Best scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico

Get off a bus in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and most people will think you’re there to party like it’s rowdy Cancun or bougie, bohemian Tulum. But tell them you’re headed to Cozumel, and they’ll know you’re there for one thing: scuba diving. Nearly 50 years ago, Jacques Cousteau called Cozumel one of the finest … [Read more…]

Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company

The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company in San Francisco isn’t easy to find. Tucked away in an alley in Chinatown, you’d walk right past it if you don’t know where to look. Thankfully, name recognition is not an issue for the business. People come from all over the world in search of the company’s famous … [Read more…]

The best saunas to visit in Helsinki

Finland has frequently been ranked as the happiest country in the world. There are a lot of reasons for this, but one of them may be that Finns know how to slow down and relax. After all, Finns invented the sauna. In a country of 5.5 million, there are over three million saunas. In other … [Read more…]

New York bans natural hair prejudice

New York has taken an important step toward equality, making it illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their hairstyle. Assembly Bill 07797, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 12, “prohibits race discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles.” The law is a response to the unfortunate trend of jobs sending people … [Read more…]

Best airports for wellness

Flying is bad for you. This shouldn’t be groundbreaking news to anyone who’s gotten home after a long flight and slept for 12 hours, since the combination of thin air, cramped spaces, and a flying petri dish of germs isn’t exactly a recipe for pure bliss. This is why airports around the world have started … [Read more…]

Best traditional Chinese desserts

Dessert in Western countries is typically sweet foods like ice cream, doughnuts, cookies, and candy. In China, dessert strays away from these super sugary concepts — even cake is turned on its head and means something different. Dessert in China can be either sweet or savory, and many times, it’s both, making for a delicious … [Read more…]

Priest car blessings in Bolivia

Families dressed in their Sunday best pop Champagne beside cars speckled with pom-poms. Outsiders would think a wedding is taking place. Until a white-robed priest — dodging firecrackers — starts to fling water from plastic flowers under the car’s hood. In Copacabana, Bolivia, this dance of pyrotechnics and holy men is part of a weekly … [Read more…]

How to go hiking at night

Hiking is an extremely rewarding way to escape the stress of daily life and enjoy nature. In recent years, an increasing number of people are discovering the benefits of getting outdoors. And not just during the day. Hiking at night gives you a whole new take on familiar trails, lets you beat the crowds, helps … [Read more…]

2022 Winter Olympic to go green

In late January of this year, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games signed a contract with the State Grid Corporation of China to power as much as possible of the 2022 winter games in Beijing and its co-host city of Zhangjiakou with renewable energy. The move would make the … [Read more…]

Outdoor guide to Portugal’s Alentejo

Portugal’s Alentejo region occupies almost the entire lower third of the country, save its sunny, southernmost sliver, the Algarve. Home to some of the nation’s finest beaches, this striking region is equally blessed with rolling hills, mountain peaks, and cliffs that plunge into the sea. It’s surprising, then, that most travelers overlook Alentejo’s outdoors in … [Read more…]