World Eats: Nova Scotia (Passport Magazine)

The best part of the “eat local” trend is discovering a city with incredible regional ingredients. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, diners enjoy an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the region’s especially fertile and productive growing season, and the bold restaurateurs who take full advantage of Atlantic Canada’s best. In this island province, seafood is of … Read more

Expo de Turismo International (ETI), Part 1

Two things astonished me about Puerto Rico’s second annual ETI, or Expo de Turismo International: 1. More than any other Caribbean meeting that I have attended, this one seemed to be aimed at travel agents; there were 400 of them there. 2. The Puerto Rico Tourism Company takes a big-tent approach, so I met attendees … Read more

51 Great Summer Vacation Ideas

Clearwater Beach, Florida

Summer vacation is the time to reconnect and relax with family, and recreate some favorite childhood memories together. What does it for you? Is it lying on a beach or around a resort pool, hiking mountain trails, learning history from a national park ranger, exploring a new city, being thrilled by an exotic adventure or … Read more

10 top chocolate spots for Valentine’s Day treats

Dessert Professional magazine announced their Top Ten Chocolatiers at a first annual celebration event on Wednesday, January 27, at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Manhattan’s Brookfield Place. Florida’s Norman Love became the first inductee to the Chocolatier Hall of Fame. — USA Today Travel

Five myths about travel insurance and terrorism

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, not to mention the warnings for major cities around the world, have put many travelers on edge. For those of us who’ve already bought and paid for a trip, or are planning to travel in the near future, travel insurance might seem like a good idea. But … Read more

NOLA’s backyard: Boudin and beyond in Cajun country

“Jambalaya, a crawfish pie, filé gumbo… Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou.” –Hank Williams Fun on the bayou always involves food. And plenty of it. One of the most ubiquitous treats, boudin balls, can be found everywhere from gas stations to fancy butler passed hors d’ouevre trays.—

Napa Valley’s Wydown Hotel for Wine Lovers

Wydown is a chic 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of Napa Valley wine country. Located on Main Street in St. Helena (population 5,947), the hotel exudes a calming effect that encourages couples to stroll hand in hand through the quaint town or luxuriate in the hot tub and gaze at the stars. The hotel appeals to … Read more

Touring Both Sides of the Tracks in India

It wasn’t until I had traversed the street running past Mumbai’s main CST rail station three times, that I realized I was seeing the same people over and over; a woman hanging dohtis out to dry on a parking barricade, a man studiously brewing chai over a tiny coal fire, children rolling on plastic tarps … Read more

Spring Break Getaways with Kids in Tow

Club Med ski school

The perfect spring break getaway is one of the easiest and best value vacations to plan. Tucked between the pricey winter holidays and the crowded summer ones (or vice versa in some parts of the world), vacations between February and April are easier on your budget, too.—Family Travel Forum