All posts by Kristine Hansen

Based in America's Heartland (Milwaukee) after stints living in California and Vegas, Midwest native Kristine Hansen travels around the world to unearth wine, hotel, and culinary trends, resulting in articles for TIME, American Airlines' inflight magazine,,, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Wine Enthusiast. She's traveled to 19 countries and enjoys nothing more than a road trip or loose itinerary. Closer to home, she pens features about unsung heroes -- from organic farmers to yacht builders -- for Milwaukee Magazine.
Grand Oasis Cancun in Mexico
The Pyramid/Grand Oasis Cancun

Checking into an all-inclusive property like Cancun’s The Pyramid at Grand Oasis is a bit overwhelming considering they have 21 restaurants and 22 bars. And while this is a good (and delicious) problem to have when you’re on vacation, a few strategies can streamline the process. Here’s how to... Read More

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong/Flickr/Barbara Willi

Every year, human resources consulting firm Mercer conducts a survey to determine the world’s most expensive cities to live in. Many times this means that these same destinations are pricey for travelers, translating to steep hotel rates and costly meals. This year’s Cost of Living Survey — which tallies up factors like currency... Read More

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The lobby of Hotel Allegro in Chicago.
Lobby/ Allegro

Whether you’re looking to escape from the bitter cold or a destination to embrace the chill, we’ve got you covered with these five winter travel deals. From $63: Howlita (Tulum, Mexico) If you’re seeking an alternative to Riviera Maya’s all-inclusive beachfront resorts, look no further than this boutique hotel in Tulum. Adults-only Howlita has a... Read More

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Airplane/Flickr/Maarten Visser

Car rentals, hotel stays, and airline credit card accounts are mileage boosters across most carriers, but did you know there are other ways to earn miles? From eating at your favorite restaurant to riding with Lyft, here are seven everyday tasks you can do that’ll help you rack up points in no time. 1. Dine out Delta... Read More

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Bar at Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est in France
Bar/Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est

With 2017 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getaways for the New Year. Here are five deals that’ll inspire you to get up and go in January and February. From $81: Holiday Inn Paris Gare de l’Est (Paris, France) This isn’t your grandma’s Holiday Inn. Located in Paris’ 10th... Read More

Guestroom at Mahekal Beach Resort in Mexico
Guestroom/Mahekal Beach Resort

Your Thanksgiving weekend will undoubtedly be filled with food and making memories with loved ones, but don’t spend too much time away from the computer — there are plenty of Black Friday (November 25) and Cyber Monday (November 28) travel deals to cash in on. Whether you’re looking to score... Read More

Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
Gold Coast/Flickr/Leandro Neumann Ciuffo

Speckled with high-rise buildings along Lake Shore Drive and designer-label shopping on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s Gold Coast has long been where the wealthy reside. In this neighborhood, just north of the Loop and rimming Lake Michigan, there are quite a few ways to live the rich-and-famous lifestyle —... Read More

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Stroopwafel from United
Stroopwafel/Terry Halsey/United

As much as we like to grumble about sitting in coach — particularly on long-haul flights — recent years have proven that culinary perks can still be found in flight. While we may miss the flutes of bubbles and fresh-out-of-the-oven chocolate-chip cookies (once served on every Midwest Airlines flight)... Read More

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 Jetty Pavilion/Huka Lodge
Jetty Pavilion/Huka Lodge

What does “affordable” mean when you’re Richard Branson? We sifted through some of the world’s priciest properties and looked at a resort’s or hotel’s lowest rates (not necessarily the penthouse or presidential suite, of course, which are always more expensive than standard rooms) to see what the most “basic” overnight stay in one of these... Read More

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Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe/Flickr/Omarukai

Sure, it’s touristy — but Paris’ Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world. Extending from the Arc du Triomphe to the Louvre, the picturesque route through Paris’ 8th arrondissement is lined with decadent eats, adorable boutiques, and the Instagram-worthy Tuilerie Gardens and Place de la Concorde. New... Read More

Shaved ice
Shaved ice/Facebook/Ice Monster

Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei is packed with a plethora of palate-pleasing surprises. Even better, prices for many eats are wallet friendly at $3 to $11 USD. Here’s what we reach for when craving something cheap and delicious in this vibrant city. 1. Bubble tea If you’re going to have bubble tea, you might as well have it... Read More

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 L Hotel Miami
L Hotel Miami

For most of the country, December and January are chilly months that drive travelers to seek warmer locales. From Miami Beach to San Diego, here are four travel deals that are guaranteed to save you money and bring you farther away from the cold and closer to sunshine. From $99: Lafayette Hotel Swim Club... Read More

Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois
Crown Fountain/Flickr/Teacher Traveler

Chicago is packed with options for travelers of all ages and interests — and thanks to a mix of outdoor activities and cultural immersions, it’s particularly well suited for children and families. Here, our favorite places to go with kids in the Windy City. Lincoln Park Zoo A rare free-to-visit zoo, this one in the Lincoln Park neighborhood... Read More

Root Down restaurant at Denver International Airport in Colorado

We’ve all been there: stuck at the airport due to a delay or long layover, with nothing to do but look at our phones or flip through the glossies on the magazine rack. Luckily, airports are taking notice that the more travelers spend time at the airport, the greater the need... Read More

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Guestroom/Nu Hotel Brooklyn in New York
Guestroom/Nu Hotel Brooklyn

Looking to fill that wedge of time between Halloween and the holidays with a getaway? You’re in luck: It happens to be a great time to nab travel deals. Here’s where you can find some for under $175 per night.  From $105: Maya Beach Hotel (Belize) While many parts of the country are... Read More