David Abolafia

Going Beyond the Bright Lights of the Vegas Strip

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Whenever Las Vegas is presented on film and television, the most common image is the Strip, a collection of glitzy hotels, casinos and other businesses, bathed in a rainbow of neon lights. It forms quite a picture, especially at night, but it isn’t the complete picture. There are many off-the-beaten path places to explore on a trip to “Sin City” – and these are the kind of adventures that, when they happen in Vegas, they don’t have to stay in Vegas.

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David Abolafia

Rediscover the Great Outdoors in Lake Tahoe

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Given that it’s named for the giant body of water it borders, it’s not surprising that many of the top attractions in Lake Tahoe are of the outdoor variety. Blending superlative scenery with active adventures, there is much to do and see on the Nevada-California border. For example:

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David Abolafia

Discover the Music That Houston Made Famous

While many cities have a music scene – and are heralded as the birth of a particular kind of “sound” – few can claim as diverse and eclectic a musical landscape as Houston. From country and pop to R&B and hip-hop, Houston has seen – and heard – it all.

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David Abolafia

Hilton Head Public Art Exhibition: October 1 – December 31

By planning your vacation to Hilton Head this fall, you can show off your artistic side. That’s the time of year when the island not only explodes in all the colors of nature, but thanks to a special biennial event, the colors of artists’ imaginations, as well.

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David Abolafia

Hilton Head: An Amazing Island Adventure

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The eco-friendly community of Hilton Head is a paradise nestled along the South Carolina coast. There is so much to see and do, no matter whether you’re dropping in for an extended family vacation or making the jaunt for a quick romantic getaway.

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David Abolafia

Tips on Traveling with Children in Tow

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A family vacation is supposed to be an enjoyable adventure for the entire family. However, when you’re traveling with children, there is an added challenge – one that threatens to turn your trip into more work and less play. Taking a few considerations into account – both before and during your trip – can go a long way toward making the experience exceptional for everyone.

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David Abolafia

Lost Luggage: What You Should Know

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For vacationers and businesspeople who travel by plane, checking a bag means more time getting through the airport on both ends. Depending on which airline you’re using, it may also entail paying a fee. And, of course, there’s the age-old concern of your luggage simply getting lost or damaged.

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David Abolafia

Daytona Beach: Much More Than a Pit Stop

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Daytona Beach, Florida, is known the world over for the annual Daytona 500, the auto race that kicks off the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and is widely regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. But beyond that, Daytona, a principal city in the state’s “Fun Coast” region, offers at least 500 other reasons to visit – for a vacation adventure that might inspire you to do your own victory lap.

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What to Do During a Long Layover

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Travelers the world over are familiar with the routine: Your flight – the first leg of your trip – arrives at the airport, but your connecting flight doesn’t take off for another four, maybe six hours. This usually doesn’t leave you enough time to actually go anywhere. After all, you’re likely in an unfamiliar city, and airports generally aren’t located all that close to activity centers. Plus, you’d constantly be checking your watch (or phone), for fear that you might miss your plane.

Fortunately, there are ways to pass the time in an airport that can help turn a layover into a more enjoyable, productive part of your journey.

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David Abolafia

Where Celebrities Go to Soak Up the Sun

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Vacationing like a Hollywood A-lister starts by seeking out the locations favored by the glitterati. Many of the most popular sites where celebs choose to chillax have the three S’s in common: sun, sand and scenery. Here are some hot spots where stars can be spotted:

  • Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – You don’t have to be tall, tan, young and lovely to get a taste of the exotic in this tropical paradise. The Travel Channel has called Ipanema the “sexiest beach in the world,” and it’s not too hard to see why, as it is frequented by the likes of Madonna, Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Much of the year, the water is a crystal-clear light blue; however, after a heavy rain, the water can turn a murky green. This may help explain the origin of its name, as “Ipanema” comes from two Tupi words meaning “stinky lake.”
  • St. Jean Beach, St. Barts – A volcanic island fully encircled by shallow reefs, St. Barts is a popular destination for the rich and famous, especially during the winter. The island is known for its beaches, gourmet dining and high-end designers. Most of the food is imported by plane or boat from the United States or France. The white sand and glimmering turquoise water are magnets for superstars like Jessica Alba, Beyonce and Jay-Z.
  • St. Tropez, France – Widely known for its nude and clothing-optional beaches, St. Tropez has been a favorite getaway for the glamorous since it was featured in the 1956 film “And God Created Woman,” starring Brigitte Bardot. Located along the coast in the Baie de Pampelonne, the Tropezian beaches have been known to attract the likes of Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
  • Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia – One of the most visited sites in Australia and a mecca for surfing enthusiasts, Bondi Beach is also a nature lover’s dream destination. Pods of whales and dolphins can be sighted in the bay during migration season, and fairy penguins are sometimes seen swimming close to shore. Celebrities who come for the surfing, sailing and sun include Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles, it’s no wonder this resort city and its beaches have become a go-to getaway for such megawatt stars as Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston.
  • Anguilla, Lesser Antilles – A flat, low-lying island of coral and limestone in the Caribbean Sea, Anguilla is noted for its spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs and beaches. With its cerulean waters, it is at the top of the list for A-listers like Uma Thurman, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and Liam Neeson when they need a sunny place to unwind.

Actors, actresses, musicians, athletes and tabloid princesses alike enjoy slipping away for the sun and fun of the world’s beautiful beaches. And with a properly planned vacation, you can join them on the shore. To book your stargazing trip, give us a call at (888) 269-0182.

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