Spotlight on Reset and Recharge

Let’s be honest – with this month comes an anniversary most of us would rather forget. It has now been one year, give or take, since the majority of us first went into lockdown due to the onset of the pandemic. It has now been one year of working from home, one year of social distancing, and one year of very limited traveling – and we’re ready for a change. 

Hawaii Invites Travelers to Malama Hawaii

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, announced the launch of Malama Hawaii – a heartfelt invitation to malama, or to take care of, our earth, each other and ourselves. As visitors look forward to traveling when the time is right, Hawaii asks them to take a trip that gives back – to Hawaii and to themselves.

In an effort to inspire mindful travel, industry partners and volunteer organizations across the state have come together with an initiative that encourages visitors to give back to the destination. Volunteer projects range from reforestation and tree planting to self-directed beach cleanups, ocean reef preservation, and even creating Hawaiian quilts for the kupuna (elders). By making a positive impact, visitors will have a more enriching travel experience and can even enjoy a free extra night from participating hotels.

“Malama Hawaii is more than a promotion or campaign, it’s the direction in which our brand is headed,” said Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau President and CEO, John Monahan. “Our goal is to attract mindful visitors who will leave Hawaii better than when they arrived. By doing so, visitors will experience a deeper connection and a vacation that really becomes more meaningful to them.”

How the Malama Hawaii Program Works 

Hotel partners across the state are offering special packages that include a volunteer opportunity either run on property or in partnership with a local non-profit. The attractive offers, most available through 2021, include a free extra night when participating in the designated volunteer activity. Each hotel is managing its own promotion and volunteer project, which follows strict state and county guidelines including wearing a mask, physical distancing, and limited group size. 

Beyond Hawaii hotels and resorts, other industry partners and volunteer organizations are joining the effort and creating meaningful travel experiences and initiatives. Following is an initial list of participating partners that will be updated on gohawaii.com/malama:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • ‘Alohilani Resort Beach Waikīkī Beach
  • Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
  • Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
  • Hana-Maui Resort
  • Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative
  • Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa
  • Marriott Hawaii: Properties statewide
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
  • Pacific Whale Foundation
  • Prince Waikiki
  • Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger


While the visitor experience might look and feel different, travelers can count on the transformative and positive impact of traveling to Hawaii to change their own lives, and the destinations they visit across the state, for the better. 

Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Executive Director, Jeff Dunster added, “Together we will provide guests with a unique opportunity to give back through the restoration of Hawaii's rarest native forests. These ecosystems exist nowhere else on earth, and now, with visitors’ help, we can all leave a lasting legacy for this generation and for generations to come.”

For more information about how you can malama Hawaii, visit gohawaii.com/malama.


Image Credit: The Hawaiian Islands

Reset and Recharge with G Adventures

One of the most incredible aspects of traveling is its ability to reset and recharge the human body, mind, and soul simultaneously. We chatted with Dave Llewellyn, Trade Marketing Specialist at G Adventures, to learn about unique ways travelers can unwind while also making a difference and immersing into the world around them.

Q: Tell us a bit about G Adventures and the types of tours the company offers.

G Adventures is an adventure travel company offering the widest selection of affordable small group tours, safaris, and expeditions to more than 100 countries across seven continents. We offer immersive small group tours for travelers open to seeing new places, trying new things, and learning about our differences all over the world – something we need now more than ever.

We also work with local businesses to help underserved communities benefit from the global travel economy and establish development projects in the places we visit.

Our small group tours connect you with the world in a way unlike you’ve ever experienced before. Each one is designed to let you enjoy must-do highlights, embrace spontaneous situations, revel in personal freedom, and share eye-opening encounters with local people.

Q: How can travelers reset and recharge with G Adventures?

I feel we all could use a reset and recharge after the past year, and I think everyone resets and recharges differently. After a year of working remotely, and for a lot of us, being cooped up at home, our Active tours are the perfect way to reconnect with nature and the amazing destinations our world has to offer. Our bucket list hiking trips such as Trekking Mont Blanc, The Inca Trail, Everest Base Camp Trek, and Mt Kilimanjaro have seen even more interest than before as people start to look forward to some of the most epic adventures they can dream up, and I think anything where we can get our bodies moving and breathe in some more fresh air is the perfect way of recharging after an undoubtedly tough year.

Q: How have the company’s offerings changed in response to the pandemic?

G Adventures has come out with so many responses during the pandemic, it’s hard to know where to start, but most importantly, our Travel with Confidence reassures our travelers that we are keeping them safe when they are comfortable traveling once again. On top of that, we’ve always run small group tours. We’ve always offered more freedom and space even before “social distancing” was a term so commonly used. Running small group tours for over 30 years, plus the local knowledge and support of our CEOs (tour leaders), means that travelers are in good (and safe) hands. The new policy really just builds on what we’ve always inherently done, including staying at smaller hotels with fewer guests, while ensuring travelers can continue to foster connections and access places often overlooked by larger groups.

On top of that, we’ve also released a Travel With Confidence Plus collection of tours that caters to those looking for even more comfort surrounding health and safety protocols in amazing destinations that travelers are booking such as Costa Rica, Morocco, Iceland, Sri Lanka and Jordan. These itineraries feature even smaller maximum group sizes, discounted private room options, more personal space, and private transportation throughout. We know everyone is going to be at different comfort levels as we get back to travel, and we don’t take it lightly when we say it’s our job to make sure we cater to everyone looking to travel our big, beautiful world.

Q: What types of new tours and offerings are in the works for G Adventures trips in 2022 and beyond?

Most recently, we’ve just announced the release of our culturally immersive Mini Adventures, a collection of two- to six-day short breaks with experiences across 28 cities in 19 countries globally. We’ve seen that people are booking longer trips than ever before, and these Mini Adventures make for perfect trip extensions for those looking to dive deeper into the places they start or end their G Adventures tours. On the other hand, they also work as nice little “tasters” for those who are new to adventure travel but want to get a peek at what G Adventures offers in classic destinations like Havana, Istanbul, Bangkok and Lima. 

Q: For travelers looking to disconnect and focus on both their mental and physical wellbeing, which one G Adventures trip would you recommend?

How does discovering small towns, mountain trails, the ruins of Pompeii and coastal hikes, then wrapping up your day with a home-cooked Italian meal and crawling into bed in a converted 17th-century monastery home sound? If you’re looking for a more relaxing alternative, our Local Living: Amalfi Coast trip is the perfect match and allows you to unpack once, enjoy top-notch food and drink, and breathe in fresh ocean air in the company of like-minded travelers.

Q: BONUS: Describe a G Adventures experience in one word.

Immersive. We believe that travel should build meaningful relationships with local communities and provide an enriching experience for all parties involved, while taking you deep into the destinations you visit!

Top 6 Hotels for a Rejuvenating Long Weekend Closer to Home

Amazing travel experiences don’t have to take you around the world and back. If you’re needing a break from reality and a chance to recharge in a space that’s both peaceful and exhilerating, you don’t have to look beyond North America. These six hotels provide all of that and so much more. From the west coast to the east, pick your favorite spot and pack your bags for the perfect long weekend getaway.

1  |  Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia

Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain is one of North America’s finest year-round resort hotels. Named “Best Resort in Canada” by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a perfect escape from daily life. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and enjoy a few days of ideal spring skiing, or go later in the season to enjoy a round of golf on the magnificent course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The hotel boasts a modern alpine setting with deluxe amenities and guest service, just what you need to feel miles away from home. After spending the day outdoors, relax your sore muscles with a signature Ayurvedic Swedana treatment at the Vida Spa, or indulge in a succulent meal by the fireplace.

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2  |  Terranea Resort, California

Located right on the edge of the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea Resort is a hidden gem on the Southern California coast, weaving into its property the cultural, historical and social fabric of the Peninsula while still preserving the beauty of its oceanfront backdrop. Just a short drive from Los Angeles, this luxury resort offers sweeping Pacific vistas, unspoiled natural beauty and elegant gardens for a dream-like staycation. The Mediterranean-inspired architecture of this unique retreat will make you feel worlds away. Start your day with a session of seaside yoga to focus your mind, strengthen your body and relax your spirit before heading out to explore the fauna and flora along the scenic Terranea Discovery Trail, or simply experience the coastal tranquility from your private balcony.

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3  |  Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta

This resort in the Canadian Rockies is a serene year-round sanctuary, remote enough for you to disconnect from everyday life, yet close enough for a long-weekend excursion. Here, guests can appreciate extraordinary vistas while enjoying fine in-room dining (think Brant Lake wagyu lasagna or lobster mac and cheese with applewood mornay) and deep relaxation. Wellness retreats are also offered in an inspiring natural environment where every measure is taken to ensure your safety. So, whether you want to hone in on your positive leadership skills, practice modern mindfulness, or join international yoga instructor MacKenzie Miller for a Yoga, Myofascial & Journaling retreat, you’ll find it all in these mountainous surroundings.

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4  |  Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Arizona

Surrounded by the inspiring landscape of Camelback Mountain, this desert retreat will leave you with a feeling of profound relaxation and wellbeing. Embark on a journey of rejuvenation inspired by Asian influences at the Sanctuary Resort Spa, where you’ll find 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, a soothing reflection pond as well as a Watsu® pool. The experience wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the seasonal menu of Food Network star and executive chef Beau MacMillan at elements restaurant. And at the end of the day, you can retreat to your lavish suite, mountain casita, or exquisite villa knowing another day of peacefulness awaits.

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5  |  Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec

Sometimes, being surrounded by history is the best remedy to modern life. The luxurious rooms and suites of Auberge Saint-Antoine – steps away from Le Petit Champlain in the heart of Vieux-Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage site – offer that perfect balance between unique historic accents and deluxe modern amenities. Inside and out, this Relais & Châteaux property offers a window on the city’s past. Its Under the Stars experience lets you enjoy the comfort and safety of your own bubble in a heated mini-greenhouse, where you can bask in the city’s European charm and savor a delicious four-course meal with champagne while reconnecting with those closest to you.

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6  |  Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts

Whether you want to relax in saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools, take in the natural beauty of the surroundings or relieve stress with a massage or Ayurvedic treatment, you’ll find it all at this fabulous Western Massachusetts retreat boasting 100,000 square feet of fitness and wellness facilities. While offering all the modern creature comforts you could wish for, Canyon Ranch Lenox is set in the meticulously preserved décor of the Berkshires’ iconic Bellefontaine Mansion. Special experiences allow guests to increase resilience through mindfulness, participate in a dance weekend with a Broadway performer, hike the Appalachian Trail with expert guides, and much more.

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Travel Back to Your Safe Spot

In our new era of social distancing, mask wearing, and working from home, where does travel fit in? Some borders are open, some are not. Requirements and regulations are ever-changing and different in every place and space. It’s confusing and overwhelming, and if you’re like me, you probably just want a vacation from it all.

But, where can you and should you go? Well, the “can” part falls into the hands of a travel advisor. During this complicated time, it’s highly recommended to use a professional when planning a trip. Travel advisors have the answers, insight and guidance, and they’ll be there for you before, during and after your trip. Plus, there is no need to add stress to what should be a stress release.

However, when it comes to the “should,” now is the perfect time to revisit your favorite places, no matter how close to home they are. Why? Because you already know the destinations, you’re comfortable with them, and you’ll inherently feel safer. Afterall, staying within your comfort zone isn’t always a bad thing.

But, if you’re looking for additional reasons to travel back to the places you’ve been before, here are three to consider:

More Personalized and Private Experiences

Far fewer people are currently traveling which means destinations are far less packed. In fact, Thanksgiving is said to be the busiest travel time of the year in the U.S., and only 560,902 people traveled on Thanksgiving Day in 2020 in comparison to 2,648,268 in 2019 (according to TSA checkpoint travel numbers). And, fewer people mean more personalized and private experiences are available. But, that doesn’t mean you’ll simply have more space on a beach; many travel suppliers are now offering new small-group and private options while still delivering big experiences. Private transfer options are even becoming the norm, meaning from the moment you step off the plane, you’ll enjoy five-star traveling like never before.

More for Your Money

Similarly, the rising popularity of small group traveling and travel bubbles has changed the travel game. Travel suppliers know that in order to attract consumers, they must adapt, which has led to the average traveler receiving much more for their money than in the past. A private tour, a secluded experience — these things used to cost more than most were willing to spend. However, now, with new health precautions in place, these “exclusive” and secluded experiences are readily accessible.

More Flexibility

One of the silver linings to the pandemic era is the increased flexibility within the travel sphere. Most suppliers, if not all, have changed their cancellation policies making travel planning much less stressful. For example, Contiki has made it easy to change travel plans up to 30 days prior to their trip’s departure date. Guests can now choose new dates and/or a new destination without penalty on the land portion of their trip. Additionally, travel insurance has also changed, and Allianz Travel Insurance, for example, is reimbursing you for nonrefundable cancellations if you or someone named on your plan becomes ill with COVID-19 before or during your trip.

Simply put, travel is poised for a renaissance in the post-pandemic era with a newfound focus on the consumer and his/her overall experience. This means that even your most favorite places you’ve visited time and time again will have something new to offer. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to travel back to your safe spot and experience your comfort zone like never before.