Slow travel in one destination can be very rewarding; it’s an opportunity to put down temporary roots and immerse in the singular vibe of a place. But sometimes circumstances demand a whirlwind tour of multiple destinations — and that can be a big adventure, indeed.
An itinerary that includes multiple stops offers many moments for the things that make great stories: surprising interactions, chance meetings, unexpected hiccups, missed connections, and curious customs. After all, a traveler with a multi-stop tour ahead of them never knows who might share their cabin on the train — or what idiosyncracies of paperwork might crop up at the border.
Plus, there’s something otherworldly and romantic about taking on an epic journey and traveling from, say, Paris to Istanbul on the Orient Express. Or following the clues of a decades-long mystery from mountaintop monasteries to the gilded shelves of library archives. And then there’s always the deliciously dangerous border-hopping challenges of espionage.
Sure, linen tablecloths can be nice. But a just-fried taco from a street cart that requires a pile of napkins is even better. Feast your eyes on these colorful photos and stories of street food from across the globe.
Whether it's formal French-style, a wild-and-wooly English garden, or something else all-together, a botanical garden is a lovely place to take a stroll, have a sit, look at the clouds, or get lost in a great book.
Let's take a virtual tour of stunning libraries from Europe to the UK and across the pond to NYC. It's a celebration of free-thinking, love of learning, and really tall bookshelves. No passport nor library card required.
Arthur Less is a medium-successful author with an OK life. But he's turning 50, his ex-boyfriend's in love — and Arthur is invited to the wedding. He does the only reasonable thing: he takes a trip around the world.
Let's go jet-setting around the world this weekend (from the safety of our couches, obvs). Yes, it's potentially dangerous, but when you're hanging out with the world's best assassin, excitement is to be expected.
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to the warm sunshine and stunning sights of Florence with Lucy Honeychurch, a heroine who would take the world by storm, if she could only get out of her 19th-century muddle.
It's never a bad time to gaze on beautiful historical libraries, unusual bookshops, archival photos, or travel pics that transport you to somewhere else in an instant. These Instagram accounts inspire our imaginations.
In Japan, comics are known as manga. They're used to tell stories in every genre, and are read by people of all ages. We're delighted to have cartoonist Tille Walden share her top picks for readers who are new to the form.
Anne Bogel has excellent taste in books, and her podcast 'What Should I Read Next?' is a must-listen around our house. She took on our challenge and recommended six genre-spanning books for armchair travelers.
Buckle up for armchair travel that delivers plenty of suspense. These books will take you from Vancouver, Canada to the world of pro wrestling, sunny (and sinister) Los Angeles, NYC, East Texas, and more.
Deanna Raybourn is the author of the irresistible Veronica Speedwell and Lady Julia Grey series of romantic suspense novels. She took on our challenge and recommended her favorite books with a strong sense of place.
Ed Needham is the writer and editor behind the amazing book-review magazine Strong Words. Each issue of the magazine blows up our TBR lists, so when Ed took on our challenge, we knew we were going to get the good stuff.
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