Cultured Palate: Dishes from the American Southwest

It’s easy to forget what a wealth of culinary tradition we have in the American Southwest. Hugely varied, the Southwest of the U.S. represents hundreds of years of culinary innovation.

Mascot Overload: Japan’s Obsession with Mascots

Referred to as yuru-kyara or yuru-chara, mascots in Japan are everywhere and can represent anything from an event, festival, town, city, political institution, public service organization, company, historical site, to so much more! These Japanese mascots tend to have relatable characteristics to whatever they are promoting and are a bit out-of-the-box when it comes to characters.

Cultured Palate: Dishes from the American Northeast

Delicious food is located in the cities of the East Coast: New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia are all rich centers of culinary innovation. This region, from its big cities to small towns, has been serving some of America’s favorite foods.

13 Strange Burial Traditions from Around the World

Here in North America, we try and keep death as far away from everyday life as possible. In many other countries, burial traditions are commonly and openly practiced, leading to a more death-positive outlook from those involved. Although some may seem obtuse, most of these burial traditions have the dual purpose of honoring the deceased person’s life and providing an outlet for the family’s grief.

15 Travel Quotes to Change Your Life

Quotes are like little pieces of wisdom. With just a couple of sentences, the author manages to convey a thought, a perspective, or sometimes an entire experience. Some people love quotes and live by them as if they are mantras to be followed, others just like to read them and be reminded of special moments in their lives. As it stands, there’s no shortage of inspiring travel quotes!

Sitting in a Tree: The Best Treehouse Hotels

The meteoric rise of the new, upscale treehouse hotel is easy to understand because it appeals to everyone — those who live to be outdoors, and those whose idea of “sleeping rough” is leaving the window open. Wherever you are in the world, there’s a new treehouse hotel for you.

Countries with the Most Vacation Days

In the United States, no employer is legally required to give any worker a paid vacation day. We have some of the most retrograde vacation policies in the entire developed world. In contrast, every single country that’s a member of the European Union must give their employees at least four weeks of paid vacation since it is mandated by law.

How to Live the Van Life

If you search the hashtag #vanlife on any social media, you’ll see there’s a group of people who choose to get rid of everything they have and live constantly in a van. It’s kind of the ultimate freedom as they’re able to take their home to any location they wish.

The Most Unique Airbnbs You Can Rent Today

The next time you’re contemplating a weekend away, check out some of these amazing options on Airbnb that go beyond a simple house or apartment. You can stay in a Medieval castle, take a beach vacation in a house shaped like a giant seashell, or bunk down in a legit clock tower. Bonus, they’re more affordable than the average hotel room.

10 Gadgets to Pack on Your Next Trip

There are some staples everyone includes in their packing to-do list people can’t leave home without when heading on vacation. However, there are also other techy travel items that should be consider while packing up for vacation to ensure it is as fun and stress-free as possible.