Patagonia, October 2014, http://www.prbythebook.com/barry-blanchard
The coming-of-age story of one of the world’s most respected alpinists. Wall Street Journal said “The Calling is sure to make any reader with a shred of adventurous inclination wish to have climbed with Mr. Blanchard during the storm years of his strength.”
The Tower: A Chronicle of Climbing and Controversy on Cerro Torre by Kelly Cordes
Patagonia, December 2014, http://www.prbythebook.com/kelly-cordes
A real-world exploration of one of history’s most troubled peaks, The Tower raises fundamental questions like: What role should equipment play in climbing? Who has the right to alter a route, or a mountain? What is the impact of history on our ethics in the mountains? What is the point of alpinism: the summit or the climb?
DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
Aside from being the gold standard in travel books, the series recently underwent a revamp that brought major upgrades like updated itineraries, new content, stunning images and improved usability.
The first issue of this digital, glossy magazine was published November 2014 and introduces The Good Life France as well as featuring some irresistible articles about up and coming events and places to visit in France over the next few months. It will be published six times a year (January, March, May, July, September, November) and will be featuring stories from The Good Life France’s own award winning team of journalists and travel writers as well as guest contributors.
The magazine will create a new level of reporting with video clips, photo galleries and other technological advances. The Good Life France will provide an enhanced and inviting experience for global readers and a chance for advertisers to present their services and products in the best possible light.
It is free to subscribers and is also available on iPad, Kindle and other mobile devices.
Every issue will contain travel news and top events (as well as some that are downright quirky). There will be regional guides, destination focus articles, expat interviews, book reviews, destination guides, cultural highlights, a French language lesson, gastronomic features and recipes, celebrity interviews, property updates and a whole lot more.
Janine Marsh, Editor of the popular website www.thegoodlifefrance.com will edit The Good Life France magazine which will feature top journalists and writers from the world of travel.
Speaking about The Good Life France, Janine Marsh said “We have a terrific team of writers, photographers and experts on France. Our aim is to produce a magazine that readers will love not only for its excellent stories and wonderful photographs but also because they will be able to experience France through technology such as video clips, music and enhanced photo gallery applications that a digital magazine can offer”.
For more than 20 years, travelers have trusted the details to DK’s Eyewitness Travel guides. This summer, adventure-seekers in iconic destinations like Italy, Ireland, London, Paris, and New York City will notice an upgrade to their trusty guides.
The series re-launch includes updated itineraries ranging from 2-14 days, new content, stunning images and improved usability with the same gold-standard integrity they are known and loved for. Key features include:
New itineraries based on lengths of stay, regional destinations, or themes
City guides with tailor-made daytrip and weekend itineraries
Country guide itineraries ranging from two to fourteen days
Brand-new hotel and restaurant listings
DK Choice listings highlighting special recommendations for dining and accommodations
Simplified price and cuisine categories, with photography throughout
Redrawn maps for improved readability
Restaurants plotted on maps and listed with adjacent sights
More detailed street maps, with subway stops and viewing points
DK is the bestselling and award-winning publisher known for informing, entertaining, and educating global audiences through beautifully designed content. DK publishes the Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames, Alpha Books, and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Random House. http://us.dk.com
While 2015 Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships (to be published on 1st October 2014) reveals the top ranking ships, with Europa 2 and Europa remaining in pole position, this latest 30th anniversary edition introduces a broader focus on the star performers. New categories making their debut in the seafaring equivalent of the Oscars include Best in Class for: families, teenagers, water slides, most luxurious suites, spas, child-free cruising, foodies and the longest swimming pools. These categories make the guide the holy grail for would-be cruise-goers who know what they’re looking for, but don’t know where to start.
“Small used to be beautiful, but size doesn’t seem to matter anymore, with some high scores being awarded to all sizes, from boutique ships right up to the large resort ships,” comments author Douglas Ward, the man who introduced star ratings to cruise ships. What’s different about routes for the coming season? Ward explains, “Some of the cruise lines, like Princess, Celebrity and Carnival are adding longer journeys to their programmes for our winter, and sending their ships further afield, to destinations such as Australia and the Pacific Ocean. The South East Asian market is also a tempting one for the cruise lines because the yields are much higher than in the west.”
Family cruising is the major growth area, and there are increasing numbers of superb cruise ships available for families that represent great value for money. New kid on the block, Mein Schiff 3 (from rapidly-expanding cruise line, TUI Cruises) is one of the best new vessels for families and, with a 25-metre pool, it also receives the crown for longest swimming pool, plus the most highly rated large resort ship. What Ward describes as ‘gimmickery’ is another trend, such as robots that can make the drinks, as all the big resort ships try to outdo one another. Amusingly too, brochures of the major cruise lines now include behaviour sections on how to act appropriately on board – something that would not have been necessary in the earliest days of cruising.
Douglas Ward believes few operators can really deliver a ship, product, and crew worthy of the highest Berlitz star rating. For this 2015 edition, two ships, both from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, have achieved the score required for them to be awarded membership in the most exclusive ‘five-stars-plus’ club: Europa 2 (with 1,860 points out of a possible 2,000) and Europa (with a close 1,851 points). “Both are beautiful ships to sail aboard”, comments Ward, “with an outstanding amount of space per passenger, high ceilinged passageways, a superb range of dining venues and types of cuisine, and attentive, friendly, yet unobtrusive personal service. They’ve proven themselves to be unbeatable yet again.”
DOUGLAS WARD, THE MARITIME SHERLOCK HOLMES
The 270 hard-hitting reviews in this eagerly awaited guide expose the best and worst scoring cruise ships using an internationally accepted rating system devised by Douglas Ward, its author and the most respected (and feared) critic in the business. The only source of independent star ratings for virtually all ocean-going cruise ships worldwide, the guide takes into account a remarkable 400 separate items based on personal cruises, visits and revisits to ships, as well as observations and comments from the author’s team.
Douglas Ward has completed over 6,000 days at sea, participated in more than 1,000 cruises, 158 transatlantic crossings, and countless Panama Canal transits, shipyard visits, ship-naming ceremonies and maiden voyages. Often described as a maritime Sherlock Holmes, he leaves no stone unturned.
BEST IN CLASS 2015*
5 Best Ships for Families – Chosen for family-friendly facilities, activities and entertainment:
Allure of the Seas/Oasis of the Seas; Disney Dream/Disney Fantasy; Mein Schiff 3, MSC Preziosa, Norwegian Breakaway/Norwegian Getaway.
5 Best Cruise Lines for Teenagers – Teenagers like space away from adults to hang out and meet others. Some ships get it, others don’t. These do:
Disney Cruise Line (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy); Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway); Princess Cruises (Royal Princess, Regal Princess); Royal Caribbean International (Quantum of the Seas), TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff 3).
5 Best Water Slides – Children can’t wait to go for a ride once they are on board:
DrainPipe (Carnival Cruise Lines); Aquaduck (Disney Cruise Line); Vertigo (MSC Cruises); Epic Plunge (Norwegian Cruise Line); Parthenon Slide (Star Cruises).
5 Most Luxurious Suites – Suites are not just about size and space but also the furnishings, service and all the little details:
Royal Loft on Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International – Their upstairs/downstairs layout, baby grand piano, and huge glass wall together hit the spot;
Crystal Penthouse on Crystal Serenity (Crystal Cruises) – The master bathroom is wonderfully decadent, and it’s possible to eat Nobu sashimi and sushi in your own dining room;
Owner’s Suite on Europa 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises) – The bathroom is simply stunning with a bath that could accommodate four, and a window-side day bed;
Owner’s Suite on Marina, Riviera (Oceania Cruises) – Ralph Lauren décor and fine furnishings, a baby grand piano, and a delightful outdoor balcony deck;
Sandringham Suite on Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line – An Art Deco apartment on two levels with a sweeping curved stairway, and an oversized balcony deck.
5 Best Cruise Ship Spas – Wellness and pampering on board have become major attractions:
AIDA Cruises (AIDAprima); Cunard Line (Queen Mary 2); Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Europa 2); MSC Cruises (MSC Fantasia, MSC Preziosa, MSC Splendida); P&O Australia (Pacific Pearl).
5 Best ships for Child-free Cruising – One from each of five different cruise lines:
Adonia (P&O Cruises); Grande Mariner (Blount Small Ship Adventures); Island Sky (Noble Caledonia); Minerva (Swan Hellenic Cruises); Saga Sapphire (SAGA Cruises).
5 Best Cruise Lines for Foodies – chosen for the quality and variety of ingredients, their creativity and presentation:
Crystal Cruises; Hapag-Lloyd Cruises; Oceania Cruises; SeaDream Yacht Club; Silversea Cruises.
5 Longest Swimming Pools – Most cruise ship pools are small considering the size of the large resort ships today, but that’s because water can slosh around when the weather’s bad. Here are the longest:
Mein Schiff 3 (25.0 meters); Europa (17.3 meters); Europa 2 (14.0 meters); Asuka II (13.5 meters); Crystal Serenity/Crystal Symphony (13.5 meters).
TOP 3 SHIPS IN EACH SIZE CATEGORY
The Top 3 Large Resort Ships (2,001–6,500 passengers) All 4-star Plus
1st Place: Mein Schiff 3
2nd Place: Queen Mary 2 (Grill Class)
3rd Place: Queen Elizabeth
The Top 3 Mid-size Ships (751–2,000 passengers)
1st Place: Crystal Serenity (5-star)
2nd Place: Crystal Symphony (5-star)
3rd Place: Riviera (4-star Plus)
The Top 3 Small Ships (251–750 passengers)
1st Place: Europa 2 (5-star Plus)
2nd Place: Europa (5-star Plus)
3rd Place: Silver Whisper (5-star)
The Top 3 Boutique Ships (50–250 passengers) – All 5-star
1st Place: Hanseatic
2nd Place: SeaDream I
3rd Place: SeaDream II
Fully updated and revised, Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2015 (£18.99, 704 pages, with hundreds of colour photographs) is published on October 1, 2014. Also forthcoming will be the guide in e-book format. For further information visit www.insightguides.com/berlitz/berlitz-cruising.
Publisher of Family Traveller Magazine and familytraveller.com named as Official Licensee for Rugby World Cup 2015
Ardent Media Ltd, the publisher of Family Traveller Magazine and familytraveller.com, has been named as an official licensee to the Rugby World Cup 2015.
The London based media company will produce the Official Travel Guide to the tournament, which is scheduled to take place from 18 September to 31 October next year.
The eighth Rugby World Cup is expected to attract up to 500,000 inbound visitors to the UK as well as engaging the UK domestic audience. Matches will be played in 11 host cities across England plus Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
The guide will be published in January 2015 and is expected to have a print run in excess of 100,000 copies. The guide will be available via international Official Travel Agencies as well as a domestic distribution.
It will provide an unrivalled opportunity for British businesses in the travel and leisure sector to target affluent rugby supporters from both home and abroad.
The guide will offer numerous editorial and advertising opportunities for businesses large and small to take advantage of another global sporting event which is set to boost British tourism.
“We are honoured to be a part of the Rugby World Cup 2015. It will be a fantastic tournament which will generate millions of visitor engagement opportunities across the UK. We hope that via our inspirational and practical content the Official Travel Guide will be an indispensable planning tool for all fans before and during the tournament,” said Andrew Dent, CEO of Ardent Media Ltd.
“Through our work on Family Traveller Magazine and familytraveller.com we have great knowledge of the UK tourism market and we are excited about bringing our existing partners access to affluent rugby fans,” continued Dent.
The Singapore Tourism Board is delighted to announce that Singapore has topped the list of Lonely Planet’s 2015 Best in Travel Top 10 Countries, the first Southeast Asian country to be given this accolade.
Lonely Planet cites Singapore’s eclectic mix of heritage buildings, shopping malls, hawker centres, green spaces and other tourism highlights as having brought the country to new heights.
Sharon Lam, Area Director Oceania, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), commented: “We are humbled by this tremendous result and we’re honoured by the recognition of Singapore’s efforts not just in tourism, but also in heritage, culture, greenery, dining, arts and shopping, to name just a few.
“This serves as motivation for us to continue delivering innovative tourism concepts that can help Kiwis discover the real Singapore.”
With Kiwis seeking to experience a destination just like a local, Singapore’s many precincts allow visitors to immerse in cultural diversity and experience the best that the city has to offer. From Boon Tat Street’s mouth-watering satay under the stars, off the beaten track boutique shops on Tiong Bahru’s Yong Siak Street and an energetic nightlife on Club Street and Ann Siang Hill, Singapore is an unparalleled destination that offers New Zealanders a rich and colourful experience.
Commenting on behalf of Lonely Planet, Mr Chris Zeiher, Asia Pacific Sales & Marketing Director, said: “Lonely Planet is pleased to announce that Singapore has topped the list as the #1 country to visit in our much-anticipated Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015. Full of surprises, Singapore is set to delight visitors next year and is deserving of the number one spot.
This win is a welcome addition to a small but growing list of accolades for Singapore’s leisure experiences. Recently, users of popular travel review site TripAdvisor named Universal Studios Singapore as the top amusement park in Asia for 2014 and the Singapore Botanic Gardens as the top park in Asia.
MEN vs. WOMEN: TOP TRAVEL PICKS
WHERE TO GO IN YOUR 20s, 30s, and 50s
Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.
THE 2014 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD WINNERS:
· Top U.S. City: Charleston, S.C., is the #1 city in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row!
· Top Hotel in the U.S.: XV Beacon, Boston
· Top Resort in the U.S.: Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
· Top Island in the World: Palawan Island, The Philippines
· Top Hotel in Europe: Il Salviatino, Florence
· Top Hotel in Asia: Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong
· Top Safari Camp: Londolozi, Sabi Sand, South Africa
· Top Airline in the World: Singapore Airlines
· Top Large Cruise Line: Disney
· Top Midsize Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
· Top Small Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises
· Top River Cruise Line: Grand Circle Cruise Line
· Top Beach Resort in Mexico: Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen
· Top Beach Resort in the Caribbean: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
· Hall of Famers, iconic properties that more than withstand the test of time
· The Newcomers and the Comebacks, new and recently refreshed properties that are destined to become future classics
NEW TRAVEL TRENDS
· What a man wants: A weekend getaway to Telluride or Las Vegas
· What a woman wants: The beach in The Hamptons or Cape May
· Top destination for 20-somethings: New England
· The 30- to 50-year-old set heads to: the Rocky Mountains
· 50-plus-year-old travelers are fascinated by: Alaska
· The most popular honeymoon destination: The Caribbean, followed by Hawaii
The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 28, 2014. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca
Introducing “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook,” a new comprehensive language guide for food lovers that serves up the vital French expressions other books leave off the plate.
You’ll learn how to: navigate produce markets, charcuteries and pâtisseries; prepare meals the French way with delicious, authentic recipes; speak the lingo of Paris’s top restaurants and bistros; pair regional wines with delightful cheeses; and, master the proper table etiquette for dining at a friend’s house.
Whether you’re spending a semester in Paris, vacationing in the Riviera, dining at a local bistro or mastering the French culinary art in your own kitchen, “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook” opens a bountiful world of food you won’t find in any textbook or classroom.
You will come to appreciate a French meal to its fullest—and, perhaps, become a little bit French yourself!
This compact hardcover gift book is perfect for tucking into your knapsack for a day of sampling gourmet local specialties as well as a great present for the Francophile in your life.
As summer slips away, crowds of tourists and parades of Winnebagos give way to seas of yellowing aspens and flocks of honking geese. Fall in the West is short and ever-so-sweet. And it is a perfect time to explore this geographically blessed and naturally dynamic part of the world. For travelers looking for a quiet horseback riding experience, a cabin-by-the-lake weekend, or a long, winding drive to take in the subdued colors and raucous wildlife that define this region in the fall, Carter G. Walker, author of Moon Montana & Wyoming, shares 5 tips for enjoying this brief but magical season:
1. Watch the Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park:
There is no place better in the country to watch wildlife than inside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, the largest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48. Although most visible when snow blankets the ground, they are never more active than in the fall, when the bison and elk do battle over great harems and the bears frantically fatten up for hibernation. Much of the action happens within eyeshot of the park roads, most of which stay open through November 2. Rooms in the park are easier to come by in the fall than during the summer. For visitors that appreciate a real insider’s view, the Yellowstone Association offers a host of fascinating educational tours all season long.
2. Be a Dude for a Weekend:
Fall is a great time to explore the region’s dude ranches, as rooms are more available and fewer guests means more options for shorter stays. At Eatons’ Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming, for example, summer guests are required to stay for seven days, but after Labor Day, a weekend getaway is as doable as it is delightful. Think leisurely horseback rides up into the Bighorn Mountains, lazy afternoons fly fishing on Wolf Creek, and sunsets that showcase the region’s purple mountain majesty.
3. Drive Over the Beartooth Highway:
Straddling Montana and Wyoming and running 68 miles from Red Lodge into the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park at Cooke City, the Beartooth Highway is a staggeringly beautiful road for a Sunday drive (or any day, for that matter). The road climbs to nearly 11,000 feet in elevation and weaves through prime recreation and wildlife territory. Bring a bike. Pack some boots. Even your skis! The weather determines when the Beartooth Highway closes, but it’s usually sometime in October. If this 3-hour trip isn’t enough, the nearby Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway can pack an additional alpine punch.
4. Soak in Some Hot Springs:
The upside of living adjacent to the world’s largest supervolcano (a.k.a. Yellowstone National Park) is that the heat underneath the earth here makes for some outstanding hot springs, most of which are swimmable year-round, and best when the weather is cooler. There are undeveloped options for nature-lovers — the Boiling River by Yellowstone’s northern entrance is extraordinary — and commercial options for visitors who like a little rustic luxury with their hot water. Chico Hot Springs, just north of Yellowstone in Paradise Valley, is a good bet with beautiful water, sumptuous food and plenty of local culture. The entire town of Thermopolis, Wyoming, is built around the natural hot water that flows out of the ground and into developed pools.
5. Take in the Art at Rendezvous Royale or the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival:
Two of Wyoming’s best-loved towns shift their attention to art as soon as the air turns crisp. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival runs this year from September 3rd to the 14th and boasts more than 50 events — including auctions, gallery and studio tours, the Western Design Conference, art walks, and plenty of parties. On the fourth week in September, Rendezvous Royale in Cody celebrates Western art in all its forms with a fabulous art show and furniture exhibition, a fashion show, a quick draw, and a standing-room-only auction of contemporary works at the renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
For more information on Moon Montana & Wyoming, visit moon.com.
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About Moon Travel Guides & Moon.com
Moon Travel Guides make independent travel and outdoor exploration fun and accessible. With expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks ensure that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying travel experience. Moon not only guides, Moon inspires. Based in Berkeley, California, Moon is published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Visit Moon online at www.moon.com
Weddings take some serious planning and looking your best is likely at the top of your to-do list. Brides have so much to plan – so we hope Spafinder Wellness 365′s Spa Guide for Brides takes some of the stress out of organising your special day. We recommend that you invest in a series of spa visits, starting four-six months before your wedding. Many spas have packages specifically for brides, so do your research, find your perfect spa and prepare to get gorgeous!
1 Plan ahead.
Make a list of your wellness and beauty priorities: if you have trouble skin, focus your time and resources on a series of facials. If you’re super stressed, regular massages will ease tension and give you soft skin. If your hair needs attention, choose a spa that can help you get luscious locks.
2 Get a body wrap.
There are body wraps designed for many purposes: detoxify your skin, lose a few inches, soothe aches and pains, get super-soft skin and more. Spafinder recommends booking a series of 4-6 body wraps for best results.
3 Take your fiancé.
Book a couples massage with your other half, or for a unique experience we highly recommend booking a Hammam experience together. Skin is exfoliated & cleansed with black soap and Rhassoul clay is applied to purify the skin. End the day with a relaxing visit to the sauna with your loved one.
4 Start body brushing.
Body brushing is a guaranteed route to glowing skin. You can do this at home every day with a body brush and compliment your regime with a lymphatic drainage massage at the spa. Body brushing improves circulation, softens skin, reduces cellulite and helps the body eliminate toxins.
5 Remember to enjoy it!
Savour your pampering time at the spa – use it to de-stress, unwind and calm your mind. You likely have a million things flying around in your head, from worrying about which poor soul to seat next to Uncle Jim to whether your bridesmaid’s gowns are the right shade. Use your time in the spa to quiet your mind and let your body relax, recharge and restore.
1 Get a facial a few days before your wedding.
Facials draw out impurities from the skin, which can cause breakouts and redness. For this reason, it is recommended that you have a facial no less than one week prior to your wedding For radiant skin, Spafinder Wellness 365 recommends a series of facials before your wedding (try once a month for 6 months).
2 Wax on the day of the wedding.
Similar to facials, waxing should be performed at least a week before your wedding. You want your wedding day skin to be glowing and smooth, not irritated and red!
3 Do a DIY fake tan!
We’re sure you’ve had horror stories about brides doing their own fake tan before their wedding. Don’t go there – it’s not worth it! If you want a fake tan, pay a professional, preferably one you’ve used before or someone recommended by a friend.
4 Stress about money.
We understand that it’s not possible for everyone to visit the spa each month in the run-up to your wedding. No matter what your budget, we want you to be able to enjoy the spa – you can even do this at home with our DIY spa tips. Give yourself a facial, enjoy a detoxifying bath and even make your own lip balm wedding favours!
5 Hesitate to ask for a discount.
If you’re booking a series of spa treatments, you will likely be entitled to a discount. Sometimes, though, if you don’t ask you won’t receive – so be sure to ask!
Did you know…
42% of UK weddings take place in July, August & September.1
If bronzed skin is on your wish list, book a series of sunless tanning appointments.
Hens love the spa.
A whopping 42% of wedding guests think that a spa weekend is the best kind of hen party. 2
Feeling stressed? Have a masage.Brides can suffer from a fair bit of stress, so book a massage if things get too much. Massage relieves anxiety, depression and significantly lowers the stress hormone cortisol. 3
1 Office for National Statistics
2 Phase Eight
3 Prevention, “Massage Away Depression and Anxiety”
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