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4 Ways to Experience More Meaningful Travel

Go deeper on your next journey with thoughtful experiences and destinations. Try these tips to help you find the excursion, immersion or purpose-driven location that’s right for you.

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Revel in the Wonders of Wildlife


Connect with nature as you go ever so slightly off the grid. The Canary Islands are known for their spectacular natural beauty and proximity to wildlife. Off the coast of Tenerife, set sail to experience the majestic whales — including minke whales, sperm whales and killer whales — and dolphins that inhabit the waters around the rocky island from an incredible vantage point.

Plan Your Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
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Learn About Long-Held Cultural Traditions


In 3,000-year-old Beijing, enjoy a traditional Lao breakfast before moving on to Tai Chi to start your day on a balanced and harmonious note. To truly soak up the city’s rich history, take a tour of The Forbidden City, which has been home to Chinese emperors since the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century.

Plan Your Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing
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Discover a Different Side of California


Explore one of America's most undeveloped — and utterly magical — national parks with a trip to the Channel Islands. Known as the American Galapagos, these five islands off the coast of California are host to more than 100 native species and endless adventures. Only reachable by boat or plane, the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara can arrange a daylong excursion.

Plan Your Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
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Experience the Magic of the Desert


Leave your phones and tablets behind and allow yourself to be transported to a simpler era. Step back in time at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, as you ride through the dunes of the desert on the back of a camel while watching the sun set into the sandy horizon line. Once the sun has set, immerse yourself in traditional Bedouin culture for the night with dinner under the stars.

Plan Your Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert