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Are you ready for Burns Night? Celebrated every year in Scotland and throughout the Scottish diaspora, this January 25 holiday is a celebration of the life and work of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.
This year marks the 255th anniversary of the poet’s birth and, as is the tradition, the day will be honored by people across the world sitting down to a Burns Supper. This is an occasion that follows a time-honored series of observances. First, guests are welcomed with bagpipes. Then, there’s the recitation of Burns’s pre-meal prayer, the Selkirk Grace. Finally, there’s the “Address to a Haggis,” which was written by Burns in 1786 and is the centerpiece of the Burns Supper today. The poem was composed entirely in the Scots language, so you may need to get out your Scots-English dictionary in order to follow along. Read more
This winter, what better way to warm up than with a piping mug of hot chocolate? But don’t just reach for a packet of Swiss Miss. There are much richer, bolder, more decadent concoctions out there. Here are five delicious indulgences from around the world – and where to find them…
1. Mexico City:Mexican hot chocolate is an update of an ancient Aztec drink that includes chili, cinnamon, anise, and other spices. The beverage is water-based with just a splash of milk and a pinch of sugar, so you can enjoy the chocolate’s dark richness and subtle kick. For an unabashedly kitschy and fun experience, try the 24-hour Churreria el Moro, a hotspot also known for its churros in Mexico City. $5 for one hot chocolate and four churros.
If taking a romantic getaway was your 2014 resolution, then you have lots to look forward to next month. Hotels far and wide are putting together some nifty Valentine’s Day packages to help lovebirds get the most out of the holiday. From free spa treatments, to add-ons like champagne and rose petals, there’s a trip here to suit every taste, and save you some money.
For laid-back lovers…
In Curaçao, the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is making itself extra-accessible to lovers on a budget with their “Love In the Caribbean” package, which is available even after Valentine’s Day. Starting at $379 per night with a 3-night minimum, this deal packs in a couple’s massage, daily breakfast for two, a complimentary dinner at Shore, welcome cocktails, and (why not?) a two-day car rental. Valid for stays through the end of 2014.
Across the globe, urban planners have beautified some of the most basic (and essential) city structures: subway stations. Through murals, sculptures, temporary installations, or just fancy signage, they have helped turn otherwise drab transportation hubs into dazzling, and sometimes even whimsical, works of art. From Tom Otterness’ miniature bronze sculptures in New York City to Dubai’s jellyfish-like chandeliers, here are nine underground masterpieces that can’t be missed. Click here to view our slideshow.
No matter where you’re traveling, there’s nothing like a long line to put a damper on your vacation. Which is why we were happy to learn about SecurXpress, a reservation system for security lines that’s being tested at Montréal, Canada’s international airport. After passengers submit their flight and contact info online, they receive a text with an arrival time. Then, when they get to the airport, they can head straight to security and skip the line. Not bad. This free service is available for all domestic and select international routes, and each reservation covers up to five travelers.
While it’ll take some time for other airports to adopt the system – clearance rules make it especially tricky for flights in and out of the U.S. – ticketed reservations aimed at slashing wait times aren’t new. Here’s a quick look at similar systems that are helping travelers avoid the wait…
Fun. Laidback. Cheap. Not exactly the first words that come to mind for the home of the looming Metropolitan Museum of Art or of the characters in Gossip Girl. But there’s more to eat, drink, and do on the Upper East Side of New York City than meets the eye – particularly east of Lexington Avenue. And as the Second Avenue subway expansion chugs along, and promises to flood this residential neighborhood with visitors from all over the city – and the world – here are a few places to check out, without having to spend like Blair Waldorf. Read more
In a city where $300 and $400 hotel rates are the norm, hotel freebies are a rare find. Sure, the view of Central Park may be nice, or maybe the breakfast is extra delicious, but at the end of the day, New York is just an expensive place to stay. But you might be surprised to learn there are a few properties around the Big Apple where cool things – like walking tours, loanable tech gear, and cooking classes – are offered to guests at no extra charge. Here are a few of our favorite (free) things… Read more
Anyone who’s traveled on a major public transportation system in the United States is all too familiar with the woes created by swipeable metro cards. In New York City, the flimsy plastic passes sometimes require two or more swipes to work, and if you end up inside the wrong people-packed station, the wait to refill your card can take ages.
Granted, magnetic cards are still quicker than asking each rider to pay a cash fare in order to board, but now that we’re firmly planted in 2014, it’s time to start looking towards a superior alternative. This month, news arose from our nation’s capital that it, along with the Big Apple, are looking towards a future without a fare card. As smartphone penetration in the U.S. approaches 90 percent — and above that in major metropolitan areas — it’s high time to move to a more efficient model. Read more
Intrigued by the cost-saving hallmarks of vacation home rentals but haven’t yet taken the plunge? Let this sweet limited time deal on Airbnb sway you. For first-time users only, the site is offering a night free (up to $300) when you book a stay for two nights or more. Read more
Knot-busting Chinatown massages in New York City have all our love, but the biting cold of this blustery winter has us dreaming of a little extra pampering. That’s why we’ve focusing on spas with stellar amenities, stunning views, and other extras that make the treatments truly worth the indulgence. Go ahead, dive in… Read more
When you hear “street food,” what do you think of? Grease-spattered carts churning out heaping platters of fried things? Unidentified animal parts served on a stick? Garden-fresh vegetables stuffed into a charred, doughy casing? Depending on where you travel, all of those things could apply. But in Malaysia, whose aromatic, fiery, delicately-prepared dishes inspire much of the cuisine in neighboring Singapore, street food has been perfected into an art.
We spoke to Chef Tommy Lai, head chef at Rasa, New York City’s brand new Malaysian restaurant, about his five favorite Malaysian street food dishes – below are his picks. Prepare to salivate… Read more
Norwegian, the third largest low-cost airline in Europe, is celebrating its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners with some crazy low rates. The new aircraft will be flying nonstop between Stockholm and New York’s JFK Airport three times a week, and round-trip fares are going for as low as $391. For less than the cost of a West Coast getaway, a trip would be worth it even for just a long winter weekend.
We know you’re looking to shave a few dollars off the cost of your next trip, and, believe it or not, New York City and Washington, D.C. might just be the places to do it. With January traditionally seen as the slowest time of year for NYC hotels, more than a few deals have been known to pop up – that is, as long as you’re looking in the right place. Read more
Like it or not, a big part of being a tourist involves waiting in line: at the hotel check-in desk, at the museum entrance, waiting for their tour guide to show up. But when it comes to seeing jaw-dropping views, here’s a more efficient use of your time: instead of one-stop observation decks, why not head to a high-up restaurant for lunch or dinner? You might not consider these traditional tourist attractions, but for the quality of the views (not to mention the meal itself!), these places will have you whipping out your camera in no time: Read more
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more in 2014, this offer from Amtrak may be the perfect fit: You’ll save 25 percent or more on travel from and to major Northeast destinations when booking at least 14 days in advance. Plus, with the unpredictable winter weather, riding the train provides a more reliable and comfortable way to travel this season. Read more
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