Travel News: October 23, 2017

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Study reveals shifts in adventure travelers’ preferences
Travel Weekly

Ten years ago, adventure travel was defined by vigorous activities like mountain climbing, rafting and trekking in places like North America and Western Europe.

A decade later, hiking now tops the list of most typical adventure travel activities, and adventure travelers have their sights set on a wider variety of destinations, according to a new report from the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), its first in a decade.

After completing an extensive adventure travel study in 2006, ATTA joined with Outside magazine and East Carolina University to carry out a follow-up study in 2016 to see how attitudes toward adventure travel had changed in the past 10 years.


Mission-Driven Luxury Lands in Belize
Travel Pulse

Looking for a guilt-free—and sun-soaked—getaway this winter?

Look no further than the new Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Placencia, Belize, which is now officially taking reservations.

Stays from December 15th onwards can currently be secured at this groundbreaking resort, which has created its very own style of sustainability called “Mission-Driven Luxury”. The philosophy aims to offer guests authentic experiences that only serve to enhance and preserve the region’s indigenous culture and natural environment.


New hotels mean Palm Springs is once again the capital of cool
Los Angeles Times

Remember the old Palm Springs? A sunny desert town where Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and many other Hollywood types partied in the ’50s and ’60s?

It crashed and burned when new communities developed nearby. Stores closed. Restaurants died. Builders abandoned construction sites.

But a funny thing happened as the decades rolled by: The city discovered a way to turn back the clock.

Everything old is new. Once again, this town is hot, hot, hot. Once again, it’s the capital of cool.


After The Fires: Why Now Is The Best Time To Visit Napa And Sonoma

The fires have subsided and Napa and Sonoma are open for business; now is the time to go before the crowds come back in force. The roads are quiet, tasting rooms sit empty and all of that delicious California wine is just waiting to be enjoyed. This truly is an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy wine country the way it used to be—-before the traffic, packed tasting rooms and reservations-only restaurants.

You’ll have wine country all to yourself if you drop everything and go.


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By: Matt Long

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