Whether you love it, hate it or don’t celebrate, Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. It’s really just another day, but this year, it happens to be a Friday, which means all the more reason to celebrate — even if it’s only in honor of TGIF. While everyone is scrambling to make dinner reservations and flower deliveries, there are some tasteful celebrations happening around the world you may be missing.
Plan for a relocation to celebrate solo, with your sweetheart or family with this list of way better plans for your Feb. 14. For budget travelers, don’t forget this time of year is one of the best to capitalize on off-season deals, holiday discounts and unlikely family promotions — if it means stretching your dollar that much further, you may not want to skip the holiday this year.
Keep it stateside with a fun locale you can enjoy with friends, family and as a couple, like Colorado Springs, Colorado. With more winter-based fun, relaxing luxury stays, adventurous activity and truly something for everyone, this destination is a great place to start your V-Day planning — even if the V is just for vacation. Take in the Rocky Mountain views while glamping in a yurt on Airbnb, or enjoy winter sports at the myriad resorts offering all levels of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and the all-important après ski. Upgrade to a lodge and take advantage of family-friendly amenities and tours, like horseback riding, or explore town with friends while touring local breweries and distilleries.
The heartbeat of Valentine’s Day (literally), Verona, Italy, sees lovebirds from all over the world flock to the town square for the beloved holiday. Join the crowd for a true burst of Valentine’s energy, including larger-than-life, heart-shaped everything. The city is essentially covered with beautiful flowers and festivities all over the city reminiscent of a certain William Shakespeare play. Bring the story (or at least the setting) to life with kids and introduce them to the world they’ve read about, loaded with charming shops, ancient architecture and history with a daytrip to the fair city of Verona.
This one is so obvious, it hurts, but a list of truly stunning destinations for winter festivities and romantic escapes is always going to include Paris. Explore with sightseeing tours just in time for the season, or venture on your own walking tour of the city, hitting all the must-see stops. You don’t have to plan a whole lot on this trip, as Paris does all the work for you. Bring friends and dine on fine French cuisine and wine, or make it an unforgettable romantic escape. Either way, it’s a great excuse to enjoy the incredible city while diving into French culture, meaning macarons and Champagne.
If you are a lover of thrill rides and rollercoasters, you better start thinking about a future trip to test out some new ones in Orlando, Florida’s, theme parks. Throughout the next year, some theme parks are expecting a number of thrilling additions and experiences for willing guests. From two long-anticipated coasters slated to open next year in Walt Disney World to a yet-to-be-announced Jurassic Park roller coaster set to open in Universal Orlando, thrill-seekers and coaster fanatics will be in awe.
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In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
The first refreshing aspect of Morgan’s Wonderland is its inspiration; a real person instead of a cast of cartoon characters. The second, all the more innovative and meaningful, her parents channeled her resilience and zest for life into a destination of pure family fun, designed to be more inclusive than some of the most-visited theme parks on the planet.