Kelowna, BC’s epic ski destination

Imagine yourself with a hot buttered rum in hand, sitting in front of the fireplace, skis melting on the porch. You’re deep in the mountains of British Columbia, less than five hours east of Vancouver. The landscape around Kelowna looks like a big ‘ol bowl of fresh milk — earlier this morning, you were putting … [Read more…]

Traditional South Africa food

Archbishop Desmond Tutu coined the term “rainbow nation” in 1994 to describe post-apartheid South Africa. Today, the country’s colorful culinary scene has flourished, matching its cultural richness. “We always call ourselves the rainbow nation, and it’s like a rainbow of cuisine,” says Portia Mbau, chef and owner of The Africa Café in Cape Town. “South … [Read more…]

Who Will Be Expedia’s New CEO?

Expedia Group senior executive Barry Diller is searching for a CEO to replace Mark Okerstrom. Diller is shown November 14, 2019 at the company’s partner conference in Las Vegas. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: Facing intense competition and a company in disarray, the Expedia Group board and senior executive Barry Diller have … [Read more…]

US Go Everywhere Pass

A new tourist pass, released on December 10, could make the perfect holiday gift this year for yourself or another traveler, particularly if a cross-country road trip in the United States is on the docket for 2020. It’s called the Go Everywhere Pass, and it offers admission to museums, aquariums, and tours in 14 cities … [Read more…]

Harry Potter and other themed igloos

Spending the winter in an igloo might not sound like the most appealing pastime, but when those igloos are on the beach, and come with warm blankets and other luxurious amenities, the proposition is a bit more enticing. Gurney’s Montauk and Gurney’s Newport are setting up themed igloos at their Hamptons, NY, and Newport, RI, … [Read more…]

Why you should visit Italy in winter

Winter is an ideal time to visit Italy and some of its most popular cities. Cities to the north fill with Christmas markets to rival Germany’s while those of the south indulge in unique festive traditions. Parades, lighting displays, and atmospheric streets keep visitors outside while the dearth of tourists in museums and indulgent winter … [Read more…]

How to plan a van road trip

You don’t have to quit your job or sell all your worldly possessions to experience the #vanlife. Heck, you don’t even have to buy or refurbish a van yourself. You can actually rent the #vanlife, which for the purpose of avoiding cultural appropriation we’ll call “taking a van-cation.” But know, dear reader — this type … [Read more…]

Where Did Expedia CEO Okerstrom Go Wrong and 11 Other Top Digital Stories This Week

Former Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom at the company’s Explore ’18 conference in Las Vegas December 5 2018. Okerstrom resigned from his position after a shareholder meeting. Adam Shane Productions / Expedia Group Skift Take: This week in digital, Expedia is searching for replacements as two of the online travel giant’s top executives announced their resignation … [Read more…]

Most underrated NYE destinations

Poor New Year’s Eve. While people will climb all over each other to proclaim their love for Christmas or Halloween, mention NYE and most people respond with a drawn-out tirade about “crowds” and “amateur hour,” ending with “I’m probably just going to stay home.” But they never do. Because New Year’s Eve, if done right, … [Read more…]

Demanding spiritual experiences

There are types of spiritual experiences that come easy, and then there are those for which casual spirituality seekers need not apply. The latter are diverse but have some key ingredients: physical and mental effort, retreat from modern distractions, and a change in routine. But they also offer a special something that levels up from … [Read more…]