The Tate Modern and the Battle for London’s Soul

As luxury condos proliferate across London, the evolving Tate Modern provides a model for the city’s public spaces. I recently found myself staring into a stranger’s living room, waiting for something beautiful to happen. I was standing on the 10th-floor viewing terrace of the Tate Modern’s new wing, a twisting ziggurat of perforated brick and mortar that rises above the museum’s...

Where to See (Really See) the Art of Maya Lin

Maya Lin’s breakout moment came like a thunderbolt at the start of her career in 1981, when she was still an undergraduate at Yale and her design was chosen for the high-profile Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Her design initially caused intense controversy — typical of the opposition was the Vietnam veteran and future Virginia senator James Webb, calling it “a nihilistic...

Francine Prose’s Oaxaca: An Immersion Course in Mexico’s Delights

When friends visiting Mexico for the first time ask me where to begin, I tell them: Go to Oaxaca, one of the most scenically beautiful, historically interesting and simply enjoyable cities south of the border. Go now. It’s never seemed more important than it does at this current moment, to enjoy, to admire and to learn about our nation’s near...

Merry Christmas! Here’s $30 Off Your Next Hotel On

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! As 2017 winds down, I wanted to give everyone a gift this holiday season. Enjoy $30 off your next hotel stay on!

And the winner is….

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I’m very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]

Let’s Send Another Set of Students Abroad (Exciting Updates from FLYTE)

Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.

The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott’s Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

Solo female travel isn’t just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it’s never too late to start traveling.

Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom

Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it’s like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.