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Top places to ring in the New Year

Top places to ring in the New Year By Damien Martin
A new year means a new beginning. A chance to start fresh, when anything is possible and you don’t know exactly what adventures lie ahead. We all have our own traditions, and as long as you’re spending time with people you care about, there’s really no wrong way to ring in the new year. But some destinations put on a better show than others, and here are a few at the top of the list.
Featuring not one but two fireworks shows, Sydney Harbour provides an excellent venue for celebration. The festivities kick off while the sun is still out, with a tug-boat water display followed by an air show. A cleansing ceremony honoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures takes place around sunset, as flares and eucalyptus smoke fill the air. At 9 p.m., there’s an 8-minute fireworks show that serves as both an appetizer for the main event and allows children who might not make it to midnight to celebrate. After that, a parade of elabora…

Last Minute Winter Getaways

Last Minute Winter Getaways
By Damien Martin

So you couldn’t get the whole family on the same page in time to coordinate a trip over the holidays. Instead, you’re even more desperate for a vacation after the constant stream of visiting or welcoming relatives, shuttling back and forth between parties and overloading on holiday cheer. Well, you’re in luck, because January offers an abundance of great travel opportunities with smaller crowds and lower prices than during the busy festive season. Start the new year off right with one of these last-minute getaways.
Still haven’t gotten a chance to hit the slopes? There are great deals to be had, such as 20 percent off for stays of five or more nights at Virtuoso-preferred Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail or a seventh night free at Richard Branson’s The Lodge in Verbier, Switzerland. One particularly enchanting itinerary is Alpine Adventures’ South Tyrol ski safari. The seven-night adventure includes four-star lodging in Alta Badia and Val Gardena…

Destination Weddings Made Easy

Destination Weddings Made Easy
By Damien Martin

It’s the happiest day of your life, right? But we all know there are a million different things that can go wrong on your wedding day. From minor inconveniences to major crises, there’s always some potential disaster lurking in the shadows, ready to ruin everything. Or at least, that’s how it can feel. There is a lot of planning that goes into making your day perfect, and it starts months in advance. So why not outsource some of that stress with a destination wedding? A few things to know about the process:
Who The whole idea behind a destination wedding is to make it fun and easy. So, you’ll need trusted people to do the legwork for you. Your travel advisor will work with you to find your ideal resort to ensure your special day is a memorable one. Your advisor can handle the details of booking rooms, flights and transportation for your guests, and also put you in touch with the wedding coordinator at your chosen resort. The wedding coordina…

Top Christmas Markets in Europe

Top Christmas Markets in Europe By Damien Martin 
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Neighborhoods are all lit up, and there’s a chill and a holiday spirit in the air.  In Europe, that convivial feeling gets kicked up a notch with the advent of Christmas markets. They’re a great place to do a little shopping, grab a bite to eat and a mulled wine, and do some people-watching. Each city puts its own twist on the tradition, and it’s impossible to go wrong, but here are a few not to be missed.

Strasbourg Owing to its history of being passed between Germany and France, Strasbourg draws from both influences for a unique Alsatian celebration. Billing itself as the “Capital of Christmas,” the city has hosted a Christmas market since the 1570s. This year’s events feature a tall tree and strands of lights adorning the streets, illuminating booths of vendors selling ornaments and traditional fare. For a journey into the past, there’s an exhibition on Christmas in Strasbourg at the t…