In 2022, many of us eagerly returned to travel to destinations within the United States as well as far-flung countries and continents in search of inspiration and education. After years of stringent precautionary measures, many borders have reopened to tourists. Now, when dumping into the road or air, it is important to consider the impact of travel on the planet and always show respect for the local people and the land. , representing a grand return to a beloved place.
On a safari at the Tswar Kalahari Private Wildlife Reserve in South Africa
Certain rare destinations have it all. It’s the dazzle of a skeptical zebra. A pack of lions are resting after a fresh feast. A whimsical quiver tree stretches upward alongside the rich, low-impact lodging. Our Michelin-starred chefs serve you amazing wonders in underground caves surrounded only by nature. Conservation organizations with good anti-poaching units. All this and more can be found at Tswal, a 280,000-acre private wildlife sanctuary. upon Red sand of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. From industry-leading pangolin research to sunrise game drives in nearby biomes, Tswalu exceeds high expectations for a safari experience… read more.
Expedition: Western Sicily’s Ancient Past and Agricultural Future
Sicily feels like a continent. It’s a wild landscape, with mountains crashing into the sea, waterside villages where fishermen soar into the azure waters, and sun-drenched farmlands rolling in the distance. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has had an epic past, having been successively colonized by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards (this is an abbreviated list). is). While layers of history await around every corner, Sicily is also a place of thoughtful contemporary innovation. Spectacular resorts, fascinating public art and a growing community of organic wineries make the island a prime road trip destination. While many flock to the east coast of the island to explore beloved beach towns like Taormina and the volcanic scenery of Mount Etna, you should also look to the west side of the island. From the crowds of tourists… read more.
Review of: Santa Fe
Known to the Tewa people as Oga Po’geh (meaning place of white shell water), Santa Fe has a long history steeped in everything there. Located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this site has been inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years and continues to this day. It was then declared a region of New Spain, then an independent Mexican territory, and then “acquired”. By the United States as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The third highest city in the country, he stands at 7,198 feet above sea level and is a true treasure set in the vast and picturesque desert. From Matador (a 67-person old-fashioned dive bar), to Shedd, famous for its red peppers, to Georgia’s O’Keeffe Museum, to Meowwolf, everyone has a must-see list. Definitely a spot worth visiting. Here are some of our favorite experiences and places to visit in Santa Fe… read more.
Pho The Girls’ Empowering Women DJ Workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam
Electric energy appears as night falls on the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. Bar promoters touting the venue’s offerings flood the streets, and large, vibrant groups of patrons are absorbed amidst a smorgasbord of music emanating from densely packed clubs. Behind the turntables, more and more female DJs are paving the way for a more gender and sexually inclusive scene in Vietnam’s nightlife. At the forefront of this movement is Pho The Girls, a DJ workshop for women and non-binary people, brought to you by collective SYS Sister Sounds. The collective empowers girls and gender nonconforming individuals to take their place in the music and club industry… read more.
Review of: Saint Pierre and Miquelon
In the active North Atlantic Ocean, off the southern coast of Newfoundland, Canada, the remote archipelago of St. Pierre and Miquelon embodies a fascinating mix of cultures. Shrouded in fragrant boreal forests and sometimes covered in a mysterious layer of fog, the islands are French territory and part of France, not French Canada as their location on the map suggests. is. So the currency is euros and the power outlets are european style. The language is French, not French-Canadian, and the islands are sprinkled with the gastronomic delights associated with Metropole (homeland, what islanders call France)… read more.
Habitas Bacalar’s Quiet Oasis in Quintana Roo
Located in the southern state of Quintana Roo, not far from the border of Mexico and Belize, Bacalar was built by the Mayans between 415 and 435 AD. Its name comes from the Mayan word ‘siyan ka’an bakjalal’, which means ‘a place surrounded by reeds where the sky is born’. Dense, colorful and enchanting, the jungle is home to the glorious La Laguna de Los Siete Colores (Lagoon of Seven Colors), where, at any time of the day, crystal waters are electric blue, turquoise, teal, emerald green, or anywhere in between. . The freshwater lagoon is surrounded by mangroves, reeds and stramolite, all of which the Habitas Bacalar Oasis offers stunning views. … read more.
Review of: Wine Bar on Melbourne’s North Side
Melbourne, Australia has a lot to offer, from reliable classics that have been loved for decades to wine bars that have opened in the last few months. While the city itself has some essentials (including the hallowed City Wine Shop), most of the dynamic wine bars can be found north of Brunswick, Collingwood, Carlton and Fitzroy. These spots offer not only cozy spaces to sip on thoughtfully selected wines, but also great food and lively atmospheres that can turn a quick snack into a long, boozy lunch. increase. A casual hangout for a romantic date. Or an evening drink to an overnight adventure…. read more.
Reconnect with nature in a luxurious way at Arctic Bath Hotel
The exhilarating ice bath jolt is just one of the attractions of the aptly named Arctic Bath Hotel in northern Sweden. This hotel is about to enter its first full summer season. This experience means heading into the frozen wilderness of Swedish Lapland, into a small hole cut into the frozen Luleå River, on which the entire hotel rests. The water swirling below is certainly not warm. (Winter daytime temperatures hover in the single digits, but nighttime temperatures can drop to -28 degrees Fahrenheit.) Anyway, step onto the ice in your bathing suit and dive right in. It feels exhilarating… read more.
Review of: Little Havana, Miami
Little Havana is arguably one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, but it’s often overlooked by out-of-town visitors who tend to default to South Beach’s beach-centric revelry. A longtime enclave of Spanish speakers from the Caribbean (i.e. Cuba) and other Latin American countries, Little Havana has flourished as a veritable hub of Latin culture, cuisine and traditions. Designated a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Ocho Street (Southwest Eighth Avenue) is its iconic core and landmarks such as coffeehouses, cigar shops, pastelerias and the 1926 Tower Theatre. It is a busy main street lined with Walk His Little Havana Talk to an expert on his tour for a guided tour through the best pockets of the Barrio, or discover the neighborhood’s treasured spots on your own… read more.
Inside The Lodge at St. Edward Park, Washington
Situated on the shores of Lake Washington and just minutes from Seattle, Washington, several sensations take center stage when you park at The Lodge at St. Edward Park. The boutique hotel’s landmark Romanesque Revival architecture inspires awe, and the peace and quiet that envelops the forests of the Pacific Northwest transforms a crumbling building into a modern hospitality epicenter. I have a curiosity about restoration. And this is just the beginning. A stay at The Lodge at St. Edward is his one of comfort and discovery highlighted by 326 wooded acres and access to his 3,000 feet of freshwater shoreline.
Hero image courtesy of Tanveer Badal from Habitas Bacalar