Part of the hustle is that sometimes you have to travel at the last minute. A meeting runs late. Or a flight gets delayed. And you get stuck in an airport for multiple hours. Or you hit the wall and just need to get out of Dodge, fast. Should you find yourself in such a situation, what’s the most efficient way to book a decent local hotel on really short notice? And how can you be sure that you’re not checking into the Bates Motel because you’re desperate for a place to lay your head for a few hours? Correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has sussed out the best travel apps to book a hotel at the last minute.
If you’re taking a cruise, or otherwise planning to be in Juneau, Alaska, we highly recommend taking a luxury whale watching trip while you’re there. We did recently as part of a 7-day voyage on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Bliss. (Full disclosure – the author is a board member of the ship’s parent company). Now we’re sharing our report on the best luxury whale watching trip in Juneau, Alaska.
Shopping for a gift for the kids in your life can be among the toughest of tasks. Figuring out what’s age-appropriate, fun, and perhaps containing a wee bit of educational content is sometimes a Herculean task. And if it’s not your kid you’re shopping for, add an additional layer of complexity in figuring out whether Mom and Dad will love the gift as much as their offspring do. Not to worry. Our intrepid correspondent (and mother of three) Jillian Tangen is sharing our guide to the best luxury gifts for kids of all ages. So you can be sure that all of these are parent-approved.
On a recent cruise to Alaska, we made a brief stop in the lovely and charming provincial capital of Victoria. Join us for the luxury of a magical evening visit at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Here’s our photo journal of a wonderful experience.