My favorite thing about traveling is eating, and my favorite thing to eat is cheese. If I won the lottery tomorrow, my next big trip would be a cheese-themed world tour, stopping off in every country to sample their best fromage, sip expertly paired wines, and go to bed every night bloated and blissfully happy. Care to join me? To get started, let’s drool over six of the finest cheese shops in the U.S. and Europe, shall we?
I’m such a sucker for any article or video that’s called, “What (Fill In The Blank) Is Like Around The World!” You can fill in that blank with pretty much anything and I will click and read and enjoy and share that shit on Facebook. Case in point: this video tour of common breakfast foods around the world. To follow it up, those clever foodies have a new video out that showcases the preferred drunk foods from countries around the world. After watching it, I have a new life goal: get drunk in the Czech Republic, if only to enjoy a fried mozzarella sandwich afterwards. Sweet mother of god, that thing looks SO good. Which meals are making your beer-soaked tastebuds tingle? That was a gross sentence, sorry, but seriously, tell me which one looks best to you! [YouTube]
As if a gorgeous boutique hotel tucked into the rainforest of a Caribbean island could get any more perfect, what if that hotel was chocolate themed? Such a wonderland exists, and it’s called Hotel Chocolat, a luxurious lodging option on the island of St. Lucia, operated by a gourmet chocolate company of the same name. In addition to an infinity pool and speedboat taxi to the beaches, Hotel Chocolat partners with St. Lucian farmers to harvest local cocoa, which is used liberally in the hotel’s spa treatments and restaurant menu. A cacoa oil massage followed by a fresh cacao bellini on the balcony? Yes, please! Guests can also tour the estate’s cocoa groves, pick ripe pods off the trees, and make their own chocolate bars. At $500 a night, Hotel Chocolat is a “maybe if I win the lottery” option for most of us, but definitely a fun destination to dream about on a rainy Monday, no?
The cavalier girl clan (Leslie Mann + Cameron Diaz + Kate Upton + Nicki Minaj = stoked) in the new film “The Other Woman” (in theaters April 25th — check out the trailer after the jump!) has us reminiscing about our love (nay, dire need) for booze, beautiful men, and bonding time with our best friends, all while enjoying some amazing, luxurious destination. Yes, we need all of that, more of the time … but especially that last one. Now, where’s that suitcase?
When we plan the occasional (completely necessary) lavish getaway with our best girls, there are a few “must-have” determining factors when deciding where to book it.
The destinations in this gallery are our top picks to “let loose and get wild” with your gal pals, as calculated from the algorithm presented by the delicate matrix of factors below:
- Booze: Let’s get drunk.
- Men: Preferably lots, and preferably beautiful.
- Shopping: We want to buy cool shit (ex. Co-worker asks: “Where did you get that boho chic bag?” Reply: “Oh, just from this one-of-a-kind vendor in Aruba with my best girls”).
- Relaxation: Sun, beach, spa, all of the things. Yes, please.
- Photo Opp Potential: Because it doesn’t really matter unless it’s all over social media, making people jealous.
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I’ve always been a little jealous of movie characters who get to spend any amount of time in a comically large animal’s stomach. When Pinocchio got swallowed by that whale, I was like, “Damn, that looks so cozy in there! I would never leave.” I never thought I’d get to live out my weird fantasy, but after finding out that the Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, Idaho is a real place that exists, I have hope. Dog Bark Park is a bed and breakfast that sleeps 4 and is shaped like a gigantic beagle. It was designed and is now run by Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin, a husband and wife team who specialize in carving wooden dog sculptures. After being featured on QVC in 1995 and getting an influx of orders, Sullivan and Conklin used all the profits to construct the beagle B&B of
their my dreams. For less than $100 a night, guests can relax in the belly of the beagle, and then enjoy a complimentary breakfast of homemade granola and pastries (yes, you can eat a bagel in a beagle). Dogs are welcome too, obviously. Road trip, anyone? [Neatorama]
My current life/travel obsession is seeing the northern lights. I’ve been gleefully researching where and when I’d have the best chance of seeing them, and although Alaska, Sweden, and Norway all sound amazing, this time lapse video of the northern lights over Iceland this past winter might have just made my decision for me. It’s almost painfully beautiful. [Laughing Squid]
For me, the phrase “hotel pool” instantly conjures images of overcrowded, over-chlorinated concrete boxes teeming with rowdy kids with nosebleeds, but luckily, the airport Best Westerns of my childhood are not the only options out there. Case in point: the spate of gorgeous, relaxing rooftop pools popping up at swanky hotels across the country. These hip hangout spots boast jaw-dropping views, comfy cabanas, poolside bars, and exquisite design. The perfect place to laze away a hot summer day. Click through to check out six of the country’s most fabulous rooftop pools, but beware: common side effects of this slideshow include daydreaming about warm breezes, intense cravings for mojitos, and lurid fantasies involving cabana boys.
The #1 reason I love to travel is also the #1 reason I love to, umm, be alive: FOOD. Sure, experiencing other cultures is nice, and expanding my horizons, and seeing cool stuff, blah, blah, blah, but when I think back on my most memorable travel moments, nearly all of them involved a truly unforgettable meal that I could never have gotten back home. A couple of friends and I got to talking about our best travel meals ever the other day, and the ensuing conversation was so drool-worthy that I thought it would make for a fun open post. After the jump, read some other travel food highlights from the rest of The Frisky staff (spoiler alert: most of our best food memories are from Italy, but hey, can you blame us?), and please share yours in the comments! Keep reading »