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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

2018 Wellness Getaway

The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host its annual Wellness Getaway from September 5 to 9. On tap are complimentary sessions led by industry leaders, a medicine reading ceremony, spa atelier self-discovery workshops, juice therapy, antigravity yoga, vegan cooking classes, and other wellness activities.

Nightly rates start at US$336 per person per night based on double occupancy at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Wellness Suite rates start at US$425 per person per night based on double occupancy.

Velas Resorts’ all-inclusive rates include luxury accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, taxes, gratuity, and more.

JetBlue Expands Mexico City Service

JetBlue has unveiled new and expanded Mexico City service with daily nonstop flights from both New York City and Boston.

Service between New York’s JFK airport and Mexico City Airport (MEX), as well as service between Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and MEX begins October 25, 2018. JetBlue is offering fares starting at US$150 one way from New York and US$153 one-way from Boston.

The airline currently operates two daily flights between Mexico City and both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. By this October, JetBlue will operate more than forty weekly flights between the US and Mexico’s capital city.

International News

Gorillas, Chimps…And So Much More

Discover four National Parks in Uganda—the Pearl of Africa. Never more than 16 guests, guaranteed departures, fully escorted, nine days, now US$8,799.

Highlighted by gorilla and chimpanzee tracking adventures, this uniquely in-depth safari also includes Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park to show you more of the Pearl of Africa and its astounding natural wonders and diverse wildlife.

Kibale Forest National Park, the best place to see chimpanzees in their native habitat. By night, retreat to the exceptional Kyaninga Lodge, where your private cottage offers breathtaking views over a deep crater lake and the fabled Mountains of the Moon.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to mountain gorillas. Spend two nights at the exceptional Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge on the very edge of the national park—home to nearly half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorilla population.

Murchison Falls National Park, the source of the mighty Nile. This new Uganda safari begins at the headwaters of the Nile. Land and river expeditions let you spot the park’s diverse wildlife, including hippos, waterbucks, giraffes, and the occasional big cats.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, a classic African safari experience. This national park is home to all the big game that you could hope to see, as well as more than 600 bird species. With your expert safari guide, set out by land and water for unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Save US$1,000 per couple or US$500 solo when you pay in full at booking for any small group or private safari. Additionally, save US$50–$200 extra per person when three or more guests travel together.

Cruise Travel

Viva la France!

Fly free or save US$2,000 per couple when you book an Emerald Waterways cruise in France by August 31, 2018. Pay in full by August 15 and save an additional US$600 per couple.


Sensations of Lyon & Provence: Eight days, Lyon-Nice, from US$3,045. Celebrate France’s past and present on this journey through renowned vineyards and world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers.

Sensations of Lyon, Provence & Nice: 11 days Lyon-Nice, from US$4,070. Journey to Lyon, enjoy an authentic Provençal dinner onboard and finish with an extension in the coastal city of Nice.

Paris & Sensations of Lyon & Provence: 10 days Paris-Nice, from US$4,070. This sailing introduces southern France from the vineyards of Beaujolais to Lyon, to the acclaimed culinary capital of the world.

Air News

Delta Just Made Its Economy Seats Bigger

Yes, you read that correctly. Delta is giving passengers more room, not taking it away.

In recent years, airplane seats have shrunk to get as many passengers onto a plane as possible. However, Delta recently announced that it has made the surprising, yet very welcome, decision to do the exact opposite and make economy seats wider on some of its planes.

As part of the fleet-wide interior renovation of its wide-body Boeing 777 aircraft that fly to mostly international destinations, Delta will only have nine seats across in its main cabin instead of the typical 10-across configuration, making each seat 18.5-inches wide.

According to Delta, the new seats will be the widest main cabin seats in its international fleet, although it doesn’t appear that the wider seats also come with more legroom.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” —Anonymous

Deal of the Week

Fascinating Argentina

Eight days from US$1,899 per person.

Experience this amazing country’s treasures with an expansive range of travel programs and customizable vacation options.

From cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the Andes in the west and Patagonia in the south, Argentina is a captivating land of contrasts. Here you can tango the night away, marvel at the famed Iguaçu Falls, enjoy the alpine architecture of Bariloche, then head to Patagonia to view awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier.

Argentina Triangle: Buenos Aires‒El Calafate–Iguaçu, nine days from US$1,439

When in Ushuaia: Three days from US$376

When in Mendoza & Wine Country: three days from US$679

When in Iguaçu Falls: three days from US$329

When in El Calafate: three days from US$359

When in Buenos Aires: four days from US$649

When in Bariloche: three days from US$439

Fascinating Argentina: Buenos Aires‒Iguaçu‒Bariloche, eight days from US$1,899

Adventures at The End of the World with Australis Cruises: four days from US$1,486

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Luxury Travel Advisor, Insider Travel Report, Alexander+Roberts, Emerald Waterways,

Afar, Central Holidays


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