“Josh Recommends” for the Week of April 21, 2018 By Josh Garrick

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: “Josh Recommends” for the Week of April 21, 2018 By Josh Garrick  Opera Orlando’s Wondrous Annual Gala Celebration — April 20 at the Alfond Inn  It is with enormous joy that I just returned home from Opera Orlando’s 3rd Annual Gala with the message that ANY organization wishing to put on an enjoyable and memorable Gala look no further…

We’re going to Portugal on a River Cruise!

Portugal River Cruise with Viking River Cruises We are super excited to announce the details of my 40th birthday trip (Cameron, that is). We’re going to Portugal and Spain on a river cruise with Viking River Cruises, the world’s leader in river cruising. It’s a big milestone, so we’re doing it in style! We will be joining the Portugal River of Gold cruise in late May 2018. The tour begins in Lisbon and the ship will make it’s way up and down the Douro River…

The Joy of Revisiting Reykjavik in Iceland

I first visited Reykjavik in 2012; what now seems like a million years ago. On that first trip to Iceland I was introduced to some of the island country’s most famous sights, both natural and man-made, and an intense love affair with this remote destination was born. Since then I have returned three additional times with no plans of stopping, and for the most part I have explored new areas of the country each time, delving deeper into …

North Korea tour bus crash causes ‘heavy casualties to Chinese tourists’

A major traffic accident in North Korea has resulted in numerous casualties, among them Chinese tourists, the country’s foreign ministry has confirmed. “The Chinese Embassy in North Korea was informed by the DPRK that a serious traffic accident occurred on North Korea’s Huanghai Road at night, causing heavy casualties to Chinese tourists,” the foreign ministry […]Click on the headline to read the full article… – Submit your own story idea click here –

Ryokans vs. Onsens

As one of the top Japan travel resources on the web, my site attracts a lot of first-time travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun—and, understandably, a lot of questions. One question I often get, however, tends to confuse even experienced Japan travelers: Are onsens and ryokans the same thing? The short answer is “no”; the long answer is a sort of Venn diagram. I’m better at writing than I am at drawing, however, so I’ve put together a concise blog post that compares and contrasts onsens and ryokans, using real…

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Review, Ras Al Khaimah

The coast at Ras Al Khaimah My work with the airline Royal Brunei highlighted an unusual travel destination to explore: the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the U.A.E. This Ritz Carlton Al Hamra review forms part of a project produced in partnership with Royal Brunei, RAKTDA and Ritz Carlton. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Now let’s begin with telling you about this gorgeous luxury hideaway, the Ritz-…

Music: Songs of Hope and Respect

Categories: Best OfStoriesImage: Music is one of the world’s great ways to connect, to reach across barriers, to get to know people and place. In a time when division seems to be the order of the day in many aspects of life, music can offer ways to think about connecting. Perhaps going to hear a concert will lift your spirits and give you a break from thinking about such divisions. Then again, perhaps a bit of wisdom, an…

Day Trip to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech, Morocco

Taking a day trip to Atlas Mountains from Marrakech, Morocco is recommended and it doesn’t take long to get there. Within an hour of driving from Marrakech we had made it to the Atlas Mountains with a stop at Lake Takerkoust along the way. So you know, the Atlas Mountains stretch roughly 2500km through Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.  The highest peak in the Atlas Mountains being Toubkal with an elevation over 4,000m. We did a…

Fun Ways to Experience Barcelona That Don’t Involve Gaudi

I like Barcelona and have found myself there a few times over the last year or so, each time exploring different parts of the city. One thing has become clear though from these trips, the city has a preoccupation with famed architect Antoni Gaudi. Granted, that preoccupation is well warranted. One of the most revolutionary architects the world has ever seen, his work is peppered throughout the Catalonian city from mega-sights like La Sagrada Familia to smaller, more intimate apartment buildings. But it is an obsession, and as a tourist – especially if you’re there for…

New collaboration to develop expertise for sustainable tourism management

European Tourism Association (ETOA) and the Network for European Regions for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism (NECSTouR) signed strategic partnership agreement in Barcelona. The agreement underscores the significance of coordinated action at the regional and local levels throughout Europe in the long-term interests of destinations and the visitor economy. Areas for collaboration will include project partnerships, […]Click on the headline to read the full article… – Submit your own story idea click here –

These Are the Best Times to Visit Japan

The topic of the best time of year to visit Japan is a contentious one. While the answer seems obvious to many people (cherry blossom season—duh!), the reality is a bit more complicated and nuanced. Visiting when the sakura are in full bloom, for example, can significantly increase the price you’d pay earlier or later in the year. Whether you’re asking yourself the question “when is a good time to visit Japan?” in an open-ended way, or you already have a …

Four Words You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of

The Kindness of Strangers A Travel Life Lesson I’m far from the first to string those four words together. Legendary journalist Kate Adie looped them in a line to describe her autobiography; Vivien Leigh sighed them in A Streetcar Named Desire. Writing courses rail against them and editors hang their heads and demand something fresh. I’ve even read articles that go one step further, tearing the words apart and flinging them across the pixels of an …

“Josh Recommends” for the Week of April 14, 2018 By Josh Garrick

Categories: Best OfTravelingBody: “Josh Recommends” for the Week of April 14, 2018 By Josh Garrick  “Experience Adele” Tribute Show, Featuring Andrea Tyler April 15 beginning at 7:25 pm  The “Experience Adele” Tribute Show returns to Central Florida Community Arts ‘by popular demand’ as performed by the #1 Adele ‘sound-alike’ Andrea Tyler. Having garnered Ms. Tyler multiple awards in the impersonator industry, “Experience Adele”…

Powder Days at Manning Park Ski Resort

Sometimes… the Snow Gods Deliver! If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram there’s a good chance you’ve already seen the photos and video from our recent ski trip to Manning Park Ski Resort, located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains. Spoiler alert – it was epic! If you’re more of a visual person (who isn’t these days?), you’ll want to check out the video below to see the unbelievable powder conditions we received. We spent 3 days…