By Susan Campbell
Fancy putting on the ritz in Provo?
Now you can. Towering in ethereal splendor above bedazzling Grace Bay Beach, the new Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos opened last summer to welcome discerning travellers to a tropical oasis in Providenciales (“Provo”). All impeccably decorated 174 rooms and suites are oceanfront, and if you really want to go over the top, book one of the deluxe three-story penthouse suites that include
private rooftop plunge pools. The water circuit is elegantly designed to spill seamlessly onto one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and includes an adults-only area with private pool or beachside cabanas. There’s also a Ritz Kids Club to keep young ones occupied. Signature dining includes BLT Steak Restaurant, and the glitzy casino and luxurious spa on-site add to its allure. Visit: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/turksandcaicos
World’s largest one-stop website for safe, solo women travel
Toronto based JourneyWoman™, the world’s original solo female travel resource, just added New Zealand based portal Women Travel the World to its massive arsenal of resources to help women find verified femalefriendly tours, retreats, guides, and accommodations in a wide variety of travel styles including adventure, cycling, expeditions, safaris, slow travel, solo travel, accessible travel and more in over 100 countries. Safe, affordable, female-friendly trips are in high demand and most of today’s female solo travelers are now in the 55-plus age category. Journey Woman also offers a private networking community forum to connect with fellow female adventurers, and their acquisition of Women Travel the World as a sister site now makes them the world’s largest online resource for female travel. Visit: https://journeywoman.com/ and https://womentravel.info/
Take a surreal stroll through Fellini films in Italy
Summer 2021, two floors of Rimini’s Renaissance Sismondo Castle on the Adriatic coast of Emilia Romagna were transformed to become a highly anticipated museum dedicated to acclaimed
director and screenwriter Federico Fellini known as the ‘the maestro’ of Italian cinema. Rimini is Fellini’s birthplace, and the new interactive museum will be the world’s largest devoted to his life and work. Visitors can become part of the vision in the ‘Square of Dreams’ with augmented reality and video installations as well as immersive walkways through indoor and outdoor exhibits. Recreations of sets of his most famous movies will also delight film buffs and Fellini fans. Rimini is one of Italy’s most popular beach resort towns with lots to do for all ages and interests.
Visit: https://www.fellinimuseum.it/en/ and https://emiliaromagnaturismo.it/en
Tall ship sailings to walk on the wild side
Now is the time to book legendary Star Clipper’s new high seas adventure aboard their romantic, authentic tall ship that takes you through the wilds of Costa Rica with ports of call along the Pacific coast off Nicaragua and Panama. They are selling out fast for their November 2022 sailings as they specialize in small group modern clipper ship travel that hosts only 166 guests per voyage. This new itinerary promises incredible on-land adventures that explore wildlife refuges through ancient biodiverse tropical rain forests and stellar at sea excitement like snorkelling or scuba among rich and diverse marine life. Sailing aboard the Star Clipper ship is an adventure of a lifetime wherever they go, they are under the famous Royal Clipper banner. Visit:
No-frills airline keeps travel costs low
Flair, Canada’s only independent budget airline, doesn’t promise a lot of extras, but they do promise much lower fares than the biggies. Yes, you do pay extra for everything like carry-on luggage, seat selection, and there’s even a fee if you book by phone instead of online, but if you’re seeking super low-cost hops between major Canadian cities, they are well worth looking into. An Edmonton-based airline, they currently serve 20 domestic airports in all, but they have also added new routes to U.S. sun destinations including Palm Springs, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orlando, Hollywood-Burbank, and Fort Lauderdale that will begin this December and run through spring 2022. They have also recently added 13 brand new 787 Boeing Max aircraft to their fleet.