Packing. Long-haul flights. Lack of Sleep. Yes, taking a vacation is the best, but actually getting to said vacation is a whole different story. Where here to help you put the bon back in bon voyage.Read More
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The world is big and life is a work in progress. And these are just my 7 cents.
Traveling these days is not for the faint of heart. It’s a battle and you need to be armed and ready at all times for all possible situations: Flight delays, cancellations, security lines, freezing airplanes, crying babies, snoring seat mates — you know what we’re talking about. So how do you prepare? With precision, organization and maybe a stiff drink. Or just read on for our favorite tips, tricks and products that we promise will make your travel at least feel relatively relaxing.Read More
When I explained to people that we were going to Guatemala for our holiday vacation I was met with blank stares. And widening eyes. And the inevitable question, “ why?” Well, we wanted culture. And adventure. And warm temperatures. And history. So … Hola, Guatemala! From ancient Mayan ruins to volcanoes you can hike, from colorful colonial cities to lakeside splendor and amazing food, Guatemala has something for everyone. The Central American stunner is luring travelers eager to experience the beauty and diversity of the country and the warmth of the people. We hit three very different parts of Guatemala — Lake Atitlan, Antigua and Flores — and each had its own (spectacular) vibe. Read on for my favorite, must-visit spots that should be a part of any Guatemalan vacation.
— Holly Parmelee
We’ve had a love affair with the mini break since Daniel Cleaver whisked Bridget Jones away in the first Bridget Jones’ Diary. And while in this country we call it a weekend getaway (mini break sounds so much better), the sentiment remains the same: A quick break from reality that appeals to the free spirit in all of us.Read More
Here’s the thing — as much as we appreciate movies on demand, a well-stocked minibar and an oversized bathrobe, sometimes hotel life can feel anything but inspired. Which is why we have such a love affair with the idea of vacation home rentals, especially when they can turn our wildest architectural dreams into beautiful reality. Want to spend a weekend in Margot Tenenbaum's bedroom? Sure. How about a night in an actual treehouse? Or a week off the grid in a house inspired by Thoreau's Walden? We're in. Read on for our favorite far-flung, jaw-to-the-ground houses for rent (via Airbnb, btw). Where do you want to go?Read More
Jai and Gayatri attracted a glittering international crowd to India including none other than First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived with the glamorous couple for several months during her visit to the country in the 1960s.Read More
August is the Sunday of summer, and while it's depressing AF, it's also imperative that you squeeze out every last second of beach time that you can. And while you're there, why not polish off one (or seven) of this season's best books? Whether a lighthearted read is your jam or you have an affinity for adrenaline-pumping thrillers, we’ve got you covered. So grab a cocktail, a beach chair and one of our favorite beach reads and get ready to chase away the Summer Scaries.
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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
If the name Liane Moriarty rings a bell, you’re probably thinking of her novel-turned-episodic Big Little Lies. The New York Times bestselling author is back with this new binge-worthy thriller which centers around a group of nine strangers who gather at a remote health resort for a not-so-relaxing retreat.
Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of the Wild Women by Becca Anderson
In a whip-smart take on a classic affirmation book, Becca Anderson shows us that even a badass can use a reminder every now and then. With the pressures and expectations of society weighing down on the daily, we’re in for adding more positivity back into our routine.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This buzzy read should be at the top of everyone’s summer reading list, and not just becasue the movie is coming out this week. The international bestseller follows New Yorker Rachel Chu as she adventures upon a summer in Singapore with her boyfriend and his family. Little does she know she’s about to embark on an adventure way past what she ever could have prepared for.
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
It’s the sequel we’ve all been waiting for— Emily, the notorious frenemy from The Devil Wears Prada, gives us a peek into life post-Runway in Greenwich, Connecticut. Although, it’s not all workout classes and picket fences; she’s on a mission to find her comeback with the help of an unlikely ally.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
This #1 New York Times bestseller is a thought-provoking page-turner that looks at our current state of society by touching on race, privilege and justice. Between a controversial court case and keeping life as normal as possible for her family, the plot follows Ruth as she navigates the chaos that has taken over her daily life.
The President is Missing by James Patterson & Bill Clinton
Written by President and author Bill Clinton and award-winning novelist James Patterson, this novel is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The political thriller takes an authentic view on very real fears in our society, like cyberterrorism and espionage, as the plot unfolds and the nation handles the crisis at hand.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur, the best-selling author of Milk and Honey, curated her second collection of poetry for this beautiful tome. Her way with words and relatable themes make this the perfect beach read for a dose of positivity, introspection and inspiration.
What’s the first thing you think of when someone says Buenos Aires? Evita. The second? Tango. The third? Meat. Am I right? What’s probably NOT on the list of top 10 things you think of when you think of Buenos Aires is vegetables.Read More
I have a thing for Nordic countries. I’m not sure why, and I didn’t even realize I did until I found myself spending two holidays in a row visiting three of them, all during the coldest and darkest periods of the year, making them that much more magical. Iceland was the first one we visited in December 2016 (you can read all about it here), and this past January we chose Stockholm and Copenhagen as our dose of Scandinavian beauty.Read More
I didn't start traveling until I was in my 30s, and since that first trip to Paris, I haven't sat still for more than a couple of months at a time. Travel makes us better people, keeps us fresh and might even help change the narrative of what's happening in our world right now.Read More
New York can, at times, feel incredibly tedious. It's a big city, in a (relatively) small space, with a shit ton of people, and at this time of year when there's dirty slush everywhere and it's so cold you can't do anything except hunker down in your apartment, you kind of want to flee to somewhere "easier."Read More
From New York, it's a super quick flight and I had heard such amazing things that I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Plus it was perfect for my whole family: historic city to explore and gorgeous beaches just a quick boat ride away.Read More
I am a hideously bad packer. I mean – so bad. Here’s my process: the day before a trip I make a list of what I’m doing while away and then I choose one outfit for each event. And then I take 3000 other articles of clothing and jam them into the bag on top of what I’m actually going to use. Bad, bad packer.Read More
I'm going to Mexico this week. Back to Tulum for my husband's birthday. It's one of my favorite places on earth and while I wrote all of this quite some time ago, I wanted to republish to voice my love for Mexico and also to give anyone who may have missed it a chance to get to know this special place.Read More