Miami’s New Museum of Graffiti Gives a Permanent Home to Street Art

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/11/2019, 9:00 PM

By its nature, graffiti tends to be a here-today-gone-tomorrow type of art form. But a new museum in Miami aims to preserve the history and celebrate the artistry of a movement that began, it has been said, with tagging New York City subway trains in the 1970s and '80s.  Located in the city's hip and colorful Wynwood neighborhood—already a destination for fans of street art, thanks to the In...

20 Top Destinations for a Winter Vacation in the U.S.A.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Whether you love cold weather or dread it, you’re bound to find some travel inspiration in this roundup of 20 great places in the U.S. for winter vacations.


What to Expect When You Stay Overnight at the Quebec Ice Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/09/2019, 12:00 AM

Every winter, North America's only ice hotel is rebuilt in Quebec. Here's what you need to know before checking in. 


Into the Vault: Walk-In Safe Converted to Hostel Room in Edinburgh

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/06/2019, 12:00 PM

Developers in Edinburgh discovered a surprise while working to convert a 19th-century produce market in the Scottish city's Old Town into a modern hostel for the St. Christopher's Inns chain. During preparatory explorations of the building, architects happened upon a secret, walk-in safe that wasn't on any blueprints. The vault was likely used to store each day's earnings from the market. No...

This Was the World's Most Visited City in 2019—But Is It Safe?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/05/2019, 10:15 AM

Despite months of pro-democracy protests that have at times turned violent, Hong Kong was the world's most visited city in 2019, according to a projection from Euromonitor International.  The London-based market research firm releases an annual ranking of the world's 100 most popular urban destinations for international travelers staying at least 24 hours. Hong Kong's expected total of 26.7 milli...

Let This Japanese Inn Livestream Your Stay and You’ll Only Pay $1 a Night

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/20/2019, 3:30 PM

Exhibitionists on a budget have a new lodging option in Japan. The Asahi Ryokan, located in Fukuoka on the subtropical island of Kyushu, is offering one room on the property at a rate of just 100 yen—or $1—per night. The catch: Guests have to agree to let the inn livestream the room 24/7 on its YouTube channel. According to news reports, the inn's owner, Tetsuya Inoue, came up with the id...

WWI Hospital Converted to Vacation Rental in English Countryside

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/15/2019, 9:00 PM

In the 19th century, England's small "cottage hospitals" brought medical services to rural villages. Previously, small town folk often had to travel to distant cities for treatment for illnesses and injuries. Over time, these mini medical centers were either absorbed by the United Kingdom's public health care system or abandoned for more modern facilities. In the tiny village of Beaworthy in s...

Hotel Noel! The Jolliest Hotel Christmas Decorations and Traditions

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/11/2019, 8:30 PM

These hotels across the United States create extra-special yuletide magic with unique traditions involving everything from elaborate ice sculptures to a canoeing Santa Claus. 


Get Ready to Pay a Tourist Tax to Visit Cabo San Lucas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/05/2019, 9:30 PM

Starting on Saturday, November 9, a visit to the Mexican state of Baja California Sur will cost you extra.  The home state of popular Pacific Coast resort cities including Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo is instituting a tourism tax that each foreign visitor will have to pay, according to a government announcement.  The charge will be 350 pesos per person. With current exchange rates, that ...

Chinese Glass Bridges Closed Out of Safety Fears

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/01/2019, 3:00 PM

For a few years now, China has seemed determined to install spine-tingling transparent bridges, walkways, and slides at every cliffside, mountain gorge, and canyon in the country. At last count, China had as many as 2,300 high-altitude, glass-bottom bridges designed to give tourists the frightening sensation of walking on air, à la Wile E. Coyote before gravity gets the better of him. Subtract...

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