25 Ultimate Things to Do in South Africa
Here’s everything you need to know about how to get a massage.
Who wouldn’t love a massage, especially on vacation? From pampering your whole body with a luxurious Swedish kneading to working out that nagging knot in your shoulder, there are plenty of reasons to book a spa day during your getaway, but don’t spend the whole treatment anguishing about whether you were really supposed to get naked or how much you should tip at the end—you’ll never relax and you’ll waste the experience!
To save your dream vacay from massage misfortune, we’ve thrown your most common (and personal) concerns at accomplished spa professionals from some of the most desirable hotel spas in the world. From who can book an appointment to how to tell your masseuse to zip it, here’s everything you need to know to enjoy a seamless spa experience from start to finish on your next vacation.
When it comes to the Canaries, not all islands are created equal.
Travelers often overlook the Canary Islands, the idyllic, sun-drenched archipelago slung off the African coast. Boasting year-round summer temperatures and miles of unsullied nature, the Canaries deserve a spot on any Spanish itinerary—provided you know where to go. Head to Gran Canaria or Tenerife, and you risk being overwhelmed by hordes of tourists; opt for a tiny island like El Hierro or La Palma, and boredom might set in after a few days. Thankfully there’s a happy medium in Lanzarote, the easternmost island in the chain whose UNESCO-protected landscapes, well-appointed resorts, and fascinating cultural sites offer stimulation and relaxation in equal measure. Here, all the reasons why Lanzarote should be your next Spanish adventure.
Eat It. Make it. Love it.
Lovers of food can’t visit Thailand without experiencing the bustling energy of one of the country’s famous floating markets. Damnoen Saduak, located about an hour away from downtown Bangkok, is the largest in the country. Originally constructed to connect the Mae Klong and Tha Chin Rivers, the 20-mile Damnoen Saduak Canal was opened in 1868 and quickly became known for its floating markets.
The best way to explore its busy waterways is to jump on one of the boats, known as sampans, which gives you the chance to see the homes that line the river banks, in addition to the best photo opportunities of vendors hawking their goods. That said, it’s entirely possible to peruse the many stalls that sell souvenirs and clothing that line the canals, as well as the sidelined boats offering Thai delicacies, without getting afloat.
These 12 Hotels Are So Cool You’ll Forget They’re Shipping Containers
Some architects are thinking *inside* the box when it comes to hotel design.
It may not sound like the most comfortable place to lay your head, but steel shipping containers have become the latest trend in hotels. What? You mean those big steel crates loaded onto ships and trains to transport cars, books, coal, wheat and other cargo too expensive to send by air? Yes! While it sounds crazy, shipping-container-turned hotels are innovative and creative, and for the most part, you don’t even know you’re in a shipping container. An important plus: They’re eco-friendly as well. Here are some of the world’s best.
20 Delicious British Comfort Foods to Try on Your Next Trip
Britain’s most popular comfort foods will keep you cozy.
British cuisine has never reached the starry highs of, say, French fine dining, instead remaining resolutely moored on its tiny isle(s). Yet, despite failing to gain popularity around the globe, British food reigns supreme as one of the ultimate comfort food cuisines. Maybe it ’s the potatoes in all shapes and forms, stuffing meat inside pastry shells, or indulging in custard-doused desserts, but Britain is the place to be when the weather’s bad and all you want is a warm hug in the form of a meal.
10 Breathtaking Reasons to Visit Remote Southwest Ireland
While millions of visitors flock to Ireland’s iconic green landscapes every year, southwest Ireland remains an untouched land.
Southwest Ireland, which stretches from Killarney down to Dingle and to Kerry, is a fairytale-esque landscape, with deep valleys and long stretches of road traversed only by sheep.
The pace may be slower here and more relaxed, but it’s not dead. There’s a hearty pulse that lies beneath the laid-back exterior. One that accompanies hikers as they traverse the hundreds of miles of trails that weave in and around the populated towns, through the moss-laden trees of the National Parks and deep into the gorges, and up the staggering mountain peaks of the area’s enchanted landscape. Each step, climb, and bite, propels visitors to discover more of this often overlooked part of Ireland.
How to Toast in Tbilisi: Georgian Food Is Nothing Without ‘Supra’
In Georgia, toasting is much more than just “cheers!”
In Georgia, toasts are a crucial part of the dinner experience. They’re so important that someone will be designated as a toastmaster, and toasts can range from short and funny to long and emotional. If you’re a visitor, be prepared to join in with one of your own. Big, burly men wipe away tears after an especially poignant toast, or children expound on something surprisingly serious. In some cases, the toast goes around the table, and if you’re not prepared with something to say, you’re jokingly chastised until you find the words.
History of Supra
In the region where wine was invented, it’s no wonder toasting is a serious tradition. The tradition is called supra, and its background lives in legend. The myth starts with a question: Why did Georgians inherit all this beautiful land? And the answer goes: Back when God was creating the world, He told people to meet him certain time and then divided out the land to those in attendance. Everything in Georgia happens on Georgian time (read: slowly), so the Georgians came late. God said, “I already gave away all the land.” To which the Georgians replied, “We’re sorry we were late. We were at a table drinking to you.” God, pleased with this toast in his honor, replied, “If that’s the case, then I will give you the best piece of land, the one I was reserving for myself.” And that region was Georgia.