Stories written by Kelly Phillips Badal
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5 Fabulous Midcentury Modern Homes in Palm Springs

The desert resort town of Palm Springs was the epicenter for the explosion of midcentury modern-style homes in Southern California after World War II ended; now the city claims one of the largest concentrations of  “MCM” architecture in the United States. What’s more, these homes—notable for an aesthetic that embraces the dramatic desert environment—still seem […]

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10 Ways to Make Phuket an Explorer’s Oasis

Thailand’s paradisiacal island of Phuket has an outsized reputation as a hotspot for beachgoers, but there’s a whole other side to this popular yet multifaceted travel destination. These 10 activities are unmissable for adventurers. 1. Hike to the Island’s Famous “Big Buddha.” One of Phuket’s most famous landmarks is a 130-foot-high alabaster Buddha, perched at […]

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Food  

How To Taste Your Way Through Tuscany

Tuscan food is richly entrenched in rustic traditions with simple regional staples like wild game and fish, bread, beans, cheese, and of course, olive oil and wine. Modern Tuscany is literally dotted with Michelin-starred restaurants and celebrated among gastronomes, but the culinary essentials remain the same: fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, simply prepared to allow […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Provence This Year

Storied cities, Roman ruins, a celebrated coastline, endless lavender fields, excellent wining, dining, and antiquing—we could easily make a list numbering into the hundreds of why a trip to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region should be in your sightline this year. But for now, we’ve limited it to our top 10. 1. The French Riviera Coastline is Absolutely […]

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4 Wellness-Focused Vacation Homes for a Blissful Getaway

If you’ve ever returned from an action-packed or overindulgent getaway muttering that you need another vacation just to recover from your trip, the rising trend of wellness travel will cure what ails you. The concept is simple: No matter what you do, you should return feeling rejuvenated, reenergized, and refreshed. And while there’s plenty of […]

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6 Surprising Destinations That Are Magical in Autumn

The autumn months of late August, September, October, and early November are often considered the sweet spot of travel for many destinations, with still-pleasant weather and fewer tourists. Plus, there’s plenty of festivals all over the world, the foliage is stunning, and harvest season is in full swing. With that in mind, we’ve sussed out […]

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5 Stunning Eco-Friendly Vacation Homes in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is synonymous with eco-friendliness. The Central American country became the poster child for ecotourism as the term arose in the 1990s; today, with approximately 26% of its land devoted to national parks, wildlife reserves, and protected lands, Costa Rica’s status as a forward-thinking, environmentally-devoted country is second to none. Which is why its […]