Bangkok is a favorite with travelers looking to get the most bang for their buck, but I took my experience to Thailand up a notch this past December. Enjoy the street food and Khao San Road $12 hostels the first time around; it's okay to "treat yo'self" on your next trip to the Land of Smiles with these luxe suggestions.
International travel has been an love affair I've had for over the last dozen years or so, ever since my first international trip to Japan for my study abroad year in Tokyo in 2001-02. I had never stepped off of American soil until the age of 20 and I was ready to burst my bubble.
I love Amazon's Transparent, which she created, and Jill's old shorts are just as good. A nuanced director with a great grasp of humanity.
Whether it's a luxury tree house or a lodge above the forest canopy, these treetop stays all add a sense of adventure to your travel experience.
While I don't remember our entire exchange, I distinctly remember firmly telling him "It's happening." I said this with so much resolve that he could only respond with "okay."
Though the dog days of winter may well be almost fully upon us, a slew of new properties and hotels in veritable hotspots around the globe have either recently debuted or will soon be opening to help chase away the winter blues. Here are but five of the more luxurious options set to heat up winter 2014-15:
People obviously really, really love their pets, with accessories and services for pawed pals raking in billions of dollars across the globe. Sometimes, the sheer indulgence that these furry friends receive boggles the mind -- most humans don't even have it so good!
The full color rendering above is my favorite holiday card concept. It's entitled, "Christmas in the Blue Room." That's were the official White House Christmas tree is displayed each year.
Slowing down and going deep trumps speeding up and going crazy. Immersion trumps diversion. It's possible. Yes, it is. I have proof. And so do you, if only you would pause long enough to remember those extraordinary times when you unplugged and tuned in.
There are a lot of surprising people who have turned their creative talents toward hotels, from celebrities to restaurateurs to fashion designers. So we were intrigued, if not actually shocked, to learn that the Hotel Vice Versa in Paris was decorated head to toe by lingerie designer Chantal Thomass, known for her sassy and glamorous wares.
Time management sounds like such a dry topic, but it's really about letting some things go so that you can do what you love. These two strategies won't work for everyone, and it's of critical importance to discern which strategy works best for you.
Where you work is how you think. Your immediate surroundings determine your mindset, the way you generate ideas and solve problems. You can't break institutional barriers within the walls of your everyday workspace.
This month, may you let go of doing what's always been done if it has ceased to serve. May you widen your eyes with curiosity instead of fear at the approaching new year. And may you look at each blank page, empty stage, clean canvas and new day as the beginning of a grand experiment.
Every city has the one hotel whose fortunes have run parallel to the local economy and history. The owners and operators of these hotels are merely curators as the properties pass through decades and centuries of hospitality.
In this episode of SYS Chat, we touch on numerous topics and provide helpful tips.
Rain falls on me and then stops. It starts again 15 minutes later and along with several other locals, I huddle beneath one of the shop awnings - they all seem to have one as if they prepared for the frequent rain spurts a century ago when some of these shops were likely built.