All posts by Gowri Chandra

Gowri Chandra grew up in the Colorado Rockies and has lived and worked in New England, Paris, Seattle, and Mali -- and has also solo backpacked through India. A couple of her favorite travel memories include: soaking in the Himalayan hot springs of Himachal Pradesh during the dead of winter; gazing upon Stockholm from a hilltop at dusk; and watching the early morning fog roll off the bay in Seattle’s Pike Place market. She blogs at TheDreamColony.com. Say hi to her on Twitter (@gowri_chandra) or follow her travel/lifestyle photos on Instagram (@gowri.chandra). She is based in Los Angeles and holds a degree from Brown University.
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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

If you’re looking to splurge beyond candy or roses this Mother’s Day, (quickly approaching on May 14), snag one of these last-minute getaways. Ranging from a spa day to an Italian countryside getaway, we’ve compiled a list to fit various budgets and timeframes, but all of these offer good... Read More

Roman Colosseum/iStock
Roman Colosseum/iStock

It’s the ultimate first-time Europe itinerary — jetting between London, Paris, and Rome in a single trip. These cities are packed with sites, they’re easy to navigate, and they offer a rich introduction to the continent. This trip is a must-do for any traveler, and it can be accomplished... Read More

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    Traveling dog
    Traveling dog/Flickr/Lovro Rumiha

    Airlines are more crammed than ever, leg room is dwindling, and the question of in-cabin pets is more contentious than ever. Pet owners and adjacent passengers have strong opinions on the matter. All concerned parties seem to agree that pets flying on planes should be a last resort for... Read More

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    Cancun, Mexico
    Flickr/Milton Correa

    What once was a city with just three inhabitants in 1970 (yes, three!), is now Mexico’s #2 tourist destination, second only to its capital city, as reported by the Ministry of Tourism last year. Cancun’s zero-to-sixty boom was thanks to strategic investment from the Mexican government, who recognized its... Read More

    Guardian of Eden/flickr/Travel Nevada
    Guardian of Eden/flickr/Travel Nevada

    Seeing an art installation at Burning Man is like stepping inside a Salvador Dalí painting: Surreal shapes rise in front of Nevada’s expansive Black Rock Desert, where the afternoon light blurs the line between the sand and horizon behind them. While few landscapes will leave you as enchanted by art as this one, you... Read More

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     Courtesy Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
    Courtesy Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

    Small-scale wines and barrels aren’t just for artisanal distillers anymore — more and more large hotel chains are jumping on the small-batch trend, collaborating with local vineyards and spirit makers to offer exclusive pours. On your next business trip or family vacay, an in-hotel meal might not be such a... Read More

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     Bisti Wilderness/Creative Commons/John Fowler
    Bisti Wilderness/Creative Commons/John Fowler

    Northwestern New Mexico deserves more credit. Overshadowed by more well-known wonders — like Chaco Canyon, artistic Santa Fe, and spiritually-inclined Taos — the region is one that most people drive through rather than drive to. We’re asking that you reconsider. Sure, it’s remote — it’s some 200 miles from Santa Fe, and the closest significant town is Durango, Colorado —... Read More

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    LimoLiner

    There are about as many ways to get from New York to Boston as there are Patriots vs. Giants rivalries. There’s the Peter Pan Bus of collective memory, endearing and puritanically plain; the suit- and Harvard undergrad-frequented Amtrak; the super affordable Bolt and Megabus; and of course, the notoriously... Read More

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     El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires/flickr/Nico Kaiser
    El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires/flickr/Nico Kaiser

    With a travel warning and heightened terror alerts throughout Europe, some people find themselves concerned about jetting off to Paris or Berlin. Though opinions on the safety levels of these cities are hotly debated and constantly changing, if you are looking for alternatives to a European vacation — whether due to... Read More

     Flickr/Fredo
    Flickr/Fredo

    It looks like a storm’s blowing through the airport, and so are you — on a trip that can’t be rescheduled. When it’s you vs. inclement weather, it might seem like there’s not much you can do. But here are a few expert tips to make flying during a storm as speedy... Read More

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     SFO yoga room/copyright San Francisco International Airport
    SFO yoga room/San Francisco International Airport

    The opulence of exclusive entry airport lounges is no secret; what might be, however, are the free perks that are offered to all flyers, if you know where to look. Here are five unexpected airport diversions that might enable you to start your vacation a bit early — or... Read More

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    Powerplant Superfood Cafe

    The City of Angels has something for everyone — especially vegans. Here are five meat-free L.A. eateries that will get even the most devout bacon-lover to veg-out. 1. Stuff I Eat Tourists don’t often venture to Inglewood, but this vegan soul food joint is worth the trek. Chef and owner Babette... Read More

    Coffee
    Flickr/Marissa

    Though it’s often overshadowed by cities like Portland and Seattle, Denver’s coffee culture is just as buzz-worthy. From bike repair shops with serious espresso to sunny cafes where you can sit all day and daydream, here are four cafes that embody the best of Denver’s new coffee scene. 1. Novo... Read More

    A guestroom at Sanara in Tulum, Mexico
    Guestroom/Facebook.com/SanaraTulum

    Tulum, once a sleepy hippie outpost on the backpacker circuit, is now a celeb-studded town in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. While it’s not unheard of to pay more than $200 for an oceanfront room without full electricity, diverse accommodations do exist for every type of adventurer. From fancy to frugal... Read More

    The exterior of Starbucks Reserve and Roastery in Seattle
    Starbucks Reserve and Roastery

    Less than two miles away from Starbucks’ original Pike Place Market store sits its latest Seattle location: a 15,000-square-foot-plus café, roastery, and packaging facility perched on Capitol Hill. And despite a fanatical following and cookie cutter product model, Starbucks manages to give its Reserve and Roastery a refreshing, artisanal aesthetic.... Read More