Category: Travel & Dining

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Zhangjiajie, A Small City of Big Wonders: A Ride to Heaven

The climb is exciting and at the same time terrifying. It’s amazing being so high up, watching the landscape change before your eyes. Still, can’t help the sudden drop of the heart; especially when the car disappears into the clouds. It’s like you’re just floating, but its eerie moving and not seeing anything. One of the members in the group likened the experience to Stephen King’s The Mist—way to increase the terror and suspense.

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Zhangjiajie, A Small City of Big Wonders: Crossing the World’s Longest Glass Bridge

The next major item on our tour was the well-known Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. Another wonder, this glass bridge is not only the longest, but tallest suspended glass bridge in the world. This incredible architectural feat started a trend of glass bridge construction throughout China resulting in many “glass bridge” locations.

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Zhangjiajie, A Small City of Big Wonders: Trails through Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

On your tour of China, Zhangjiajie is not a place to be missed. Fondly referred to as a small city but of big wonders, Zhangjiajie does not disappoint visitors and locals alike. A UNESCO world heritage location and home to many natural wonders, Zhangjiajie is well-known for much of its captivating landscape. With towering rock pillars, architectural feats, and lush canyons, this small city tucked away in China’s Hunan province has many sights that will leave you in awe.

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5 Home Comforts That are Luxuries in Shanghai

There were many things I needed to get accustomed to after my initial culture shock and lifestyle 180. During my time abroad, there were many things I recognized as home comforts that turned out to luxuries in Shanghai.

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A Reminiscence of Macau

Anyone else have travel on the brain?  I’ve been waiting for the day I can relish a flight again in the big blue skies.  It brought to mind one of my first semi-solo trips.  This had been taken during the last days of summer on a last-minute excursion with a colleague of mine at the time when I was living in Shanghai.

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Why You Should Plan to Travel in the Off-Season

As things begin to slow down, it is prime time to start packing your bags. Traveling during the off-season does require planning, selecting perfect locations and monitoring rates; but what trip doesn’t? The planning is still well worth it with these reasons to travel during the off-season.

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Get Ready for Your Next Stay-cation

Staycation… a vacation at home. Not entirely though. You have the luxury of being away and the feel of a vacation without actually going too far from home or breaking the bank. Doing a staycation is more than just a holiday alternative. It’s a discovery of your current home and a break away from the real word.

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Sitting on the Bay at SIX

JW Marriot Tampa just opened December 21 of last year and is already turning heads and pleasing stomachs. I had the pleasure of dining at SIX at the end of December last year and am excited to add it to my eatery list for Tampa.

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A Luxury Self-Care Day in Shanghai: Jing’an District

An excellent way to level up your self-care days is to set aside time for luxury treatment. To continue with our “Luxury Self-Care Days On-Location” series, let’s move into the city center of Shanghai—Jingan. It’s a great spot to be in with a little something for everyone. Jingan has everything from hidden city retreats in parks to luxury malls and small shops, street stall food to fine dining.

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A Luxury Self-Care Day in Shanghai: Huangpu District

One thing to not fall short on is self-care and by doing it up with a bit of luxury you’re in for superb treat. We already have a routine (if not, you should definitely write one) and know that self-care goes a long way for mental and physical health. At certain times, we can benefit from boosting our self-care regimens.

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From Shanghai to Beijing: 3 Days of Travel with a Taste of Luxury

My time was winding down in Shanghai, China for the moment. However, I still had so much to do and so much to see! One of the things at the top of my to-do list was Beijing. I could not say that I have lived in China for almost two years and had not been to Beijing—had not gone to the Great Wall!

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A Delicious Evening at M on the Bund

Shanghai is easily recognized by its iconic skyline that curves around the Huangpu River. The surrounding area, the Bund, is lined with attractions, from jazz clubs and theaters to quaint cafes and fine dining, including M on the Bund.