Wanderlust: Gifts for the Internationally Minded Moms

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Buying gifts for the people we love most can often be challenging—we want them to be thoughtful, personal, and demonstrative of our sentiments. Additional woes, such as purchasing a present for the person who has everything, traveled everywhere, and has discerning international tastes to boot, only serve to make the pursuit more difficult. So, with May around the corner, cue Mother’s Day-buying angst for so many of us who want to shower Mom with love, gratitude, and—of course—a gift she’ll cherish and enjoy. With this in mind, we’ve curated our favorite presents for the Moms out there with wanderlust.

 

The Food-Loving Mom

Try the World, $50 – $210

We’re a little bit smitten with this subscription box service that’ll bring Mom a taste of world travel right to her doorstep. Choose from a single stop, a “6-Month Journey,” or a “1-Year World Tour,” and Mom will receive a culinary expedition of six or seven signature delicacies selected by a celebrated chef from the “country of the month.”

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How to Get A Good Night’s Sleep on Vacation

Sleeping TipsIsn’t it ironic that while we take vacations to relax, the changes in location and time zones can often lead to less—not more—sleep? However, visiting new countries and continents shouldn’t be exhausting. Here, Celebrity’s AXESS magazine presents four easy ways to get some quality shuteye while away from home.

ZONE IN

Since vacations are about temporarily cutting ties with the day to day, detach from your home time zone and reset to your destination’s by adjusting all of your time-telling devices to the local time. Experts also believe that simple things like sticking to a set schedule and taking in the sunsets help to reset your internal timer.

HEALTHY HABITS

Partaking in the party while on board may involve more alcohol than your body is used to; not to mention that delectable dining is most certainly on the schedule each and every day of your trip. But heavy foods eaten late at night along with too much imbibement are known to impede sleep. May we suggest this sage advice: everything in moderation.

BEDTIME PREP

Even if a morning shower is an essential step in your daily routine, clean skin slipping into fresh sheets at night can actually aid sleep. Remember to keep the water on the cool side as your internal temperature plays an important part in a good night’s rest, and perhaps incorporate some aromatherapy and herbal aids while you unwind under the shower. Lavender, chamomile, and valerian are known to have sedative properties, and melatonin has been linked to the regulation of circadian rhythms.

DOZING DEVICES

Ariana Huffington of Huffington Post fame reports that she packs extra scarves when she travels in order to make the room very dark. In addition, sleeping masks, ear plugs, and even bracelets like those that use Philip Stein’s Natural Frequency Technology can be effective ingredients in your getting the full forty winks no matter where you roam.

Randi Zuckerberg on How She Takes Care of Her Selfie

randi zuckerbergEven at sea, it can be hard for vacationers to completely shut off their electronic devices and relax completely. That’s why Celebrity is delighted to announce that it has partnered with digital trailblazer Randi Zuckerberg to create the Take Care of YourSelfie program, encouraging guests to embrace a tech-life balance that complements their lifestyle onboard and at home.

Celebrity just launched the first part of the campaign with five specially designed “Take Care of YourSelfie” spa treatments and services that will be available at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea onboard Celebrity’s ships beginning next month. Each of these experiences—which include an indulgent vitamin facial (fACEial Time), a specialized manicure (Texticure) and an invigorating mind-body workout (Control ALT Delight), a VOYA organic seaweed body wrap (Get wrAPPed), and a detoxifying ritual (InstaGlow)—are designed to help guests rejuvenate their bodies and help achieve a successful and thriving tech-life balance.

We recently spoke to Randi about her favorite spa treatments, her most recent vacation, and most important, how she pampers her selfie!

Celebrity Cruises: As a busy businesswoman and mom, when’s the last time you took care of your selfie?

Randi Zuckerberg: For me, taking care of your selfie means taking time to focus on what’s truly important in life, what makes you happy. For me, that’s my family. We just had a little boy in October and I am so thankful that I have had the opportunity to truly unplug, disconnect from work, and focus on being present with my new baby and family.

How do you personally balance the amount of technology in your life?

The fact that I can always be connected from the palm of my hand to anyone, anywhere in the world, is both a blessing and a challenge. Without this tech, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do—travel, give speeches, make television appearances—and be away from my family. Apps like Skype and FaceTime are magical. However, it’s easy to get so consumed with tech that we forget to put it away and focus on the people that truly matter. I make a concerted effort to put my gadgets away when I am around my sons so they don’t grow up feeling like they are competitive with a device for my attention. And when I’m out to dinner with my husband or a friend, I put the phone away and out of sight so I can give my undivided attention.

What are your favorite spa treatments and services?

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5 Most Luxurious Canyon Ranch Spa Treatments

AquaSpa(This post originally appeared on Celebrity Cruises’ UK blog, Celebrity Life.)

In need of some spoiling? A holiday in the sun gives you the chance to escape the stresses of work, and is the perfect time to unwind with a little TLC. There are many luxurious treatments available at our lavish Canyon Ranch Spa at Sea, just take your pick from our full range of wonderful massages and facials, and sit back and relax with our onboard spa specialists. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of our top five most luxurious treatments to enjoy.

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The Importance of Taking a ‘Digital Detox’ on Vacation

Digital DetoxTechnology, or more specifically the internet, may be an essential tool for keeping in touch with everyone back home (and making them jealous with your travel snaps) but whatever happened to switching off, relaxing and escaping the daily grind?

The vast availability of Wi-Fi around the world has resulted in significantly more people logging on to check their emails, messages and social media outlets during their holidays rather than using the opportunity to get off the grid. It has even been reported that some vacationers spend up to 5 hours online rather than enjoy the sun and beach-side cocktails. We know how tempting it is to post your holiday snaps on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, leaving your friends and family green with envy but at what cost? The latest backlash to all of this “reachability” sees holidaying individuals putting themselves on a ‘digital detox’ opting to ditch their gadgets to achieve an Internet-free trip away. Interested in joining the new tech-free movement? Here’s how.
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Seven Vacation Stay-Fit Tips

Exercise BikesHow much you exercise on vacation depends a lot on how you work out when you’re not. So if you’re an avid gym goer, exercise whilst away is a no-brainer. On the other hand, if you’re more of the exercise-under-protest type, the last thing you’re going to be inclined to do during your vacation is hitting the treadmill.

That said, restoration and rejuvenation—of the body and mind—is the key consequence of a successful break. So rather than seeing fitness on one side of the equation and everything else you want to do on the other, reframe your vacation perception to regard your trip as an opportunity to top off your energy stores, for which staying active is critical. Continue reading “Seven Vacation Stay-Fit Tips”

Canyon Ranch, Celebrity Cruises Team Up For SpaClub at Sea Partnership

AquaSpaWhen Canyon Ranch founder Mel Zuckerman opened his first health spa in Tuscon in December 1979, the former home developer simply wanted to create a space where guests could pursue a vision of healthy living. Almost 35 years later, Zuckerman has expanded his vision to include a second Canyon Ranch resort spa in Lenox, a Canyon Ranch Living condo in Miami Beach, assorted Canyon Ranch SpaClubs and now, a more extensive at sea presence.

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Welcome to Catalyst

CatamaranWelcome to Catalyst, Celebrity Cruises’ home for exploring modern lifestyles from across the globe.

With Catalyst we share what inspires the things that are uniquely Celebrity, inviting our readers to escape their everyday and explore with us.

Here, we’ll post news, features, and tips from topics as varied as food, shopping, fitness, and culture. Catalyst will feature the voices of global opinion leaders, accomplished journalists, past guests, and the well-traveled Celebrity Cruises crew.

Celebrity’s mission is to help all travelers, adventure enthusiasts, and culture-seekers—not just our guests —learn about the ways people live and travel around the world. We encourage you to return to Catalyst regularly to look for the next feature that will serve as inspiration for your next adventure.

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