GAL APPROVED! Last-Minute Trip Ideas For Labor Day Weekend (You’ll Need Your Passport!)

By   |   September 1, 2017   |   Gal Approved

Hey Divas! It’s Labor Day Weekend, and we’re doing our favorite thing – #DivaGalsTravel! Our fearless EIC is currently in Knoxville, Tenn., checking out the Holiday Inn at World’s Fair Park, where its trendy lobby bar Windows on the Park is getting a refresh! If you love real adventure – here are some other wonderful places you can travel to (WARNING: you will need your passport!).

SOUTH AFRICA SAFARI. We love traveling to the motherland, and traveling to safari means majestic creatures will be all around you. Why not try Karkloof Safari Spa in South Africa, which won the coveted title of Best Safari Spa in Africa 2017 at the Safari Awards. Located on 7,400 acres and home to three of the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo), this is Africa’s largest Spa, offering 16 individually decorated villas with spacious private viewing decks allow you to enjoy watching animals within a stone’s throw. Guests have the added luxury of a private guide and private vehicle while on safari, and activities include walking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and game drives. And after a busy day game viewing there is a sumptuous Spa to relax in and indulge one’s senses.  If you’re traveling to safari, don’t forget your mosquito repellant and, for the night time, mosquito nets as well. Cause Divas, you know we can’t end up in pain and irritation when we should be basking in wonder!

SWITZERLAND SKIING. Divas, have you ever considered The Lake Geneva Region (Canton of Vaud), located in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland? Visitors go for the history and the rich culture, but also for wine tastings in the Lavaux vineyards, dining in celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and local brasseries, farmers market visits and cross country skiing on the well-covered trails of Les Mosses-La Lécherette. The presence of mounds of snow may trick you into thinking sunscreen won’t be necessary. But girlfriend, not only does the sun shine down on you, it will also reflect off the snow and back up into your face. You’ll be able to spot the people who forget SPF on a skiing holiday (the sunglasses markings will be très visible!). If you’re a first-time skier, some soothing balm in your luggage is a good idea. 

GERMANY BIKING.  It’s a special year in SouthWest Germany as the state is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the bicycle which was invented by Karl von Drais in the city of Mannheim. Born in Karlsruhe, Drais spent most of his university and adult years in Mannheim and invented many wonderful things, including the earliest typewriter, but he is most famous for the first bicycle which was called a “Laufmaschine,” or running machine. Today, in Baden-Württemberg, the state of SouthWest Germany, bicycling is a highly popular past time, whether it’s competitive mountain biking or simply a Sunday pedal. Good signage, developed pathways, routes and apps help people to navigate and make the biking experience enjoyable and informative. Not only are bicycles available for rent in most cities but also mountain bikes, e-bikes and charging stations are usually available for rent, like the ones from VRN Next Bike. Of course, you’ll need the right biking footwear so you don’t injure your feet or calves. And make sure you have the right headgear too. The Thousand | Heritage is made with distinct features that set it aside from traditional and bulky headgear, with clean, intuitive design and beautiful detailing of the helmet offer a minimalistic look.

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Divas!

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