13 places to visit in August for every type of traveler

Mackinac Island, Michigan

August is one of the most popular months to travel for Americans, with millions of people squeezing in one final summer vacation before the weather cools down.

Choosing the perfect destination for an August vacation isn’t easy. You may find yourself favoring northerly locations that are simply too cold any other time of year — think Oslo, Norway, where the sun doesn’t set until close to 10 p.m., or Mackinac Island, Michigan, which draws thousands of travelers to its famous Fudge Festival each August.

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This hotel chain is using biometric data to find you the perfect vacation spot

AccorHotels wants to read its guests’ minds—and their heart rate and EEG and galvanic skin response, too.

The company teamed up with Toronto-based agency Cossette and digital experience creators The Mill to develop an immersive sensory experience that will hopefully reveal what guests want in a vacation before they do. The program, called Seeker by Le Club AccorHotels, is being unveiled as Le Club, AccorHotels’ loyalty program, merges with the Fairmont President’s Club, Raffles Ambassadors, and Swissôtel Circle. They wanted a unique way to let incoming loyal guests know that they would be able to continue offering very personalized service—and what better way to do that then to read their minds?

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Following London’s Blue Plaques Through Musical History

I would love to do a tour like this!  I really enjoying focusing on a single topic.  Maybe “food” or “music” or “public art”.  It helps me to narrow down what I want to see and where I want to go when there are too many choices otherwise.  Such a fun way to travel.  This would be a spectacular way to visit London!

Visitors to London will invariably notice ceramic blue plaques dotting facades of houses and buildings in honor of famous former residents. There are more than 900 of them around the capital, managed by the English Heritage trust.

Some plaques bear the names of illustrious figures in music, including Chopin, Mozart and Bartok. For a deeper dive into musical history, here are some composers, performers and conductors whose names may be new to you, along with the addresses of their individual plaques.

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6 Ways to Transform Family Travel

FOR MANY FAMILIES, summer is a time to hit the open road or fly to a far-off place. But it’s not the destination that matters. Traveling together is your chance to get everyone’s attention off their digital devices and onto each other as you experience something new.

With so much quality time together, your family trip is the perfect training ground to teach your kids the social and emotional skills they need to thrive in the real world. We’re talking things like resourcefulness, planning, compromise, compassion, bravery and communication.

By taking a few simple steps, you can make it not only a fun and memorable summer trip but a learning experience as well.

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An eco-friendly holiday can also be budget-friendly: Here’s how

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If you’re a nature lover and ardent traveller, chances are, you’ve also considered sustainable tourism. But like many others, you may have been wary of the additional costs. For a long time, sustainable tourism has been inextricably linked with extravagant experiences or deemed as something that would require a compromise of personal comfort. But this is largely a misconception. “Sustainable practices don’t necessarily call for higher expenses and compromise on comfort is a subjective matter,” says Karan Anand, Head, Relationships, Cox & Kings.

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Disney parks: Every upcoming ride, hotel and attraction

Walt Disney once said, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” More than 60 years after his beloved park first opened, Disney’s words still reverberate.

Much of the original park remains intact, and many of its opening day attractions still delight visitors. But Disneyland has evolved considerably since Disney, who passed away in 1966, last walked its storied streets. And planned for summer 2019, the park will welcome its most ambitious new land to date, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

 

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25 of the best places to visit in the UK

From vibrant, culture-laden cities to peaceful areas of outstanding natural beauty, the UK is an incredibly diverse destination for travelers.

Here’s our pick of 25 of the best places to visit in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:

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