Beat the Blues with the Joys of Travel!
The third Monday in January is commonly known as “Blue Monday” – the most depressing day of the year. But it doesn’t have to be a downer day! Travel reporter and Travelgirl Magazine editor-in-chief Stephanie Oswald is on hand with a list of how you can beat the January blues with the joys of travel – now and in the months ahead.
Background: The concept of Blue Monday dates back to a 2005 press release from a British broadcasting company, Sky Travel that claimed to have arrived at this “depressing day designation” using an equation. Scientists consider this to be nonsensical, but nonetheless, we all often feel the blues during the dreary winter months.
Some of Stephanie’s unique insider tips of how you can beat the blues with travel are:
■ Booking an off-season deal
■ Taking advantage of flash sales
■ Making smart choices re: accommodations, dining and attractions
■ Choosing destinations with budget-friendly options
More About Stephanie Oswald:
As the Editor-in-Chief of travelgirl magazine, a Web Correspondent for The Weather Channel, and seasoned travel correspondent for CNN, she has reported on everything from stress-relieving spa treatments and unique escapes around the world to the human side of a hurricane. She is the co-founder of travelgirl — the first national travel magazine to launch after the events of 9/11. The travel and lifestyle publication was chosen by industry leader Mr. Magazine as one of the “most notable” launches of 2003. Oswald is a native New Yorker who spent 13 years globetrotting as CNN’s travel correspondent and host of the weekend program, CNN Travel Now. In 2003, she also launched a groundbreaking series called The Weather Channel Road Crew that showcased the “fun” side of weather. In 2004, she filed written and audio reports during Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne as the very first Web Correspondent for Weather.com. As anchor and correspondent for CNN Travel Now, a weekly program on worldwide destinations, travel trends and cuisine, Oswald specialized in adventure travel, filing reports from Europe, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. One series took her into the depths of Papua New Guinea for a rare and eye-opening look at the Huli Wigmen. Her reports also appeared on CNN Headline News, CNN in-flight programming for Delta Air Lines, CNN International and the CNN Airport Network. Immediately after 9/11, she filed human interest stories on the crisis for CNN, and covered the impact on the travel industry during live studio reports on CNN Headline News.
Stephanie’s website (www.travelgirlinc.com)