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Turn your virtual happy hour into a group trip with our travel backgrounds. Plus up the experience with reccos on what to drink, eat and wear.

Connecting with friends and family over virtual happy hours has become the new normal, and we’re happy to have a way to connect with loved ones from afar. But instead of more of the same, why not turn your virtual get-together into the group trip you’re dreaming of? Choose from our hub of must-visit destinations and plus up the experience with local recommendations on what to wear, what to eat and what to drink. While we can’t wait until we’re able to travel again, a virtual group trip is the next best thing.

Abu Dhabi, UAE

UAE’s largest emirate, Abu Dhabi is a city of luxury, boasting everything from glittering architecture and exquisite hotels to cultural landmarks and picture-perfect beaches.

What to wear

Get fancy for unforgettable photos outside Abu Dhabi’s impressive buildings. Modest clothing will be required when entering mosques but don’t forget your swimwear for enjoying the beaches and hotels.

What to eat

Flavorful Arabic food is found everywhere, naturally, from casual to fine dining. Try khuzi (or ghuzi), the UAE’s national dish of roasted lamb served with rice and topped with vegetables and nuts.

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Where to visit

Take your pick from some of the UAE’s must-see spots:

  • Nurai Island, “the Maldives of the UAE.”
  • The Empty Quarter desert for tranquil beauty in the world’s largest sand desert.
  • Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum of its kind in the Middle East.
  • Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain rises 1,240 feet and overlooks multiple UNESCO heritage sites.
  • Qasr al Watan’s doors are solid maple and lined with 23-karat gold.
  • The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a breathtaking architectural spectacle.

Austria

From Schönbrunn Palace, Mozart’s residence in Salzburg to Europe’s largest ice caves, Austria offers up a variety of culture and nature – and you can currently explore a lot of it virtually.

What to wear

If you’re up for a theme, you can’t go wrong with a Sound of Music singalong complete with costumes (the Alps background should be your go-to), but if you’re just looking for a relaxing day of exploring, dress comfy and bring a sweater.

 

What to eat

Try your hand at traditional Austrian recipes, including Tiroler Gröstl – a rustic bacon, onion and potato fry-up.

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What to drink

Glühwein – It’s typically enjoyed at Christmas markets, but there’s no reason not to enjoy it anytime.

  • Red wine
  • Water
  • Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Oranges

Put all ingredients in a pot and bring it close to boil. Remove clove and cinnamon stick before serving it into lightly pre-warmed glasses. Decorate glasses with an orange slice. Get the full recipe here.

Banff, Alberta

Located in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise offer a variety of adventures in every season. In winter, snow turns the area into a winter wonderland and the frozen-over lake is perfect for ice skating. When the weather warms, hiking and canoeing are key.

What to wear

Banff and Lake Louise are locations where it’s acceptable to wear your hiking boots to dinner in most restaurants or even an evening show, it’s that relaxed. So get comfortable!

What to eat

Plan a scenic lakefront picnic and pretend to eat outdoors with the most picturesque views as your backdrop.

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What to drink

Recreate the Shaft on Draft. While it’s originally made with locally-made Park Espresso Vodka, you can create your own version at home.

  • Espresso Vodka
  • Cold brew coffee
  • Honey
  • Milk

Croatia

Croatia’s coastline is ideal for balmy Mediterranean beach days, but save time to explore the beauty and history found within the ancient walled towns.

What to wear

The Mediterranean sun calls for summer dresses, shorts and t-shirts. Accessorize with big hats and sunglasses and, of course, don’t forget sunscreen!

What to eat

Croatia is known for its delicious food, strongly influenced by its geographic location. Grilled fish, homemade pasta with truffles and Cherry liquer ice-cream will transport all your senses to the sunny Croatian coast.

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What to drink

Crocktail – the Croatian Cocktail/ This special drink was created by Marin Nekic, award-winning Croatian barman and mixologist. Its main ingredient is Maraschino liqueur, distilled from local Marasca cherries.

  • 1.5 oz Maraschino from Zadar (substitute with cherry liqueur)
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz sour cherry juice (Maraska cherry if possible)
  • Fresh orange grind
  • Orange peel candy (arancini)
  • Cherries

Place crushed ice in a long drink glass, adding the ingredients as listed in the order above. Place some orange grind on top. Mix all of the ingredients with a spoon and garnish with sour cherries and orange peel.

Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a four-season playground located in the center of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Keep an eye out for the legendary lake creature Ogopogo, which some believe calls Okanagan Lake home.

What to wear

Kelowna has 30 beaches, so you can’t go wrong with a bathing suit, flip flops and sun hat. For an evening out (or in!), change into your favorite sundress, polo shirt or shorts.

What to eat

When in Kelowna, you can’t miss the farm markets offering fresh produce and fruit, specifically cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, apples and pears – but, since you can’t be there IRL, create your own fruit spread.

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What to drink

Peach mimosa

  • 0.5oz Urban Distilleries Spirit Bear Vodka (or similar)
  • 2oz chilled peach juice
  • 4oz local sparkling wine or soda water
  • A fresh peach wedge

In a flute or martini glass, pour in the vodka and peach juice. Then add the sparkling wine or soda water and garnish with the peach wedge. More recipes here.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is known for its world-class entertainment, restaurants and attractions. And, until we can experience it again IRL, there are plenty of ways to get a taste virtually – from cooking videos to happy hour cocktails to online entertainment.

What to wear

Dress to impress. If you’re looking for a reason to change out of your sweatpants, a virtual night in Las Vegas is it. Put on that tailored suit or party dress to embrace the Vegas vibe.

What to eat

Cook up an impressive dinner of seared steak or fish and chips under the virtual direction of some of Las Vegas’ celebrated chefs. Watch the videos here.

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What to drink

The Mayfair Supper Club Espresso Martini

  • 1 oz Selvarey Cacao Rum
  • 1oz Absolut Vanilla
  • 1 oz Espresso
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 0.5 oz Demerara Syrup
  • 3 oz Heavy Cream
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Vanilla Tincture

Get a taste of Vegas’ hottest supper club right from your own home with the Mayfair Supper Club Espresso straight from the Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio.

New Zealand

With breathtaking landscapes, outdoor adventure and rich culture, New Zealand pretty much has it all. Whether you want beaches or mountains, white wine or red, there’s something for everyone.

What to wear

New Zealand’s winter starts in June, so you’ll want to dress warm. Although, it’s still in the 50s, so you can skip the parka and settle for a hoodie.

What to eat

Bake up a batch of Afghan biscuits. This cookie made with cornflakes cereal is a New Zealand staple and an easy one to whip up at home.

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What to drink

New Zealand is known for its wines, and while you’ll find a number of tasty varieties, you can’t travel to New Zealand (even virtually!) and not try the Sauvignon Blanc.

Puerto Rico

Sun-kissed and full of life, Puerto Rico is packed with one-of-a-kind experiences, tropical scenery, rhythmic sounds and vibrant culture.

What to wear

Dress in your favorite sundress or shorts because Puerto Rico’s weather varies between 70 and 80 degrees throughout the year. But, keep a light sweater nearby – its central mountain region can go down to about 60 degrees during winter.

What to eat

Puerto Rico is a foodie’s paradise and the island’s staple dishes are a must-try. One of them is the mofongo, made of deep-fried green plantains smashed with garlic and olive oil and served with seafood, pork or chicken. Try your hand at creating local favorites at home.

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What to drink

Pina colada – Puerto Rico is its birthplace, afterall.

  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • ½ cup of white rum
  • 4 pineapple wedges (optional)
  • 4 maraschino cherries (optional)

Combine the ice, pineapple juice, rum, and coconut cream in a blender. Blend on high speed until ice is crushed and all the ingredients are smoothly combined. Pour into a glass and top it off with a maraschino cherry. Decorate the glass with your pineapple wedge garnish.

Richmond, British Columbia

Richmond has an extensive parks system with over 50 miles of flat walking and biking trails that showcase Richmond’s natural beauty, beaches, and ocean. So, why not work up an appetite with a walk, run or bike ride?

What to wear

Get comfortable. Richmond is all about getting active, so there’s no reason not to go from day to night in your joggers, cozy tee and sneakers.

What to eat

With a dining scene as vibrant and diverse as the city itself, eating in Richmond, BC is like travelling the world. So order up delivery of your favorite local cuisine and dig in.

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What to drink

Dive into the rich boba scene in Richmond, home to over 70 boba tea shops. If there isn’t a local shop offering up take away, why not make your own?

  • 1/4 cup dried boba tapioca pearls per serving
  • 1 to 2 tea bags per serving, any kind
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Milk, almond milk, or sweetened condensed milk
  • Fruit juice or nectar (optional)

The Palm Beaches, Florida

The Palm Beaches are a natural haven for eco-tourism, thanks to more than 30,000 acres of protected lands and a plethora of parks. As the closest place in North America to the Gulf Stream current, it’s also home to world-renowned dive sites.

What to wear

With a relaxed beachy vibe, dress comfortably in laidback beach attire or a preppy sundress.

What to eat

Freshly caught seafood isn’t hard to come by in The Palm Beaches, where it would be paired with ingredients sourced from local farms.

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What to drink

Coconut Lavender Lemonade – a staple at The Breakers’ Seafood Bar

  • 1 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.25 oz fine sugar
  • 6 oz coconut water
  • 0.5 oz lavender simple syrup

Serve in a Collins Glass with a lemon wheel and lavender sprig garnish.

Whistler, British Columbia

Just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is a year-round destination with epic skiing and snowboarding, four championship golf courses, hiking trails and local restaurants offering up inventive cuisine with the freshest ingredients.

What to wear

Don Whistler’s hottest fashion accessory – the toque! Pair it with a cozy hoodie (another classic statement piece for laid-back nights in Whistler), and you’ll be ready to après in style.

What to eat

Whistler dining is all about that farm-to-table. So order in something local with plenty of fresh ingredients and dig in.

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What to drink

Mix up a quintessential Canadian patio sipper, the Caesar.

  • Celery Salt
  • Montreal Steak Spice Mix (or a spice mix of your choice)
  • Lime Juice
  • Caesar Mix
  • Vodka / Gin / Tequila (chili infusion optional)
  • Clamato Juice

Follow the instructions here.

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