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7 Reasons To Visit Venice’s Countryside When Travel Returns To Normal

In normal times, Venice, like Florence, draws millions of visitors each year. Both offer beautiful surrounding countrysides with a bounty of artistic riches and natural splendors, although many travelers know Tuscany far better than they know they Veneto, the region beyond the city on the lagoons that reaches from the eastern shores of Lake Garda to the Adriatic and from the Austrian to the Emilia-Romagna borders. But that seems to be changing as visitors—both repeat and newbies—seek out less trafficked destinations while Italy’s most popular spots swell with travelers. From 2014 to 2019 the Veneto saw close to a 46% increase in visitors, says Jasmine Tramarin of Lovivo Tour Experience, travel specialists who offer customized individual and group trips in the region. “The Veneto has a lot in common with Tuscany in that both [provide] a complete tourist offer that goes from the sea to the mountains, from art cities to beautiful countryside areas, and from lake destinations to thermal areas,” she says. 

Joyce Falcone, founder of Italian Concierge, a company specializing in luxury travel in Italy, who has been included on Travel + Leisure’s A-List since 2009, says she’s seen a growth in travel to the Veneto, but feels the region still deserves more inquiries. “It is an area for a sophisticated traveler who has seen the art cities and Tuscan countryside and checked the box for the Amalfi Coast.” Falcone points out that while visitors are obviously attracted to Florence for its Renaissance history and Rome for its ancient past, the Veneto offers many unique, although lesser-known, cultural experiences that shouldn’t be missed. During warm-weather months, she likes to suggest a circular route for travelers wanting to take advantage of the region’s outdoor and artistic offerings that begins in Venice, the moves to the Dolomites (for hiking, lunching in rifugi, or mountain huts), Bolzano (in South Tyrol), Lake Garda (for boating) and ends in Verona for a performance at the famous Arena. Winter travelers and skiers can follow a similar route with some seasonal adaptations, she says.

Whatever your interests, the Veneto has plenty to offer. Here are seven reasons why you should consider this region when you head to Italy again.

All the wine routes. You can travel the Prosecco Wine Road, officially known as the Strada del Prosecco e Vini dei Colli Conegliano Valdobbiadene, which runs 50 kilometers from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, with a choice of wineries to visit along the way. If you’re heading here in 2021, try the latest offering from producers—rosé prosecco. To sample the Veneto’s red wines, follow the Bardolino wine route near Lake Garda, and to try Amarone at the source, visit wineries along the Strada del Vino Valpolicella in the countryside north of

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3 Reasons Not to Travel This Holiday Season

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Many people look forward to seeing family during the holidays, and often, that means boarding a plane home in late November or December. If you normally travel during the holiday season, you may be inclined to do the same this year. But here are a few good reasons to rethink your plans and stay home instead.

1. You’re already in debt 

For many people, holiday travel is only made possible with the use of a credit card. But if you’re in debt already, the last thing you need is more debt to add to your personal pile. The longer it takes you to shed your debt, the more money you’ll lose to interest. Plus, carrying debt is bad for your credit score, and when that number declines, it can be impossible to borrow money affordably in a pinch. 

Even if traveling for the holidays won’t push you into more debt — say, you got a bonus at work and can cover your flight using cash — it still pays to stay home and use that money to pay off your existing balance. It’s a good way to start off the new year with a little less stress. 

2. You have no savings 

We all need money in an emergency fund for a rainy day. And during the pandemic, having a healthy savings account balance is crucial because you never know when you might lose your job due to the greater economic crisis. If you don’t have money in savings, then frankly, you really shouldn’t be spending what limited funds you do have to travel this year. Instead, tuck that money away in the bank so it’s there for you if a true emergency strikes.

3. You have health concerns

When it comes to the spread of COVID-19, airplanes get mixed reviews. While the air that gets circulated on a plane is said to be well-filtered, you’re still crammed onto a small vessel with what could be well over 100 people — and potentially for many hours at a time. Plus, don’t forget about the people you’ll come into contact with outside of an airplane. You might get stuck waiting in a long security line at the airport, and if you need a rental car, that could put you on yet another crowded line when you reach your destination. 

If you’re at all concerned about the health implications of traveling this holiday season, don’t do it. Similarly, if you’re worried about picking up COVID-19 and transmitting it to a family member — perhaps someone older or with preexisting health issues — then it’s really not worth the risk this year. Sure, it’s a bummer to miss out on the holidays with family, but you could always get creative and enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner over Zoom, and

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3 Reasons to Buy a Vacation Rental Right Now — and 3 Reasons Not To

As a real estate investor, you’re no doubt aware a vacation rental could be a solid addition to your portfolio — especially if you buy one in a prime spot. But is now a good time to buy a vacation home to rent out? Here are the benefits and drawbacks.

The pros

Pro no. 1: Low mortgage rates

Mortgage rates have been unbelievably low since summertime. Today, you can get either a 30- or 20-year fixed loan for well under 3% and a 15-year mortgage for well under 2.5%. Low mortgage rates mean lower monthly payments on your property, freeing up cash for other investments and giving you more flexibility.

Pro no. 2: You may snag some deals from desperate sellers

Though some vacation property owners have fared reasonably well this year, others have been struggling. The coronavirus pandemic has really put a damper on travel, and in some parts of the county, tourism has hit record lows. But as an investor, this gives you an opportunity to scoop up discounted vacation properties owners may be eager to get rid of coming off a dreadful season.

Pro no. 3: There may soon be a surge in demand for vacation homes

A lot of people have been stuck working remotely and staying close to home since March. Meanwhile, health experts say it’s possible a coronavirus vaccine will be widely available by mid-2021. If you buy a vacation property now, you may find that once travel restrictions ease and fears subside, there will be a boom in potential guests looking to escape their surroundings and venture out. That could, in turn, put a lot of rental revenue in your pocket.

The cons

Con no. 1: Inventory is low

The housing market has been tight this year, with many would-be sellers holding off on listing their homes due to the pandemic and the general economic uncertainty it’s caused. Because inventory is so low, property values are surging, so if you aim to buy a vacation home now, you could end up paying top dollar for it. And that could negate the savings you’d reap by locking in a competitive mortgage rate.

Con no. 2: You could end up settling

Low housing inventory doesn’t just mean inflated prices; it also means you may end up having to settle for a vacation rental that needs a lot of work. And if you’re not handy, you could end up spending a small fortune to hire a contractor for renovations just to make that property marketable.

Con no. 3: Travel restrictions may trip you up

Once the coronavirus pandemic ends, travel bans and quarantine mandates shouldn’t come into play. But now, state-imposed restrictions could leave you struggling to get bookings. Be prepared to endure a period of sluggish revenue if you opt to buy a vacation rental in the near future.

What’s the right move for you?

Clearly, there are advantages to buying a vacation home now, but consider the disadvantages as well. As is the case

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21 Delicious Reasons To Travel Right Now

As the weather gets cooler, hotels all over the world are finding inventive ways to deliver delicious food and drinks while allowing for social distancing. From properties in London to Los Cabos, we found heated igloos, secret room service menus and private culinary excursions that will keep you sated.

Peruse Forbes Travel Guide’s list of classes, seasonal pop-ups, new eateries and food-centric events to help plan your next meal.

Fall for fondue

For the third year, Ocean House brings Swiss après-ski traditions to coastal Rhode Island with its Veuve Clicquot Fondue Village. It converted vintage gondolas into inviting dining dens with chandeliers and imported Swiss and Austrian glassware and china for a private four-course meal with plenty of champagne and melted cheese.

Indulge in French pastries

The Connaught recently debuted a rose-infused patisserie selling the London hotel’s famed pastries, including walnut financiers, Paris-Brest, St Honoré and yuzu éclairs. Keep an eye on the sculptural clock — it reveals which goodies you can expect and when, so you can be first in line for a fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.  

Find this hidden gem

Tucked on Conrad Washington, DC’s third floor is a leafy nook with garden-inspired fare. Hidden Terrace at the Conrad Gardens provides an à la carte menu, but head there Fridays and Saturdays for the three-course “story.” Chapter one arrives as a three-drawer jewelry box filled with crudités, cheese and charcuterie.

Warm up in an igloo

Cozy domes have taken over The Next Whisky Bar garden at The Watergate Hotel in D.C. You will want to linger in the armchairs in the six heated igloos while noshing on bacon-wrapped scallops, smoked Gouda arancini and charcuterie. For an instant warmer, order one of the excellent whisky flights.

Enjoy a garden party

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead transformed its tranquil garden into an open-air restaurant and bar. Go to The Garden to dig into fresh, simple dishes like spinach ravioli and steak frites, and drink a Georgia Peach (jasmine-infused vodka, peach liqueur, lime and simple syrup) among the flowers, hedges and pool.

Dine in a mini greenhouse

Have a private dinner in a charming waterfront mini house at Inn at Perry Cabin in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Watch the sun sink into the Chesapeake Bay while sampling the day’s catch — which could be rockfish, crab or oysters — and seasonal vegetables plucked from the inn’s garden or neighboring farms.

Come to a countryside celebrity-chef pop-up

Chef Daniel Boulud’s summer pop-up at Blantyre in the Berkshires was such a success that it was extended to February. Alfresco dining will continue thanks to heaters, so you can tuck into the grilled lobster tail or succulent duck breast amid the bucolic countryside. There are spaced-out indoor

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17 Reasons Why Around the World Travel Is Good For You: AirTreks

Why travel around the world?

We’ve compiled a list of the best reasons why everyone should enrich their life with around the world travel. And while we’re at it…all these reasons can also be taken as our motivation for doing what we do at AirTreks.

1. Traveling is easier than you think.

We believe that traveling around the world shouldn’t be hard: it’s actually something everyone should be able to do at least once in their lives. Whether you choose to spend a few years or just a couple months traveling this beautiful planet, it’s important to see what’s out there. It’s up to you to make the dream come true and take the first step. Launch TripPlanner to piece together and price your ideal route. Not sure where to start?  You can always call one of our travel consultants and get some complimentary advice!

2. Travel opens your eyes.

If you’re open and willing, travel will make you an incredibly more well-rounded human being. And that’s really the goal, isn’t it? If you don’t know where to start, check out our Around the World planning guide.

3. Traveling helps you learn who you are.

All the challenges and opportunities travel lays at your feet help you discover who you are in a way that’s only possible on the road.

4. Travel creates meaningful relationships

People you meet while on the road become some of the most valued names on your contact list. They become places on the map to visit later on. These folks give you a glimpse outside your hometown circle of friends, and force you to take in new and refreshing perspectives, and ultimately realize that everyone is the same.

5. Traveling develops skills you didn’t know you had

Sometimes it’s only far from home that you realize you you’ve got skills you’ve never used. It’s travel that brings them to the surface and makes you smile, satisfied to have reached the mountain top, or  crossed a gorge  or helped a villager clean up after a storm, or even to have successfully ordered a meal at a rural Chinese restaurant.

6. Travel helps you learn new languages

There’s something satisfying about being able to throw around a few words of Greek, knowing how to say thanks in Thai, pulling out that long dormant Spanish to book a room in Santiago, or simply hearing a language you didn’t know existed just a few weeks before.

7. Travel means adventure

Zip-lining over the jungle canopy in Peru, successfully navigating the maze-like streets of Venice, bartering for the best price in the traditional markets of Marrakech, taking a speedboat ride in New Zealand, or hopping in a Land Rover and heading out to watch animals grazing  in Tanzania: these are adventures worth having. People are hardwired for the excitement of adventure and travel may just be the best way to tap into it.

8. Traveling gives you perspective

Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you’ve

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10 Powerful Reasons Why People Love to Travel

Why do people leave their homes and voyage all over the globe? The reasons why people love to travel are varied, and very personal. Take a look at these motivations, and see which ones ring true for you.

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One of the reasons why people love to travel: challenging themselves with new places, people and experiences

Challenging yourself
You might feel like you’re stuck in a rut in your daily life. Or you’re yearning for something exciting and different. You’re craving new experiences and new challenges. Travel is the ideal place to test yourself. It pushes people to their limits and gets them outside their comfort zone.

You’ll discover how resourceful you are when you’re exposed to new places, people and experiences. Maybe it’s finding your way around a busy city. Or ordering a meal when you don’t speak the language. Or zip-lining. You’ll feel pride when you finish your trip successfully. Overcoming challenges will bring you joy and energy for future tests. You’ll realize how capable you are and build your confidence.

Learning
Learning is a strong reason why people love to travel.  They want to experience something unfamiliar and leave with new skills or knowledge.

Seeing the world is more educational than a high school or college class. This condensed crash course in discovering how the rest of the world lives actually will cover subjects like history, geography and sociology. Every destination has something unique to teach visitors, and immersing themselves in a completely different world is the best learning experience.

People may travel to learn something specific: a new language, a new cuisine, aspects of a different culture, or a deeper appreciation of faith or spirituality. As a bonus, they’ll take away more than their specific goal. They’ll discover totally different ways of doing things. They’ll also gain awareness of new customs, cultures, people and places. And because you’re actually experiencing this learning in real life, not reading it in a textbook, it will stay with you for a long time. You’ll gain a deep sense of satisfaction with the new skills you’ve learned – and new insights you’ve gained.

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By being exposed to new places, people and cultures, you’ll develop a wider world view.

Expanding your perspective
Another reason why people love to travel: it helps open your mind. You realize that there’s no one way to live life. Meeting people from other places will show you that your world view isn’t the same as everyone else’s.

You can’t imagine how different life is in another place until you see for yourself. Everything from work to family to beliefs to interests is not what you might expect from your own experience. The different setting will also help you discover and consider fresh ideas you hadn’t thought of before. You’ll come home with different notions and possibilities.

By being exposed to new places, people and cultures, you’ll develop a wider world view.

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4 Scientific Reasons Vacations Are Good for Your Health

How many times have you wanted to take a vacation but thought, I just have too much to do?

How many times have you complained how exhausted you are but without doing anything about it?

How many times have you been frustrated by the long hours you are working, but without giving yourself a rest?

According to a recent survey, the average U.S. employee takes only half of their allotted vacation time. Unsurprisingly, they’re suffering from being overworked, overwhelmed and overwrought.

Even among those who actually do go on vacation, three in five admitted to doing some work. A quarter were contacted by a coworker while they were on vacation, and 20 percent were contacted by their supervisor about a work-related issue.

It’s time we say “enough is enough” and learn to put our needs first. Taking time off is good for your mental and physical health, and you can come back more productive and effective. It’s a win-win.

Here are four science-based reasons you should book your next vacation today:

1. Stress reduction. A study released last year by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from the activities and environments that they associate with stress and anxiety. Similarly, a Canadian study of nearly 900 lawyers found that taking vacations helps alleviate job stress. The effects last beyond the duration of the vacation, too: A small study from the University of Vienna found that after taking time off from work, vacationers had fewer stress-related physical complaints such as headaches, backaches, and heart irregularities, and they still felt better five weeks later.
2. Heart disease prevention. A host of studies have highlighted the cardiovascular health benefits of taking a vacation. In one, men at risk for heart disease who skipped vacations for five consecutive years were 30 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who took at least a week off each year. Even missing one year’s vacation was associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Studies find similar results with women: Women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack, or die of a coronary-related cause than those who took at least two vacations a year. These statistics are not to scare you but to persuade you that time off is important to your health in the long run.

3. Improved productivity. In our perpetual rush to be productive, we often undermine our very ability to consistently perform at peak levels. Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead and be more productive, but it takes consistent focus to be truly productive. Professional services firm Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 percent. What’s more, frequent vacationers were significantly less likely to leave the firm.

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The 35 Best Reasons To Take A Vacation

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There are plenty of good reasons to take a vacation, whether you’re eager to catch up on beach reads with a cocktail in hand or just want to take a much-needed break from the office. Still, while 73 percent of full-time private sector workers are offered paid vacation days, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, research suggests that Americans are taking less time off than ever. In fact, about 55 percent of Americans are leaving some or all of their vacation time unused.

That’s right. More than half of us our leaving free time off on the table. And that means we’re missing choice opportunities to become happier, healthier, and all-around more productive, because, as it turns out, vacations are good for you. Really good for you. Just read on to see why putting aside your workaholic tendencies—even if just for a moment—is in your best interest. And when you do get around to booking that vacation, make sure you’ve committed to memory the 20 Ways to Make Travel Less Stressful.

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Approximately one in three adults in America has high blood pressure, putting them at risk for chronic disease, strokes, and heart attacks. The good news? Taking a vacation could be the cure. Research published in Psychosomatic Medicine reveals that individuals who spent more time enjoying leisure activities, like vacations, had reduced cortisol levels. High cortisol is linked to increased blood pressure, so if you want to keep your numbers in a healthy range, it’s high time you start scoping out hotels.

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As your blood pressure drops, so does your risk of heart attack. Fortunately, taking a vacation can have a profound effect on your cardiovascular health, lowering your cortisol levels, blood pressure, and your heart attack risk in one fell swoop. For easy ways to keep your cardiovascular health issues at bay, try slating The 7 Best Foods For Your Heart into your diet.

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Want to lose those last 10 pounds? Try taking a vacation. Having high cortisol levels increases your risk of unintended weight gain, but a relaxing trip can have those numbers dropping in no time.

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If you’re feeling stressed out, there’s virtually no better medicine than a vacation. In addition to reducing the psychological stress of the daily grind, taking a vacation can reduce stress-related cortisol surges, breaking you out of the cortisol and stress cycle for good. And for those times you can’t go on vacation, conquer your stress with the 30 Easiest Ways to Conquer Stress For Good.

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Staying healthy could be as easy as using your vacation days. Researchers at Penn State found a link between leisure activities, like travel, and increased overall health in later life, so start racking up those frequent flier miles now. And to score more time off, learn The Single Best Way to Get More Vacation Days At Work.

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That ever-expanding waistline could be stopped with few days of sun and sand. Vacationing reduces cortisol levels, which are linked to weight gain, specifically in

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