From the gorgeous grounds to the amenities to the food, the Rosewood Sand Hill can cure your stress in many ways.
Once a year for four months, the pine and oak forests of the UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve, high up in the Transatlantic Volcanic Belt outside of Mexico City, come alive. Starting in early November, on the Day of the Dead, millions of monarch butterflies arrive after their 3,000-mile journey from eastern Canada and the United States to mate … creating one of the most majestic natural wonders in the world. The butterflies cluster together to keep warm — but when the sun comes out, they set flight. (All photos: Paula Froelich) It all started in December when I realized I wanted to start off 2016 the way I wanted to end it — traveling and being inspired.
The definitive ranking of the best and worst countries to visit in Southeast Asia, based on things like food and drink, stuff to do, ease of meeting people, and how far you can stretch your hard-earned coin..
When you travel, sometimes you have to rely on some interesting means of transportation to get from Point A to Point B… some are cleaner than others and some are downright terrifying. This last year has been particularly amazing for me in terms of modes of transportation.
Everyone on Waikiki Beach knows “Uncle” Billy Pa. At 76, he’s been surfing the shores in front of the Royal Hawaiian hotel for decades and was part of the original Beach Boys (not the band!) — the group of local surfers who brought the sport to the rest of the world.
Does three straight days in a mall sound like fun or torture? I wasn’t sure which way it would go until I did it myself. I spent 72 hours living inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the Western Hemisphere — never once venturing outside for even a breath of fresh air. ...
When people visit Hawaii, they usually go to Oahu, Maui, or, for adventure, the Big Island. Every so often, those who can afford the Four Seasons will stop off at Lanai, the island where Bill Gates got married … but very rarely do you hear people say, “I’m off on holiday to Molokai.” And the locals are just fine with that. Aloha, mate.
From outside the train you can absorb views of British Columbia like this. I should add that I love going off the grid when it means camping in the outdoors – witness my four-day adventure in Death Valley or my worm-eating survival camp with Bear Grylls. I was ignorant to all those things for two days while heading on a Rocky Mountaineer train from Banff, Alberta, to Vancouver in September, except for an overnight hotel stop in a small town called Kamloops.
Two nights before, eight roaches slipped into Paris and, in an orchestrated attack, killed 129 people and terrorized millions around the globe. Morocco, once a French colony, went on high alert.
Hawaii is the land of Pele, the volcano goddess. Inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano on earth, which, according to the National Park Service, produces 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava per day — enough to resurface a 20-mile-long two-lane road daily. Thanks to Kilauea, about 500 acres of new land have been created on the island of Hawaii since 1983. Related: WATCH: The Magic of Night Swimming With Hawaii’s Gentle Giants The lava ate this road for lunch. (Photo: Paula Froelich) While it is beautiful — and the Kilauea Caldera glows every night as if alive — it is also terrifying.
There is almost nothing more terrifying yet magical than being out in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, with 18-foot-wide, alien-looking beings swimming backward loops just millimeters from your face. One of the most fascinating things to experience in Hawaii is to take a night swim with giant manta rays. Although fierce looking — with triangular fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins, gaping maws, and long, sharp tails — they are not to be confused with some of their fiercer cousins (think sharks or Steve Irwin and his unfortunate demise).
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Princess analogies seemed a sharp contrast to my surroundings, the wild and rugged landscape of middle-of-nowhere Wyoming. Fishing with Geoff Stevens. (Photo: Erica Bray) I was in Dubois, Wyo. (population: 995) to meet Geoff Stevens. In addition to being a professional fly-fishing guide, the 42-year-old is a married father of five and a preacher.
Located high up in the Sierra de Catorce mountains, Real de Catorce had a grisly start: Always considered the home of sacred spirits by the Chichimeca and Huichol people, it was named after the 14 Spanish soldiers killed trying to establish the town by local Chichimeca warriors in the 18th century. According to my guide, Antonio del Rosal, “The desert below Real de Catorce is known for having the best peyote.
Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set. Mumbai, India (Photo: People Celebrating Indian Color Festival via Tukaram Karve/Shutterstock.com) Few countries are as chaotic and colorful as India, characteristics perfectly embodied in its annual spring festival of love: Holi. More from Smarter Travel: When to Visit India Ibiza, Spain (Photo: Beach Club in Ibiza via Shutterstock) Pretty much any place in Spain is guaranteed to keep club-seeking travelers up until dawn, but Ibiza, one of the country’s Mediterranean islands, has taken that phenomenon to a whole new level.
Cities such as New York City and London are even worse, averaging just over $3,000 a month in the Big Apple, and roughly $2,300 in London. There are hostels around the world not only offering free accommodation in return for work, but they also award an allowance to employees. Take for example this Central London hostel (the ad has expired). You can work 36 hours a week in exchange for free accommodation and approximately $185 a month.
In mid July every year, all over Mongolia, business in the boomtown capital of Ulaanbaatar and in the tiny towns dotting the country comes to a standstill — as day laborers, miners, shopkeepers and almost every man, woman, and child head to their yurts to prepare for the Naadam Festival. As the main wrestlers are built like linebackers and move like cheetahs, one can only imagine who the woman was who won.] Related: Mongolia’s Secret Natural Wonder Initially, Naadam began as a way to let off steam or show off after weddings or gatherings, but during Genghis Khan’s reign (and for hundreds of years after) it formalized into a showcase of talent and a way for warriors to catch the king’s eye. These days, with the pillaging over, Nadaam celebrates the 1921 revolution when Mongolia officially declared itself an independent country. The day starts with an elaborate ceremony in the National Stadium — where dancers, horsemen, and musicians perform scenes from Mongolia’s past — including, naturally, Genghis Khan’s domination.
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Strolling through the Cities of the Dead with the Mary Poppins of dead people isn’t as creepy as it sounds, I swear. But it does make the city come alive in ways you’ve never imagined. When I went down to New Orleans last month I wanted to experience a side of the city I, literally, can’t see - the ghostly side. If you talk to people who believe in and experience the “Sixth Sense,” NOLA is jam packed with people who just quite haven’t made the transition to heaven or hell. So I called my friend Cari Roy, The New Orleans Psychic, who’s been talking to dead people and peeking inside people’s heads since she was a little girl. Related: Watch: Americana Rules! Inside America’s Best Little Carnie Museum Carrie is also one of the more flamboyantly stylish mediums in New Orleans - and likes to match her drink to her umbrella! “So why are all these ghosts here?