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…]

Skiing under the northern lights

Beyond the Arctic Circle, the upper regions of Finland, Sweden, and Norway are magical in winter. They’re ideal locations to view the aurora borealis, Earth’s best light show. In the coldest, darkest months, the night sky frequently glows with dancing green, purple, and white lights above the snow-covered landscape. While this all sounds lovely, for … [Read more…]

Best US small towns for Christmas

It’s that time of year when you get home, plop yourself down on the couch, and start scrolling through your phone while a Hallmark Christmas movie plays in the background. And what you might miss while ignoring the screen are the fantastic holiday settings many of them inhabit, from classic old homes to charming town … [Read more…]

Miami LGBTQ travel guide

Glass skyscrapers rise from electric blue waters, neon-pink lights illuminate Art Deco masterpieces, and the parties only end once the South Florida sun rises over the Atlantic shoreline’s soft bed of white sand. This is Miami — a multicultural melting pot with a long history as a gaycation destination. Aside from must-see spots like glitzy-gay … [Read more…]

The best easier hikes in Nepal

A figure in a snowsuit so puffy it conjures images of the Michelin Man trudges slowly through knee-deep snow. His frozen nose is black with frostbite, and with every breath, more ice crystals form on his massive, rugged beard. Suddenly, there’s a loud crack and a deafening rumble. Avalanche! It’s scenes like this that come … [Read more…]

ishoothoops basketball instagrammer

Max Pittman was walking to his office near San Diego, California, when he passed an empty basketball court that made him pause. He’d played for as long as he can remember and his dad was a college basketball coach, but this one changed the way he looks at the game, who plays it, and all … [Read more…]

Best things to do in North India

If North India is known for one thing, it’s the incredibly varied landscapes — from humid, lush plains to dry, sandy deserts to the heights of the snow-capped Himalayas. For this reason, it’s emerged as a hub for India’s adventure travel with activities such as trekking, climbing, rafting, and biking — sometimes all in the … [Read more…]

New Mexico winter road trip ideas

Winter road trips just don’t have the same allure. This probably has something to do with the abundance of road chain advisories and potential for black ice. But it’s probably also because the days are shorter, the nights are colder, and half the country is closed for the season. That said, some parts of the … [Read more…]

Orient Express ‘The Party’ train

While you probably won’t be solving a murder — fictional or otherwise — you can still ride the famed Orient-Express across Europe in style this March. Belmond, the company behind the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, is launching a new high-end train travel experience called “The Party.” The rail company will offer a two-night experience on March 27-29, … [Read more…]

Airbnb sending home cooks to Italy

Airbnb is launching new Airbnb Cooking Experiences — bookable experiences designed to help travelers understand culinary traditions around the world. If you fancy yourself a master chef in your own kitchen, now’s your time to take your talents abroad. As part of the new launch, Airbnb will send 100 home chefs on a trip to … [Read more…]