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EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS: Kenya Yoga Safari

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EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS: Kenya Yoga Safari

Do you wish you could bring your yoga instructor on vacation? Have you vowed to continue your practice when you travel only to find that you don’t? Then check out this new Kenya Yoga Safari with my friend Whitney Bushnell, a private yoga instructor and travel professional. 

This spring (May 16 - 24, 2014) Africa safari specialists Extraordinary Journeys and Whitney have teamed up in Kenya to offer a unique safari experience featuring exciting wildlife, bespoke luxury, breathtaking landscapes, authentic cultural engagement and exclusive yoga instruction.  

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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GREEN TRAVEL: Two Costa Rica landscapes. One awesome vacation.

The problem with choosing a vacation? Too many choices. He wants the mountains. She wants the beach. 

Why choose? Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, a company that manages Earth-friendly lodges, hotels and small inns in Central America, serves up a new surf and turf Costa Rica vacation combo that makes it easy to explore the famed Santa Teresa beaches and lesser-known Turrialba mountains – all in one visit.

SURF: Feel the hot sand between your toes at Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa

Located just steps away from the pristine, white-sand Santa Teresa beach, Latitude 10 Exclusive Beach Resort is a romantic and private eco-getaway that contains just five guest casitas. As a hub for adventure and complete mind and body wellness getaway, spend your days kayaking and snorkeling the clear blue waters, surfing on some of Costa Rica’s finest breaks, rebalancing with a private yoga class or indulging in a deep-tissue massage.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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Star-Treatment Mother's Day Package & More from Hilton Caribbean/Latin America

Treat mom to the star treatment for Mother’s Day, when mothers can play the part of jet-setting celebrities with the “Red Carpet” package from select Hilton and Doubletree by Hilton hotels and resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Now through Dec. 31, 2011, a selection of hotels and resorts near turquoise beaches and in bustling cities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America deliver the star treatment with the Red Carpet package featuring: 

Three-night suite accommodations
Luxury airport pickup
Indulging daily spa treatments 
Rejuvenating facial
On-property, celebrity-style, photo shoot 
Gourmet dinner for two

Each hotel (listed below) also has its own star appeal, welcoming Mothers to enjoy everything from a poolside concierge at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort to helicopter transfers at Hilton São Paulo Morumbi.

And for Moms who’re looking for the best in wellness and relaxation, there are new spa treatments available to guests of two Hilton resorts in Latin America.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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A Special Message From Friends In Mexico

A few years back, my sister and I enjoyed an idyllic respite at Rio Caliente Hot Springs Spa Resort near Guadalajara. You can read about it here. Having lived in Mexico on-and-of for the past decade, I adore the place. So, my heart ached today when I read this newsletter (see below) from Rio Caliente owner, Caroline Durston. I hope you’ll read it with an open mind and share it with a generous heart.

Vaya con Diós,

Ellen

 

Reflection of Different Times


Our longstanding friends and guests will recognise that this newsletter is a bit different than the ones we usually send you - a reflection of how different and challenging things are these days.

We all have been affected in some way by the economic downturn. Then in early April there was widespread media coverage of drug wars at the US/Mexico border. And since April 23, you’ve all been hearing the swine flu stories.

Like the drug war coverage, it is now being reported that there was an overreaction to the swine flu which may be no more severe than seasonal influenza. The Economist reported on May 4 that “the overreaction extends to an unfair vilification of Mexico, which in fact has handled this outbreak in a laudably transparent and competent manner.” The impact of this overreaction may cost the Mexican economy something like $5 billion.

We know there certainly has been an impact on Rio Caliente. We’ve experienced unprecedented numbers of cancellations and the lowest occupancy levels we’ve ever had at this time of year, creating uncertainty and stress for our Mexican staff. The guests who are here, however, have been enjoying absolute peace and tranquility and a research biologist from California told us in early May that she couldn’t think of a safer place to be at this time.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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Give the Gift of Aloha for Valentine's Day

Vacation in Maui: Surf, Yoga, Wellness with your VALENTINE


Another Valentine’s Day and with a busy year and a lot going on, it’s sometimes easy to forget the ones that we love the most. Isn’t it? Tired of the same old chocolates and roses? Looking for something that is REALLY special for your girlfriend, fiancee, wife or husband this year. It’s called SwellCo-ed and it’s located on the romantic island of Maui.

Looking for the antidote for leaving it all behind to rejuvenate for a week with your partner? A chance for you and your partner to get healthy and fit together? How does improving your well-being while bonding with your partner sound?

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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Loreto Bay Resort Introduces 3-Night Spa and Yoga Relaxation Package

IMMERSE AND RENEW WITH A PAMPERING SPA AND YOGA RETREAT AT LORETO BAY


LORETO, Mexico - Stepping out from the protective shade of a thickly thatched palapa, you greet the day with a sun salutation of warm rays of sunshine peaking over majestic mountains and dancing upon glistening waves. Conveniently positioned between the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and the Sea of Cortez, Loreto Bay Resort, an 8,000-acre community neighboring the quiet fishing town of Loreto in Baja Sur, Mexico, offers its newest escape: a three-night spa and yoga package that introduces guests to the quieter side of Baja.

At just $880 per person, the spa and yoga relaxation package calms both mind and spirit with three nights of luxurious guest room accommodations at the Inn at Loreto Bay; a full meal plan of healthy offerings, including three daily low-carbohydrate meals and all-natural beverages; multiple yoga sessions with a certified yoga instructor; one facial and reflexology treatment; a full one-hour massage; a choice of one manicure or pedicure with foot or hand therapy; one back and neck massage; and other relaxation services.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".