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The Guide to Spa Vacationing In Los Cabos

The Guide to Spa Vacationing In Los Cabos

There’s so much more to visiting Los Cabos than fish tacos and margaritas. It’s a Baja paradise, with an amazing climate, beautiful waters and lots of luxury. Included in the luxury is some amazing spas, making it a potentially ideal spot if you are planning a spa-centric girlfriends getaway this summer. If you’ve decided spa-ing is in your cards, here’s a few can’t-miss spots to detox before you head back to the bar to retox! Pueblo Bonito: While visiting this property, I tried the Temazcal ceremony for first time. As someone who avoids sweating at all costs, I didn’t expect to enjoy it – I was so wrong. It’s a traditional shaman-lead ceremony, and within the several hours you may spend there, you’ll emerge...

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Packing For Your Much-Needed Holiday Weekend Getaway

Packing For Your Much-Needed Holiday Weekend Getaway

Many of us are taking a much-needed break this weekend and enjoying some Independence Day weekend fun. Want to party heavy and pack light? Here’s some fool-proof tips for efficient packing. Get an overview. As so often in life, proper planning is essential and that also goes for packing a suitcase. First of all, gather together everything you want to pack. “This will give you an idea of what you actually need and what size case you should pick,” says Laundry Manager at Hotel de Rome, Ivica Tot-Genz. Put heavy things at the bottom. Logical really, isn’t it? A wrongly packed heavy item, such as a book, can ruin everything. Rolling is better than folding. Trousers, t-shirts, ties and so on do not crease as much if they are rolled. Use tissue...

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The Time I Wore a Shower Cap in a Temazcal (And Realized I was Missing the Whole Point)

The Time I Wore a Shower Cap in a Temazcal (And Realized I was Missing the Whole Point)

In honor of today being Hair Appreciation Day, I realized it may be appropriate timing to share a story of just how ridiculous I am. The setting for this story is Cabo San Lucas, where I visited earlier this week as a guest of Los Cabos Tourism Board. The visit was luxury themed, and we enjoyed an absolutely sinful amount of luxury — enough to make even the most grounded of individuals feel like something of a glutton. It was fitting then that our final full day in Los Cabos began with a detox in a traditional Mexican Temazcal at Pueblo Bonito Pacífica Resort and Spa — one that, beforehand, I was totally apprehensive about. My mother raised me with two very important life edicts that I’ve observed to this day: 1 – Avoid excessive sweating...

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SXSW roundup (and new articles this week!)

SXSW roundup (and new articles this week!)

If I ever run away from New York, it’ll likely be to Austin, Texas. This week, I wrote two SXSW stories for The Fashion Spot — one on where to eat, stay, spa and get your hair done (obviously), and the other on the absolute tech essentials to pack before you go. But some highlights that didn’t make it to either article:   For more of what I ate, saw, and visited, be sure to check out my Glam Guide to Austin, Texas on The Fashion Spot! And here’s some other new articles live in the past week! Beauty High Get Your Feet Ready for Sandals Season 10 Skin-Saving Beauty Products Under $10 5 Steps to Instantly Lift & Sculpt Your Face Spring Break Is Coming: Here’s How to Prep Your Skin and Hair Collective 310 Go Green This St....

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In this week’s travel news: Please stop patting my pony

In this week’s travel news: Please stop patting my pony

It’a hard life. This weekend, I flew to Denver for the one evening — just to attend a men’s grooming fashion show. Of course, some of the men were old enough to have been mothered by myself. But whatever. They are hot and I’m ripe for a mid-life crisis. Fun times, though. I felt vaguely like a child predator — until I got to the airport this morning and was treated like a REAL predator. We’re all about vigilant airport security, especially after the horror show at LAX last week. But my hair has no negative feelings toward anything or anyone (other than rain, humidity, cheap hair tools), and doesn’t appreciate being treated as such. Today, post body scanner, a TSA agent decided she needed to PAT MY PONY. “I’m...

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5 Reasons to take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruise

5 Reasons to take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruise

Recently, I’ve been undergoing a very “I NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE” mind space. I write about travel, and get to see many places pretty often — far away places some of my friends haven’t even heard of. And yet I’ve seen very little of Europe. And then I read Johnny Jet’s blog post about his own recent scenic cruise in Europe and I realized THIS IS WHAT I WANT. So much that I’m entering his contest to win one of my own — because, well, obviously. Here’s why: 1. The all-inclusive element. Johnny refers to this in his post, and it is like manna to my poor yet (hungry and thirsty) ears. Johnny’s cruise was with Scenic Cruises  — where all meals and drinks were included. I’d love to...

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A tale of my worst travel nightmare ever (and some advice if it happens to you)

A tale of my worst travel nightmare ever (and some advice if it happens to you)

You guys, I had an amazing time in Montreal. The food, the people, the music, it was all awesome….until I tried to head home. Bad weather can wreak havoc on your travel plans, I know that. Years ago I was in LA for a red carpet and ended up stuck there two extra days because of a storm in NY. It’s frustrating…but what do you do? At the time, I was a travel novice. Now, I consider myself pretty experienced in such matters — but Sunday, I was reduced to tears, and it happened with a total blind side. Airlines consider bad weather situations—including snow storms, hurricanes, fog conditions, and so on—to be “force majeure” events or “acts of God,” and are not the fault of the airlines. Therefore, when it comes to...

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The romance of train travel (How did I forget?)

The romance of train travel (How did I forget?)

I spend  a great deal of time on planes — and actually quite enjoy flying — but my first memories of travel? Trains. I have no idea how my mother gave birth to someone like me — she’s petrified of planes, and growing up, because of her (in my mind, irrational) fear, we were always forced to take the auto train to Florida to visit my grandma. As a kid, I was always so angry at her. Why waste a whole day on a train when we could fly and be there in three hours? I grew up in a hurry — I always had the next activity on my mind, and for me, anything that took more time vs. less time was (quite simply) a waste of time. Fast forward to 2013, I’m a lot older (and maybe a little wiser?) and I find myself this morning on a train to...

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Pack like a pro: Tips for traveling light (and an Israel report preview!)

Pack like a pro: Tips for traveling light (and an Israel report preview!)

Whewwwwww! Hello! Home at last, home last last, thank God AlMighty, I’m home at last. I’ll absolutely share more about my Israel trip soon, but for now, a little ode to this nation of mine: Now, please note this is not a political statement — I’m not commenting on the politics of Israel, whatsoever. But I will say that there were elements of daily life there that made me thrilled to return to America this morning. Israel is a place of strong personalities and flavors (making my goal of a food tour even the more fascinating). Israelis love to argue, and they have thousands of years of history to back up just about everything –making dinner conversations lively and fascinating, but also at times tense and confusing. It’s also a...

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I’m going to Israel later today!!!

I’m going to Israel later today!!!

It may seem like I travel super often (and that may also be true) but I’m especially excited about today’s journey. This evening, I’m headed to Israel! It’s not the first time I’ve gone, but it feels like it is! The first time was way back in college, as part of the Birthright Israel program – the first flight I ever took, my first time out of the country — and I remember hardly anything about it. I don’t even remember the names of half the people I went with. I’m getting old. But anyway, that makes what is old new again, and I’m very excited. My journey promises to be packed — I’m taking a food and wine tourism tour as a guest of the Israel Ministry of Tourism — and here’s a sneak...

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