Travel News I Love – June - Kirsten Alana

Travel News I Love – June

This post compiles news I’ve seen, read or been told that relates to travel. Information may have been provided by public relations firms. My publishing of this news does not mean I’ve had a personal relationship with these brands, businesses or destinations which makes these posts completely different from my trip reports and partner content (which are always disclosed as a sponsored post or a paying project).

Wellness Travel News

Rudding Park becomes one of the UK’s first spas to offer CBD treatments

Rudding Park in Harrogate is one of the first spas in the UK to introduce a range of treatments using Cannabidiol products. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent found in the cannabis plant. The hotel and spa has collaborated with MariPharm, a supplier of high quality CBD products, to create a range of experiences which could assist with pain relief, promote anti-ageing, reduce anxiety and depression and support overall positive mental health.

Rudding Park Spa guests have the option to add a CBD Experience to a number of existing spa treatments at £15 per person. For every CBD Experience booking, £2 will be donated to the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate.

The CBD Experience begins with the hands being wrapped in a hot towel infused with CBD oil. Guests are then given the option of a spray of CBD oil under the tongue and will experience a gentle foot cleanse using CBD oil. The therapists will then apply CBD oil to any ‘problem areas’ to soothe and aid healing. The experience is completed with a relaxing CBD tea and a CBD chocolate.

Any guests booking a Time For Two spa treatment in the couples’ room can enhance their wellness experience with a 25 minute CBD Bath Ritual. A copper bath is filled with warm waters and soothing CBD oil and guests can relax as they breathe in the scent of lavender oil infused with CBD water. Following the Bath Ritual a fresh bathrobe infused with essential oils and a cup of freshly made CBD tea with a CBD chocolate awaits.

Sarah Johnson, Rudding Park Spa Manager explains: “As a natural ingredient, research has shown CBD can help with an array of ailments which makes it hugely appealing to those who care about what they eat, drink or apply to their skin. As a new trend taking the wellness and beauty world by storm, it’s important for us to embrace CBD so we can offer guests what they are looking from a spa experience.”

All MariPharm products are of pharmaceutical grade and are produced using a unique extraction process, guaranteeing the highest quality at all times.


Sustainable Travel News

Sonoma County Tourism, Kind Traveler Launch Sustainable Tourism Initiative

Sonoma County Tourism (SCT) launched a two-year initiative with Kind Traveler, the first socially conscious “Give + Get” hotel booking and education platform that empowers travelers to make a positive community and environmental impact to the destinations they visit.

Travelers will be able to access exclusive rates and special perks by booking directly with Kind Traveler ( and its curated list of “Kind Hotels.” A $10-a-night donation will go to a designated local charity that positively impacts the visiting destination.

Participating hotels in Sonoma County will offer exclusive rates and special perks on Kind Traveler to empower travelers to support local causes. The lodging properties include Farmhouse Inn, Timber Cove Resort, Vintners Inn, Hyatt Regency Sonoma, Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, The Sandman Hotel, and Hotel E.

Staying at these properties will support one of three Sonoma County-based charities that make a positive impact. The Redwood Empire Food Bank is Sonoma County’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving 82,000 people. The Russian Riverkeeper restores and sustains the health of Sonoma County’s popular Russian River. Sonoma Land Trust protects more than 50,000 acres of beautiful, productive, and environmentally significant land in and around Sonoma County.

The type of impact a $10 nightly donation will make is celebrated at the time of booking on Kind Traveler:

A $10 donation to Redwood Empire Food Bank will help provide 20 meals.
A $10 donation to Russian Riverkeeper will help clean 250 pounds of trash out of the Russian River
A $10 donation to Sonoma Land Trust will help maintain one mile of hiking trails

Source: TravMedia

Wild Women Expeditions Pledges Part of Trip Fees in Bali To Coral Reef and Forest Restoration

The pioneer of women-only travel in 2020 will host five 11-day adventures in Bali with a portion of trip fees pledged to two ongoing projects helping to restore life to endangered coral reefs and mangrove forests.

For the Coral Plantation Social Project guests of Wild Women Expeditions will help a marine biologist transplant coral for cultivation on the ocean floor. The coral is grown at a coral farm that produces corals for the aquarium industry and for reef restoration projects.

West Bali National Park – Mangrove Tree Plantation Project underscores the importance of mangroves in Indonesia as one of the world’s most viable solutions to fighting climate change. Indonesia is home to the world’s largest mangrove population, housing 22.6% of all mangroves on Earth. The nation’s mangroves possess the largest climate change mitigation potential in any country – about 30 million tons of carbon emissions could be reduced from avoided mangrove conversion each year, an amount that is roughly equal to New Zealand’s annual carbon emissions. Mangroves also stabilize coastlines and act as important nurseries for various fish. Trip participants will go behind the scenes to see what it takes to protect and preserve this vibrant ecosystem.

The per person rate of $3,495 USD includes, among others, 10 nights of resort and coastal cottage accommodations, snorkeling and optional scuba diving, picnicking on a bamboo raft, a visit to the 9th century Goa Gajah temple (Elephant Cave established as a sanctuary for Buddhist monks), biking along rice paddy terraces, soaking in a hot springs, yoga and massage. Also included are equipment for activities, most meals (10 breakfasts and seven lunches and dinners), airport transfers and ground transportation and the services of an English-speaking, local female trip leader. On a free day at Svarga Loka Resort guests can indulge in yoga and massage, and explore Ubud, Bali’s center for traditional crafts and dance.

Scheduled departures in 2020 are; May 3-13, June 14-24, July 5-15, September 6-16, and October 4-14.

Source: Widness & Wiggins PR

Event Travel News

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June 15 was the first day Boston got the chance to relive favorite moments from the acclaimed six-season run of Downton Abbey at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. The experience will transport guests to post-Edwardian England, where the characters and iconic house come to life. Visitors will be immersed in the fascinating social history, culture, and fashion of the Crawley family and their serving staff.

The exhibition will be in Boston for a limited time only, so purchase your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is the perfect way to prepare for the highly anticipated film, set to hit theaters this fall!

Plan your visit: Located at the Castle at Park Plaza, 130 Columbus Avenue – at the intersection of Stuart St, Arlington St, and Columbus Ave. Open 7 days a week. 10am to 6pm (last ticket sold at 4:30pm). Children ages 14 and under visit for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

– I paid for my mother and I to go to the Exhibition when I lived in New York City and we both loved it. Photos in this post were all taken at that exhibit. 

Source: DAX USA

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