Articles for Featured

Hard Days, Soft Nights in Peru

Hard Days, Soft Nights in Peru October 6, 2012 | Featured | Read More
We were in a remote valley in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, with no other people in sight. The sun’s last rays were lighting up the fluted snow-covered ridges of Salkantay in a soft pink, creating a stunning alpenglow effect on the highest peak in the range. Where exactly were we? High on a mountain ledge,...

7 Ultra Luxurious Tent Hotels

7 Ultra Luxurious Tent Hotels July 9, 2012 | Featured | Read More
The word “tent” usually conjures up images of sleeping bags, bug repellant and unsavory outdoor bathrooms. But these are not the kind of tents we’re talking about. The ultimate in experiential travel, these tent hotels may cost a pretty penny, but they offer an unparalleled way to experience...

19 Beautiful & Bizarre Churches You’ve Never Heard Of

19 Beautiful & Bizarre Churches You’ve Never Heard Of June 27, 2012 | Around the World, Featured, Spain | Read More
1. Shrine of Our Lady of Altagracia – Higuey, Dominican Republic Image: Wikipedia.en

Slideshow: The Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Slideshow: The Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland June 21, 2012 | Featured | Read More
Aurora borealis, or the northern lights, is a phenomenon that occurs at very high latitude around the Arctic circle. Named for the Aurora (the Roman goddess of the dawn) and Boreas (the Greek term for the northern wind) the lights can only be seen after dark. You can spot the spectacular light show throughout...

10 UK Movie Mansions You Can Visit

10 UK Movie Mansions You Can Visit June 19, 2012 | Featured | Read More
You know all those massive, opulent mansions you catch glimpses of in TV shows and movies? Surprisingly, many of them are actually real! Historic mansions in the UK are used in hundreds of films and shows – can you recognize where you’ve seen them? 1. Chatsworth House – North Derbyshire Image:...

11 Dangerously Perched Cliff-Side Monasteries

11 Dangerously Perched Cliff-Side Monasteries June 4, 2012 | Featured | Read More
Placed on the tops of mountains, perched on steep hillsides, and nestled among sharp rocks, the precarious location of these monasteries offered protection from invaders and the chance for worshipers to feel close to god. By modern-day standards the construction of such compounds seems daunting –...

8 Cool Swimmin’ Holes for Hot Summer Days

8 Cool Swimmin’ Holes for Hot Summer Days May 23, 2012 | Featured | Read More
The best North American swimming holes.

Hard Days and Soft Nights in Tucson

Hard Days and Soft Nights in Tucson May 23, 2012 | Featured | Read More
When it comes to destinations for long weekend getaways in the western U.S. with a healthy combination of active pursuits and a dose of luxury, there are lots of usual suspects. For west coasters, it’s Palm Springs, wine country, Tahoe, Santa Barbara, Bend, Hood River, and Whistler. For mountain-staters,...

6 Mega-Markets Worth Getting Lost In

6 Mega-Markets Worth Getting Lost In April 13, 2012 | Featured | Read More
In need of some retail therapy? These commercial centers are sure to satisfy any material craving while still giving the most bang for your buck. Across the globe, street markets are an incredible resource for purchasing goods from small, independent suppliers that make up the world’s most interesting...

Postcard Perfect: Sunset at Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy, France

Postcard Perfect: Sunset at Mont Saint-Michel – Normandy, France March 16, 2012 | Featured, Postcard Perfect | Read More
The tidal island in Normandy, France where Mont Saint-Michel now stands had been used since the 6th century as a military fort, before becoming the home of the Saint-Michel monastery in the 8th century. But it wasn’t until  the 11th century that the iconic Romanesque abbey was built on the island,...