Travel & Outdoors

Fastest-Growing City in North America is Transforming Into a Genuinely Hot Destination

Toronto the good is no longer Toronto the boring. One of the fastest-growing cities in North America is transforming itself into a genuinely hot destination, by throwing off some of its British colonial reserve, extending its bar hours, and playing host to several annual International Arts Festivals—from photography to film to caribana. Toss in a weak Canadian dollar (and an empty suitcase for shopping) and Toronto might even be—dare we say it—fun, eh? HOTELS The Four Seasons Hotel (21 Avenue Rd.; 800/819-5053 or 416/964-0411, fax 416/963-6902; doubles from $285), prized for its world-class service, has had a lock on visiting celebrities, heads of state, and power brokers Read More

Are microstays at hotels and gyms the new face of business travel?

In an era where flexibility is key and people are travelling globally for business more than ever, the world of microstays seems like a fresh new option. Microstays of several hours at a time are now available at hotels, airports and leisure centres, and we spoke to two companies who are at the forefront of this exciting new concept, in the accommodation and wellness fields, respectively. BYHOURS is an international online booking platform and app that allows you to book microstays in more than 3000 hotels for three, six or 12 hours around the world. It has a pay-per-use system that allows customers to choose the hotel Read More


You fantasize about a island vacations for the same reason everyone else does: Earth gave us hundreds of thousands of islands to choose from, so whatever your perfect dream trip entails, an island somewhere will fit it perfectly. Maybe you’re cool flomped on a sandy stretch of strangers’ skin, nodding at the fittest among them and listening to some dude blasting “Turn Down for What” on a football-sized Blu-Ray speaker. Or maybe you’re inclined to find a vacant, balmy postcard sanctuary known only to sea turtles and mapping satellites. You do you, Robinson Crusoe. We put the question to a gaggle of world travelers and asked, what are the Read More

Collective Retreats to Open Seasonal Resort on New York’s Governors Island

Collective Retreats, the company behind portable, “asset light” luxury accommodations, plans to bring a glamping-style hotel to New York City’s Governors Island. Governors Island, a 172-acre island just off Manhattan and Brooklyn, was once a military outpost and U.S. Coast Guard facility, but it was opened to the public in the mid-2000s, and has since become a popular day-trip destination for New Yorkers, with its open green space, historical buildings, art and cultural programs and incredible views of the city and harbor. But it hasn’t offered anything in the way of overnight accommodations to visitors except for an occasional pop-up option. Enter Collective Governors Island, a New Read More

An Antebellum Garden in Savannah, Georgia in Blossom

You’ll pardon the tourists who park themselves on the stoop of the handsome Barbados-style home on Savannah’s Lafayette Square, mistaking it for a museum. The brick house and its pleasure garden emit an air of importance—the striking formality of the home and the high walls that have protected the garden from hurricanes and prying eyes for more than 165 years contrast with a gorgeous tangle of climbing vines that have broken free from the space, sneaking up a magnificent magnolia. Cornelia “Connie” Hartridge’s son was not so forgiving; when Thomas was five, he posted handwritten signs on the front door declaring, “This is not a museum; this is Read More

Beach from Leonardo DiCaprio film to temporarily close due to tourist damage

Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island’s battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made on Wednesday by Thailand’s national parks and wildlife department. Many Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained Read More

China Is Considering Limiting Travel for People With Low ‘Social Credit’

China will start barring people who score low on its so-called “social credit system” from traveling on flights and trains for up to a year. Those who fall short on the social credit system, which monitors and ranks the behavior of Chinese citizens, could be banned from air and rail travel depending on what offense they commit. People who are found to have caused trouble on flights, used expired tickets, smoked on trains or spreading false rumors about terrorism are liable to be restricted, statements from China’s National Development and Reform Commission said, according to Reuters. Others who could potentially face being blocked from travel are those Read More

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial From Russia That You’ve Never Heard Of

The monument displayed in emailed photographs, officially entitled “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” (but also known as “The Memorial at Harbor View Park” or the “Tear Drop Memorial”), was dedicated at the northeast corner of Bayonne Peninsula in New Jersey on 11 September 2006, the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States: I had never heard of this before receiving it. Why didn’t the press report it? This is the “TEAR DROP” made and installed by the Russians to honor those who died in 9 11and a statement against terrorism. It is very impressive. The tear drop is lined up with the Statue Read More

Save The Date: Family Friday At The Atlanta Dogwood Festival @ Piedmont Park

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival hosts Family Friday on April 13, 2018, welcoming families with special discounts and programming.  Family Friday at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival features special family-oriented entertainment, and kids and adults can both have fun with unlimited ride wristband good for all rides and inflatables on Friday only. Visitors will receive discounts with select food and beverage vendors with the wristband. Wristband includes: Unlimited access to all rides and inflatables on Friday, April 13 20% discount with select food and beverage vendors Family Friday hours are 2 to 9 p.m.   A limited number of wristbands can be purchased in advance  (at, or tickets may be purchased for a tad more (at the Charles Allen and 10th Street Read More

Hiking the Very Dangerous Pali Notches Trail in Hawaii

There are a few hikes on Oahu that I had on my “not going to attempt” list. Up until a week ago the Pali Notches was one of them as it has a reputation for being very dangerous. If you’re driving up the Pali Highway from town you can see two notches cut in the narrow ridgeline. The notches are man-made. They were created by warriors of ancient Oahu to house cannons when defending attacks from Nu’uanu Valley. In 1795, King Kamehameha’s warriors disabled these cannons in the Battle of Nu’uanu which helped him conquer Oahu. So, if the ancient Hawaiian warriors were able to hike the Read More