August 27, 2013
September 10, 2013

There are loads of great reasons to take a vacation:  to celebrate a new marriage or celebrate many years of togetherness, commemorate a work promotion or mark a new decade with birthday revelry.

Travel vocabulary has changed over the years starting with the “staycation”, recession-era trips close to home. A vacation is a vacation, right? If you want to put a name to it, and it gets you excited, then go for it!

Babymoon: An expectant couples getaway to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Full service resorts are a good setting where there’s a spa onsite, lots of space to relax, and fine dining. Consider Jumby Bay, Antigua or the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.

Mancation: Yes, men need to bond, too, and it is often on the golf course, around a poker table or participating in an extreme sport. Trends are now leaning towards wellness weekends, pub or whiskey tours, and culinary experiences. Think: golf and pub crawl through Ireland.

Glamping: Bringing the comfort of a hotel into the great outdoors. The setting is generally unique and upscale with its origins harking back to an African safari camp. Accommodations can range from deluxe RV’s to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island, BC.

Procreation Vacation (or conceptionmoon): A destination to de-stress, reconnect with a partner, and focus on that baby-making urge. Good choices include the Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island, Hawaii,  Shangri-La Hotel Paris or Florblanca, Costa Rica.

Spafari: Primarily Big Five African game viewing combined with wellness/spa treatments. South Africa provides a perfect setting with stays at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town and Royal Malewane in KrugerNational Park.

Rochelle, September 3, 2013