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Birchbox Video: Yoga Poses for Travelers with Tara Stiles

Friday, September 20th, 2013

September is National Yoga Month!

Birchbox has shared these fantastic ways to exercise and stay healthy while traveling. Watch as Tara Stiles demonstrates some great yoga poses that you can do in the comfort of your own hotel room!

Are you an accomplished yogi? Or maybe you’re just starting to dive into child’s pose… How do you stay fit during travel? Let us know in the comments below!



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Hotel Price Index: Family Travel Spotlight

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

In the latest edition of the Hotel Price Index, the Family Travel Spotlight identifies five key values of family travelers; value-consciousness, making memories, staying healthy and safe, providing activities for kids and adults and staying close to home.

Hotels are changing the amenities and services offered based on changing family vacation needs. Some of the top destinations that are catering towards family vacationers are San Antonio, Texas ($126 USD per night according to the HPI), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic ($267 USD), Chicago, Illinois ($162 USD), Orlando, Florida ($101 USD), and Vail, Colorado ($261 USD).

See the Family Travel Spotlight video below to find out which hotels are stepping up for these ever-changing travelers!

Have been to any of these hotels or know of other kid/family-friendly destinations that are worth a visit? Let us know in the comments below!



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Birchbox: Top 4 In-Flight Beauty Tips

Friday, June 28th, 2013

These Birchbox videos offer fantastic advice and products that help to improve the overall travel experience. Meredith Stebbins, editor and content strategy manager for Birchbox, shares the best in-flight beauty tips to help you to be well-prepared for you next travel experience!

Check out the below video for the top four tips to help you to feel comfortable and looking great while flying.

What are some of your favorite tips to keep in mind during travel? Let us know in the comments below!



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Top 10 Movies That Will Make You Want to Travel

Friday, June 21st, 2013

How many times are you watching a movie when you think “I really want to go there some day!” So many movies are set in such beautiful destinations that the destination becomes as much of a character in the story as the people do.

In my opinion, these are the top 10 movies (not based on the merits of the movies) that make you want to get up and go experience someplace new. And as much as I like them, I had to leave off movies such as Life of Pi, Titanic, Castaway, Into the Wild, and Thelma and Louise. Because let’s face it; I don’t think any of us want our adventures to end the same way.

Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013)
Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, span 20 years and share the story of what happens if you are willing to take a chance to do new things and meet new people. The first film features one night in Vienna, the second is one afternoon in Paris and the third film was shot in Messenia, Greece.

Eat Pray Love (2010)
Even though I preferred the book to the movie, the movie did inspire me to travel to Italy, India, and Indonesia. The destinations definitely earned their “best supporting actor” credits in this film.

Endless Summer (1966), Blue Crush (2002), 180° South (2010), Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Nothing says travel like these quintessential surf flicks. Endless Summer pioneered the big wave dream. 180° South is a documentary that follows a young adventurer from Southern Califonia to Patagonia. It quietly delivers a powerful message hidden by beautiful scenery.

Eurotrip (2004)
This one may just inspire the under 25 crowd to buy a ticket to Europe. When a guy buys a plane ticket to go meet his online pal, his buddies join him and together they have the trip of a lifetime.

Forrest Gump (1994)
Forrest Gump takes us places. From Alabama to Washington, D.C. to Vietnam, Forrest just keeps on running in this critically-acclaimed film. Much of the film was shot in Savannah, Georgia, a small town with a big film resume.

Leap Year (2010)
Wales and Ireland captivate the screen in this romantic comedy starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. The quaint villages and awe-inspiring cliff views in this film certainly made me want to see these Emerald Isles before the next leap year.

Mamma Mia (2008)
The British musical comedy featuring the songs of ABBA features a standout cast and some small islands of Greece. The undeniable beauty of the Greek Islands should make you want to hop a plane and a boat to help this beautiful country’s struggling economy.

The Sound of Music (1964)
I just wanted to run to the hills of Austria after watching The Sound of Music for the first time. And I did, eventually. In fact, The Sound of Music Tour in Salzberg was one of my favorite memories from one of my European adventures with my mom. I may have to watch it again after writing this post!

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
A woman flees to Tuscany to find her new beginning. As she stops in Rome, learns to cook real Italian, picks grapes on her neighbor’s vineyard, and visits nearby Positano, she makes buying a crumbling villa in Italy seem like the best decision anyone’s ever made.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Penelope Cruz won an Oscar for her performance in this Woody Allen’s romantic comedy set in Spain. It will make you want to listen to acoustic Spanish guitar on repeat. The film takes you on a wild tour of relationships featuring the beauty of the gothic city of Barcelona.

What are your favorite travel movies? Share in the comments below!



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Birchbox: How to Pack Your Carry-On

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Birchbox is the leading discovery commerce platform for beauty and lifestyle products, so they know a thing or two about doling out expert advice that makes your life easier. One of the brains behind it all, Meredith Stebbins, editor and content strategy manager for Birchbox, caught up with another industry guru, Melanie Charlton, the CEO of Clos-ette Luxury Closets to gather her insights on packing best practices.

Melanie has been living a life of travel and fashion since her childhood. Commuting back and forth between multiple homes across the country, topped with an extensive career in the fashion industry have helped her develop keen packing skills, especially when it comes to beauty supplies and accessories. Check out the below video for her tips to help you get ready for your Spring/Summer travels.



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