From wild horses to ancient forests, you’re sure to have a memorable day at the beach.
A beach is always a welcome sight, but the elements that make a beach a beach can be a bit predictable. You’ve got your sand and your tides and, though their surroundings might vary, you basically know what to expect when you head to any given beach. There are, however, a few shorelines around the world that have a few surprises up their sleeves and beneath their waves.
Plan your first post-pandemic trip with these essential Black-owned brands.
Spring begins again, and so does the desire for traveling. Travel restrictions continue to lift during the pandemic, however, the political divisiveness nationwide is at its most palpable. Thanks, in part, to many of the grassroots movements that have captivated this nation’s undivided attention, more Americans can show their allegiance to Black people through their purchasing power. So when you book your next flight or compare prices for hotel and Airbnb stays, before you pack, consider buying one (or all) of these Black-owned, designed, or managed products and apps. Though not an exhaustive list, fitness items, beauty products, and/or apparel from the companies will become a mainstay among your essentials, while also supporting the Black-owned businesses that created them.
The remarkable, creepy stories that hide behind the pretty facades of Milan’s churches.
Milan is renowned for its stately historic churches, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. Tourists travel from across the world to admire the grandeur of their architecture and interior design, but many would be unaware of the dark tales that lurk within these religious buildings. Controversial serpents, miraculous discoveries, Black Death chaos, desiccated human hearts, sex-crazed tyrants, walls made from human skulls, and chapels of the dead: these are some of the remarkable, creepy stories that hide behind the pretty facades of Milan’s churches.
We’re trading out claw-foot for open-air.
Bathfluencers have turned tiled tubs lit by glowing candles into public domain, where bath bombs and bath teas steep and bubble beneath blankets of rose petals and CBD sprinkles for all of social media to see. Public bathing is nothing new, but many of the world’s most stunning baths don’t involve four claws. They can instead be found smoldering beneath the open-air out in nature. From ancient onsens to a hike-in thermal spring hidden in the Andes Mountains, these open-air baths are what bathfluencer dreams are made of.
How to keep cash in your pocket on the road.
There’s nothing like an epic road trip. Whether discovering the Mother Road and Route 66, exploring US Highway 1 from Maine to Key West, or tailor-making your own road trip map, being on the open road is truly liberating. But, it can also become expensive if you’re not careful. Don’t worry though. Here are 10 sure-fire ways to save money along the way and to help keep cash in your pocket. After all, it is the unexpected detours that make a road trip that much more memorable.
These historic structures, worthy of Rapunzel, hide beautiful self-catering boltholes.
Climbing a spiral staircase to survey your own kingdom from ancient battlements sounds like the stuff of fairy tales. But this fantasy doesn’t have to be make-believe. Architectural restoration charity The Landmark Trust saves endangered historic buildings across the British Isles and sensitively converts them into vacation rentals. Among them are many towers, built as far back as the 16th century, with knockout views and fascinating former lives as royal picnic spots, wartime lookouts, and more. You’ll need to book well ahead to bag one of these unique properties, which generally sleep two to four people. You’ll find the best values during the middle of the week or just after a UK public holiday. Look out for open days when you can rock up at certain landmarks for a free snoop around, as well.