Week 04–1, June 2021
“The key to life is not in what you attain, but the journey made in its attainment.”〜 Eleesha
By LuxPin Team
◆ It’s a rare stay indeed. Design fans are in for a treat thanks to Airbnb. This fall, the owners of Casa Vicens, the first home designed by the famed Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí, will open the doors for a one-night stay in Barcelona via Airbnb.
◆ It’s been 25 years since the Macarena debuted, a phenomenon that swept the globe. Now, Airbnb is celebrating the milestone anniversary with a special stay in the Spanish villa of Los del Rio. On June 28 at 10 a.m. EST, 90’s kids everywhere can request to book a two-night stay for Aug. 3 in the Andalusian villa.
◆ This new booking platform is exclusively dedicated to connecting remote workers and digital nomads with local stays equipped with all the amenities needed to be productive, meet other people, and have fun. The platform will officially launch on June 21, 2021, but Floasis already has 50 locations all over Europe and more than 3,000 community members, including 400-plus ambassadors who have tested the various stays to ensure they’re a good fit for remote workers.
◆ It’s worthy of a Fancy stay. Attention country music mega-fans: This VRBO is for you. Located on the lakefront in Lebanon, Tennessee, travelers can rent the absolutely massive Estate at Cherokee Dock that happens to also be the one-time home of country music queen, Reba McEntire.
◆ “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” kicks off on Oct. 1 and will continue for 18 months. Starting on its 50th birthday on Oct. 1, the park will kick off “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” — an 18-month-long event with tons of new programming, including two new nighttime spectaculars.
◆ Adventures by Disney just announced new private trips and a group New England itinerary, opening for reservations this month. Cue Adventures by Disney curated vacations that offer guided, family-friendly trips to destinations all around the world — and they just announced new trips and private adventures to Australia, France, New Zealand, and more.
◆ None of the 20 least stressful cities are in the U.S. According to The Least and Most Stressful Cities Index 2021 released this month, Reykjavik, Iceland, earned the top spot as the least stressful city around the world, followed by Bern, Switzerland, and Helsinki, Finland.
◆ If you’ve hit all the major capitals, consider planning a trip to one of these secondary, less-crowded cities. To round up some compelling places to add to your travel wish list, here are some favorite underrated, non-capital cities for you.
◆ From Napa Valley and Martha’s Vineyard to Alaska and Hawaii, get to know some of the incredible U.S. hotels owned by Asian Americans. Asian Americans make up a large chunk of hotel owners in the U.S., with members of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), which was formed by Indian American hoteliers in 1989.
◆ Graduate Hotels is giving you the perfect reason to plan a summer vacation right now. Back by popular demand, the hotel chain is bringing back its Hall Pass, an unlimited $500 summer travel pass that gives travelers access to all 30 of its properties throughout the month of July.
◆ From Thailand to the U.K., people love to share their bike photos. There are plenty of bike-friendly cities around the world, but which one is truly the best place to travel on two wheels? New research from MoneyBeach analyzed over 350,000 city-specific hashtags on Instagram to find the most beautiful cities for a bike ride.
◆ Experience a more luxurious way of flying at a fraction of the price. Scott’s Cheap Flights, best known for surfacing flight deals through email, is giving passengers the chance to upgrade — literally. The company just announced a new Elite membership level for travelers looking to book discounted airfares in premium economy, business, and first-class.
◆ A travel advisor weighs in on how to plan the perfect African safari for the whole family. The right hosts, the right pace, the right guides, and the right activities based on your kid’s interests and ages are critical. With so many considerations, here are some expert tips for ensuring your family’s African safari adventure to be an actual vacation for everyone.