The islands of Thailand are their own special kind of paradise, and there’s no better place to sample all that they have to offer than in Phang Nga Bay, easily accessed on a day trip from Phuket. You’ll hear so many people telling you to skip Phuket, that it’s packed with tourists, overpriced and inauthentic. While I can see where they’re coming from, the town is often dismissed too readily. Phuket makes a great base…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. I pride myself on knowing all the cool places, but I have to give credit for finding this one to my parents, who live just outside of Rochester. If it weren’t for them, I would have never known that this estate turned museum transforms into a holiday wonderland every year. The Sweet Creations exhibit is the one…

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I am just getting back from the most relaxing weekend getaway at the Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas. Even though traveling internationally is my passion, I still love exploring domestic destinations whenever possible. We seriously underestimate all there is to admire right here in the United States. What’s more, with deals like $31 flights to Long Beach or $20 flights to New Orleans on budget airlines like Spirit, JetBlue and Allegiant, there’s no reason you…

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Fusterlandia is a hidden wonderland of mosaic tile and recycled art just 20 minutes outside the city center in Havana, Cuba. I first learned about Fusterlandia while doing preliminary research about the best places to see on the island, and was surprised to find there were some local residents who didn’t even know the place exists. I’m a big fan of art, especially art is proudly outside the box. In Cuba, very few things are…

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You can’t go to Argentina without experiencing the tango, and there’s no better place to do so than Esquina Carlos Gardel. Tango is practically the official dance of the nation and was born in Buenos Aires. Once in danger of becoming a lost art, tango has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with more and more young people embracing the tradition. Today, tango is teeming out of every side street and onto the main plazas.…

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