When most travelers think about taking a trip to Mexico, the first things that come to mind are usually the luxe all-inclusive resorts in places like Playa del Carmen, the wild party scene at hot spots like Cancún, or perhaps a nice cruise down the Mexican Riviera, but there’s a previously overlooked destination that’s quickly becoming a major tourist attraction — Mexico City. Mexico City has seem amazing improvements in safety, transportation, and infrastructure in recent years, including the implementation of a truly wonderful bike-share program. It’s not just tourists who have taken notice: Mexico City has been attracting young artists, chefs, and mixologists from all over the world who are relocating there and contributing to a very exciting cultural renaissance. The majority of tourists heading to Mexico City will probably spend their time visiting its famous old standbys like the iconic Blue House, where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived, and Chapultepec Castle (the only true royal castle in North America), and certainly these attractions are worth a visit.
If you have more than five hours between your flights, I can’t recommend enough that you leave the airport for a wee adventure. (Photo: Thinkstock)
America leads the world in consumption of wine; we drank more than 3.2 million liters of it last year according to the Wine Institute. And while imports are a large part of our consumption, there are almost 8,000 producing wineries in the U.S. They accounted for 350 million gallons of wine production last year, making us the fourth largest wine producing country in the world. We not only love to drink wine, we love visiting its source.
I live for winter weekends. Cruising down the ski slopes, the brisk air whipping at my face makes me feel alive (and toasting my active day at après-ski makes me feel accomplished). However, it’s hard to beat warm days filled with nature hikes, waterfalls and crystalline lakes. But I found a place where you can have it all in the same day. Germany’s jaw-dropping Bavaria is one of the most active regions I’ve ever experienced. It certainly offers variety, boasting the country’s tallest ski resort, with trails open year round. ...
The line is even longer than it looks in this photo — it wraps around the bend and down that block! (Photo: Bridget Harrison) Would you stand in line for an hour to eat a Cadbury’s Crème Egg? It is the pop up Cadbury’s Crème Egg Café on Greek Street, where the only thing on the menu is the U.K.’s most famous Easter treat. If you’re not fully familiar with Cadbury Crème Egg, first of all, what rock have you been living under?
Ireland is a place that’s on many people’s bucket lists. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but the Emerald Isle is steeped in history and lore. Famous for it’s amazing coastland and verdant scenery, there’s almost no better way to see the country than on a road trip. Recently, I was lucky enough to go on Insight Vacations’ Treasures of Ireland trip.
I didn’t know what hummus was supposed to taste like until my recent food pilgrimage to Tel Aviv. That's when I learned that Americans just don't "get" hummus. We really don't even say it right.
So imagine my nirvana when I visited Napa Valley last month, a place known for its excellent restaurants, many that set the standard for superior dining (notably Thomas Keller’s internationally acclaimed French Laundry) and that are destinations unto themselves. I wanted a memorable night out, so my friend and I booked a table at The Restaurant at Meadowood, one of only six three-Michelin star restaurants in the country. For those who don’t know, many top chefs consider a Michelin star the Holy Grail of fine dining, and it can make a restaurant. Based on the dining experience of an anonymous Michelin “inspector,” a restaurant may be awarded up to three stars.
The city of Nairobi is undergoing a serious renaissance. With the burgeoning tech and design scenes creating a new middle class, the capital of Kenya is seeing a boom in incredibly chic bars and restaurants.
Instead go for fresh fruit (there’s usually at least a banana or an apple), eggs, plain greek yogurt (fruit-flavored has tons of sugar), or whole grain cereal, suggests Regina Basterrechea, nutritionist for The Biggest Loser Resort Palm Desert. Use the coffee maker to cook instant oatmeal. Photo: Thinkstock It is the most important meal of the day, after all. So if you don’t want to leave it to chance, try Basterrechea’s handy trick: Pack some instant oatmeal packets and use the coffee maker in the room to heat water to prepare it.
When you think of tropical paradise, piña coladas or mai tais with dainty umbrellas, enjoyed exclusively on a towel in the sand overlooking the waves, naturally come to mind.
Sometimes you go on vacation to lie on the beach and drink piña coladas, and sometimes you go on vacation to better your mind and body. Recently, I spent a week at the Biggest Loser Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., to learn how to eat right and work out. Though it wasn’t easy (I spent four hours a day working out and another three in nutrition and wellness classes), I certainly learned a lot. Here are some of the best and most surprising tidbits I picked up along the way. It’s the getaway that keeps on giving!
One person who will definitely be working hard this New Year’s Eve is Katie Schnurr, the new “tequila goddess” at the Fairmont Scottsdale’s La Hacienda restaurant.
This handy collapsible and foldable water bottle won’t take up much space, and stows easily. The following handy list of travel-sized necessities is great for any flight—with a few additions specific for red-eyes and long trips.
Sometimes the best things come in small packages! For our 2015 stocking stuffers guide, we’ve made our list and checked it twice — and these goodies are guaranteed to make your stockings a hit with travel lovers this holiday season. We’ve got everything from beautiful travel journals to TSA-friendly food, and beauty minis to a genius way to ensure you never lose your keys again. (Psst: everything on our list is under $26 and under, too!)
How would you spend the perfect weekend in Seattle? Design by Lauren DeLuca for Yahoo Travel.) Seattle residents want you to think that it rains all the time. While you’re there check out their world class indoor climbing wall. To say Seattle is undergoing a Renaissance right now would not do it justice. Seattle is, simply put, a very nice place to be right now during a time when we want to spend time in a nice place. And with easy direct flights and great hotel rates, it is the perfect place for a quick urban getaway.
Basilicata by bicycle is the best way to take in a sunset. Michele Cappiello, owner of Bike Basilicata, greeted me with a warm smile. I followed him to a small shop nearby, where I changed into Pearl Izumi cycling togs, picked up a provided Scott road bike and maps and began a three-day cycling trip across Puglia and Basilicata in south Italy, a.k.a the heel of “the boot.” I had spent the prior week in Sicily, exploring its wineries, restaurants and ancient archaeological sites. According to a 2014 Adventure Cycling Association survey, the popularity of bike tourism in both the U.S. and globally is surging — prompting touring companies to increase their destination offerings and trip length options.
The Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting has attracted 46 states and 50 countries. (Photo: Jeanne Mozier) By Alex Palmer The process is similar to a wine competition. Each distinguished judge, dressed in their black-tie best, raises a glass and observes the liquid’s appearance, smelling it, taking a taste, and scoring the flavor, mouthfeel, and aftertaste. But unlike wine, the top scorers in this competition have no color, no odor, and little, if any, flavor.