Travel

The rise of the 'friendmoon' – why are newlyweds ditching the traditional romantic break?

An email pinged into my inbox earlier this year. It read as follows:

“Dearest chosen ones, we were thinking it would be lovely to keep our wedding party going a few days longer in a pretty place with our closest friends. In short, we were wondering whether you’d like to come on a friendmoon after our August wedding?”

Now I’m au fait with staycations (a holiday spent in one’s home country) and on board with bleisure (when business and leisure trips merge) but I’d never heard of a friendmoon. I’ll confess: reader, I was floored.

For the fellow uninitiated, a friendmoon is just what the name implies: newly-weds bring their closest friends along after they have tied the knot, on what was traditionally the preserve of the couple. 

Blame Jennifer Aniston, if you will. The forever fashionable actress and her (now ex) husband Justin Theroux took a friendmoon with their glamorous Hollywood circle (Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel and Jason Bateman) in Bora Bora a few years back and, just as the Friends star launched a thousand haircuts with the “Rachel” do, friendmoons are now firmly a thing.

Read the full article at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/the-rise-of-the-friendmoon/

Touring Bird takes flight in 200 destinations worldwide

rom booking flights to securing hotel rooms, the online travel industry has made the logistics side of travel easier than ever. But the fun part of taking a trip is experiencing and exploring new places, cultures and people—that's the part travelers remember and talk about. Yet finding exciting things to do in a given location is often much more difficult than finding a cheap flight. There are many sources of information, and not all of them are reliable, which means that hours of research can still come up short.

With Touring Bird, a web-based travel app from Google’s Area 120 (a workshop for experimental projects), you can explore, compare and book over 75,000 tours and activities from top providers. Touring Bird is expanding from the initial 20 destinations launched in September 2018 to 200 total destinations, available on desktop and mobile. Our coverage now spans the world, from Anchorage to Zanzibar.

https://www.blog.google/technology/area-120/touring-bird-expansion/

Discover Ecuador

Andean mountains, Amazonian forest, Idyllic islands and coastline, postcard-pretty colonial centres, Kichwa villages… Ecuador may be one of the smallest countries in South America but don’t be fooled by its size for there is plenty to see, do and experience in Luz de América (the light of America).

Planning a visit to this Andean country? Let Best in Travel be your guide… 

https://issuu.com/bestintravel/docs/bitm_73_8ec69c040a51a7


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