All posts by Chanize Thorpe

Chanize Thorpe is a New York-based travel writer and editor. A Caribbean island connoisseur, she spent a decade as a professional honeymooner for Brides Magazine and has visited nearly every country in the region. Her work has appeared in Fodors.com, HotelChatter.com, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Budget Travel, and a host of other publications and websites.
Lobby at the Astor Hotel
Astor Hotel

South Beach’s reputation as Florida’s glitzy playground for the well-to-do is spot-on. But it’s easy to visit (and have fun!) without spending a lot. From free movies, music, and museums to easy-on-the-wallet restaurants and hotels, here are some inexpensive ways to enjoy this sunny, sexy city. Getting Around Skip the rental... Read More

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Travel gear

Are you a chronic overpacker? One of those people who sit on their suitcase so that it will zip? It doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve picked seven key travel items, from electronics to double-duty clothing and luggage — each that’ll streamline your travel load and save your... Read More

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 The Americano Restaurant at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, CA
The Americano Restaurant at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, CA

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s rare and exciting when a hotel offers breakfast that goes beyond wet scrambled eggs and mini pastries. These 10 hotel breakfasts will inspire you to get down to the dining room early or to splurge on room service. Archer Hotel, Austin, TX When the Archer Austin hotel opens in September, it will... Read More

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Have you checked your passport’s expiration date lately? With summer travel coming into full spring, you might want to do a quick double check well before your next trip. And if you do need to renew, as with most formal procedures, there are important rules to keep in mind.... Read More

free breakfast at Olive Boutique Hotel, Puerto Rico
Olive Boutique Hotel, Puerto Rico

We’re constantly asked about Puerto Rico’s all-inclusive resorts. The “one-price-pays-all” vacation experience is popular throughout the Caribbean, but unfortunately, that’s not so true on this particular island. When it comes to all-inclusive resorts, the pickings in Puerto Rico are slim — there are a mere two options — and... Read More

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After the category three Hurricane Odile hit Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region on September 14 — bringing harsh winds, floods, and structural damage to Baja California — airlines and hotels are finally on the rebound. Los Cabos International Airport finally reopened on October 3, with public transportation and cruise... Read More

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Not long ago, the idea of staying in Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx instead of Manhattan during a New York City visit would’ve been met with disbelief. One, who stayed overnight in the outer boroughs unless a flight was involved? Two, no one could name a decent hotel because…well... Read More

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Ocean House

These days, hotels are offering more extra perks than ever to tempt potential guests. Some go with a bottle of water, others throw in breakfast, and free WiFi is becoming more common than ever. Brands like Andaz and Kimpton also grant free minibar access (for reward program members). But when it comes... Read More

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Sandito Mojito, Cuba Libre Orlando

We’re game to celebrate nearly every food- or drink-focused holiday (National Margarita Day, anyone?), so we’re excited that August is Rum Month. Rum is the elixir of both swash-buckling pirates and bleary-eyed Caribbean travelers alike. But some folks have rum misconceptions: They think only of umbrella-topped super-sweet frozen drinks or... Read More

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Stylish travelers, rejoice! Boring chains are going boutique. In decades past, names like Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, and Wyndham were the business travel stalwarts that were always reliable and comfortable–but nothing to write home about. That’s not enough for today’s travelers, whether leisure or business. These days, we seek something different... Read More

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Atlantic City has long been popular with visitors looking to try their luck at the casinos. But a couple of years ago, hotels like Revel started the non-gaming trend, when it brought Beyoncé in and set a new tone to the gambling destination. Suddenly there were more bars, nightclubs, restaurants... Read More

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Maybe it’s the markets selling exotic spices and flavorful tea, or maybe it’s the alluring juxtaposition of ancient mosques and modern architecture. And then there’s the cuisine, from Old World street fare or 21st-century takes on Mediterranean delights. Whatever the reason, it seems that these days the flights to Istanbul... Read More

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While many monied folks head to exclusive beach spots like the Hamptons and Martha’s Vineyard in summer, we’re thinking about the Jersey Shore for more affordable sand and sun on the East Coast. Don’t worry, we’ve no intention of hooking up with Snooki and her pals — instead, it’s... Read More

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In these times of ever increasing checked baggage fees — and even carry-on bag fees (ahem, Spirit Airlines) — a cost-conscious traveler sure feels the benefits of packing light. A love for double-duty items aside, that translates into downsizing toiletries, clothing, and more. Here, five compact travel-friendly products that... Read More

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The Hawaiian islands aren’t just about luaus, mai tais, and surfing. Each year they get more inventive with special festivals that showcase their signature brand of food and entertainment. Of course, any visit to Hawaii is brag-worthy, but if your visit coincides with one of these festivals, that’s even... Read More