Wellness, Experiences & Travel Top mbg Readers’ Wish Lists For 2018

In 2018, mbg readers are packing their bags. The results from our annual survey are in, and they speak to a trend that’s going global: the merging of wellness and travel. We’ve seen the tourism market turn toward wellness in recent years with brands like Westin investing in healthy hospitality, and that trend is accelerating in 2018. Lonely Planet reports that the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector is wellness tourism, which with a 10 percent rise in 2017, is now estimated as a $500 billion market. Forecasts like those by the Global Wellness Institute suggest that the…

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Malta trending in US travel market

It is that time of year when travel publications and TV news casts announce their eagerly awaited “Places to Go 2018” lists for American travelers to see where is the next hot spot to explore. Malta is clearly trending. Although Malta has already been featured on major travel lists in the past few years, this year the Mediterranean Gem has made more than 20 lists including several leading TV Broadcasts. Malta is not only mentioned but being singled out by top media outlets and TV broadcasts. From CBS News Travel…

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What Boutique Travel Is and Isn’t – Here’s How to Qualify Your Clients

Photo: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.  Some well-traveled clients want what they want. Others aren’t quite sure what they want – and therefore rely on you to qualify them. When it comes to boutique travel products, one could almost say it’s as close to custom as you can get – reserved for those seeking something exclusive and ideal for anyone who likes their needs catered to.Boutique and unique may rhyme by coincidence but one is very much a part of the other. So when determining whether or not your client…

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Some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February

Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February. If you still want to take a winter vacation, Travel and Leisure Magazine says February is a great time to fly. Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. if you want to get away. Honolulu, Hawaii The magazine says it’s a big wave season and also a great time for whale watching tours. Beaver Creek, Colorado  The magazine points out that the town has increased its focus on non-ski activities, which could be…

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Travel tips: 12 of the biggest myths in travel, busted

The French, rude? Don’t believe the hype. Photo: Alamy I’m not sure how these things start. Maybe someone writes a newspaper story, or a blog post, or just tells a few tales to their friends, and these things gain a life of their own, they become perceived wisdom, they morph from story into fact. You just know them, now, to be true: you should pack light when you travel; you should fly to your destination; you should dress smart to get an upgrade; you should shop at duty free; you should…

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The 4 Values That Have Guided This Travel Entrepreneur To Success

Kristin Karst is the cofounder, co-owner and executive vice president of AmaWaterways, a family-owned river cruise company created in 2002 with a fleet of 20 award-winning ships in Europe, Asia and Africa. The successful businesswoman grew up during the Communist period in East Germany, which, she says, has had a huge impact on her career and spawned her two greatest passions: travel and entrepreneurship. Morgan Stemler Kristin Karst is the cofounder & EVP of AmaWaterways, a river cruise company. (Courtesy of AmaWaterways) “During the Communist era, many restrictions were in place,…

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How to Remain Stress-Free While Traveling

Traveling could certainly be a stressful experience, whether you are headed to a destination for work or for pleasure. But if you have the right strategies and tools in place, you could make the experience as stress-free as possible. So, check out the tips below and consider implementing them the next time that you are planning on traveling by train, plane, or automobile. Get Some Laughs Laughter is some of the best medicine when it comes to relieving stress and tension and getting your mind off of your troubles. So,…

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Record Snowfall and Cold Set the Cost of Heat Soaring in South and Northeast

Have you ever wondered when they started naming winter storms? You might wonder why this is important but there is logic in following winter storms each year just as there is in following tropical cyclones in the summer. The further you get down the alphabet, the likelier you are looking at a record setting winter. So, How Did Winter Storms Get Their Names? To answer your question, The Weather Channel officially began naming winter storms in the 2012-13 winter, starting with Athena. This year, we are already at Hunter, the…

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AirAsia India Introduces New Routes. Flight Ticket Offers, Flight Dates And Other Details

AirAsia India has announced new flights connecting Chennai with Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar. AirAsia India will start operations on the new flights from February 24, 2018, according to the airline’s website – airasia.com. The move comes over two years after the airline had discontinued operations from Chennai. AirAsia India is offering promotional flight tickets starting at an all-inclusive Rs. 1,299 on the new flights connecting Chennai, according to its website. Bookings for the flights connecting Chennai with Bengaluru and Bhubaneswar are open till January 21, 2018. The fares are applicable on…

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Railway Panel Mulling Increased Fare For Lower Berths, Festive Travel

Railway passengers could be paying extra for seats of their choice. NEW DELHI: Railway passengers could be shelling out more for choosing lower berths and travels during festive seasons, if the recommendations of a fare review committee are approved by the Railway Board. The panel constituted to review the flexi-fare system in premium trains has recommended that the transport behemoth adopt the dynamic pricing model followed by airlines and hotels, sources said. Like flyers pay more for front-row seats, railway passengers too could be paying extra for seats of their…

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