All posts by Alex Schechter

Alex Schechter previously worked as Assistant Editor at HotelChatter, a Conde Nast-owned site covering hotel news, hotel reviews and hotel-related gossip. His work has also appeared in New York magazine, Time Out New York, Jaunted, Monocle, Smart Meetings, and LOGO TV. He lives in Gowanus, Brooklyn and his recent travels have taken him to Panama, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, Rome, Amman and Tel Aviv.

This month, Starwood’s newest brand, Element, officially opened its first non-U.S. location in Frankfurt. Here’s a peek inside the green-oriented chain. ... Read More

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They say idleness is the mother of all vices – so it’s a good thing we had so much to keep us busy during a recent jaunt through rural southern Utah. Heading for St. George, a small, oft-overlooked town in the state’s bottom-left quarter that’s just under two hours... Read More

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Vieques Puerto Rico

Some travelers might head out on an African safari to encounter exotic species or sail up a fjord in Norway for the dramatic scenery. But just two and a half hours by plane from Miami and not quite four from NYC, Puerto Rico contains a whole hidden world of... Read More

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When it comes to hotels, it’s always refreshing to see new takes on the four-walls-and-a-bed formula. In these five treehouse suites, woodsy interiors, jacuzzi tubs, and floor-to-ceiling windows give the idea of a childhood hideout a creative update. If you’re ready to stay among the treetops, and shell out... Read More

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Farms New York

New York City may be at its most appealing in the summertime (picnic in Central Park, anyone?) – but that doesn’t mean you can’t justify a long weekend in the country. Even if you’re not quite cut out for life in the stables, that fresh air is bound to... Read More

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Bucharest Lacrimi

Cruise passengers heading to the Black Sea this fall might notice a change in their itineraries: due to the political unrest in Ukraine, Silversea cruises in particular is proposing an alternate route, including a “bonus” excursion in Bucharest. Two hours inland from the Black Sea, the capital is not... Read More

Shard London

There’s been quite a bit of action on the hotel front in London recently, and across a wide spectrum of hotel types, too. Shangri-La at The Shard has been hogging most of the spotlight – it is the city’s tallest building, to be fair – but it’s not just luxury travelers... Read More

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If there’s one thing all travelers end up doing in Italy, it’s eating. And in Sicily, discovering all of the island’s native foods — which are distinct from those in the rest of Italy — is akin to learning a new language: practice is the the only way you’ll... Read More

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Central Park

If you’re heading to New York City this summer, you’ll probably hear about the city’s popular rooftop bars, which fill to capacity as the weather warms up. We get it – the views, the fancy drinks, the pools. But for the more down-to-earth traveler, nothing beats a picnic in... Read More


On any given day in Singapore,  you’ll be confronted with a million ways to spend your time. Endless shops, world-class museums, outdoor dining, canal ferry rides, beach parties in nearby Sentosa – the list goes on. But some travelers – especially budget-minded ones – might be keeping  Singapore off their... Read More

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Ah, Sicilia. The soccer ball to Italy’s boot is an island rich with history, from the crumbling mosaics of Piazza Armerina to sky-high Taormina. But on a recent trip, we skipped the museums and temples for some traditional R&R. Our home base was Modica, an ancient, church-filled city that... Read More

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Tel Aviv

We’ve showed you how to experience the best of Tel Aviv on a shoestring budget — but for those of you traveling there next month, a bit more guidance is in order. Tel Aviv Pride, which takes place June 8-14, is one of the world’s largest pride celebrations (over... Read More


While Pennsylvania awaits a verdict on the state’s proposed second casino, a recently-added feature at the ever-popular Valley Forge Casino (about 30 minutes northwest of Philadelphia) is making poker chip-wielding travelers around the country take note. Announced early last month, a new “Points for Miles” program offers gamers the chance... Read More

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Our recent story on camera apps proved that a smartphone is all you need to take a piece of your trip home with you. Another tried-and-true method? Passport stamps. The tiny imprints are capable of reducing an entire travel experience down to a single emblematic image while communicating an... Read More

Arenal Costa Rica

 On your next trip to Costa Rica, do yourself a favor and venture outside of the city of San José, where most flights into the country disembark. On a recent trip, we headed 60 miles northwest of the capital in search of dense rainforest hikes, relaxing thermal spas, and... Read More