Events & Festivals

The San Francisco Arts Festival’s HERE!

The San Francisco Arts Festival's HERE!

by Deborah Crooks on May 20, 2016

The San Francisco International Arts Festival will take place through June 5 in San Francisco. This weekend CALI & Co and Matt El bring the HERE show to the area guest collaborators Kyoungil Ong and Sooyeon Lyuh from the USA ...

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9th Annual Choice Eats: Sample 65 NYC Restaurants Under One Roof

9th Annual Choice Eats: Sample 65 NYC Restaurants Under One Roof

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on Apr 25, 2016

We are completely finished with the 1st quarter of 2016 and unlike me, it seems like everyone around me is sticking to their 2016 diet (kudos to you all).  It’s super important to reward yourself for your hard work. Yes, ...

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May’s New York Vegetarian Food Festival

May's New York Vegetarian Food Festival

by Jessica Festa on Apr 02, 2016

For those passionate about eating ethically and exploring meat-free and NYC vegan culture, the NY Vegetarian Food Festival isn’t to be missed. The festival was started in 2011 by Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda, two women passionate about living a healthy, sustainable ...

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DENT 2016: From Eradicating Malaria & Disruptive Ideas to Virtual Reality

DENT 2016: From Eradicating Malaria & Disruptive Ideas to Virtual Reality

by Renee Blodgett on Mar 30, 2016

Putting a dent in the future -- isn't that a compelling idea? And, what's even more compelling is that it means such different things to different people and why the eclectic DENT Conference in Sun Valley Idaho, is so unique. ...

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A Reflective Interview with Mom, Speaker & Author Mallika Chopra

A Reflective Interview with Mom, Speaker & Author Mallika Chopra

by Renee Blodgett on Mar 29, 2016

I have always been a fan of speaker and author Mallika Chopra who spoke on our TEDxBerkeley stage in 2013, an event I co-curate every year.  Her most recent book, “Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy,”  ...

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North America

New York City’s Tagines for Hookah & Belly Dancing

New York City's Tagines for Hookah & Belly Dancing

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on May 22, 2016

How do you feel about kitschy restaurants?  You know, like the Christmas ornament overload ...

The San Francisco Arts Festival’s HERE!

The San Francisco Arts Festival's HERE!

by Deborah Crooks on May 20, 2016

The San Francisco International Arts Festival will take place through June 5 in San ...

Europe

Wellness Travel: Meditation & Spa Culture in Prague and Beyond

Wellness Travel: Meditation & Spa Culture in Prague and Beyond

by Renee Blodgett on May 25, 2016

You've probably noticed that we've been writing about wellness travel more and more, and ...

Blissful Times in Andalusia’s Granada, Seville & Cordoba

Blissful Times in Andalusia's Granada, Seville & Cordoba

by Sambrita Basu on May 10, 2016

“From where he sat, he could observe the plaza. People continued to come and ...

Lodging

Wellness Travel: Meditation & Spa Culture in Prague and Beyond

Wellness Travel: Meditation & Spa Culture in Prague and Beyond

by Renee Blodgett on May 25, 2016

You've probably noticed that we've been writing about wellness travel more and more, and even have covered a few yoga retreat opportunities and getaways (my latest one being Jamaica). I believe in the power of yoga, the power of meditation, ...

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You’ll Love Medellín’s Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

You'll Love Medellín's Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

by Megan McDonough on May 24, 2016

Medellín is one of Latin America’s most progressive and innovative cities so, of course, I wanted to be in the heart of the action. The Charlee Hotel definitely has an appealing location but just the icing on the cake. As a fairly low-key traveler, it ...

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Culturally Vibrant Brooklyn: Walk, Eat, Stay

Culturally Vibrant Brooklyn: Walk, Eat, Stay

by Renee Blodgett on May 17, 2016

It's ironic that so many things come full circle in our lives, including where we hang our hat, then don't for awhile and then do....again! When I was in my early twenties, I used to stay with a childhood friend ...

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The Catskills, a Great Weekend Getaway from NYC

The Catskills, a Great Weekend Getaway from NYC

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on May 10, 2016

Is there anything cuter than baby alpacas?  I feel like they’re one of those breeds that make you burst into the widest grin–so soft, so gentle, so ridiculously cute. The hubby and I decided to take our little man upstate to visit ...

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ITC Hotels: Where Responsible Tourism Meets Luxury in the Heart of India

ITC Hotels: Where Responsible Tourism Meets Luxury in the Heart of India

by Aline Dobbie on May 06, 2016

Namaste is the icon of this important prestige chain of hotels thoughout India.  The icon welcomes one with the ancient Indian welcome and offers the traveller the warmth of Indian hospitality combined with contemporary international standards that provides world class ...

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Arts

You’ll Love Medellín’s Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

You'll Love Medellín's Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

by Megan McDonough on May 24, 2016

Medellín is one of Latin America’s most progressive and innovative cities so, of course, I wanted ...

The San Francisco Arts Festival’s HERE!

The San Francisco Arts Festival's HERE!

by Deborah Crooks on May 20, 2016

The San Francisco International Arts Festival will take place through June 5 in San ...

Food/Wine

New York City’s Tagines for Hookah & Belly Dancing

New York City's Tagines for Hookah & Belly Dancing

by Jessica Tiare Bowen on May 22, 2016

How do you feel about kitschy restaurants?  You know, like the Christmas ornament overload ...

Culturally Vibrant Brooklyn: Walk, Eat, Stay

Culturally Vibrant Brooklyn: Walk, Eat, Stay

by Renee Blodgett on May 17, 2016

It's ironic that so many things come full circle in our lives, including where ...

Asia

Vietnam Dispatches: 40 Years Too Late

Vietnam Dispatches: 40 Years Too Late

by Daniel Asa Rose on May 14, 2016

 For those of a certain age, it is impossible to forget how consumed the ...

Planning Your Next Trip to Hong Kong

Planning Your Next Trip to Hong Kong

by Robert Schrader on May 07, 2016

Hong Kong is something of a contradiction. One of the world’s most densely populated ...

Pacific

The Laneways of Melbourne Australia

The Laneways of Melbourne Australia

by Robert Schrader on Apr 29, 2016

Melbourne is the home of Aussie rules football, the film and TV industries, and ...

Going Off-the-Beaten Path in New Zealand

Going Off-the-Beaten Path in New Zealand

by Carol Rolnick on Apr 07, 2016

Traveling off the beaten path without an itinerary or reservations can lead to some ...

Products

Elegant But Rugged Würkin Stiffs Bags for the On-the-Go Warrior

Elegant But Rugged Würkin Stiffs Bags for the On-the-Go Warrior

by Renee Blodgett on May 25, 2016

As an avid traveler, I'm always looking for nifty backpacks with lots of nooks and crannies that are also stylish. While we love color and creativity around here, sometimes you just can't beat a classic black leather bag, whether that ...

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3 Beauty Products For Your Spring Season List

3 Beauty Products For Your Spring Season List

by Renee Blodgett on May 22, 2016

New on my radar is a skincare line from Belli, which offers a variety of washes, scrubs, moisturizers, serums and more. I opted to try the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, their Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub, the Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator, and ...

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Hip Travelers Will Love Alegria’s Boots, Shoes & Sandals

Hip Travelers Will Love Alegria's Boots, Shoes & Sandals

by Renee Blodgett on May 19, 2016

I'll be honest with you -- when I first discovered the Alegria Shoe line, now maybe eight or so months ago, my initial thought was that their sandals were a bit too masculine for me and while I'm sure very comfortable for ...

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Stylin’ STATE Backbacks, a Fun Option For Day Trip Excursions

Stylin' STATE Backbacks, a Fun Option For Day Trip Excursions

by Renee Blodgett on May 15, 2016

We recently discovered a cool new bag brand we had never heard of -- one with a cause whose aim is to give back to American youth. The STATE BAGS line includes both material and leather totes and backpacks and for ...

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Hydrate with Zing Anything’s Tea Zinger + Citrus Zinger Infusion Set

Hydrate with Zing Anything's Tea Zinger + Citrus Zinger Infusion Set

by Renee Blodgett on May 12, 2016

We discovered a great new line of bottles and infusion solutions that allows you to put some excitement into your tea and water. First up is a new product from Zing Anything called the Citrus Zinger Infusion Set. Drinking a ...

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South America

You’ll Love Medellín’s Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

You'll Love Medellín's Charlee Hotel for its EcoFriendly & Hip Design

by Megan McDonough on May 24, 2016

Medellín is one of Latin America’s most progressive and innovative cities so, of course, I wanted ...

The Culture, Grit & Graffiti of Colombia’s Medellin

The Culture, Grit & Graffiti of Colombia's Medellin

by Megan McDonough on Apr 30, 2016

My mind is still reeling from my recent trip to Colombia -- so much creativity ...

Central America

Women Adventure Seekers: Head to Nicaragua to Surf & Rejuvenate

Women Adventure Seekers: Head to Nicaragua to Surf & Rejuvenate

by Jessica Festa on Apr 28, 2016

The women of Chicabrava Photo credit: Chicabrava You are built not to shrink down to ...

Transformative Travel: 5 Fabulous Yoga Retreats Around the World

Transformative Travel: 5 Fabulous Yoga Retreats Around the World

by Jessica Festa on Mar 27, 2016

Yoga is a great way to enhance other sporting and fitness activities that you ...

Africa

Ever Wonder How a Baby Elephant Drinks?

Ever Wonder How a Baby Elephant Drinks?

by Rich Laburn on May 24, 2016

Let's face it - as humans, we don’t have the ability to walk or ...

Behind the Scenes in Natural & Cultural Ethiopia

Behind the Scenes in Natural & Cultural Ethiopia

by Robert Schrader on May 16, 2016

I spent several days of my trip to Ethiopia wishing I was somewhere else. ...

Green

Book Your Flights the Green Way Through This Useful App

Book Your Flights the Green Way Through This Useful App

by Jessica Festa on Mar 04, 2016

Photo: Bill Williams/Unsplash; Edited: Epicure & Culture Though Simon Smedberg may have saved 50 dollars ...

Tips on How to Travel Sustainably Around the Globe

Tips on How to Travel Sustainably Around the Globe

by Jessica Festa on Oct 01, 2015

  I was born with the travel bug. As often as I could, I was ...

 

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Culturally Vibrant Brooklyn: Walk, Eat, Stay

Culturally Vibrant Brooklyn: Walk, Eat, Stay

by Renee Blodgett on May 17, 2016

It's ironic that so many things come full circle in ...

An Applause for Mother’s Around the World

An Applause for Mother's Around the World

by Renee Blodgett on May 08, 2016

The truth is, I used to reflect about Mother's Day ...

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