Love the idea of a vacation that leaves turnes back the hands of time. That’s what you’ll find at La Prairie’s luxury Silver Rain Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. In addition their famous anti-aging products and treatments, the spa also offers a full array of luxury services in a serenely gorgeous setting — from Caviar Massages to La Prairie Signature Facials; 345.815.690; RitzCarlton.com.
Star in your own travel adventure with the V.I.O. POV HD wearable camera. This lightweight, rugged number can store up to 4 hours of hi-def footage. The small recording unit is equipped with an LCD display and wireless remote for cutting out those lousy shots And since it’s designed for extreme activities, it’s everything-proof; $599, VIO-POV.com.
We all know what summer means: Bored kids. School is out, and unless you’re happy enough to leave them plugged into their PlayStations, you’ll need to come up with a hefty list of fun things to do. For those of us with a love for the weird and wonderful, rejoice. As it turns out, our great nation abounds with unique, hilarious, or just plain off-the-wall attractions that provide great excuses for a fun day trip. The intrepid travelers of Roadside America have done the pioneering for you, and on their website provide an extensive list of some of these odd-yet-wonderful attractions. Here are a few favorites within easy driving distance of the Key.
1. Monkey Jungle: Located right here in Miami, this oddball zoo gives you a taste of being on the other side of the fence. Humans hang out in a big cage while the monkeys point and laugh; Southwest Miami, MonkeyJungle.com.
2. Coral Castle: When Ed Leedskalin fell in love, the 5-foot-tall Romeo decided to impress his beloved by carving 2.2 million pounds of coral into a deliciously strange landscape of walls, towers, gates and sculptures; Homestead, CoralCastle.com.
3. Seminole Okalee Indian Village: Forget the casinos. This Seminole Village displays traditional ways of life — and also hosts some seriously wild alligator wrestling presentations; Hollywood, SemTribe.com.
› Marta Ferro began her life in the travel industry in high school as a bus girl in a hotel restaurant, and has never looked back. She’s now a professional travel consultant, and spends her time helping people find their dream vacations all year round.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
— Martin Buber
Talk about packing heavy. When the Grand Vizier of Persia in the 10th Century went traveling, he took his 117,000-volume library along for the ride. The books were carried on camels.
Scared of flying, but don’t think twice about driving? The average traveler has a 1 in 5,552 chance of dying in a plane. Your chances of dying in an automobile out on the road, however, are 1 in 247.
The first travel agency in the world was created by Thomas Cook in 1850. The Englishman introduced the idea of hotel reservations and personally lead the first world tour.