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Insider’s Guide: Planning a Wine Country Road Trip

All roads lead to wine. Isn’t that how the saying goes? No? Well, it should. With the summer maelstrom winding down and autumn approaching, now is a choice time to sit down and plan a road trip through wine country. A wine writer with a street synonym for a last name, Judith Lane is the perfect brain to pick about a grape-centered quest. Read on for her region-by-region pro tips.


The List: 10 Big City Breaks

Whoever coined the phrase “go big or go home,” may not have been thinking in terms of luxury city breaks, but with iconic sights, international cuisine and shops galore, it’s hard to beat a short sojourn in one of the world’s mega cities. Herein are 10 trips—Tokyo, New York and beyond—where boredom simply isn’t an option.


The List: Sporting Trips to Take in 2016

There are few things in life that get the pulse racing like a live sporting event. Be it the thumping of hooves at the track or clashing of pads on the football field, live sports hold millions in thrall daily. Read on as we list eight events to check out in 2016, along with some of our favorite hotels to stay at while you’re there.


Trip Tips: A Big Shiny Guide to African Safaris

There’s nothing like your first time—first time taking a safari, that is. Deciding to do one is easy (yes, a resounding yes), but picking a destination is more difficult, what with a long list of magnificent countries to choose from. To help, here’s a handy overview of when to go, what you’ll see and where to stay.


Insider’s Guide: Melbourne

Making the move to Melbourne two years ago, Anna Lotfipour promptly fell in love with the place. As a former Pacific Northwester she knows good coffee, and as current marketing guru for fashion label LIFEwithBIRD she’s dialed in on art and design, so we picked her brain on Australia’s unofficial cultural capital.


The List: Europe, The Road Well Traveled

The European Road Trip provides a rite of passage for many during their halcyon university days, conjuring images of crowded trains, connections in small German towns and living on a shoestring budget. While a trip like that may seem wholly unappealing these days, why not contemplate a pan-European odyssey tailored for slightly more discerning tastes?


10 Questions: Marcel Thoma, The Upper House

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Marcel Thoma of The Upper House in Hong Kong.


Great Summer Escapes: 5 City Festivals in August

Those with midsummer night’s dreams of experiencing a festival best get on it. To help, here’s a guide to where you can get your arts and culture on around the world this August.

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Proust Travel Questionnaire: Jackie Kai Ellis, The Paris Tours

Life is pretty sweet for Jackie Kai Ellis. After studying pastry in Paris, she opened the much-loved Beaucoup Bakery & Café in Vancouver, and she routinely returns to the City of Light to guide The Paris Tours, an intimate walking tour of its most toothsome pâtisseries and chocolate shops (psst, the next one is this September). Herein, she sheds light on her travel loves and loathes.

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10 Questions: Ester Marcaida, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Ester Marcaida of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines.

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