Week 03–1, June 2021
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” 〜 Amelia Earhart
By LuxPin Team
◆ TCS World Travel, a company specializing in all-inclusive jet expeditions and custom itineraries, has three new adventures for travelers to enjoy. In June, the company announced the new intimate private jet trips for 10 people, which it says are all “perfect for couples or solo travelers” looking to get out and explore again in the late summer or early fall.
◆ From cage diving with sharks to jumping out of a plane, these adventure vacations are guaranteed to break you out of your comfort zone. Adventure vacations, like the 10 listed below, offer a fantastic way of getting to know a destination while also testing your own physical limits.
1. Paragliding in Umbria
2. Heli-skiing in The Alps
3. Shark Diving in South Australia
4. Hut-to-hut Hiking in Colorado
5. Seeing Red-hot Lava in Hawaii
6. Snorkeling in Belize
7. Canopy Tour in Guatemala
8. Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite
9. Trekking to Machu Picchu
10. Skydiving in Dubai
◆ If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a great American train trip, your time is now. For under $300, you can now travel across the U.S. on Amtrak for a month. Amtrak’s U.S. rail passes allow passengers to take up to 10 rides over a period of 30 days. You’ll also need to book before June 22 to take advantage of Amtrak’s sale pricing.
◆ On this pristine, out-of-the-way island off the coast of northwestern France, Île de Ré is something like a French Martha’s Vineyard, and the island is far more popular with French tourists than it is with visitors from outside the country. Every side street you turn into is a living Pinterest post of casual French seaside chic.
◆ Starting July 1, all California residents 18 and older who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered in the “Vax for the Win” California Dream Vacations giveaway for the chance to score one of six epic vacation packages. In addition to the trip packages, the vacation winners will receive $2,000 for travel expenses.
◆ In a recent report issued by the European Environment Agency (EEA) that examined the water quality at 22,276 bathing sites across the 27 European Union nations plus Albania, Switzerland, and the U.K., the island nation of Cyprus came out with a perfect score of 100%, earning it top honors for having the highest quality standard of swimming waters that were tested between May 1 and Oct. 31 of 2020.
◆ When only the finest pampering will do, these retreats are the perfect way to rejuvenate your body and mind. Is there anything more indulgent than a spa day? We think not, especially considering the treatments we found at some of the world’s most relaxing hotels. These wellness retreats around the world promise to relax and reinvigorate you.
◆ After a 43-year journey, the original Pride flag is back in San Francisco. The only surviving piece of the original decades-old rainbow flag that has come to symbolize LGBTQIA+ freedom around the world has finally made its way home to a San Francisco museum.
◆ This midsize city south of Nashville, Chattanooga, Tennessee, offers everything remote workers need for the perfect WFH experience, including some of the fastest Wi-Fi in the U.S.
◆ Glamping and delicious food, what more could you ask for? In May, the luxury glamping retreat reopened for the 2021 season, bringing with it a socially distanced getaway located mere minutes from Manhattan.
◆ The European Union’s COVID-19 digital certificate could be extended to non-EU citizens, including from the United States, an EU Commission spokesperson said. The EU Digital COVID Certificate will allow EU citizens to upload proof of a vaccine, proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or proof they contracted the virus and recovered. The system, which uses a QR code with a digital signature and will be standardized across the continent next month, will exempt European travelers from most travel restrictions.
◆ Visitors will be allowed to hike the trail for the first time since the Basin Complex Fire destroyed it in 2008. A popular California hiking trail will reopen this week after it was destroyed by a wildfire more than 10 years ago, according to the Save the Redwoods League.