Pros: Yes, my body is my temple—but occasionally this temple gets sick (especially when roaming the globe). Thank god for the new, clove-tasting “Get Wellness” Herb Tea for Immunity, filled with organic rooibos, Echinacea, and elderberries. Best of all, it comes in a recyclable, travel-friendly tin ($5 for six).
Cons: These round tea bags don’t come with strings, so you’ll have to fish them out of your cup by spoon once they steep. That’s a small price to pay for their protective powers, though. The next time a flight attendant wants my drink order, I know exactly what it’ll be: “hot water with a side of lemon, please-and-thank-you-very-much.”
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @ThePluckyOne.
Pros: Clinique’s iconic primrose yellow lotion has been an industry favorite for the last 45 years. This August it’s getting even more “dramatically different” with new ultra-moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea). I don’t want to get too “Science Speak” on you, but let me tell you: they work.
Cons: None. They even recently released a travel-size tube! My tip: apply a thick layer before every flight. You'll need it.
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.
I am a serious massage-junkie. And as a mom, there's nothing I enjoy more than a day at the spa. As it turns out, your kids want to be pampered, too. To meet this need, hotels across the globe are rolling out treatments geared towards teens and their younger siblings.
I'm not sure my 3-year-old twin boys are quite ready for a deep-tissue rub or pedicure, but yours might be. Check out these amazing packages I found, to make your kids can feel and look years younger.
After ascending the Eiffel Tower and walking miles through the Louvre, a spa day in Paris is in perfect order. The following spas in the City of Light help relieve any sightseeing aches:
• Hôtel Le Meurice has completely rebuilt its spa to allow a generous flow of natural light. Expansions include a couple’s suite, new manicure and pedicure stations, and terrace for the ultimate pampering experience.
• Shangri-La hotel recently added a 15x16m indoor swimming pool to its spa and fitness facility, as well as two treatment rooms for massages, facials, and body treatments.
If you are looking for the cherry-on-top to your relaxing spa day, consider slumbering in the penthouse suite at Four Seasons Hotel George V. The grand suite got a revamp this summer with a mix of pale sand and apricot colors, traditional fabrics, and eclectic, antique knick-knacks. Six terraces offer 360-degree views and 160-square-feet means an oasis of open, tranquil space to make you sigh, Ah, Pari!
Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.
Pros: It's made with ingredient du jour Moroccon Argan oil—"loaded with vitamin E, antioxidants and omega 3 and 9 fatty acids." I love the packaging (sleek pink and black); plus the fact that the mascara stays on all day but rinses away easily with soap and water.
Cons: It's very clumpy right out of the tube, but personally I like that. Gives my delicate Irish lashes a little Liz Taylor-esque ooph!
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.
Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.
The Product: Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate, $22.
Pros: The lipstick-sized rollerball dispenses a highly-soothing blend of essential oils (French lavender, lavandin, and clary sage are sustainably derived from the sun-lit fields of northern Provence). Perfect for pre-flight jitters or a jet lag sleep aid.
Cons: Unfortunately, the scent didn’t last on my skin longer than ten minutes (probably because it’s all natural and not filled with chemicals… perhaps that’s actually a pro?).
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.
Most people know Scranton, Pennsylvania, as the fictional setting of NBC’s “The Office.” Turns out the “Electric City” is also the real life-setting of one of the most charming little spas in the state: LAVISH Body and Home (600 Lindsen St.; 570/558-2273), founded by Matt Drace (a former Creative Director at Travel + Leisure) and Jon Chernes, one-time marketing guru for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Given their impressive design resumes, it’s no surprise that their home goods section is well edited, but the spa itself is a huge draw. Clients love the organic facials—each one is tailored to your specific skin type and uses everything from cucumber to rice bran to draw out impurities—but personally, I love the soaps, made in Northern California of locally sourced herbs (my favorite: orange cinnamon with olive, which smells a bit like Florida at the holidays).
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure.
Japan’s thousands of onsen, or hot springs, have been used to treat everything from skin conditions to sleep disorders since the days of the samurai. Here, four worth the trip from Tokyo.
The Original: According to lore, a Buddhist monk discovered the hot springs of Yamanaka, on the western coast of Honshu island, some 1,300 years ago. Take a dip in the privacy of the secluded Kayotei, then stay for an organic kaiseki meal with locally foraged bamboo shoots and soba noodles with grated daikon.
The Pastoral: Located at the foot of Mount Amagi, Yugashima has jaw-dropping scenery and rustic baths. The Yumotokanonsensits in a gorge along the Kano River. Post-dip, walk through the primeval cedar forest to Jōren no taki, an 82-foot-high waterfall.
Travel really can transform your life, and these are a few of the trips that will make it happen.
Globe Aware Volunteer Trips
A volunteer vacation in another country can help you put your life into perspective. Globe Aware, for instance, operates trips in 15 countries, from Costa Rica to Cuba, Brazil to Vietnam. You’ll assist in rural schools, build wells, and deliver supplies to orphanages, teach English and computer lessons, or distribute fruits and vegetables to low-income families. Travelers come home and say that every aspect of their week was meaningful, and that they felt that they were able to give back to the community. Rates range from $1,140 to $1,390 per week depending on the trip. Cost covers meals, accommodation, and on-site travel (but not airfare).