Mitch’s Travel: MiiSTS, the ultimate spray for summer travel

 

Whether you’re flying, driving, pushing, carrying or even sometimes dragging your children around the world, plan smart travel strategies with the ultimate on-the-go spray. Perfect for sporting events, camping with the kids, the car, the office or even a trip to the beach, this ultra-slim, long-lasting spray will be virtually invisible in your pocket. The new standard for convenient travel packaging, MiiSTS allows you to carry your everyday items without the annoying bulge associated with round bottles.

Need a little spritz for your skin? Discover MiiSTS NEW Rose Water Facial Spray! Experience the delicate floral scent of real roses while you use it as a perfume, body splash or even combine in your own unique beauty formula!

Ideal to slip into pockets, golf bags, glove boxes, purses, boats, and even that stylish beach tote this summer, check out the different travel essentials from MiiSTS:

  • SPF 50 SunscreenWho needs sun protection? Everyone! Developed using the latest research and FDA guidelines, this greaseless formula is free of gluten and nut oils, making it the preferred sunscreen for children and people with sensitive skin. Ultra-portable and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, this is the go-to spray for any outdoor activity or summer event!
  • Natural Insect RepellantBug busting strength is a travel necessity! With an essential oil combination of lemongrass, cedar, citronella, and mint oils blended in a base of purified water and coconut oil, this repellent not only works great, but smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. All natural and travel-sized, take this sturdy spray when camping, hiking, fishing, or just hanging in the backyard!
  • Hand Sanitizer SprayLooking to stay germ-free all summer? Clean up your kiddo’s tiny, dirty hands with a strong, germ fighting tool – anytime, anywhere. Killing 99.9 percent of most common germs including MRSA, Influenza A and E. Coli, this spray isn’t just for hands! Unlike common sanitizers, MiiSTS can also be used for sterilizing ATM’s, dining tables, hotel remotes, or you can even wipe down that yoga mat or stinky shoes!

For more information, go to miists.com. MiiSTS are available on Amazon (with FREE shipping!) and select CVS stores, Cibo airport stores, Camping World, Flight 001, and independent stores/gift shops and on the miists.com order page.

Mitch’s Travel: Kickoff new year with wellness/fitness getway to Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic’s all-inclusive resorts and world-class, white-sand beaches beckon travelers from all over the globe for rest and relaxation. But with the new year calling – and new fitness resolutions for 2017 – travelers should consider jetting to Dominican Republic for a fitness or wellness getaway. From outdoor activities and wellness retreats to luxurious hotel gyms, there are exercise options for every type of fitness getaway this winter.

“Dominican Republic’s wide range of travel options and activities may surprise travelers. Our country is so versatile, not only are we the premier destination for beach vacations, but we have the natural playground and high-quality service perfect for a fitness trip,” said Magaly Toribio, marketing advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism in a news release. “There are so many exciting attractions to explore, you will stay active no matter where your trip takes you.”

Home to both the highest and lowest points above sea level in the Caribbean, the boundless array of outdoor activities will keep a traveler’s muscles moving. For travelers looking for something less rigorous, yoga classes can be found in tucked-away bungalows. With so much to keep moving on a wellness getaway in Dominican Republic, R&R can be saved for home.

For example, Dominican Republic’s lush greenery and impressive mountain views can’t be found in any gym, so skip the treadmill and opt for a nature walk or hike. The country’s most rigorous hike, Pico Duarte, located in the central part of the county, is the highest peak in the Caribbean. Reaching an elevation of 10,125 feet, travelers can embark on a two-, three- or four-day trek to the top that is sure to challenge people of all fitness levels. The hike offers views of varying landscapes from tropical trees to cloud forests.

A rising travel trend, wellness retreats offer travelers a chance to forget about the busyness back home and focus on exercising their mind, body and soul. Yoga retreats can be found throughout the country, but are especially popular in the lush ecotourism hotspot of Samaná. The area’s breathtaking landscape, complete with waterfalls, mountains and mangroves, provides the perfect balance of nature and tranquility for a yoga retreat. Travelers can also opt for a yoga class on the beach to unwind. Sometimes, taking a deep breath is just what the doctor ordered.

Classes and retreats welcome yogis of all levels and practices, including acro, ashtanga, ahtah, asan and more. Some wellness retreats even provide health professionals for a complete wellness experience. There are also several meditation centers that offer more wellness retreats to help with pain issues and/or stress management.

So whether a traveler is searching for meditation, spirituality or strength training on your wellness getaway, Dominican Republic has it all.  Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

Mitch’s Travel: Santa Claus kicks off Christmas season Nov. 19 in Finland

santa_claus1According to a recent news release, Santa Claus will give his much-awaited speech in the annual Christmas opening in his official hometown Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland on November 19. Fans can join the festivities directly from their own sofa.

Christmas opening festivities traditionally start the Christmas season in Finland. Held in Santa’s official hometown Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle, the celebration gathers people from around the world to live the magic of Christmas.

The festivities start with a Christmas carol concert. Jingle bells jingle and elves gambol around when it’s time for the beloved Santa Claus to step on stage and hold his annual speech. Elves have whispered that this year Santa would speak about children’s rights and the meaning of charity. The speech and warm atmosphere will surely get everyone into the spirit of Christmas.

As Santa cannot fly everyone to Lapland to celebrate this special time of the year with him, he has arranged a possibility for fans to take part in the festivities online. A live broadcast from Arctic Circle starts at 3:30 p.m. Finnish time (UTC +2) on the Visit Rovaniemi Facebook-site  or Livestream.

Christmas opening launches an all-time winter season in Finnish Lapland

Rovaniemi enjoys exceptional popularity as a winter destination due to its fascinating nature and magical atmosphere. Even more people get to experience it this year, thanks to frequent charter flights and new direct flights from Berlin, London and Zurich. Co-operation with international operators such as Chinese Alitrip has been a significant move in terms of Asian market.

The provision of accommodation services in Rovaniemi is increasingly attractive due to the launch of new resorts such as Arctic Tree House Hotel, Santas Igloos Arctic Circle and Santa Claus Holiday Village extension. You can also find more exciting things to do, as new activities such as Aurora floating, Aurora flights, and nature watching tours have been added to the list of services. A truly breathtaking innovation is a cruise on a world’s biggest travel icebreaker on the Swedish side of the border.

The beloved Santa Claus can be visited every day of the year in Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi.

Mitch’s Commercial Break: Oregami Luggage designed to keep travelers organized

Oregami Luggage

Oregami Luggage

Oregami Luggage launches the first bag in a line of suitcases that makes packing and traveling a breeze.

“Packing is this long, involved process for most people,” says Oregami Luggage President David Kao in a news release. “You plan, you prepare, and then you execute. Even with careful planning, you arrive at your destination and still can’t find anything. We’ve taken that whole system and turned it on its head. We’ve made packing smarter and faster, and less of a hassle.”

The concept came from an awareness of Kao, an avid traveler, skier and cyclist, who just wanted to spend less time prepping for his trips, less time organizing his suitcase and finding items once he got to his destination, and less of a headache once he returned home. Any frequent traveler, especially those with children, can appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes into the packing process.

In addition to being easy to pack, Oregami is forging the way with a patent pending internal organizing system that includes three organizer compartments that fold out easily, can each be taken out separately and placed into hotel drawers, and reconnected and folded back into the suitcase when it’s time to leave.

To learn more, go online to www.oregamiluggage.com.

Mitch’s Travel: Royalton Riviera Cancun hosts first ‘Just for Laughs Resort Week’

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun

Ready to giggle, snicker, whoop and chuckle? Royalton Luxury Resorts has announced its inaugural “Just For Laughs Resort Week,” a comedy event in partnership Montreal-based entertainment group Just For Laughs, which produces the world’s largest annual comedy festival. This Nov. 8-14, comedy’s crème de la crème, including a Saturday Night Live alumnus, will take over Royalton’s newest addition, Royalton Riviera Cancun, for seven days of non-stop laughter and light-hearted fun.

Complimentary to all resort guests, the weeklong event will feature stand-up comedy performances, busker-style sidewalk shows, and “sleight-of-hand” workshops. Noted headliners include Saturday Night Live’s Jim Breuer, Last Comic Standing’s Alonzo Bodden, Vegas magician Ben Seidman, and more soon-to-be announced Just For Laughs comedians.

“This partnership brings guests a uniquely entertaining experience to enjoy the world’s best comedy without ever having to leave our luxurious all-inclusive resort,” said Francisco Jorge, general manager at Royalton Riviera Cancun, in a news release.

“We’re thrilled to bring our popular entertainment to Royalton Luxury Resorts vacationers in Cancun,” said Christine Melko-Ross, vice president of operations and business affairs for Just For Laughs. “As one of the top comedy brands in the world, we produce festivals and large-scale tours across North America. This time, we’re very excited to pack our bags and head south with some of our funniest alumni for the inaugural edition of Just For Laughs Resort Week – which we’re confident will be the first of many.”

At Royalton Riviera Cancun, luxury accommodations range from family-friendly suites to adults-only rooms at the boutique hotel within a hotel, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. All guests can enjoy Royalton’s All-In Luxury™ offerings, which include reservation-free gourmet dining at nine restaurants, free WiFi throughout the resort, and an onsite à la carte Royal Spa which features a hydrotherapy circuit and full selection of pampering treatments. For an enhanced experience, the resort offers the Diamond Club®, which includes a room upgrade and amenities such as personal butler service, an exclusive beach area, a mini-bar restocked daily, and more.

For more information or to book your next vacation, visit www.royaltonresorts.com/en/riviera-cancun or contact your travel agent.

Mitch’s Travel: World’s first inland surf lagoon park opens in Wales

Surf Snowdonia in Wales is celebrating the Aug. 1 launch of its much anticipated, world’s first Wavegarden surfing lagoon. Located in the village of Dolgarrog within the Conwy Valley of North Wales, Surf Snowdonia uses revolutionary technology to deliver the longest manmade surfable waves on the planet. Created as a mass appeal concept for guests of all ages and skills, the innovative park is one of Wales’ many world-class adventure options, as 2016 is poised to be the country’s Year of Adventure.

Following an ambitious 13-month construction schedule, the $13.3 million facility’s surf lagoon produces consistent, perfectly formed barreling waves up to 6.5 feet high peeling for up to 492 feet. The waves are generated at the push of a button, using 100 percent rainwater from Snowdonia Mountain, at a rate of one wave per minute. Up to 52 surfers can use the 984 foot lagoon simultaneously. Want to learn how to hang ten? Surf Snowdonia’s Surf Academy offers two-hour lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels for ages five and up.

Other Surf Snowdonia draws include the TV-show-style obstacle course activity zone. Built on an area of water the size of two Olympic swimming pools, the Crash and Splash Lagoon is a watery assault course to push agility, balance and determination to the limits — with spectacular splashdowns expected. In addition, the activity lagoon features “The Blob.” Like a giant floating seesaw, one person sits on the huge (15 foot), partially inflated air bag in the water, before another jumps to it from a platform above catapulting their friend high into the air — and then the water.

Other on-site activities are in the works including bodyboarding, stand-up paddleboarding, surf kayaking, surf yoga, surf fitness and early morning swim sessions. Surf Snowdonia will also play host to events, competitions and surf demos, giving the public access to the world’s top surfers.

Mitch’s Travel: Blue Harbor Resort entices travelers with summer rates

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blueharbor1Travelers looking for a summer escape with minimal planning but maximum fun can take advantage of special last-minute summer rates offered on select dates at Blue Harbor Resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast. Located in scenic Sheboygan, Wis., less than an hour up the coast from Milwaukee, Blue Harbor Resort is the ideal Midwest “staycation” destination, offering the beauty and recreational activities of faraway beach vacations.  Known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its ocean-like waterfront, sailing, boating, paddle boarding and fresh water surfing, the resort is now a mecca of indoor surfing, also, with its recent premier of The Riptide Eastern — Wisconsin’s only indoor double surf simulator.

This exciting new attraction is located in the resort’s 54,000-square-foot entertainment area/waterpark and is great fun for all ages, with custom boards that allow guests to tackle it boogie-board style or by full-on, stand-up surfing. Now is a great time to visit Blue Harbor Resort, which was just awarded “Hospitality Star of the Year” out of the many outstanding hospitality organizations in Sheboygan County. The resort is currently offering special last-minute late summer Hot Dates and Rates.

Dates starting at just $169 per night for a Family Suite City View include July 19-23, July 29-30 and August 3-4. Other room types include Family Suites Lake View (starting at $199), Loft Family Suites City View (starting at $209) and Loft Suites Lake View (starting at only $229). The rates include waterpark and outdoor pool access, access to putting green and bocce ball, nightly bonfire. The Flowrider is included with your guest room or admission to the water park. Mention promo code: JULY.  Select dates after August 23 start at just $159 (no code required). Limited quantities available.

“Blue Harbor Resort offers an easy, last-minute getaway that will leave guests with epic summer memories,” said resort general manager and vice president David Sanderson in a recent news release.   To book special vacation and getaway deals at Blue Harbor Resort and to view the resort’s live beach cam, guests can go online to www.BlueHarborResort.com. With stunning Lake Michigan beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor features 244 suites and villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area, a new and expanded full service spa, three restaurants, and recreation amenities including watersports and access to the Bull golf course. This Classic Lakeside Resort and Victorian style landmark is a favorite for leisure travelers and groups because of its proximity to Chicago, Milwaukee, Green Bay and other gateway cities.

The resort is located in the Harbor Center District in Sheboygan, Wis., a city known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating, and fresh water surfing. It has also received many accolades including Best Places to Raise a Family by Bloomberg and other national news organizations. Out of the many outstanding hospitality organizations in the area, Blue Harbor was awarded the outstanding “Hospitality Star of the Year” in Sheboygan County.

Mitch’s Travel: Spring on Calabash Cove Resort & Spa’s limited-time “Friends Share” referral promotion

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, Saint Lucia, West Indies

Calabash Cove Resort and Spa, Saint Lucia, West Indies

Nestled on a gently sloping tropical hillside that gives way to a secluded, pristine beachfront on the northwest coast of Saint Lucia, luxurious Calabash Cove Resort & Spa is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets. For a limited time, when you tell a friend about this heavenly hidden oasis and when they book their stay, you’ll each save 50% off our best available rates on your spring or summer escapes with the resort’s “Friends Share” referral promotion! The “Friends Share” referral discount applies to the accommodation rates only with a stay of three or more nights in a Swim-Up or Sunset Oceanview Jr. Suite, or five nights in one of the resort’s Water’s Edge Cottages. All stays at Calabash Cove include a full island breakfast served in the resort’s scenic Windsong Restaurant or the privacy of your balcony or patio overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

“This is one of the best promotions we’ve ever offered,” said Calabash Cove managing director Konrad Wagner in a news release.  “We so often hear from guests that they can’t wait to come back, so we want to help them make that happen and allow them to invite their friends to experience a thoroughly relaxing getaway in our little slice of paradise.”

The boutique hotel’s charming, beautifully appointed accommodations each offer spacious luxury and unparalleled ocean views from the privacy of your porch or balcony. Choose from handcrafted teak and mahogany Water’s Edge Cottages right on the beach, unique Swim-Up Suites and luxurious Sunset Ocean View Junior Suites. All accommodations feature private Jacuzzis and many offer private plunge pools, hammocks and outdoor rain showers. In addition to its spectacular accommodations and service, Calabash Cove offers world-class amenities such as a secluded white sand beach with a custom-designed boardwalk – perfect for a romantic sunset stroll.

The resort’s Carefree All-Inclusive plan is available as an add-on to the discounted promotion rate and includes all meals and beverages, daily specials, premium drinks, over 20 wines from the wine list, an in-room bar, room service with no delivery charges To take advantage of the “Friends Share” referral promotion immediately, both guests must book their stays for travel by Sept. 30, 2015. The stays must be linked with the promo code FnF50, but the stays do not need to be at the same time. With rates starting at $227 per couple per night in high season, booking this incredible once-in-a-lifetime deal is easy. For more information, contact 800-917-COVE (2683), email reservations@askmeaboutcalabashcove.com, or visit www.calabashcove.com.