We admit it: even though we love to travel more than anything else in the world, some places just rub us the wrong way.
I once asked an Austinite "what's trendy in Austin right now" and immediately got "the look." Austin is too cool to care about trends, and the more unique style you have, the better.
You can't take a 2-year-old sightseeing all day, let him skip his nap, and then expect him to behave in a fancy restaurant.
Even after decades of travel, it's so fun to still be learning fun little factoids about the cultures we visit. It never ends! In Dresden, my German friend explained that the dough woven into a pattern in a pretzel represents the way our thumbs cross when we fold our hands in prayer.
Since we only had a few days, we narrowed down our selection to the four most innovative restaurants. All of them wowed us with eye-opening dishes, from molecular foams to burnt marshmallows.
No amount of money that I donated to a non-profit was going to do anything more than- possibly - provide a bowl of rice somewhere, which is a lot like sticking a Band-Aid on an amputation. What people needed more than anything were opportunities.
Each of the following countries have gorgeous and culturally-interesting cities that lure more PG-minded tourists, but they also all have very visible and widespread prostitution that attract visitors of another kind.
I'm afraid of a lot of things: spiders, rabies, eye contact -- but I once went an entire decade without setting foot on a plane, and that fear practically sucked the air out of my life. Then, last year, I got on a plane and haven't looked back since.
I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and apparently pissed some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.
So, you'd like to mix it up on your next big trip. On your travel checklist: a place to stay that's equal parts offbeat and off the grid. We've got you covered. Here are six kooky alternatives to generic hotels.
You're likely familiar with the nearly symmetrical, often snow-capped cone of Fuji-san -- as the mountain is known locally -- through images of Japanese classical artworks, most famously in the print series by Hokusai, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.
I visited New Orleans twice this summer. Although the purpose of my trips were more business than leisure I found time to stroll around the city that 10 years ago was partially destroyed by a massive hurricane.
This (incomprehensive) list will hopefully enlighten you about some aspects of living in Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Jamaica is one of the best in the Caribbean for it, with its plethora of family-friendly activities and attractions. And with the best season for Jamaica travel coming up - October to mid-December - now's the time to start planning.