5 Of the Most Awe-Inspiring Hindu Temples

The construction of the world’s first Hindu temples started approximately 2,000 years ago in India. Today, there are over 900 million followers of the Hindu religion, and these temples play an important role their culture and society. Most of the temples are open to tourists, and many have become popular vacation destinations because of their […] Read more »

Delighting in Santa Fe’s Culture

It’s the oldest town in the Southwest, but Santa Fe offers a tremendous assortment of modern sights and attractions intermingled with the historic sites for travelers to explore. Although visitors love to dive into the many cultural destinations on an extended stay, it’s possible to enjoy the best of the city in a single day. […] Read more »

4 Reasons to Visit the Roman Catacombs

In ancient Rome, burial within the city walls was forbidden. The pagan culture of the second and third centuries preferred cremation, despite the objections of the Christian minority. As land for graveyards was scarce, the Christians of the day cultivated a sense of community away from the public eye by digging burial tunnels into the soft volcanic […] Read more »

Food on the Fly: Successful Self-Catering

Picture yourself at lunch in Paris, sitting at a sidewalk café, eating salade niçoise and gazing at the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Perfection, non? Doesn’t get much better than that. Unless, of course, you were dining in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. This is the magic of self-catering. Skipping the restaurant meals in […] Read more »

Reminders of Nazi Germany in Berlin

Berlin, the capital of Germany, holds a unique and sad chapter in the world history books. While the modern city is home to a plethora of cultural and educational institutions, Berlin during World War II was a significantly different place. When Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power in 1933, the republic that had […] Read more »

How to Brave the Cold at an Ice Hotel (And the 4 Best to Try This Year)

Throughout history, hotels have continually pushed the bounds of what constitutes an exceptional night’s stay. Modern travelers’ desires for unique, authentic, and Instagram-worthy adventures have driven hotels to market themselves as destinations for unusual trips and immersive experiences. Perhaps no trend better encapsulates this movement than the rise of the ice hotel. The original ice hotel—appropriately named […] Read more »

5 Ways to Avoid being an Annoying Tourist in France

France — and especially Paris — has a love/hate relationship with tourists. Tourism is an important industry, but if you’re not careful, you can make a nuisance of yourself with locals. Here are five ways you can avoid being that tourist: Realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. The customs are different. While you’re in France, […] Read more »