Week 01–1, Apr. 2021
“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” 〜 Clint Borgen
“The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” 〜 Shirley MacLaine
By LuxPin Team
◆ In recent years, more seniors have been considering retirement abroad, and quite a few have actually made the move. Here are some of the more popular European retirement destinations.
1. Algarve, Portugal: Gorgeous white-sand beaches, warm Atlantic waters, ideal year-round weather, and an array of outdoor activities are guaranteed in this southern coastal region of Portugal.
2. Bordeaux, France: A lovely port city located in southwestern France along the Garonne River, Bordeaux enjoys warm summers and mild winters.
3. Budapest, Hungary: With an attractive cost of living, beautiful historic buildings, excellent restaurants, thermal baths, and friendly citizens, Budapest is becoming a popular retirement destination for both Europeans and Americans.
4. Ljubljana, Slovenia: This capital city of about 295,500 is becoming known as a retirement destination for both Europeans and Americans.
5. Split, Croatia: Growing in popularity as a tourist destination, Croatia is also quite attractive as a retirement location.
6. Alicante, Spain: Alicante, located along the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Spain, offers a selection of exquisite beaches, wonderful restaurants, dynamic nightlife, and glimpses into its historical past.
7. Valletta, Malta: Valletta is the tiny capital city of Malta, a country composed of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea about 60 miles south of Sicily.
8. Kinsale, Ireland: Situated on the southern coast of the Republic of Ireland, Kinsale is a historic town with beaches, marinas, a yacht club, fishing, and diving.
9. Prague, Czech Republic: This unique and captivating capital city is both ancient and modern, as well as particularly welcoming to foreigners. It’s home to more than 120,000 expatriates and a growing number of retirees.
◆ 34 of the best travel movies that inspire wanderlust. Maybe they’ll cause for a change of scenery — or maybe they’ll incite the adventure of a lifetime.
1. ‘Thelma & Louise’ (1991)
2. ‘The Holiday’ (2006)
3. ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (2018)
4. ‘Wild’ (2014)
5. ‘Eat Pray Love’ (2010)
6. ‘La La Land’ (2016)
7. ‘Before Sunrise’ (1995)
8. ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ (1983)
9. ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ (2007)
10. ‘Up’ (2009)
11. ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981)
12. ‘Mamma Mia!’ (2008)
13. ‘Nomadland’ (2020)
14. ‘Romancing the Stone’ (1984)
15. ‘Paris, Je T’aime’ (2006)
16. ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ (1994)
17. ‘RV’ (2006)
18. ‘Point Break’ (2015)
19. ‘Girls Trip’ (2017)
20. ‘The Way’ (2010)
21. ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ (2005)
22. ‘Up in the Air’ (2009)
23. ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ (1956)
24. ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York’ (1992)
25. ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ (2003)
26. ‘Angels & Demons’ (2009)
27. ‘Easy Rider’ (1969)
28. ‘Out of Africa’ (1985)
29. ‘Johnson Family Vacation’ (2004)
30. ‘Midnight in Paris’ (2011)
31. ‘The Parent Trap’ (1998)
32. ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ (1999)
33. ‘Roman Holiday’ (1953)
34. ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ (1985)
◆ Although the rate of vaccine availability has varied around the world, some countries are jumpstarting their tourism industries by inviting fully inoculated travelers to visit. Below are the countries currently welcoming vaccinated Americans.
◆ Princess Diana’s former apartment is gaining some very special recognition this year. In early April, English Heritage, a charitable organization that looks after more than 400 historic buildings, monuments, and sites, announced it will be adding one of its famous blue plaques to the one-time home of Princess Diana.
◆ London’s hottest new luxury hotel isn’t for you — it’s for your dog. At Urban Mutts in London’s West End, the staff practices acupuncture, massage, and reiki. Fully ventilated, heated indoor sleep huts come equipped with LED mood lighting and custom elevated beds. Plus, room service — and snuggles — are available around the clock.
◆ These pups are about to live the good life they deserve. The Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani, and Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort are going to the dogs. The three luxury resorts are teaming up with the Maui Humane Society for its annual Wags to Riches event. Only this year, rather than host a mere event, the hotels are giving away one-night stays for the dogs and their human friends.
◆ The flight, which took off on a Qatar Airways Airbus A350–1000 from Doha’s Hamad International Airport at about 11 a.m. local time and returned to the city at 2 p.m., was a glimpse into a possible future. Every passenger and crew member was fully vaccinated along with the staff at check-in. “Today’s special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away,” Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive, said in a statement, adding the flight provides “a beacon of hope for the future of international aviation.”
◆ Amtrak is making it easier — and even more affordable — to book a rail-based adventure, thanks to its two-for-one sale on private roomettes. For a limited time, customers booking one of Amtrak’s roomettes this summer and early fall can bring a companion for free.
◆ Since the beginning of the pandemic, New Zealand has been one of the countries most commended for its strategic containment of the coronavirus, which included a strict lockdown of its borders. Now, the island nation is taking a major step in reopening by launching a quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia, starting April 19.
◆ Ask any astronaut to name their favorite place onboard the International Space Station (ISS), and they’ll likely name the cupola, a windowed module designed for gazing at the Earth. It’s the best place to get a good look at Earth and the cosmos — that is, until now. SpaceX has announced the addition of its own cupola to its Crew Dragon capsule, which will provide astronauts with unparalleled 360-degree views.
◆ Here’s one subway station where New Yorkers can do more than just catch a train. At the southeast corner of 28th Street and Seventh Avenue, there’s a door on the platform between the staircases to the 1 train that leads to a hidden bar serving up a chic vibe along with $17 cocktails. And with a list of more than 900 reservation requests, it’s also turned into one of the most coveted tickets in town.
◆ To encourage travel to America’s national parks, one company will gift an annual pass to select visitors who make a vacation rental booking during National Park Week, which runs from April 17 to 25, 2021. WorldMark by Wyndham, the member-based vacation club with about 100 resort destinations, will give the first 100 people who book a stay at certain properties an $80 American Express gift card — the exact amount needed to cover an annual pass for entrance or access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
◆ The U.S. now has another official International Dark Sky Park. Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado just became one of the world’s newest International Dark Sky Parks. Mesa Verde National Park, which spans more than 52,000 acres in southwestern Colorado and includes more than 5,000 known archeological sites, just became one of the world’s newest destinations to receive the designation.
◆ The airline has partnered with New York-based Dig for delicious dining options on flights to London. JetBlue is taking farm-to-table dining to new heights — and letting economy passengers get in on the delicious fun — revealing its freshly-sourced menu and other perks of its soon-to-launch transatlantic flights to London.