Best things to do with kids in Japan

Japan often brings to mind the teeming but ordered masses on Tokyo’s Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest intersection, or Kyoto’s Golden Pavilion, a must-see — if you can peer through the throngs of tourists. But there’s a lot more to this nation stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk to the South China Sea. The natural … [Read more…]

Best family trips in South America

Perhaps you hadn’t been thinking of South America as a family travel destination. The huge continent is actually a fantastic place to explore with the kids — full of otherworldly landscapes, sand dunes, dinosaur sites, sky-high cable cars, national parks, and super beaches. For parents with an adventurous streak, there’s no better place to bring … [Read more…]

$20 JetBlue flight sale

JetBlue is launching a Flash Fares sale, with flights to cities all across the US — some of which are as low as $20. So if you’ve had enough of snow (or the neverending rain out west), this is your chance to escape to warmer pastures for cheap. When perusing the site, keep in mind … [Read more…]

Best mountain biking in Queenstown

The gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand, is well-known as a must-do when visiting the South Island. Yet the vast majority of the cable car’s 3.6 million annual visitors are focused on taking the perfect photo of the Remarkables mountain range. Not many thrill seekers have planned a trip up the gondola as part of their … [Read more…]

Best pancake recipes around world

Debates rage in the US over the superiority of waffles versus pancakes. Poll the global community, though, and the answer becomes obvious: pancakes. While several countries have their own takes on waffles, traditional pancake recipes span the continents, incorporate more creative flavors, fall on both sides of the sweet-savory divide, and come in all different … [Read more…]

The best things to do in Ruidoso

If you ever want to disappear for a while, there’s no better place than the hidden mountain town of Ruidoso in southern New Mexico. It’s so remote that you could drive the lonely interstates 10 or 25 that slice across the seemingly endless desert of without ever knowing you’d passed it. Make it your destination, … [Read more…]

Best surf spot in Central America

Central America has long been a hot surf destination for Americans. It’s easy to see why. The tropical region is right in our backyard, there are direct flights, and many of the surf spots exist in thriving, yet somewhat touristy, towns that make traveling convenient and comfortable. Few locations maintain the exotic appeal of surf … [Read more…]

Best Airbnbs for spring

You’d be surprised at the places people want to go to in the spring. A beach house in Puerto Rico sounds pretty inviting, as does a beach house pretty much anywhere. Winnipeg, on the other hand? Never really thought of as a spring break hotspot, but according to Airbnb at least one rental there has … [Read more…]

Grandma floats out to sea on iceberg

Young Instagrammers or YouTubers are frequently being criticized for doing stupid stunts just for a few followers or likes, but they’re not the only ones risking their lives for a photo. When Judith Streng’s son tried taking a picture of her sitting on a small throne-shaped iceberg at Diamond Beach, Iceland, the iceberg detached and … [Read more…]

Best things to do in Grinnell, Iowa

The Midwest tends to get a bad rap in the travel world. Even when publications aim to tout it, a backhanded slight is rarely far away — take Vogue’s write-up on Kansas City, for example. The first four paragraphs amount to “Where? Mississippi?” underscoring the idea that a Midwesterner’s ignorance is intolerance but coastal ignorance? … [Read more…]