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Essence of Elegance - November 2023 Newsletter

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Unlock the World ~ Embrace the Journey

November 2023

Destination Spotlight - Ireland

Embark on a journey of enchantment as we cast the spotlight on the captivating beauty of Ireland in our Destination Spotlight. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of rolling green landscapes, ancient castles, and the warm hospitality of the Irish people. From the vibrant streets of Dublin to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Ireland is a destination that weaves history, culture, and natural wonders into an unforgettable tapestry. Ready to explore the magic of the Emerald Isle? Visit our website and let the allure of Ireland beckon you to embark on your next adventure.

Irish Splendor Tour (8-Days) - Collette

Savor a true taste of "Irish Splendor" with Collette. Explore the historical city of Dublin including a tour of medieval Christ Church Cathedral and its imposing crypt. Gaze upon the historic Rock of Cashel. Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Explore the spectacular Dingle Peninsula and drive the Slea Head road for majestic coastal views. Meet a local family and enjoy tea and scones at their farm. Stand in awe on the Cliffs of Moher. Spend the night in a stately castle and relax by a roaring peat fire. Sip on the "Water of Life" at a whiskey distillery. From Dublin’s charming Grafton Street to the breathtaking sights of County Kerry, gaze across the countryside and culture of Ireland.

The Best of Ireland, Small Groups (14 Days) - Tauck

Tauck's Yellow Roads take you from the Giant's Causeway in the north to the Ring of Kerry in the south – and along the way you'll stay at luxury accommodations including grand hotels and elegant manor houses. Learn the story of three centuries of Irish emigrants building a new life in North America at the Ulster American Folk Park. Get a little taste of the artistic side of Ireland on visits to the Belleek Pottery factory. Experience past and present in Dublin and Belfast and the warmth of small villages. Have lunch with a family who run a working dairy farm. Explore the magnificent Titanic exhibit and enjoy a special 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship's menu in the city where it was built, Belfast. Discover the centuries-old tradition of Irish Whiskey at The Jameson Experience. And explore what castle life is all about when you're a guest at Ashford Castle... All this and more on our new Small Group Ireland journey.

The College Green Hotel in Dublin

Occupying its own city block, the hotel is adjacent to Trinity College Dublin and located in the heart of downtown. The five-star College Green Hotel Dublin is just steps away from the Temple Bar cultural quarter and Grafton Street, a high-end shopping district. Formerly a bank, this 19th-century building has 191 luxurious guest rooms and suites, contemporary in design. Afternoon Tea is a must in the tranquil surroundings of The Atrium Lounge, or enjoy a unique cocktail in the former vault of the bank, The Mint Bar.

Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny

The championship 18-hole Parkland golf course has hosted numerous unforgettable tournaments, including the 2022 Horizon Irish Open, and has captured the hearts of countless golfers worldwide.

Just Back: Pub- and Library-Hopping in Dublin by Amy Cassell

Embark on a captivating weekend getaway in Dublin through this travelogue, where the city's charm unfolds in a delightful blend of culture, history, and culinary treasures. From a stay at the iconic Shelbourne to surprising culinary gems and literary landmarks, this article offers a teaser glimpse into the enchanting experiences awaiting you in Ireland's capital. Explore the city's historic sites, indulge in Michelin-starred delights, and discover hidden boutiques. Let this be your teaser for a memorable Dublin escape filled with literary charm and culinary delights. Read more for the full immersive journey!

What Journey is Essence of Elegance Travel Currently Curating?

Italy in the Spring!

I'm currently planning vacation for my own family of 5 to explore the timeless wonders of Italy including the enchanting cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Pisa in the Spring. I picture us meandering through the historic streets of Rome, where ancient ruins and iconic landmarks unveil stories of the past. We'll be immersing ourself in the artistic treasures of Florence, a city synonymous with Renaissance brilliance. Glide along the romantic canals of Venice, experiencing the unique charm of this water-bound city. Stand in awe before the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, a testament to Italy's architectural allure.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure where each city narrates a tale of art, history, and unparalleled beauty. From the grandeur of the Colosseum to the artistry of Michelangelo's David, this Italian odyssey promises a tapestry of cultural richness and unforgettable moments. Get ready to savor the flavors, history, and sheer elegance of Italy – a journey that guarantees to captivate your heart and soul. I'll be posting details of the places we plan to explore on my social in the coming weeks.

Wanderlust Whispers: Your Gateway to Travel Stories & Trends

Driving During the Holidays

This holiday season, the American road trip is making a comeback, with 56% planning overnight trips between November and January. Enterprise Mobility reports a surge in demand, particularly for personal and rental vehicles, as travelers gear up for an average of two trips. Top domestic destinations include California, Florida, and Texas, while international hotspots feature Mexico, Canada, Australia, the Dominican Republic, and Greece. Notably, 90% of travelers plan to enjoy holiday music on their journeys. For more insights into holiday travel trends, including preferred transportation methods and destination choices, delve into the full article.

Aruba One Pass Travel Credential System

Aruba Tourism Authority, in collaboration with the Office of the Minister of Tourism and Public Health, has successfully introduced the Aruba Happy One Pass (AHOP) program. This digital travel credential system enables travelers to streamline pre-boarding verification and border checkpoints using their mobile devices, eliminating the need for physical passports. AHOP, designed with a 'passenger-first' approach, prioritizes privacy and security, allowing travelers to control their data. Minister Dangui Oduber envisions AHOP as a transformative force in Aruba's digital travel landscape, with plans to extend its impact to various sectors. To delve into this revolutionary advancement reshaping global travel, read the full article.

Airport Delays During Holiday Season

Prepare for holiday travel with insights from InsureMyTrip's analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation's data on flight delays and cancellations. San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin International Airport tops the list for delays at 33.9%, followed by Orlando International Airport (30%). On the flip side, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport boasts the lowest delay rate at 16.5%. For cancellations, Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York are the riskiest, while Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Maui's Kahului Airport stand out with cancellation rates below 1%. Stay informed about the best and worst airports this holiday season. Read the full article for a detailed breakdown.

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