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Plan European vacation with safety in mind

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) If you re planning a European getaway in the wake of terrorist attacks in Belgium and Turkey, make sure you re considering safety as you re planning your trip. After attacks have struck two major European cities, some locals are wondering whether it s a good idea to travel there.

My husband was going there, Cary resident Rama Kumara said. He was planning to go there to Prague, but now we are not thinking about that at all.

A group of people s actions does not necessarily mean that everywhere in Europe is unsafe, Cary neighbor Bryanna Kozak said. There is plenty of things to see and do there still. At Friends Travel in Cary, president Manisha Hingoo said he s dealing with the Belgium aftermath.

We received a few phone calls in the morning, which they re not going to Brussels, but they re traveling through Brussels, Hingoo said.

So we are changing their tickets. Hingoo said in these situations, airlines are helpful. Travelers have several days to make changes, and don t have to wait until an airport reopens.

You look for the nearest country where you are, Hingoo said. You can drive there, or take another mean of transportation and fly out from there. If you are going to travel, experts say don t just think about what you re going to see, or those clothes you re going to pack in your suitcase.

Also, have a game plan in case something does go wrong, that includes who to contact from your friends and family. The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel advisory. It reminds people to be smart and speak up. A warning Hingoo says is necessary, but shouldn t stop you from traveling.

It s not the case that by doing this kind of threatening activities that people are not traveling, Hingoo said.

They are traveling. The travel advisory runs through June. If you re interested in learning more about it, click here1.

References

  1. ^ click here (travel.state.gov)

Travel deals: Get a $1000 discount on a Europe cruise and flight package

March 4, 2016, 11:09 a.m.

Discount Holidays © Holiday package that includes two European cruises and return flights is $1000 off a person. A Discount Holidays © holiday package that includes two European cruises and return flights is $1000 off a person. This 18-day Discount Holidays © holiday features a Costa Cruise lines Mediterranean cruise visiting ports in Italy, Croatia and Greece such as Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Argostoli, Dubrovnik and Venice.

Then fly to Munich and board MS Select Explorer to cruise the Danube River for seven nights with ports including Durnstein, Melk, Vienna and Budapest. All meals, accommodation and entertainment are included on both cruises. The package, including airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide to Athens and home from Munich, costs $4999 a person twin share if booked by March 29.

Phone 1300 813 391. See www.ditravel.com.au1. The story Travel deals: Get a $1000 discount on a Europe cruise and flight package2 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald3.

References

  1. ^ www.ditravel.com.au (www.ditravel.com.au)
  2. ^ Travel deals: Get a $1000 discount on a Europe cruise and flight package (www.smh.com.au)
  3. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald (www.smh.com.au)

Wellness vacation: All the spas you need to visit in 2016

Have you already derailed from your New Year s diet? Determined to make 2016 the year you finally quit smoking? If you need a helping hand to stay the course and make good on your New Year s resolutions, consider booking a stay at a health and wellness clinic. From yoga retreats, personalized health plans, anti-smoking, sleep and even foot therapy programs, there s a wellness clinic for everyone.

Read: Six spa massages to make you melt1

Check out the following destinations that are renowned for their world-class health and wellness treatments: places where guests leave a healthier and happier version of themselves when they check out.

Lanserhof Tegernsee, Germany

Unlike recreational and leisure resorts, guests of Lanserhof Tegernsee receive personalized health plans. (www.lanserhof.com)

Located on the edge of Lake Tegernsee south of Munich, the Lanserhof Tegernsee was named the Destination Spa of the Year at the 2015 World Spa and Wellness Awards in London just a year after opening its doors in 2014. Unlike recreational and leisure resorts, guests of Lanserhof Tegernsee receive personalized health plans with the help of an on-site physician, including two medical examinations, abdominal check-ups, detox drainage procedures, detox body wrap and bath, and a urine analysis. One of the pillars of the Lans Med Concept is the belief that a person s energy comes from the digestive tract. Viewed as the root system of the human being, doctors and therapists treat intestines as the key to healing the immune system.

Canyon Ranch Tucson, Arizona

Canyon Ranch Tucson is spread across 150 acres of Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona (www.canyonranch.com/)

Named after its past as a working cattle ranch between 1930 and 1970, Canyon Ranch Tucson is spread across 150 acres of Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona and features a health and wellness menu that includes everything from fitness, skin care, maternity, weight loss, Chinese medicine, nutrition, and even healthy feet. Year-round sun and warm weather also make Tucson an ideal setting for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and swimming. The health retreat also took the Crystal Award for best resort in North America at the 2015 Wellness Travel Awards.

SHA Wellness Clinic, Alicante, Spain

The resort features Zen, Mediterranean and tropical gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterfalls and relaxation areas spread across 4,000 square meters (shawellnessclinic.com)

Well known for being one of the world s best medical spas, the SHA clinic is staffed by physicians, osteopaths, psychiatrists, psychologists and experts in bioenergy, nutrition and ozone therapy to offer guests a treatment that combines natural therapies, eastern and western medicines. Located about 45 minutes outside Alicante near Albir Beach, the clinic offers specialized programs that include everything from weight loss, smoking, detox, stress, and sleep problems. The resort features Zen, Mediterranean and tropical gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, waterfalls and relaxation areas spread across 4,000 square meters. The SHA clinic is no stranger to accolades, having been named the best international spa resort 2015 by Spa Diamond, and best national wellness and esthetic center 2015 by GQ magazine.

COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali

This idyllic resort in Bali comes highly recommended by readers of Cond Nast Traveller UK, who voted the retreat the best destination spa of 2015. (www.comohotels.com)

For those looking less for a medical spa and more of a holistic retreat for both body and mind, this idyllic resort in Bali comes highly recommended by readers of Cond Nast Traveller UK, who voted the retreat the best destination spa of 2015. Against the backdrop of lush, tropical rainforests and the River Ayung, luxurious suites and villas are designed to integrate the natural surroundings into the decor, with terraces that open out into the forest canopy and floor to ceiling openings. Programs include Ayurvedic, cleansing, yoga, stress management, rejuvenation, and Eastern Medicine treatments. Follow @htlifeandstyle2 for more.

References

  1. ^ Six spa massages to make you melt (www.hindustantimes.com)
  2. ^ @htlifeandstyle (twitter.com)