Destinations
Soaking and sightseeing all-in-one at Mystic Hot Springs

Soaking and sightseeing all-in-one at Mystic Hot Springs

One thing I love about staying in a nice hotel is being able to indulge in an amazing bath. Whether it’s one of those stunning old-school claw-foot bathtubs or a newfangled jacuzzi with jets galore – nothing makes you feel like you’re on vacation like a long soak to wash the stress away. Unfortunately, there’s... read more
Traveling To Greece? Practical Tips For Surviving A Greek Euro Zone Exit

Traveling To Greece? Practical Tips For Surviving A Greek Euro Zone Exit

It might be peak season for travel to Greece right now but the euro zone crisis has certainly thrown a spanner in many people’s travel plans. Instead of worrying about which white bikini to pack or how many islands to visit, travelers are faced with bigger concerns – like what will happen if Greece leaves the... read more
Watch out for the giant killer mosquitoes in Laos

Watch out for the giant killer mosquitoes in Laos

I love seeing the public service notices posted throughout developing countries because they’re almost always equal parts the following three things: eye-catching, hilarious and frightening. Take for instance this fabulous poster from Laos that appears to be warning about a potential attack from mutant mosquitoes the size of a toddler. You can’t help but laugh... read more
To gondola or not to gondola?

To gondola or not to gondola?

A gondola ride is one of those things that sound so quintessentially Venetian that it begins to seem like a trip to the Italian city just wouldn’t be complete without floating along in one of those little wooden boats for an idyllic 40 minutes. The gondoliers do, after all, wear those famous striped shirts as... read more
An architect’s playground

An architect’s playground

While most parks are designed with the intent of entertaining children, every now and then you come across a playground that indulges adults too. Parc Guell, in the Gracia district of Barcelona, is one such park – a vast garden of palm trees, eccentric buildings, sinuous structures, and winding pathways that surprise you at every... read more
In Pictures: Morocco's blue city

In Pictures: Morocco’s blue city

Chefchaouen is a town of about 40,000 people located at the northwest tip of Morocco and set against the backdrop of the Rif Mountains. What’s striking about Chaouen – as it’s sometimes abbreviated – is the blueness of the place. Houses, shops and traditional Moroccan doors found within the medina are routinely rinsed in various... read more
Video: Chinese hotpot with a side of… nail polish and kung-fu noodles?

Video: Chinese hotpot with a side of… nail polish and kung-fu noodles?

Hot pot is a type of Chinese cuisine that is, quite frankly, entertaining in it’s own right. Between dipping various vegetables and meats in a sizzling pot of broth right at your table, to mixing your own crazy concoction of sauces, and fumbling as you slurp it up with the aid (or hindrance) of chopsticks,... read more
In Pictures: Montserrat, Spain

In Pictures: Montserrat, Spain

Montserrat is a dramatic Benedictine monastery perched atop a 4,000-foot high mountain in Spain’s Catalonia region. The monastery is a popular place of pilgrimage and houses a basilica and museum, although what most people really come here for is to see La Moreneta – a wooden statue of the Black Virgin. The Madonna is encased... read more
Get some pre-flight R&R at Iceland's Blue Lagoon

Get some pre-flight R&R at Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

I often find that the day I fly out of a destination gets largely wasted. Between packing, checking out of the hotel and making my way to the airport, there usually isn’t a lot of time left for sightseeing. That’s why I love it when an attraction lets me seize those little pockets of time... read more
The oldest leather tannery in the world

The oldest leather tannery in the world

Leather is one of the products Morocco is most renowned for, and every tourist will have seen the leather shoes, bags, wallets and so on stocked in the street stalls that line the medinas (the maze-like districts found in most cities). But hidden amongst the jumble of shops and the tangle of streets, you’ll find... read more
In Pictures: Strasbourg, France

In Pictures: Strasbourg, France

  Strasbourg is a picturesque town in the eastern region of France known as Alsace. It’s right next to the German border and as a result, the food, architecture, and culture of the city draw heavily upon both countries. The Ill River runs throughout the town, so boat tours are a popular and relaxing way... read more
Feeling clever? Head to this puzzling bar in Shanghai

Feeling clever? Head to this puzzling bar in Shanghai

Think you’re smart? You’ll need to be if you want to even get into People 7, a bar in the Chinese city of Shanghai where the bouncer is, well, your own intelligence. The first thing you see when you reach the bar’s entrance is a curious set of circular lights indented in a bare, concrete... read more