Once the gingerbread crumbs are swept up, the eggnog hangover has dissipated and the family has gotten out of your hair (sorry, Aunt Marie, but those jokes are just not funny), it’s ready to kickstart your 2018 travel. Not only does everyone need a vacation by January, but it’s also a good month to hit the road—fine weather in the tropics, excellent powder on the slopes, calmer airports and, often, great deals. We’ve gathered up some solid options.
Do you dream of vast mountain ranges and verdant forests? Of spotting the mottled wing of a rare migratory bird? In other words, do you dream of national parks? Here are a few spots around the world where the wild things are. And thanks to luxury lodges placed just moments away, roughing it is not a requirement.
When was the last time you were impressed by a mint on the pillow? Yeah, we can’t remember either. Not that we’re complaining: High-end hotels have been engaged in something of an amenities arms race for years, with guests ending up the winners. We’ve all come to expect—and usually receive—niceties like flat-screen TVs, crisp duvets, multiple charging ports and high-end bath products. That’s why we’ve created the Skylark Originals: a list of innovative amenities that show a spark of creativity or thoughtfulness, and special experiences that bring a destination to life in a new way. Along the way, we also discovered airlines, airports, and apps that made us feel like V-VIP’s, so we included those, too. Hats off to them and the other travel providers that are Making Amenities Great Again!
Hey Animal Lover! Instead of spending your spare time scanning Instagram for videos of yodeling huskies or adorable baby sloths, why not plan a real wildlife encounter? You don’t have to go to Africa, either: Here are three favorite (an unexpected) wild kingdoms where you can get up close and personal with some magnificent creatures.