Need some travel inspiration? Take a look at blog posts from some of Laura's favorite itineraries:
They say that once you ski in Europe, it is hard to go back and it is true. There simply is no shortage of chic – from the international clientele to the genuine warmth of the French hosts. Gorgeous shops, special hotels, luxury chalets, and award-winning restaurants seamlessly blend into the mountain village atmosphere with out taking from its authentic French Alpine character.
Day 1: Arrive into Nairobi. First impression: Kenyans must be the loveliest people in the world. Even those who have nothing give smiles that melt your heart – smiles that can’t be expressed in words, smiles that ask for absolutely nothing in return. Most important lesson: slow down and relax, I am in Kenya. “A hasty person misses the sweet things. – Swahili Proverb.
The Maldives – a tiny nation made up of 1200 low lying coral islands on the Indian Ocean just southwest of Sri Lanka is likely one of the most beautiful places on earth. Well worth the trip with a stop over in London or Dubai or as an add on to a trip to the Indian Subcontinent.
India is sound and color, chaos and peace, tradition and innovation. The subcontinent holds a variety of contrasting images, from Kipling-esque visions of spectacular, carved temples and gleaming marble palaces, to lonely Himalayan lamaseries and far-flung dusty villages where council meetings are held under the shade of a banyan tree. Nearly one sixth of all the human beings on earth live in India, making it the world’s most populous democracy. Within its borders live a huge variety of peoples, practicing most of the world’s major religions, speaking scores of different languages, belonging to numerous socially exclusive castes, and combining physical traits of several major racial groups. A civilized, urban society has existed in India for over 5,000 years, a time span marked by periods when its culture was as brilliant and creative as any in history. Join me as I share the spectacular journey I just lived on the spectacular Indian sub-continent.
I know instantly when a place has changed me: I feel an unexplained tinge of melancholy at the end of a journey. As I rode along the aptly named “Ruta del Fin del Mundo” (The Route to the End of the World) for the 5 hour drive back to the closest commercial airport in Punta Arenas, I contemplated this vast land that I felt so privileged to have been a part of the past several days.
One of my favorite things to do is to arrive to a magical place under the dark of night, not quite sure where you are going but most especially what you will see in the morning when you open your eyes! I arrived years ago into the Maldives at 2 am after 24 hours of traveling and that was also a magnificent wake up call!
This is such an unique city where literally two continents meet – European Istanbul is separated from it’s Asian suburbs only by the mighty Bosphorus, the narrow channel and major shipping lane that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. What is so striking about this mad city of 20+ million people is the juxtaposition of old and new – modern office buildings tower over historic palaces, women in jeans and elegant designer outfits walk next to their counterparts clothed in full head coverings, and most striking is at dawn when the call to prayer belts out from ancient minarets throughout the city, hearty revelers still fill the many nightclubs and chic roof top bars.
Only accessible by sea-plane, Clayoquot is a stunning retreat with 20 tented accommodations, spectacular cuisine and wines, and a very unique, personalized way of delivering exactly what you want, when you want it. Guests are indulged with personal private guides for activities from ocean and fly fishing, sea or river kayaking, whale and bear watching, hiking, rock and tree climbing, archery, shooting, horseback riding and even heli-hiking and fishing experiences.