New York Times Travel Show Always Makes Me Want to Go To A Spa (Now!)
Just returned from the New York Times Travel Show
at the Javits Center. Good Day New York, Fox 5
did some interviews to show viewers what they can expect at the show. Since SpaFinder is hosting the Spa Pavilion, they did a short interview with me. And when I say short, I mean short! I had just enough time to mention Ojai Valley Inn and Spa
(who will be providing aromatherapy experiences), the Hotel Del Coronado Spa
, and Hotel Grand Del Mar Spa
– each giving mini massages. Then they cut to interview “the Illusionist” who levitated a table. Yikes. I am sure our PR people will be unhappy with me because I didn’t even get the word SpaFinder out of my mouth! Oh well….can’t win them all. At least our spa partners got a mention.
Snooping around the Travel Show (pre-opening) I saw that it is going to be jam-packed with all kinds of happenings. The official guide mentions cultural performances, seminars, events, sweepstakes, etc. My favorite parts are always the food tastings from places around the world, and of course the mini spa treatments. These looked particularly interesting:
· Mongolian Throat Singers
· Lithuanian Children’s Choir
· Drumming from Korea
· Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (from that TV show where he is eats outrageous foods that turn my stomach).
· Packing with a Purpose
· Trends in Honeymoon Travel (our Executive Editor, Ann Abel, will be on this panel – very fitting since she is getting married in May!)
· Daisy Martinez, author and host of “Daisy Cooks” on PBS
And I should probably mention that I will be on a panel Saturday titled, “Affordable Luxury Travel” where I will share secrets of getting good spa deals. I have to say, after spending time at this show, having a relaxing massage is all I want to do.
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Flight Delays? Try out an Airport Spa!
by Susie Ellis
I had my first airport spa experience. Not because I haven’t tried before. When I have stopped at one of these places for a quick manicure or foot reflexology, they have always been totally booked. But finally on my way to catch a flight to San Diego on Sunday afternoon (which was delayed) I was able to get a “polish change” at d_parture Spa at the Newark Airport.
Loved it. For $14, the manicurist was able to take off my chipping nail polish, do some clean up and add fresh polish. The place had a nice feel. Very clean, modern, new. There was a woman getting color on her hair, a pilot stopped in for a haircut and a couple of guys received chair massages.
What a time-saver this turned out to be. And it didn’t hurt that I had plenty of time for my nails to dry since all I was going to do for the next five hours was sit and read.
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