luxury lodgings. Be pampered at every turn or remain self-sufficient, keep active or simply relax… the choice is yours.
With its cosmopolitan feel and relaxed pace of life, Catalonia’s seaside capital offers iconic architecture, an unbeatable climate, endless beaches, sizzling nightlife, delectable cuisine and stylish hotels. The city dates back over 2,000 years, yet Antoni Gaudí’s surreal buildings and futuristic high-rises blend beautifully with Roman ruins, World Heritage landmarks and Gothic churches.
Over 350 days of sunshine a year, beautiful mountain views, golf courses galore, chic shopping, innovative restaurants and first-rate spas…sounds like the perfect vacation spot. And no, we are not talking about Scottsdale. While this description is certainly fitting for the Valley of the Sun, this top travel spot is a four-hour drive west on Interstate 10 or a quick, one-hour plane ride away.
People travel for a variety of reasons. There is no better way to spend a vacation than on a quest for beauty. Whether you find it in the mountains or by the coast, there is no denying that we live in a wonderful world. From a tropical paradise to a seaside town or an ancient landmark to a mountain passage, these beautiful places are worth a visit.
LIVE THE CLICHé. A walk hand-in-hand on the beach, a sunset cruise on a catamaran, a candlelit dinner over the water – all the makings of a classic movie romance. Don’t tell me you haven’t thought about it, even once. Now make it happen. Ditch your electronics, fly away to a remote tropical island and focus on the one you’re with and go for it. Turn this Valentine’s Day into one worthy of the big screen….
Life is stressful; we all know the reasons why. However, we may not realize that it affects our health and well-being. In fact, stress can lead to high blood pressure, headaches and depression. “We need to increase the awareness about the direct and well-documented effects that chronic stress has on health – things like impaired immune function, slowed wound healing, increased inflammation in the body and increased risk of heart attacks, diabetes and obesity,” explains Dr. Brent Bauer, …