Drink a Cocktail Made by the World’s 1st Human-like Robot Bartender at Sea

He mixes drinks, but doesn’t stop there. ‘Rob’ the robot bartender also speaks 8 languages, tells jokes and even dances too! When we can cruise again, you won’t want to miss the world’s first humanoid – and interactive – shipboard robot bartender, who will make you the perfect cocktail to toast your return to cruising and travel. When MSC Cruises launches its newest flagship this spring, it will have at least one exclusive feature. The futuristic MSC Starship Club lets cruise guests feel...

Celebrate 50 Years of Disney Magic

They’re calling it ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ and it's a new entry on the travel bucket list of Disney lovers around the world.  On October 1st, 1971, after years of imagining and building, Walt Disney World Resort opened in Florida, taking the magic of the Disney universe and beloved characters from the silver screen to real life.  Half a century later, some would say Disney World is even better than real life. With millions of visitors every year, the ground-breaking theme...

Every 10 Years, This ‘World’s Fair’ of Flowers Upstages Netherlands’ Tulip Time. Don’t Miss Floriade 2022

 If you thought Tulip Time in the Netherlands was the ultimate garden travel experience, you haven’t heard about Floriade.Horticulture is famously the Netherlands’ most ‘colorful’ industry. The country sells half of the world’s ‘floriculture’ products and over three-quarters of the world’s flower bulbs. It’s number one in greenhouse horticulture and leads global exports of cut flowers, ornamental plants and even trees.One of the most magnificent Dutch travel experiences is an early spring – ‘Tulip Time’ – visit to Keukenhof, the...

The 'FOMO' Guide To Travel in 2022

Social media has an acronym for it: FOMO, or ‘Fear of Missing Out’. Over the last year, we’ve been missing out on a lot. A lot of get togethers, events, family celebrations… and a lot of travel. Finally, it looks like there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with travel starting to pick up this year, and gaining real speed in 2022.  If you’re anything like us, you feel like you have a lot of catching up to do.  In addition...

This State's 'For Lovers', and Even has a Seductive Local Cuisine - Recipe Included!

The catchy saying is known around the world and has even been inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame. ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ debuted over 50 years ago, explaining to readers of ‘Modern Bride’ why they should honeymoon in Virginia. Over the next half-century, ‘Virginia is for Lovers’ has come to mean a lot of different things to different people. It’s not just newlyweds who love Virginia, nestled between Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian...

Kiss the 'Love Boat' Goodbye

If you remember Saturday night TV dominated by a double-header of feel-good, travel-inspired shows, with the ‘Love Boat’ followed by ‘Fantasy Island’, this is the end of an era. The ‘Love Boat’ is sailing off into the sunset. Princess Cruises’ most famous ship, the Pacific Princess, has left the fleet. Princess Cruises tells us that, in its years at sea, the Pacific Princess sailed, “more than 1.6 million nautical miles, including 11 unforgettable World Cruise voyages and countless cruises to exotic locales.”But...

3 Places For the Romantic, Overwater Escape of a Lifetime

Ever since the first overwater bungalow resort was built half a century ago, they have come to define the ultimate romantic tropical getaway.Overwater villas are the next best thing to a private tropical island of your own – a luxury, rustic-chic bungalow suspended right over top of jewel-toned seas. It brings out the primal human in us all, and activates every romantic instinct.The originals in French Polynesia were inspired by the makeshift, thatched-roof overwater huts made by local fishermen to...

Why a Trip to Canada's Northwest Territories is a Girl's Best Friend

Canada’s Far North is one of the world’s Last Frontiers – and a true polar travel experience. The country’s Northwest Territories extend from the 60th parallel into Arctic Ocean islands all the way to the North Pole. At half a million square miles, the Northwest Territories is six times the size of the UK, but has only about 45,000 residents. Boreal forest thrives at the southern end of the NWT, which thin out before disappearing after the ‘tree line’, with...

6 Reasons Why Travel is the 'Best Medicine'

Are you missing travel?  Evidence tells us that travel benefits us more than getting a fresh tan, new social media posts of us having fun in some exotic location, or even new stories to entertain our friends and family. When we had the privilege of unrestricted travel, we took for granted all the benefits it brought, including real benefits to our health that research was beginning to reveal.The old cliché that laughter is the best medicine could really be said...

The Best Place In Britain to get Your 'Bridgerton' Fix

The steamy, historic-fantasy Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’ couldn’t come at a better time to brighten our stay-at-home winter blahs. We aren't surprised it's shattered Netflix viewership records.Bridgerton is an early-19th century, light-hearted romp of an historic romance on steroids. Bridgerton follows the intrigues of the young Bridgerton family and their high society friends, enemies and potential mates, their scheming mamas, and the revelations of Lady Whistledown's scandal sheets.It's fantasy and eye candy of the highest order, with impossibly beautiful and sexy...

The White House Milestone Travelers and History-Lovers Are Celebrating

Amid political drama, it’s easy to forget that 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC isn’t only the address of one of America’s branches of government - or a family home, America’s original work-from-home venue before WFH became a ‘thing’.The White House is also a global symbol of the historic roots of democracy. And it’s one of the pre-eminent museums of the history of the United States.It wasn’t always that way. This year, the White House Historical Association celebrates its 60th...

Check Out These Pinup Pooches on the TSA's First Downloadable Calendar

We love airports, don’t you? After a year without travel,  we can’t wait to see the bustle, feel that unique buzz of people excited to be off on a new adventure in a new place… Of all the sights and sounds of a busy airport, the one that’s guaranteed to make you smile is the earnest, adorable faces of hard-at-work security dogs.We may not be going to the airport and heading off to new destinations right now, but the Transportation...

6 Tips for Planning Your Post-COVID Wellness Vacation

This January, two powerful forces for wellness travel converge: yearly New Year's resolutions to become or rediscover our best selves, and this year, the pandemic that's both kept us from traveling, and for many, fostered a lifestyle that may not have kept us at our peak.In the travel era BC (Before COVID), wellness travel was already one of the most popular, and growing, vacation styles.Since COVID, the idea of wellness travel has taken on a new dimension – now, ALL...

Look Ma, No Hands! Unmanned Air Taxis to Launch in Singapore

It looks like something out of a science fiction film, but it could be the way you get your very next aerial tour of Singapore. In a world first, after two years of tests and collaboration with the island city-state and a decade of development of its technology, ‘Volocopter’ is set to make no-pilot air taxi services a reality.While other cities around the world experiment with driverless cars as a stepping stone to unmanned taxi service, Volocopter has unveiled pioneering...

Snuggle Up In the World's Largest Log Cabin

It’s made of an astonishing 10,000 western red cedar logs, and ‘logs in’ at a whopping 4-million cubic feet of volume.Fairmont Le Château Montebello lays claim to being the biggest log building on the planet. A massive lobby and rotunda anchor four wings extending out in a star formation that’s painted dramatic black on the outside, but retains its natural warm shade on the inside.Phenomenal, 70-foot log rafters support the atrium lobby, with a central, three-story stone fireplace, a mezzanine...

8 New Cruise Ships You Missed in 2020 - And Why to Sail Them Soon

Can we hit the reset button on 2020? Usually, at the beginning of each year, we look forward to new ships guests will be among the first in the world to experience in their inaugural seasons. But in 2020, more than a dozen new cruise ships sailed out of their shipyards only to sit empty, waiting for cruising to resume to welcome guests on new cruising adventures. BestTrip TV’s Lynn Elmhirst provides her list of favorite vessels from the class of 2020 you’ll...

Christmas in July On A Holiday Do-Over River Cruise

If this year’s altered holiday celebrations left you wistful and nostalgic for full-bore Christmas festivities, there’s a river cruise that gives you a chance for a re-do. Christmas in July on the Danube comes without snow – but it does come with plenty of seasonal cheer on Uniworld’s S.S. Maria Theresea. On two sailings in July, the Maria Theresea will have her halls decked out in full holiday splendor as she sails between Passau, Germany and Budapest, Hungary, calling in popular...

3 Luxurious Ways to Experience the Travel Event of 2021 - the Antarctic Solar Eclipse

A year from now, one of the travel events of our lifetime will be over.  Not only will 2021 see the return to travel we’ve all longed for; on December 4th, 2021, a total solar eclipse will take place. A total solar eclipse, where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, completely blocking out the sun for a short period of time, is as mystical and as primal an experience for us modern humans as it has been for...

'Safety Dance': The 80's Parody Airline Safety Video You Need To Watch Now

In BC (Before COVID) times, viral airline safety videos had fun with things like fastening seatbelts. Times have changed. Alaska Airlines gave the COVID travel era the new type of safety video we really needed right now. The video above is a send-up of the 80’s music classic Men Without Hats’ ‘Safety Dance’. If you want to compare it and get a real blast from the past, here’s the original 1982 new-wave Men Without Hats’ classic.Alaska Airlines’ version was released just before...

The Best Celebrations Around the World For You To Ring In the New Year

At long last, 2020 is wrapping up, and a New Year full of hope is just around the corner. This feels like the kind of year you’d toast the year past as early as possible, then call it a night, hoping when you wake up in the New Year, we will have turned the page on the disappointments, challenges, cancelled travels and special events missed during the past year. No need to wait for the clock at home to strike...