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NANTUCKET DAFFODIL FESTIVAL AND PACKAGE

Spring blooms in cheerful yellow for Nantucket’s annual Daffodil Festival Weekend (April 24-26). Pack your daffiest hat and join in festivities that feature a parade of antique cars bedecked in daffodils; tailgate picnic; Nantucket Garden Club’s Daffodil Show; scavenger hunt; dog parade; children’s parade; 5K race; and other celebrations of winter’s thaw. The Nantucket Hotel is offering a special daffodil package that includes breakfast buffet for two; use of new fitness center and spa; pickup and drop-off service to the Steamship Authority or Hy-Line high-speed ferries; Kid’s Club programs; outdoor heated pool, and more. Rates from $310 per night for hotel room; from $445 per night for suite (two-night minimum stay). 508-228-4747, www.thenantuckethotel.com

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STURBRIDGE FAMILY FARM FEST DEBUTS

Old Sturbridge Village is celebrating spring with its first annual Family Farm Fest (April 18-26). Kids of all ages can ogle cuddly newborn heritage breeds, and learn what it was like to raise farm animals in the 19th century. The Freeman Farm offers hands-on opportunities to learn about historical tools and agriculture practices, including a chance for children to churn butter, plant seeds, and help with other seasonal chores. Throughout the village, family-friendly entertainment will feature music, storytelling, and puppet shows. (Adults $24; age 55 and over $22; 3-17 $8; under 3 free.) 800-733-1830, www.osv.org Special weekend accommodation packages (check in April 17-19, or 24) include one night at the Old Sturbridge Inn or Reeder Family Lodges; two-day admission for two adults and two children to Old Sturbridge Village; two vouchers for the Hands-On Craft Center. Weekend rates from $179; weekday rates (check in April 20-23) from $159. 774-304-
1011, www.osv.org/inn

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JAZZ AND ART UNDER A SAINT LUCIA SUN

Pack your short shorts and sandals and head to the Caribbean for the 24th annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival (April 30-May 10). The 12-day event features more than 50 internationally renowned performers and local entertainers who will strut their stuff at more than 15 venues. Musicians taking center stage this year include singer-songwriter Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae musician Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, and Paris-based pianist Alain Jean-Marie. Discover a renewed emphasis on the arts this year in the Arts Village, a site celebrating local culture and cuisine. The acclaimed fashion show “Hot Couture” returns as a showcase for both established and rising stars in cutting-edge design. All events take place against a backdrop of swaying palm trees and the shimmering sea. Tickets $20-$80. stlucianow.com/jazz-festival

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FIVE-STAR DEBUT IN URUGUAY

For five-star accommodations at reasonable prices, head south — way south — to Punta Del Este, Uruguay. Known as the sexy seaside playground of South America, the area boasts beautiful beaches, chic nightclubs, and upscale accommodations, including The Grand Hotel. Situated directly on Brava Beach, close to downtown, the newly opened, 120-room property commands attention with its all-glass triangular shape, evocative of an ocean liner heading out to sea. Most guest rooms offer ocean views, and amenities include a semi-
Olympic-size heated outdoor pool, a 45-foot-long heated indoor pool, spa, theater, Roman baths, beauty salon, complimentary Wi-Fi, baby-
sitting services, hotel transfers, beachfront services, restaurant, and concierge to assist with booking excursions. Seasonal rates start at $260. 011-598-
4249-1234,
www.puntagrand.com/eng/index.php

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I NNOVATIVE HEADREST FOR MOVING RELIEF

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Keep your child’s head upright and comfortable while napping during long car journeys with the Cardiff Travel Headrest. Simply attach the soft padded unit to your vehicle’s existing headrest and adjust the hinge. A flexible design fits users of all sizes, age 4 and up — including adults — and helps prevent neck pain caused by slumping forward or to the side. Perfect for children in booster seats. Removable sleeves are washable and easy to clean. Headrest locks in position when not in use, and flips up for out of the way storage. $49.99. 888-518-3616, www.cardiffproducts.com

GLOBAL TRAVEL ADVICE FOR WORK, STUDY, VOLUNTEERS

Students and travelers looking for overseas career opportunities, internships, graduate positions, and other programs may want to investigate HelpGoAbroad, an online platform that helps you connect with places to study, work, and volunteer while traveling around the world. You can also learn about language schools, degrees abroad — including high school studies — work and travel gap-year programs, and more. Online blogs and discussion boards provide opportunities to read about and discuss the experiences of fellow travelers while sharing your own as you prepare to live abroad. 917-
677-2075, www.helpgoabroad.com


Necee Regis can be reached at neceeregis@gmail.com and www.necee.com.

Correction: Because of a reporting error an earlier version incorrectly referred to the Nantucket Hotel.