All posts by Christine Wei

Christine Wei is a wanderlustful writer and editor from Taipei, Taiwan by way of St. Louis, MO. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, FATHOM, Elite Traveler, Disney's, and more. She's now based in NYC, where she pines after trips filled with charming cafes, dinners you wake up dreaming about, and moments that capture the joie de vivre.
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EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington
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At the heart of it, “Star Trek” shares a lot with the traveler’s ethos: excitement over new adventures, a respect for diversity and culture, and an enthusiasm for all that reminds us of our humanity. For a Trekkie, the special exhibits and experiences that are currently on offer in celebration... Read More

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 Avital Pinnick/Tourismo Toscana
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Sometimes it feels like if you’ve seen one cathedral, you’ve seen them all. But these stunners from around the world might just cure your religious building fatigue. Glass Galore: Sainte-Chapelle (Paris, France) If you love colors, there’s nothing like the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which is wrapped in stained glass on all... Read More

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Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston - Christine Wei
Mount Auburn Cemetery/Christine Wei

A trip to any major city — including Boston– requires some budgeting; but that doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to have a good time. There are tons of free things to do in Beantown, whether you love art or history or spending time outdoors. Here are... Read More

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International Folk Art Market - Santa Fe
International Folk Art Market

There’s a reason Santa Fe is a favorite destination among art-obsessed travelers. After all, where else can you find not just a handful but ten art markets and festivals in one summer? But what makes these events special isn’t the sheer number of them. It’s the fact that they all provide... Read More

Lincoln Cathedral in England
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Feeling patriotic but have completed the circuit of East Coast colonial towns? We suggest following the birth of democracy…in England. Before our Founding Fathers, after all, there were the separatists and Pilgrim Fathers. Even before that, the Magna Carta promised justice and fair trial (to free men, at any rate) —... Read More

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As far as Northern England goes, Manchester United and the Beatles are probably the strongest characterizations that many of us have for that large expanse above London. But there’s more than football and ‘60s music in Manchester and Liverpool, the homes of these pop culture legends. While both cities were... Read More

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Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Canyon Road/Christine Wei

Part 1 of this series covers the best way to kick off a New Mexico trip with outdoor adventure, native American culture, and noshing in Albuquerque. Continue reading for Part II — a deep dive into the arts, more culinary delights, and a little bit of spa-ing in Santa Fe. If Albuquerque is... Read More

Lobby at Almodovar Hotel, Berlin
Almodovar Hotel lobby/Christine Wei

Berlin has long been home to some of the most affordable accommodations you’ll find in Europe, but even more deals are likely to abound this year. According to a Gogobot study, the city received fewer visitors in 2015 compared to recent years, and savvy travelers know that more availability often translates... Read More

Piha Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand - Christine Wei
Piha Beach/Christine Wei

Auckland, the main hub in New Zealand’s North Island, is home to more than a third of the country’s population. After all, the region’s often surprising sprawl encompasses everything from a bustling downtown to lush rainforests and rugged mountains to countless beaches. And while it’s not difficult to score... Read More

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Kennebunkport, Maine in winter - Christine Wei
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In coastal Maine, Kennebunkport and Kennebunk make up a popular holiday area that’s referred to as “the Kennebunks” — generally known as a more upmarket, small town-y escape compared with hip sister city Portland to the north. Travelers stop in to taste the state’s famed seafood and farm-fresh cuisine, browse... Read More

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin - Kreuzberg - Christine Wei
Michelberger Hotel in Kreuzberg/Christine Wei

Since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has more or less become synonymous with the alternative lifestyle. It’s one of the original poster destinations for hipster appeal — there are approximately 464,000,000 Google hits for “the next Berlin.” And while uber-trendy travelers might think that the city’s beyond its... Read More

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A hidden plaza in Old Town Albuquerque
Old Town Albuquerque/Christine Wei

Beautiful red rocks and outdoor adventure, mountain cuisine and handmade crafts, Native American heritage and organic Adobe architecture — these are the classics that attract countless travelers to the Southwestern U.S. year after year. New Mexico in particular has all of this in spades, with a not-so-subtle offbeat lifestyle... Read More

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scratch off city maps -- paris, a great gift for travelers
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When it comes to buying gifts for the traveler in your life, it’s always good to focus on what’s practical. There’s always plenty of new gear and gadgets to save time, pack more efficiently, and generally travel better. This year, though, we wanted to think outside the box in finding some... Read More

Kapiti Island, Wellington, New Zealand
Christine Wei

If you’re looking for that only-in-New-Zealand experience, staying overnight on Kapiti Island is it. The predator-free nature reserve is well known as a sanctuary for rare native birds like the nocturnal kiwi, but even many locals don’t realize that it’s possible to stay overnight on the island at a family-run lodge. With nothing but... Read More

Posted in: Does anyone else feel guilty about doing absolutely nothing, even when they’re on vacation? We sure do. Unplugging and not being “productive” is a challenge for us. And though we travel professionally, fully immersing ourselves in our new surroundings — rather than worrying about the emails that we received... Read More