Escape the Cold: The Best Places to Warm You Up

Bora Bora

The crown jewel of French Polynesia is the island paradise of Bora Bora. The tropical summer that starts in November means that it’s hot and wet when we’re experiencing snowy temperatures. Most people go to Bora Bora for the unspeakably beautiful beaches and luxury accommodations. It’s possible to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for just a few days in an over-water villa. However, it is possible to save some money by staying in places like the Sunset Hill Lodge or Manureva House, both of which cost around $200-300 USD per day.

Once you’re on the island, most of the activities, like snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing, are free. If you want to pay a bit of money to explore the inland parts of the island, a Jeep tour can take you to WWII ruins, or up to the peak of mountains where you’ll have a spectacular view of the island. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so plan it as early as possible to avoid disappointment. You’ll need to connect through Tahiti, and the small planes that fly the route from Tahiti to Bora Bora fill up fast.

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Malta

If you’re looking for a European destination that’s still warm, even during the coldest months of the year, Malta is a great choice. It’s an archipelago of islands located just south of Sicily and has some of the warmest year-round temperatures in Europe. It also has a rich history, tons of amazing architecture, and is quite easy to traverse by public bus or bike.

To get there, you’ll have to transfer via a European hub like Aberdeen, London, Milan, or Madrid. Luckily, many of these connections are operated by low-cost carriers like Ryanair or Easyjet, which means the cost will be minimal. Most people head straight to Valletta, the capital city, and use it as a base for further travels.

Hiking, diving, and sailing are popular activities, and if you’re there over the Christmas holidays, you can observe some of the unique island customs.

Sailing boats on Senglea marina in Grand Bay, Valetta, Malta

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The World in Chili

Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.