Are You Living an Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways to Shake Things Up

– Vella Mbenna, author of Muddy Roads Blue Skies 

Have you fallen into a routine of drudgery? Do you feel stuck there? You’re not alone. If we’re honest, many of us will admit that we’re kind of going through the motions—work, home, eat, TV, sleep, repeat—and living by default instead of design. Life isn’t bad; it’s just dull. Uninspired. Actually (and ironically), a bit lifeless. We shouldn’t just accept our adventure-starved status quo.

Life is meant to be really lived. I’ve come to believe adventure is a deep human need. We read about it in books and we watch it in movies because deep down we crave it.

And we owe it to ourselves to pursue things that give us that spark, that jolt of excitement. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your income is. You can and should weave some adventure into your life.

Growing up in rural Georgia, I dreamed of travel and excitement. But after college I found myself broke, divorced, and struggling to raise my child alone. Continue reading “Are You Living an Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways to Shake Things Up”

Toronto is ready for beach season!

Nine Toronto beaches will open on Saturday

Nine of Toronto’s swimming beaches will officially open to the public on Saturday, June 2. Lifeguards will be on duty at these beaches, which will remain open until Labour Day. Open swimming beaches are supervised from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“City of Toronto beaches are great places to relax, escape the heat and get active,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity to go outdoors and cool off this weekend.”

“Swimming and watersports are a great way to get active and be healthy,” said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “Toronto beaches are a favourite destination for families in the summertime and I encourage everyone to come out and cool down!”

Toronto boasts some of the best swimming beaches around. Eight of Toronto’s 11 beaches have been awarded Blue Flag certification, meeting high standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services. These beaches are perfect for taking a swim during the hot summer months. Continue reading “Toronto is ready for beach season!”

GRAND HYATT KOCHI BOLGATTY OPENS IN KERALA, INDIA

The Destination Resort Marks the First Grand Hyatt Hotel in South India

 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) announced today the opening of Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, the third Grand Hyatt branded hotel in India. The 264-room luxury hotel is a waterfront urban resort situated in Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerala, known for its palm-lined beaches, backwaters and historic Spice Route in India. With its striking architecture, dramatic landscapes, opulent guestrooms and suites, dining destinations, and one of the largest event spaces in South India, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is expected to be an iconic destination for impressive views, unforgettable experiences and grand events in the city.

“We are delighted to introduce the Grand Hyatt brand to Kerala and grow our brand footprint in the region, said Sunjae Sharma, Hyatt’s vice president of operations for India. “Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is a spectacular destination resort setting a new standard for living grand in the city. Both inside and out, the hotel’s design, cuisine and grand experiences celebrate the hospitality of Kochi.

Designed by architects from Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo UK Limited, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is located near the historic and picturesque town of Fort Kochi. The resort is owned by Lulu Group International and is adjacent to the sprawling Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center, the largest in South India.

Together, the hotel and convention center offer an abundance of authentic experiences for guests, helping them create moments of more through several offerings, including:

Guestrooms

The hotel features 264 bold, luxurious guestrooms including 38 suites, comprised of 33 Grand Suites, four Executive Suites, and one Presidential Suite, as well as three two-bedroom villas and one three-bedroom villa. Continue reading “GRAND HYATT KOCHI BOLGATTY OPENS IN KERALA, INDIA”

Toast the Holiday Spirit in These Whimsical Winter Wonderlands

Celebrate the festive season and discover a new city full of holiday bliss. From snow to palm trees, Marriott International hotels across the Americas are offering winter getaways to these unexpected destinations for some holiday joy and to experience another destination on the travel wish list.

Where should you go?
Some of the coolest destinations to offer merry celebrations, activities and holiday spirit are: Asheville, NC – Branson, MO – Medina, OH – Las Vegas, NV – Louisville, KY/Santa Claus, IN – Philadelphia, PA – Phoenix, AZ – Seattle/Leavenworth, WA Toronto, ON Canada and Washington, DC.

Asheville, NC
Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville lends itself to a picture-perfect backdrop for all holiday happenings. Visit the city’s biggest attraction as the Biltmore Estate adorns 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees, 1,000 poinsettias, and miles of garland. New for 2017, guests can visit The Biltmore Winery, where 7,000 globe-shaped ornaments will hang from the ceiling creating the illusion of being inside a bottle of sparkling wine. Settle in at the brand new AC Hotel Asheville Downtown where every hand-selected detail fuses local culture with the brand’s European roots.

Branson, MO
Holiday celebrations continue through New Year’s Day in this Ozark town. Branson does not disappoint, offering up an array of holiday-themed activities from exploring Silver Dollar City Continue reading “Toast the Holiday Spirit in These Whimsical Winter Wonderlands”