Jesreen Sidhu

10 Ways You Can Practice Yoga While Traveling Abroad

It is often very challenging to get your yoga doses in while you travel. When you have a routine with yoga at home, you might feel anxious to live without it. There are plenty of ways you can practice yoga when you travel abroad. Some of these ways may just be even more fulfilling than your traditional practice. It may be more challenging to get your practice in but it’s not actually as hard as you think. Here are some ways you can get your yoga in.

1. Yoga While You Wait

There are plenty of times you’ll be waiting while you travel. When you’re at the airport, there is usually a quiet place to reflect and stretch a little. Even some cities have put yoga spaces in terminals. Even if where you’re flying from doesn’t have a yoga space, there is a lot of space in the airport and they will tend to have a lot of light.

2. A Local Yoga Studio

No matter where you go, it is more likely than not that you will find a yoga studio. In every little village and town, there is usually a teacher who has set up shop. It may be scary to venture into an unknown studio but that’s the joy of travel. You’re probably going to meet people and have a great time. Before you go, you can do some research on the best yoga studios in the area. You’ll be surprised at what’s available. It also gives you a chance to go off the beaten path a little and do something local even if it’s all expats. They are people that probably live in the area and can tell you about the secret places to see. Don’t worry about language barriers either. You can always just take a look around or even do your own thing. That is the beauty of yoga.

3. In the Park or on the Trail

If for some reason, there are absolutely no yoga studios where you’ve decided to go, it’s likely there aren’t a lot of people. That means you’re free to use the outside facilities to do your yoga practice and you won’t be bothered. Trails and parks are a lovely way to get in your yoga routine.

4. On the Beach

If you happen to be traveling abroad to spend time at a beach, how could you not welcome the sun with sun salutations? The sand feels wonderful in between your feet and hands. I have noticed that a lot of yogis will bring their yoga mat onto the beach. If not, they use beach mats too. Listening to the ocean waves as you do your downward facing dog is one of the most beautiful yoga experiences you can ever have. Take advantage of it. Wake up early while the beach is quiet and take in the morning as you do your asanas.

5. Be Creative with Yoga

You may not always be able to get into your favorite poses but yoga is so much more than that. Take the time to go further. Do some mindful journaling, read spiritual books, do something creative or meditate. Asanas are the external part of the practice but the inside stuff is equally as important. The deep breathing is a big part of what makes you calm. It is rewarding and will bring you closer to yourself in the same way you do after yoga.


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6. Pack for Yoga

It is helpful if you can pack some of your yoga things. A thinner yoga mat should be able to fit into your suitcase. There are so many beautiful yoga street clothes that can double up as your dinner attire. Pack smart with compact, multi-purpose clothes. You may not be able to bring your block but you can probably figure something else out. Your strap will take up no space at all. You should know that some hotel chains around the world actually have yoga mats in the room. This includes Omni Hotels.

7. Plan Your Routine But Be Flexible

It is important to plan out a few yoga classes for yourself. There are plenty of short classes online if you don’t want to create your own. A 15 or 30-minute practice is better than not practicing at all. You don’t necessarily have to set the exact time because let’s face it, you’ve traveled far. You don’t want every day to be a solid plan. Spontaneity is important when you travel. Give yourself a few options for the length of time and fit it in as you can.

8. Put a Yoga App on Your Phone

A yoga app is a great tool when you’re on the go and can’t find a yoga studio. There are a lot of different guided yoga practices available with apps. Any kind of yoga and timeframe you want actually. Ranges of difficulty vary as well. You can try out a few apps as they will usually give you a free trial.

9. Join a Retreat

Of course one of the greatest things you can do during your vacation is to attend a yoga retreat. You’ll get to meet great, like-minded people that love what you love too. You also get the experience of immersing in a retreat, eating healthy food while you’re there, and taking in life at a serene location. One of the nicest things you can do for yourself during your travels is attended a yoga retreat.

10. Be Realistic and Kind to Yourself

It isn’t always going to be as easy to do yoga while you travel abroad as it is at home. Maybe you can’t fit in 90-minute classes three times a week. Do what you can. Do a little pose here and there. Do some in before you go to sleep. Do some twists while you travel on a bus. This will keep you flexible and still reduce stress. Be realistic about the time you have to do yoga while enjoying a brand new place.

Hopefully, these tips will help you with your yoga journey during your journeys abroad. Even 20 minutes a few times a week is good enough to keep your practice alive and enjoy the benefits that yoga brings. You can still get that feeling of bliss and awareness. Don’t forget to meditate and be in the moment. This should be easy while you’re seeing something brand new. That awareness is another part of yoga and a perfect opportunity to hone those skills.

5 Epic Getaways You Can Rock In Just One Weekend

Traveling — like every other blasted thing in life — requires time and money. The best window most of us can hope for, most of the time is a long weekend away. Luckily, America is packed with great cities to spend a solid three days. And while you’re probably not hitting Tokyo or Beirut or Cape Town, there are a great many international destinations where you can enjoy a legit exotic escape outside the States in just three or four days.

These 5 cities are a quick hop from some of America’s biggest airports — so duck out early, beat the traffic to a flight at dusk, and enjoy the adventure and romance and exhilaration of a trip abroad. We’ll see you back at your desk on Monday!

Hamilton, Bermuda

Bermuda is an easy flight from the East Coast: two hours from New York, DC, or Boston; about three from Miami or Atlanta. Often you can get there for about $300.

Bermuda is a weird bird. It’s not tropical, but it is warm and sunny and has pink sand beaches and sunsets over the North Atlantic. It’s also close, both geographically and culturally. Brits and Americans have been there since the days of pirates (it’s still a playground for captains of finance and their offspring), so you get gnarly old cannon-laden forts and a flourishing nightlife. You can ride a jet ski into the Bermuda Triangle. You can visit The Swizzle Inn for an iconic rum swizzle, and then seek out authentic local fare in St. George’s or drop some cash at Marcus Samuelsson’s chic eatery Marcus’.

Or, save your dough — even if you don’t want to spend hedge-fund-manager dollars, you can enjoy the same beaches. Or venture onto the bicycle trails, try a stand-up paddleboard, and walk around Hamilton’s Downtown. It’s quaint, relaxing, and a shorter flight home than some New Yorkers’ morning commutes

Isla Mujeres, Mexico

You can fly into Cancun in about four-and-a-half hours from LA, and just two hours from Houston or Miami. A round trip will probably run you less than $250, and the ferry from Cancun is only a few bucks.

This island right off the coast is an excellent place to enjoy the things for which people go to Cancun without having to interact with the people who go to Cancun. The vibe is relaxed — this is where you go not to party for a weekend, but to laze. For a day at the beach, head to Playa Norte, where the waters stay waist-deep for probably as far out as you care to walk anyway.

Jaunting around Isla Mujeres via golf cart is a popular move, but if you’re willing and able, rent a bike or moped; the island is small and relatively car-free, so you shouldn’t have to worry about safety. Don’t miss the Underwater Museum of Art, which comprises 500-plus statues and sculptures that are, as the name suggests, underwater. You can view them from a glass-bottomed boat, or snorkel and/or dive your way through the collection.

Visit during the summer, and you’re in the planet’s optimal time and place for snorkeling with God’s most noble and mysterious creation, the whale shark. These gentle, school bus-sized creatures aren’t actually sharks, but rather the world’s largest fish. Though their migration patterns have stumped marine biologists for years, Isla Mujeres is where they’re most reliably known to turn up.

Mexico City, Mexico

Direct flights from major airports will get you into el DF quick: 2.5 hours from Dallas, three hours from Miami, four hours from LA, five from NYC. Round-trip fare usually ranges from $300-$500. Or go all On the Road with it: From San Antonio, you’re a 16-hour drive away.

Anything feels possible here. Spend an afternoon wandering the tree-lined streets of super-trendy La Condesa or La Roma (like a Paris that rides the bus to work), and sip artisanal coffee while eavesdropping on local slang. Get cultured in the Centro Historico, where grand colonial buildings and churches tower over the electric, modern murals that line the alleys. The top draft choices among the 150 museums in the city are the stunning Museum of Anthropology and the Casa Azul of Frida Kahlo. Do ‘em both.


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At night, the city comes alive — as will you, when you sample pulque (a traditional, fermented agave drink, flavored with strawberry or celery) and befriend the mariachi band busking on the sidewalk. Get a midnight snack of the capital’s renowned tacos al pastor, then stumble off to dance until the sunrise. Don’t forget a day trip to the epic, pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, where climbing the steep steps of the ancient pyramids will leave you eager for a long lunch in a restaurant in the desert: right next to a cactus farm.

Belize City, Belize

Flights to Belize City are quicker than you realize from huge hubs like DFW, Atlanta, and Miami (three hours each) or Houston (2.5 hours). Tickets from those cities can get down under $300; if you’re connecting, you’ll pay a bit more.

Lush tropical rainforest, check. Ancient Mayan ruins, not bad. Those cayes, though. This little country on Mexico’s knee has more than 200 small islands that roll out some of the clearest turquoise waters and blindingly white sand you’ll ever see. For roughly the cost of your flight, you can do it up Johnny Depp-style and Airbnb an entire island for the weekend.

If you’d rather mingle with locals, and maybe drink your weight in daiquiris, the most popular choices are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. From there you can take a short boat ride out to the world’s second-largest barrier reef to snorkel with a mind-boggling variety of stingrays, sharks, and fish. The Great Barrier Reef is bigger, but we can tell you from experience, Belize is better. Close the day with Caribbean vibes, jerk chicken, coconut rice grilled on the beach, and ask yourself how you’ve lived this close to paradise without ever finding time to visit before.

Cayman Islands

If you’re in Miami, great because a direct flight is just an hour and a half. From Chicago or New York, it’s under four hours. A round trip will run probably $300 to $550. Aim for March or April, the sweet spot when hotel rates drop but the rainy season hasn’t quite yet kicked in. And keep an eye out for more of those Southwest deals.

he Caymans are three islands, each with a different vibe. On a short trip, you’ll get the most out of your time on Grand Cayman, the largest. Visit the Cayman Turtle Centre to swim with sea turtles (and learn about local marine life). For a smokeshow beach, which I’m going to assume is one of your higher priorities, head a few minutes south to Seven Mile Beach. Maybe feed a stingray while you’re there.

Not really an ocean person? That’s cool — you can go to Hell, a surreal landscape of black limestone. It’s free, though it’s worth paying a small fee (meaning a gratuity) for a guide to give you a more thorough experience. Keep walking, if you must, on the renowned Mastic Trail, which cuts through a rad a nature preserve. If you can make it during the first week of May, you can catch the annual Carnival festivities, known here as Batabano. And definitely don’t go back home without sampling the world-class jerk chicken. It’s ubiquitous, but East Ender’s is a cut above.

5 Prime Day Lightning Deals on Travel Gear to Shop ASAP

Get your credit card ready because the day we’ve been waiting since the beginning of this year is finally here!

Amazon’s Prime Day event is in full swing, and there are a ton of amazing deals for travelers to take advantage of including Gonex Compression packing cubes, Bcozzy travel pillows, and Herschel Supply Co. Little America backpacks. And though the sales kicked off on Monday, fear not, as there are still plenty of great deals happening throughout the day on today too.

To get in on the insane discounts, all you need to do is have an Amazon Prime account. But if you don’t have one yet, you can still sign up today for a 30-day free trial and order your goodies now. Here are five deals still going up today that every traveler needs to know about.

WiMiUS Action Camera

If you’re hoping to capture all your mountain biking, surfing, hiking, and action sports adventures, look no further than the WiMiUS Action Camera. The camera captures the action in 4K video and high-quality photos and can mount onto just about anything. Go ahead and get one and become the next YouTube star by tomorrow!

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Panasonic Lumix Camera

If you’re looking to up your photography game, then you have a great shot with the Panasonic Lumix Camera. The lightweight camera comes with 4K video capability and a ton of features for those learning how to take a great shot, like 5-axis correction tilt, high-speed focus technology, remote Wi-Fi shooting, and more.

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Esonstyle Over-ear Bluetooth Headphones

Ever want to buy Bluetooth headphones, but afraid of the hefty price tag that typically comes with them? Well, now’s your chance to get a pair for a discounted price. The Esonstyle over-ear headphones can fold up to fit perfectly in any bag, and are compatible with most mobile devices. And, at less than $20 a pair, what’s not to love? Grab the Esonstyle headphones in your favorite color before they run out.

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Ecosusi Unisex Weekend Bag

The Ecosusi weekend bag is the perfect duffel for both men and women on the go. The bag’s water-repellent nylon fabric will protect your goods during that three-day getaway you’ve been planning. And because it comes in several colors, you can choose the style that best suits you.

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Loctote Theft-resistant Flak Sack

Yes, it’s true, a stylish and travel-safe backpack really does exist. The Loctote sack comes in a light heather gray color and looks like any other drawstring backpack, but comes with a hidden twist. The bag is actually constructed with a double layer of slash-resistant fabric, is lockable, and also comes with a large internal pocket that is lined with a certified RFID blocking material to shield credit cards, passports, and key cards from scanning.

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The Best Places to Travel In September

September is a phenomenally underrated month for travel! People seem to disqualify it because they associate it with childhood anxiety about summer ending and going back to school.

Sure, summer is “over” on paper, but September ushers in that all-too-brief summer vacay sweet spot where surge pricing has ended while sunshine, festival season, and warm nights remain. In places all over the country and the world, September vacations mean better prices, better weather, and smaller crowds.

Here are the best of ‘em, for your consideration:

The Cyclades, Greece

Obviously, the Greek Islands are ridiculous levels of beautiful any time of year, but they get so hot in the summer months and, depending on where you go, unnatural levels of crowded. Try Santorini or Mykonos if you want something a bit more lively, but if you’d rather spend a week eating fresh octopus in a sleepy fishing village with a population of a few dozens, choose from a number of under-the-radar Greek islands.

Breckenridge, Colorado

If you are of legal drinking age, you should strongly consider visiting Breckenridge in September for Breckenridge Oktoberfest. What’s advertised as the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains will run from September 7-9. If you can stay for a week, you should, not only to enjoy walking around the adorable downtown but to take advantage of the Breckenridge Wine Classic from September 13-16.

Machu Picchu, Peru

The Salkantay Trek is basically a less famous but more awesome alternative to the Inca Trail, and September is one of the best times to hike it. Your best option is probably the five-day trek; make sure to first give yourself a couple of days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude. Salkantay Trekking will set you up with guides, meals, horses, and accommodations for comfortably under $500, total.

Puerto Rico

September will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall on the island of Puerto Rico. It will be a historic and deeply moving time to be there when you can enjoy steeply discounted hotels and airfare and lounge on Puerto Rico’s most beautiful beaches free of crowds. September indeed falls during hurricane season in the Caribbean, but it spans June through November, so barring any actual Maria-sized event you can expect a safe trip. Walk through Old San Juan and eat mofongo and salsa dance in the street and look at the bioluminescent bay under a new moon. The overwhelming majority of Puerto Rico is open for business, and that business should be you.


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Glens Falls, New York

For nearly 50 years, this city on the edge of the Adirondacks has held the Adirondack Balloon Festival, a hot-air balloon extravaganza that looks straight out of a children’s book. There could be as many as 100 balloons aloft at once, and after dark, you’ll still see 30 or so lift off for the “Moonglow,” which everyone watches by flashlight. This year’s festival runs September 20-23. You’ve also got the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival (September 7-9) and the World’s Largest Garage Sale (September 29-30) which is expected to draw more than 500 vendors. And look, regardless of your feelings for bric-a-brac or balloons, you’re in upstate New York in early autumn — you know this is the right call.

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The 4 Most Romantic Sunsets Spots In Santorini

Contributed by Mia Fox for JOZU Magazine

Isn’t watching the sun go down together one of the most romantic and beautiful things you could do with your partner? I’m pretty sure; most people have that famous sunset in mind when booking a trip to Santorini. On my most recent trip, I scoured the whole island to find you the best spots to take this moment in with your loved one. And I tell you, it was as breathtaking as they say.

Imerovigli

The first night I nearly missed the magical moment as I arrived pretty late that afternoon, but thank god for long summer nights. I made my way up to Imerovigli, just a 5 minutes drive from where I was staying. I later heard, it is a bit of an insider’s tip when it comes to sunsets on the island to make an early booking and go down the hill to one of the cocktail bars.

I ended up only glimpse a few of these beautiful views while walking down the stairs to my chosen Restaurant Mezzo. Arriving late with no booking, I only got a table in the middle of the terrace and probably too late anyway to see the full beauty of a Santorini sunset.

The food was still great amidst the warm summer night. I fell in love with this island on my very first night. Be aware – catching sunsets in Santorini comes a bit with planning and a good strategy.

Oia

Day 2 arrived and I was on a mission to catch the sunset in the most photographed spot of Santorini just behind the windmills of Oia. I nearly gave up on my way to this part of the town because it was scorching hot and overcrowded in the small lanes. Oia is everything they say about it – you just want to stop at every corner and snap a picture. Well that’s actually what I did, did I mention that I was already late for the golden hour?

When I finally arrived at the front, I was shocked at the number of people that had the exact same plan as me. I was also jealous of the couple that had a prime view with a bottle of champagne at a table by Sunset Cafe. It turns out not many tourists are willing to splash out on a bottle of Moet so I booked it for the next day. I mean, why else would I pay the annual contribution of three credit cards, if not for some spontaneous spending?

It turned out the service at the Sunsets was excellent, the staff very friendly and the food left me to believe I must finally be in heaven. We even got free shots (I’m talking alcohol, not photography) and the sunset-dessert plate, to finish off a perfect night.

Fira

While on my mission to locate the most romantic Santorini sunset, I simply had to try out the capital of the island, Fira. What I liked about Fira was the fact that you have an excellent choice of bars and restaurants all facing the caldera.


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Definitely, try out Pelekanos. They do lovely handcrafted cocktails. Alternatively, choose one of the countless rooftop lounges, for a spectacular view. It was another stunning sunset, and I would love to see more of Fira town next time I return to the island. I was so tired after my boat trip that day, I just wanted to go to bed early that evening.

Akrotiri Lighthouse

Now if all the pictures thus far have not convinced you, or you are just not a fan of big crowds, let me share the last and most magical one.

Our landlord from the apartment we were staying at had insisted on us having dinner with him that night and I could not say no. After dinner, I got the spontaneous idea to pack some blankets, a chilled bottle of champagne and some glasses, and drive up to the Akrotiri lighthouse. Our driver, Jimmy from the day earlier had raved about this place for sunsets. While the lighthouse is a spot to take stunning pictures during daytime it is even better at the golden hour. So remember, always listen to the locals.

There were a few sunset-seekers by the front of the lighthouse but no one walked up the hill behind. In my opinion, the back was an even better view as you could contrast the lighthouse against the changing colors of the sky.

5 Summer Style Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

We know… you’ve probably figured out that woven bags and seashell anything are this summer’s must-have accessories. And while they help elevate your warm-weather wardrobe, they don’t harbor much on the basis of functionality.

In the meantime, there are a few other trends quietly making their way onto our summer packing lists by managing to be both stylish and practical. These unexpected accessories each help to alleviate the common struggles that go hand-in-hand with long travel days — overheating, losing your sunglasses, etc. — while also keeping you in line with summer trends.

Below, a round-up of summer’s chicest travel accessories you didn’t know you needed.

Glasses Chain

The common practice of losing sunglasses during your travels is precisely why you need to purchase a glass chain! They’re very old-fashion but classy and vintage at the same time. Bonus points: they look with ANY type of sunglasses.

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Raffia Crossbody Bag

A raffia bag is a sustainable, lightweight summer bag that allows you to go hands-free while scouring markets and bazaars during your travels. (Plus, one less personal bag leaves you free for one more shopping bag. Win, win.)

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A Transparent Bag

Finding your boarding pass, passport, phone, or wallet among the gum wrappers and used bus tickets you accumulate during your summer travels has never been easier. One of this season’s most popular trends, the transparent bag, will help you avoid that irrational, “oh crap, I lost my phone,” moment we all have when digging into our cluttered bags.

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A Hand Fan

Daisy Hoppen and Amanda Borberg, the designers of Fern Fans, launched their brand of wooden hand fans to modernize the 18th-century trend. Their fans are playful-yet-practical accessories that’ll keep you feeling cool and elegant in the sweltering summer heat.

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Scrunchies

Silk scrunchies are the perfect carry-on companion for overnight flights, and for vacations to dry or humid climates. They’re a comfortable (and now, stylish) way to keep your hair shiny, soft, and free from breakage when you’re constantly on the move.

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The Top 5 Safari Lodges in Africa

From the dusty tents of explorers to exquisite eco-conscious lodges – the African safari has come a long way in the past hundred years without losing any of its romance and adventure. Today, many tented camps mirror the grandeur and opulence of days gone by, while others have completely reinvigorated the safari lodge, offering a brand new take on African aesthetics, authenticity, and luxury.

You can also see, do and even taste much more – think top-of-the-range off-road vehicles, hot-air ballooning, glamping (glamorous camping), fly-in safaris and contemporary gourmet dining. The entire experience is enriched by cultural, historical and environmental orientation as well as knowing that as a guest you are integral to a sustainable and holistic conservation model. So – adventure, wildlife, cultural enrichment and world-class hospitality – what’s not to love about a luxurious African safari? Here are our top safari lodge picks.

Jack’s Camp – Kalahari, Botswana

Quite unlike other lodges in Botswana (most of which are located close to the lush Okavango Delta) Jack’s Camp offers the opportunity to explore the unusual landscape and wildlife of the Kalahari Desert. Beautifully ornate Bedouin-style tents make you feel like Arabian royalty and are a fitting gesture to the camp’s semi-desert environment.


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Chinzombo –South Luangwa, Zambia

The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is one of Africa’s hidden secrets, boasting untouched natural beauty, great walking safaris, and crowd-free big game viewing. Set in this unexplored reserve on the banks of the Luangwa River lies the sophisticated and elegant Chinzombo, with just six gorgeous villas, tucked separately into the forest canopy.

Londolozi Private Granite Suites – Kruger, South Africa

Londolozi Private Granite Suites deliver complete luxury and exclusivity in the Sabi Sands, one of Kruger’s finest private concessions. Just three separately suites overlook the granite rocks of Sabi River. These beautiful views are reflected in a contemporary assemblage of stone walls, polished concrete and a bold color scheme of charcoal, silver, and elephant-grey.

Mombo Camp – Okavango Delta, Botswana

Mombo Camp is raised over the floodplains of the Okavango Delta, and from this vantage point wildlife can often be spotted from both the extensive main area or from your own apartment-sized suite. Nine gorgeous guest tents boast an understated luxury and elegance, with fold-away canvas sides along the entire length of each suite.

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – Sossusvlei, Namibia

This intimate camp in the far-flung but breath-taking Namib Desert offers a complete escape from the ordinary world to a place of quietness, space, and luxury. At Sossusvlei Desert Lodge you will be totally pampered and romanced with activities like hot-air ballooning, picnics and stargaze at their sophisticated observatory.

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10 Bucket-List Foods Worth Traveling The World For

Food is how the world comes to us, as eaters. And occasionally, it’s the best reason for us travelers to explore the world. Here we’ve assembled their most extravagant, most essential, most sensual reasons to stamp your passport. These aren’t merely great foods — they’re foods that you simply must seek at their source. Meals like this are why even love and pray take a backseat to straight-up getting your eat on!

Aguachido (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Playa del Carmen is known for its seafood, and while you can get great options everywhere, all the locals go to a restaurant called Aguachiles.

Here you can find Aguachido: shrimp marinated in lemon juice with clamato and fresh vegetables. Unbelievably fresh and while it is only a few dollars it rivals anything I’ve eaten at high-end restaurants.

Nasi Lemak (Malaysia)

One of the dishes that you should travel across the world just to eat is the Nasi Lemak. Somehow, this combination of rice cooked in coconut milk, chili sambal anchovies, half a hard boiled egg, deep fried chicken, sambal squid, peanuts and cucumbers gives us the shivers just thinking about it.

No other meal quite cuts it, like the Nasi Lemak does.

The best way to serve Nasi Lemak is wrapped in or served on a banana leaf, as it lends an aromatic fragrance to the rice. When used to pack the steaming hot coconut milk rice, you just need to unravel the green, conical package and let your nostrils be assaulted by the most heavenly aroma on earth.

Turkish Hamsi (Turkey)

As the hamsi (anchovies) swarm the Black Sea towards the Bosphorus Strait each winter, Turkish fishermen drop their nets. On any winter arrival in Istanbul, the first thing people do is head for Karaköy fish market for the perfect street food, Hamsi Ekmek. The anchovies are deep fried and served with rocket leaves and thinly sliced onion in a fresh, crusty bread.

Truffle Extravaganza Meal (Tuscany, Italy)

Though all of the dishes in Tuscany are pretty much delicious, the one that makes us salivate even now was the perfect gnocchi that melted like clouds on our tongue, topped with a thick shaving of freshly found truffles.

Bao Zi 包子 (China)

These steamed filled buns can be easily found as a breakfast meal on the streets in China. They can be filled with lamb, beef, or vegetables and can be dipped in a sauce made with vinegar and spicy sauce.

White Pizza – Old Forge Pizza (Pennsylvania, USA)

The White pizza is the one. It’s not a regular pizza you know; Old Forge White Pizza is a creamy-cheesy-and-even-heartwarming heaven in the mouth. The white pizza has a double crust, on the bottom and the top, with cheese filling.

Khao Soi (Thailand)

It’s soft and yellow egg noodles bathed in a thick curry broth. Not soup. Broth. It is then topped with deep-fried, crispy egg noodles, and eaten with pickled greens on the side. The broth is coconut milk-based and the curry can either be cooked with chicken, pork, or beef.

Reuben Sandwich (Sherman’s Deli, California, USA)

The Reuben sandwich at Sherman’s Deli in Palm Springs, CA is one of those simple wonders we keep coming back to (literally and figuratively). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we think this picture is worth ten amazing mouthfuls.

Khinkali (Republic of Georgia)

Khinkali may look like simple dumplings, but the combination of herbs and spices with the freshly minced meat that creates a delicious broth inside makes them anything but simple.

Each dumpling is stuffed and then twisted over 20 times to get a little knob at the end. To eat, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and pick up by the knob. Take a small bite and then suck out the broth (or else you can get burned!); then you eat everything else but the knob. At the end of the meal, you can count how many khingale you’ve had by the knobs on your plate.


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Potato Wedges w/ Sour Cream & Sweet Chill Sauce (Australia)

Served either as an appetizer or side to a meal, potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce is exactly what it sounds like it is, seasoned potato wedges that you dip in a mix of sour cream and sweet chili sauce sounds slightly odd but so delicious!

Salteñas (Bolivia)

This savory baked pastry gives Bolivia the prize for the best style of empanada in Latin America. The dough is thick like a pot pie crust in order to hold the hearty filling.

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur is a small hot dog stand in the middle of Reykjavík, Iceland that always has a line down the block. These hot dogs are like nothing you’ll find in America; they’re made with native Icelandic lamb and served with an assortment of condiments including fried onions and a mayonnaise-based sauce.

Delicious, right? Comment below what’s your favorite!

France’s Most Underrated Cities to Visit, After You Hit Paris

Paris is great, and if you have the time and means we highly recommend that you go. Paris is not, however, the only great place in France. You know this; you just don’t necessarily know what those other great places are, aside from Marseilles or maybe some beaches along the French Riviera you stumbled across whilst Instagram-stalking famous people through Cannes.

If you’re still on the fence about going all the way to France without seeing Paris, it may help to learn that accommodations in places that are not Paris tend to be around 25% to 40% cheaper than accommodations in places that are Paris.

There are a lot of university towns, a lot of young energy and good nightlife! Check out these underrated cities you definitely need to add to your list next time you head out to France!

Nantes

Nantes is a lively college town. It is a white-wine capital. It is the birthplace of the Surrealism movement. It is home to a 39-foot-tall walking mechanical elephant, which you can ride around the city from lofty terraces built into its back as it sprays delighted/terrified/befuddled tourists with water from its giant mechanical trunk.

The Grand Elephant was upgraded this year to be a hybrid vehicle, so you may now address it as Eco-friendly Grand Elephant. Is this a luxury for only the very rich, you might ask? A ride aboard the Eco-Friendly Grand Elephant will run you less than $10. The elephant is actually just one component (though certainly the most imposing) of a project that’s filled Nantes with interactive steampunk art.

You might enjoy the 80-foot-tall carousel straight out of the most disturbing parts of Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Plan your visit for the summer, when the city fully transforms into essentially one large art exhibit. Don’t worry about missing the best spots; all you have to do is follow the green line already laid out at your feet. As previously mentioned, if you’re jumping from town to town you should consider driving, but for the equivalent of around $10 you can also catch a three-ish-hour train ride to Le Havre.

Le Havre

Americans have a pretty good idea of what they think quintessential European towns look like. If you’d like to be shaken from that kind of assumption, you should go to Le Havre. After bombs eviscerated it during World War II, this Normandy town — not far from the landing beaches of D-Day — was eventually rebuilt almost entirely out of reinforced concrete. It is different.

Don’t get it twisted; this is still French enough for you — Le Havre has a world-class modern art museum containing the country’s second-largest collection of impressionist paintings, for those who still need a little Monet to feel like you’re really doing France. And though initially dismissed as ugly, Le Havre has in recent years begun to work its uniqueness to its advantage, blossoming into a marvel of modern architecture. Look at the museum-worthy design of Les Bains des Docks, a behemoth pool complex modeled after the Roman baths where you can swim indoors, outdoors, under skylights and waterfalls.


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La Rochelle

La Rochelle is another port city that doubles as a young, happening university town, but it’s also an unusually good place for just kind of… falling off the map for a bit. La Rochelle has one of the best aquariums you’ll find anywhere, which can be an especially fun draw if you’re packing kids on your trip. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss Tour de la Lanterne, the last surviving medieval lighthouse along the entire Atlantic coast.

Amble through the magnificent old harbor, known as Vieux Port, where you’ll see colorful little fishing boats bobbing placidly in the docks. La Rochelle was the first French city to create a pedestrian-only section in its historic center, so this is really a place to come when you want time to slow down. Spend your mornings at a food market (generally speaking, most food markets around the world are best in the mornings) and then head to the Tourism Information Office and pick up one of their signature yellow bicycles (it costs just a few euro per hour). Ride that bicycle right over a long bridge that takes you to the island Ile-de-Re, where you’ll find the sort of little white houses with blue-green shutters almost reminiscent of Greek islands.

Lots of French nationals vacation here, but word of mouth hasn’t quite made the jump across the Atlantic. Ile-de-Re is an excellent place to camp, both because it’s cheaper (especially in the summertime, when the island gets more crowded) and because, again, this is your time to get back to a slower, calmer, generally chiller way of life. And yet, like La Rochelle, there’s a duality about it where you can be “fancy” if you like here, too. Go right from a morning of bodysurfing to an afternoon of sampling artisanal ice cream in flavors like oyster, caviar, and Thai sorbet.

Top 5 Destinations for a Perfect Summer Getaway, According to Meteorologists

Knowing when to visit a destination can make all the difference, both for having a comfortable vacation and for making sure you don’t miss out on the prime activities and events.

To highlight the destinations that really shine in the summer, we spoke to meteorologists and hurricane and storm specialists from The Weather Channel.

From magnificent meteorological phenomena to ideal summertime temperatures, here are the spots weather experts love heading to in the summer, and why.

Anguilla

“If I’m going to feel the heat, I need to be lying on the beach, and Anguilla is the ultimate spot for rest and relaxation,” meteorologist Alex Wilson told T+L. Temperatures here don’t vary too greatly in the summer and generally stay in the low to mid-80s.

Wilson recommends heading to Rendezvous Bay for clear and tranquil waters, and Shoal Bay for snorkeling. And make sure to have at least one meal that includes a Dark n’ Stormy paired with the local grilled crayfish.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec

“Summers are perfectly mild and dry, with afternoon highs often near 80 degrees Fahrenheit,” storm specialist Dr. Greg Postel’s said of the “stunning” village of Mont Tremblant. Enjoy a ride in the panoramic gondola, spend some time on the beach, and take a nighttime walk through an illuminated forest.

“Pretty much any outdoor activity you can think of is readily available,” Postel said.

Cape Town, South Africa

“I’m a big fan of cool mornings followed by mild afternoons, so Cape Town is essentially my ideal climate,” Wilson said of the coastal city.

Head to the South African city in August (winter in the southern hemisphere) when days start in the 50s, rising to around 70 in the afternoon, according to Wilson. It’s perfect weather for visiting the local wineries, going on a safari, and partaking in the food scene.

Lisbon, Portugal

“The views of the ocean mixed with castles and romantic cobblestone streets and a warm, sunny subtropical climate makes it one of my favorite European destinations,” Brackett said.


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Summer is when you’ll find musical festivals, and beaches bustling with action. Although the city can get hot in the summer, “when the sea breeze kicks in, it’s sublime,” Brackett said.

Amelia Island, Florida

Postel recommends Amelia Island because of the combination of a historic and quaint town center of Fernandina Beach, the great bed and breakfasts, and the beaches.

Wake up early and you can even catch cumulous clouds, large fluffy-appearing clouds that “paint spectacular dawn skyscapes over the oceanic horizon” in the skies, while kayak tours offer a chance to get up close to dolphins.

Got any more places to add to the list? Comment below!

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