Pack your dancing shoes and travel to #Argentina. It’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere, but tango brings the heat. In August, the best dancers gather at the Tango Festival in #BuenosAires for a world cup competition. The festival is also a wonderful place to practice and perfect your own step-step-step-step-close. Tag your favorite dancing partner.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @elenaborsch.
Put down the crossword puzzle and book a trip, because going on vacation can also make you smarter. Traveling actually boosts creativity and letting your mind wander as you wander through the world is beneficial to your brain. Studies have shown that relaxation and taking a break makes it easier for our brains to make connections and generate new ideas. Test it out for yourself as you explore #thevessel, a new NYC landmark. See what amazing ideas you come up with.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @kirit143.
"I think that travel is probably the most spiritual activity you can do. I also think that music is the most spiritual art. When I say spiritual, all I mean is you get this sense of the whole and you get the sense that you are not the center of the universe. We are so much more expansive than we think and it's been really cool to both have a career and life in music where we constantly get to practice being outside of ourselves."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @sophiesistermoon of @sofitukker shares what she loves about travel and music.
Your vacation to #Thailand is booked and you're counting down the days. The benefits start now: Research shows that we get as much joy from planning travel as we find in the adventure itself. To get the most of your trip, enjoy the anticipation. Take time to research hidden gems, or find the street food favorites that aren't in guidebooks. How are you preparing for a trip?
Relax and reset with a microbreak. Try making the most of your vacation days with just one or two nights away. More travelers are discovering destinations closer to home to enjoy the benefits of travel without the expense and stress of planning an extended trip. Take advantage of #MarriottBonvoy Escapes to save on last-minute weekend stays. Tap the link in our bio find a destination that calls to you, from #PalmSprings to Madrid. Where is your favorite place to visit for a quick weekend away?
Discover a piece of history in #Tbilisi. @sheratonhotels Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace has been the choice for Tbilisi’s most distinguished guests since it became the first international hotel in the Caucasus region. Join a long list of celebrities and dignitaries, along with world-class art exhibitions, that have spent their time in Tbilisi at the hotel. Find homages to the city and its history in every room, captured by Georgian photographers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @konaction.
New travel plan: Go a bit rogue. If you usually travel glued to your planner, try forgoing an itinerary for more reward, less stress. Embrace your inner wanderer and don't sweat the details. Switching up your travel style might be the change of pace you need to stay in the moment. First the Colosseum, then lunch in a nearby trattoria, then see what happens next. Let your day unfold.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @ginamarieru.
"I was first drawn to Brazilian culture because of the language and a lot of my favorite music was in Portuguese. I was a jazz singer singing in Portuguese, but I had no idea what I was saying. So I took the language as a course and dove deeper into the culture. Then I moved to Brazil and continued studying music and guitar. I think there's something about Brazil specifically that is so musically rich. Not only does the language lend itself to music because of how melodic it is, but also there's a combination of cultures that is amazingly rhythmic." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @sophiesistermoon of @sofitukker shares her love of #Brazil and its music.
A real travel luxury: doing nothing in a beautiful place. When in #Italy, practice "Dolce Far Niente," or the sweetness of doing nothing. Dare to travel and return to report how little you did. Take home a bit of peace from a country where family, food, and life come first.
Appreciate art in unique forms to get inspired on your next trip. Plan a visit to the gardens of #Abbotsford, a unique masterpiece originally owned and overseen by literary legend, Sir Walter Scott. The "outdoor rooms" serve as an extension of Scott's personality, passions and storytelling themes. They are meant to bring his works, threaded with romance, adventure and history, to life. Observe the statues, smell the scents, and study the lines as you would brushstrokes on a portrait. You may find inspiration for your next creative project. What has been the most unexpected source of inspiration from your travels?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @edienthusiast.
“I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Milwaukee, but I think it surprised me in a lot of ways. On the exterior it has an old industrial look to it, but then there is this sort of new energy and style to it as well. And then you have the almost tropical looking waters of Lake Michigan, which makes for an even more interesting combination.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo and perspective from #MarriottBonvoy member @michaelmatti. Michael explored #Milwaukee with Fairfield by Marriott in celebration of the opening of their 1,000th hotel. #FairfieldbyMarriott #Fairfield1000
"Dubai has two sides. The very glamorous Dubai where you see all the skyscraper buildings and the old part of Dubai. I like the old part of Dubai where you’re really, really going to get the good pictures. Especially my favorite spot: the Al Fahidi neighborhood."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cleatus George, Lead Navigator at @renhotels Downtown Hotel, Dubai shares what makes #Dubai special via @mbonvoytraveler. Photo by @deep__kadam.
Appreciate the craftsmanship of local artisans when you travel. Over hundreds of years, #Burano's lacemakers have developed needle lace techniques originating from #Venice's Renaissance. This precious and arduous art form once captivated European royalty. Today, watch local artisans work to help preserve their island's heritage. With every graceful wave of the needle, see important history resurface. What art forms have you been inspired by in your travels?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @hannahargyle.
Discover something unexpected through travel. Experiencing local haunts and hidden gems is the first step to living like a local in a new destination. Today, members across the world are embracing the spirit of the neighborhood at #MarriottBonvoyMoments in celebration of @renhotels’s Global Day of Discovery. In #Harlem, members are discovering a new spin on the neighborhood block party, starring unique local businesses. In Dubai, members are learning about the art behind the design of Abayas. In London, members are digging into the history of the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. #DiscoverThisWay⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @julienhkk.
Introducing Homes & Villas by Marriott International. It’s not just where you go that makes travel transformational, it’s who you go with. Share small moments of togetherness that feel monumental in unique accommodations designed for connection. Get the space and amenities of a home while earning points, or redeem points to book your getaway. Homes & Villas by Marriott International offers Marriott Bonvoy members curated homes that set the stage for home-cooked dinners with family and reconnecting with friends. Tap the link in our bio to explore more than 2,000 private homes in the Americas and Europe expertly curated by Marriott. Follow @homesandvillasbymarriott for more.
Step outside your comfort zone to get more out of your journey. With every wrong turn, new challenge and conquered fear, learn a little more about yourself. Visit the expansive Quinta da Regalaeira in #Sintra, #Portugal to discover its mystic past. Challenge your senses in the eerie Initiation Wells and enigmatic tunnels to find a bit of the quinta's magic.
Become an enlightened explorer by practicing more sustainable travel. Your small acts can ignite big change, especially in threatened destinations like the #PhiPhiIslands in #Thailand. Respect restricted areas that need time to heal and limit your waste output to help protect fragile ecosystems. The cerulean waters and limestone cliffs will thank you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @masterwilliams.
Revisit to rediscover. There's always a new perspective to find in a familiar place. On a return trip to #Venice, venture away from the popular San Marco District to explore historic #Cannaregio. Get inspired on a culinary tour of the underrated district to discover its rich culture and luxurious food traditions. Which destination have you enjoyed revisiting? What new perspective did you find? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @acciaio73.
We asked, members answered: What practices have you brought home from your travels? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Fresh morning fruit!! When we stayed at JW Phu Quoc they provided delicious local fruit in the room daily, so first thing in the morning everyday, we enjoyed fruit before anything else... and we’ve kept up this habit ever since :)" @wackydoodler
Explore more than the sun and the sea at Papaya Playa Project, Tulum, a Member of @design_hotels. Discover this #Tulum hideaway where luxury, a connection to nature, and sustainability coexist. The absence of electrical outlets in the ecologically built villas encourages complete retreat, while a beach amphitheater acts as a communal space for guests to be free and share creative material with each other. Where do you travel to unplug? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @papayaplayaproject.
“Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and later, Vietnamese and Thai, influences merged with traditional Hawaiian culture. That’s what has made Hawaii — and Hawaiian food — the way it is today. It’s also unique because of the ingredients. Ulu, or breadfruit. Fern shoots. Hearts of palm. Different types of dragon fruit, soursop, lychee and longan… you can get them on the mainland, but they taste so different when it’s grown in your neighborhood." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Colin Hazama, the executive chef at #Oahu's historic The Royal Hawaiian, a @theluxurycollection Resort, #Waikiki explains what makes #Hawaiian cuisine special via @mbonvoytraveler. Photo by @kenziegoley.
Travel back in time in #DUMBO, #Brooklyn. Visit the bustling NYC neighborhood to uncover its industrial past. Scale the century-old Manhattan Bridge to take in the iconic Empire State Building view among old factory buildings. These elements honor DUMBO's history as one of the country's most important manufacturing hubs in the early 1900s. Travel here to experience a piece of U.S. history. Photo by @bartblachnio.
Lose yourself in travel because reality can wait. Explore the world of "Game of Thrones" and take a walk through King's Landing in #Dubrovnik. Or, go behind the scenes of your favorite Bollywood film in #Mumbai. If you prefer going back in time, explore 18th century Scotland in #Edinburgh on an "Outlander" tour. Step into the destination of your dreams to get a new perspective on your favorite movies and TV shows.
"My favorite hike with my family is in the Mecca Hills, the Painted Canyon/Ladder Canyon hike on the east side of the Coachella Valley. It’s a slot canyon where you can’t even see the sun in some areas because you’re enveloped by canyon walls. Ladders have been placed throughout the canyon so you can access the different levels of it and reach the top. When you get to the top, you have views of the Salton Sea, Palm Springs and beyond. It’s my favorite hike in the desert." Executive Chef Eric Theiss of the @renhotels Indian Wells Resort & Spa reveals the best hike in #CoachellaValley via @mbonvoytraveler. Photo by @mattandkarensmith.
Learn history through travel. Walk through the ruins of ancient cities to gain a new perspective on events from the past. In the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, explore the world-famous archeological site of Pompeii to understand how ancient Romans lived and worked. Experience history come alive and understand our shared past in a way only travel allows.
Travel is an education. Books and pictures can paint a picture of a place's history, but taking in the past in person creates an invaluable learning experience. Picture what life was like in the 19th century on the Portuguese Riviera during a visit to monastery-turned-castle Pena Palace in #Sintra, #Portugal. Wonder about the monument's origins, learn about romanticism and discover its greatest admirers throughout history. Class is in session.
We asked, members answered: What do you like about traveling alone? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Peace and tranquility and the absence of need to rush to ‘try it all & fit it all in!’… Also a great way to start a fresh chapter in life.” @emszieee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "You can go wherever your spirit takes you, set your own schedule, and just EXPERIENCE!” @canigetyourautograph ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Not being on someone else’s time frame, I enjoy traveling solo finding my own path, exploring a new place whilst being completely selfish” @shakewomanshake ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @izzieraephotography.
Stay awhile in #Brazil. Starting in June, Brazil will welcome visitors from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan without the requirement of a visa. If you dream of studying rain forests, gliding down the Amazon, wading in the waters of Copacabana Beach, or lingering in the cooler south for vineyard jaunts, plan your adventure now. What discoveries have you made traveling in Brazil?
"I love to go to Dubai Marina for dinner. You can stroll the Marina Walk, and there are hundreds of places to eat, from Arabic restaurants to American comfort food and French, Mexican and Italian. Everything is at your fingertips, the beach is beautiful, and it’s just a great place to spend an evening with family and friends.” Chef Sebastian Nohse, the director of culinary at @jwmarriotthotels Marquis Hotel Dubai, shares his favorite neighborhood for dining in #Dubai via @mbonvoytraveler. Photo by @brunosomewhere.
Try solo travel to get inspired. Set your own pace and quietly take in something new without the distraction of others. Slowly study the intricate details and traditional nature of the Patrika Gate, the entrance to Jawahar Circle Garden in #Jaipur, India. Quiet analysis like this is empowering, but it's also a polite way to approach a city. Experience the joy of charting your own course. What do you like about traveling alone?
Travel sparks creativity. American landscape photographer Ansel Adams began his career on an inspiring trip to #Yosemite National Park at age 12. Sparked by the deep connection to nature he felt in Yosemite, his work revolutionized the art world and brought new awareness to American conservation. The next time you encounter something magnificent in a new place, Adams reminds you to question: "Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream?'" Photo by @wilderness_addict.
"Egyptians call Cairo 'Egypt itself' because it’s so huge and full of wonders. Cairo doesn’t have one look. It’s a city of many faces, many cultures. Each neighborhood has its own mood. Some have a European touch; others are more medieval. Some are full of gardens, and others are full of noise. There are the areas by the Nile, the hills of Mokattam in southeast Cairo... Cairo is like a poem, an epic. This is a city where, if you give yourself a chance to be a son or daughter of this place — if you try to understand it — you’ll find it so unique and different.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Filmmaker @ahmed_khalil_13 reveals his favorite things about #Cairo via @mbonvoytraveler.
"Good travel to me means being able to fully experience the place I find myself in, from those cotton candy skies at sunrise to really diving into a new culture, picking up a few phrases of a new language, making new memories with new friends and ultimately coming home with a fuller heart (and SD card) than when I left." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Perspective and photo from #MarriottBonvoy member @carmenhuter.
“From a distance the whiteness of the flats was so shocking — cut into the mountains, they are brighter and more faceted than any jewel. In this world of virtual reality and technology, it’s just so nice to be surprised by something in the flesh. Seeing them, I felt keenly aware of time — Jurassic time, ancient human history and my lifetime folded into one.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Artist and #MarriottBonvoy Platinum member Paula Wilson muses on her visit to the salt flats at Maras for #StoryBooked.
“What I loved in Japan is that you feel this inner child everywhere. In the subway they have baby pink vending machines, and construction workers wear suits in funky shades of green or orange. There’s so much color.... Japan is a place where people focus on creation rather than destruction, on a hopeful future rather than the challenges of the past. There’s so much negativity out there that I think it’s important to promote positivity and happiness. I think we all have that as humans, and it keeps us together.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Artist and #MarriottBonvoy Platinum member @fidanbagirova recounts her memories from her journey to Japan for #StoryBooked.
"Anyone that visits Puerto Rico will immediately understand why we’re so sensitive to color. Growing up in a really lush landscape like Puerto Rico, there’s always plants everywhere, wild birds, bright colors. Art imitates life or life imitates art. That’s super visible when you’re in Old San Juan and every single building is a different color. It’s like a beautiful box of crayons. Somehow all the colors mixed up together work, and I feel like my work is very much like that. Very unexpected prints or colors all combined together. And it works. It’s very much like life." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fashion designer @margaritaalvarezofficial explains the unique vibe of #PuertoRico via @mbonvoytraveler.
Researchers hypothesize that adopting new habits encountered on a trip can improve your day-to-day life. If you’re enchanted by the mysticism of Sedona, make time to meditate at home. If the clean minimalism of Sweden brings you joy, declutter your workspace. What practices have you brought home from your travels? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @carlyhelfand.