To travel is to be intrepid and adventurous, to see the city through the eyes of a local and eat with the palate of one, too. Besides, once you see the cheap eats, it’ll be hard to resist the temptation: tacos unlike anywhere found north of the Mexican border; seasoned and slow-roasted lamb meat that practically melts off the bone; the pungent and perplexingly appetizing allure of Taiwanese staple, stinky tofu. So come along, adventurous eaters, and see what the world has to offer.
While perhaps not so synonymous with jet set stardom and high-society holidaying as its Riviera sister towns at Saint-Tropez and Monte Carlo, the seaside city of Cannes is still home to some seriously big money. First-timers are often shocked by the proliferation of Ferraris that purr their way through the James Bond-esque streets running parallel to the beaches; travelers who find themselves in Cannes in late spring during the build up to the renowned Film Festival, can expect celebrity spotting to rival even the Oscars. That said, festival time can create an air of exclusivity that denies some visitors the true hidden gems of Cannes’ touristic offering, while prices inflate to colossal proportions and bubbling crowds of photo-hungry tourists stream into its tight-knit streets. For a more relaxing and traditionally French experience, consider coming here in the low season, when Le Suquet is airy and open and the Lérins Islands provide spacious seaside getaways.
Europe’s varied terrain, vibrant history and wildly diverse cultures and cuisines make it a terrifically rich place for wanderers to explore. It’s also incredibly compact, a jigsaw of countries and cultures fitted tightly together, and it has pretty damn slick infrastructure when it comes to making your way around. Skeptics and hardcore backpackers often complain about the prices of backpacking through these first-rate cities, but in fact, Europe has the best hosteling scene in the world, and whatever time you stumble into any reasonable-sized city, you’ll be able to find a cheap bed in a tightly-packed dorm room somewhere. Just take a look at these ten destinations, and imagine weaving them together into a single backpacking trip – you’ll be packing your bag in no time.
Every summer, music fans make their specific pilgrimages: there’s the peace loving Bonnaroo in Tennessee, painfully hipsterish Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, the LED-bathed all-night EDM party of Electric Daisy Carnival, and glamping with Beck at the Firefly Festival, full-out soul-seeking in the desert at Burning Man and way, way more – anything that fits your niche, actually. There’s EDM, the golden oldies, rap and hip hop, jam bands, metal, folk, and Skrillex is guaranteed to be at pretty much every one of these festivals. So what are you waiting for? Grab your pals, load up the van with PBR and turn the speakers up to 11. You’re goin’ camping.
Route 66 is only one of nearly a million places where one could get their proverbial kicks on, but it’s certainly the most iconic: mostly because it’s a really big place, a highway that runs from Chicago to Santa Monica, lovingly known as “The Mother Road,” it’s the vein of America. And fittingly, littered down the way are remarkable and oversized roadside attractions, greasy-spoon diners, astonishing scenic byways and even patches old brick from the original highway. So if you ever plan to motor west…
What originally began as a celebration of Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, when the French military nearly doubled the size of Mexico’s, is now a celebration of the culture and history of Mexico itself. In fact, there are more Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States than in Mexico – while most large cities in the States have their own parades and festivities, only one state in Mexico, Puebla, celebrates the victory. And what’s not to celebrate? These parades and parties all feature brightly colored traditional dress, festive music and dancing, excellent Mexican food and even Chihuahua races and green chili cook-offs. For the five best cities in the United States to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, just clock this list.
In a world that is 70% water, some of it’s bound to make a splash inland. Carved out by centuries of tectonic plates shifting, some innocuous and often forgotten towns are resting beside incredible, shimmering lakes, some that go on for miles, feeding into the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. From the Great Lakes to spring-fed ponds, there’s something exciting – boating, fishing, yachting or just swimming – for everyone in these American lakeside small towns.
America may not be the tropics, but its islands still enjoy sea breezes and panoramic ocean views from every direction, Main Streets flanked by coastal shores, exquisitely fresh seafood and welcoming small-town hospitality. When a town has miles and miles of beaches, the communities within the towns seem to be laidback – chalk it up to vitamin D. Next time you’re feeling beachy and landlocked by the grid, catch a train, a plain, grab your keys and hit one of these small-town islands.
Classic cocktails are back. And as the cocktail tradition is bringing back happy hour, night caps or even boozy brunches in a big way, it’s no surprise that drink-happy San Franciscans are at the forefront of the trend. With classic cocktails, comes fresh ingredients for which the Bay Area is known. Plus, local distilleries craft infused spirits — persimmon-infused gin, for example — that the likes of a Don Draper-esque Mad Men character would never have even heard about. The drinks are so refreshing it’s impossible to have just one. Luckily, there’s at least five bars that offer some of San Francisco’s best cocktails.
The state fair has long-been a favorite national institution in America, attracting millions of people to various enclaves of cultural activity, from north to south and east to west, since it’s popular establishment sometime in the middle of the 19th century (that is, in most places at least). Today the sprawling mega events in cities like Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Phoenix, Arizona, remain the same grass-roots celebrations of regional food, drink, traditions, cultural nuances and quirky artistic pursuits they were originally intended to be, while a dash of the glitzy and glamorous, high-energy and adrenaline pumping has been added for good measure. Here are 10 of the best-loved and most widely-attended fairs in all of America, so grab a cotton candy and take a seat.