Come February 6, athletes from all over the world will descend upon Sochi, Russia, to compete in the 2014 Winter Games. And I, like millions of other viewers, will be riveted to the TV screen watching skiing, figure skating, curling, and more. If history is any indication, I’ll also be shedding a tear or two when I get overwhelmed by the incredible triumphs that are playing out before me. But there’s still a few days to go – so to hold us all over until then, here are five things you may not know about the Winter Games this year.

5 Facts About the 2014 Sochi Winter Games

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February 1, 2014

Few things can ruin those “get fit” resolutions quite like a vacation. Which is funny, considering all the time you spend slaving away at the gym in preparation for it. But this year, we’re here to prove that this doesn’t have to be the case. Behold, three alternatives to your typical willpower-wrecking escape.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

1. Jet off to a fitness and wellness resort like Texas’s award-winning Lake Austin Spa Resort. You can dabble in outdoor Sun Salutations, ease sore muscles with a River Rock Massage, and stay nourished with Bon Appétit–approved low-calorie cuisine – all while thoroughly enjoying yourself.

2. Book an exotic trek. Hike the Inca Trail (there have been rumors about Machu Picchu closing for years – the time to go is now) or escape to the rainforest. Puerto Rico’s Carole’s Rainforest Villas offers hikers respite between the El Yunque National Forest’s 18 trails. And you don’t even need your passport.

3. Cruise. Yes, seriously. Where else can you find wave pools, zip lines, rock-climbing walls, mini golf, and indoor ice-skating rinks all within your reach? Today’s cruises are breaking that eat-all-day stereotype, fast. Try Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which actually lets you skydive on board.

Ready to book a fitness-friendly escape? Check out our Lake Austin Spa Resort Boutique, which opened January 22 at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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January 23, 2014

Why You Should Head to the Tropics

  1. It’s barely January, and you’ve already turned cozy into a verb. Cozify (v): To snuggle oneself away for winter. Think hibernation, but with more emails.
  2. You’re crazy cold. See: Cozify, above. Nearly half of the country (that’s 140 million people) will be hanging out in zero or subzero weather by Wednesday. Poor North Dakota recently dipped to 30 below, with windchill pushing negative 50.
  3. It’s – wait for it – currently 82 degrees on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
  4. Also on the North Coast? Some of the longest stretches of unspoiled beaches in the Caribbean. All fringed by palm trees. Which have never, ever seen snow.

 
Ready to thaw? Make a beeline for the Dominican Republic (where you can sleep with your windows as open as you’d like) and wait this winter out.

Our Balaji Palace at Playa Grande Boutique opened Monday, January 6, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 6, 2014

Taxicabs. Glittering city lights. Festive shop windows. This must be the New York, New York Sinatra crooned about. And it’s here we’re sending Danyelle Hunt of Plano, IL – the very lucky winner of More is More. The Sweepstakes.

Printable New York Map

She’ll dine at the Palm, recharge at New York’s quintessential hotel The Quin, and have her run of the concrete jungle. And to help her make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime trip, we created a little map of all the city’s best hotspots and hidden gems.

Headed to New York, too? Just click the map above, print, and take it out on the town.

By Marissa Dubin, Staff Writer

Tweet us your favorite NYC spot during the holidays at @ruelala. And don’t forget to add a #MoreIsMore hashtag.

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December 5, 2013

They’ve been good this year, haven’t they? So send them off. Destination: Santa Barbara – Southern California’s charming mecca for impeccable wine, great shopping, and panoramic Pacific views. Here’s why.

Why You Should Vacation to Santa Barbara

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December 4, 2013

“Nightmare Travel Ahead.” “Wicked Weather.” “Winter Storm to Affect Everybody.” The headlines and weather reports are in. This Thanksgiving weekend, snow – and lots of it – is headed your way.

Snowstorm

So break out some shovels, stock up on hot cocoa, and pull out those mobile devices. We’re talking cell phones, iPads®, whatever you have – make sure they’re charged and get ready to shop. You see, we took everything you love about Rue La La and translated it to fit your favorite mobile device, which means instant access to style must-haves, no matter how snowed in you get this weekend.

So, while your favorite stores may be closed, we’ll be open. Simply download our app and cozy up by the fire. That whole snowed-in thing – it’s really not so bad now, is it?

Read more about the impending snowstorm on The Huffington Post.

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November 26, 2013

I’ll admit it. In the mornings, I opt for the escalator over the stairs (unless I’m feeling really ambitious, but in high heels, that’s a rarity). For a free subway ride, however, I might just reconsider – which is exactly what Moscow officials are hoping Russian commuters will do this winter.

Moscow Metro Train Arriving

In preparation for the upcoming Sochi 2014 games, a Moscow subway station has installed a squat-driven kiosk that issues a free ticket for any passenger who can perform 30 squats in two minutes.

Intrigued? Read more on the Moscow initiative at Mashable.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

What do you think? Would you sweat it out for free subway ride? Tweet us your thoughts at @ruelala 

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November 13, 2013

Somewhere around this time of year we start thinking – wow, would it be good to be a snowbird right now. Florida. Arizona. Life there? Peachy.

But since we don’t quite believe in retiring before we reach our 30th (or 40th, or 50th) birthdays, for now we’ll simply satisfy our wanderlust with a trip somewhere smashingly warm. Anywhere.

8 Killer Travel Tips From Super-Stylist Heidi Bivens

Here to help us flee the cold with ease? International jetsetter and super stylist, Heidi Bivens, who’s dressed everyone from Beck and The White Stripes to Kanye West, and styled for the likes of Vogue, GQ, and beyond.

“Before I start [packing],” Bivens tells Refinery29, “I always check the weather forecast (there are so many apps for that). Then, I pack accordingly, usually throwing in a cashmere scarf and lightweight jacket just in case.”

Don’t worry, Bivens, our dream tropics have only warm breezes.

What other tips does Heidi have to share? Read them all on refinery29.com.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

What are your packing tips? Tell us about them on Twitter at @ruelala.

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November 11, 2013

The busiest – ahem, most wonderful – time of the year is upon us. Which means one thing: you’ll most likely be traveling. Whether heading off for a weekend to escape the crazy holiday hustle or preparing to visit relatives across the country, these tips will help you hone your packing prowess. Just in the nick of time.

Pack Like a Pro: 3 Ways to Maximize Suitcase Space

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November 11, 2013

Pardon us. We – like the rest of Us Weekly–reading humankind – have gotten so wrapped up in baby George‘s public debut and the Duchess’s incredible post-baby body that we’ve lost track of some of the other things that make London tick. Like these five quick and completely non-Royal facts.

Travel Trends - London

  1. Covent Garden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
  2. The street-style label seen most during London Fashion Week was Zara, hands down.
  3. Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
  4. The Underground doesn’t always travel underground, and the Overground doesn’t always travel – you guessed it – above ground.
  5. There are more than 300 languages spoken in London – more than in any other city in the world.

 
Want to explore further? Our Trending in Travel: London, England Boutique opens Tuesday, November 5, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 5, 2013