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The Five Best Bookstores of Brooklyn

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a delightful microcosm of all that’s trendy with today’s millennials. To our UK-based readers, it is to New York what Bristol and Brighton are to, well, all of England. The Brooklyn area has vegan cafes, record stores, poetry events, and five unique and wonderful bookstores. When you’re done shopping, don’t forget to …

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12 Cute Face Masks & Mask Patterns to Travel Safely

There were so many reasons to wearing face masks even before this pandemic nightmare. It’s hygienic if you’re sick, a face mask for pollution can protect from airborne particles (like my favourite Vog Mask which saved me during yellow dust season in Korea), and it’ll stop you touching your face which is one of the …

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Ultimate Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, LA

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter takes up a lot of space in Universal Studios LA. A colossal recreation of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle, complete with iconic shops lifted straight out of Diagon Alley, make up the very best part of Universal Studios. In fact, this California Hogwarts can be seen from almost anywhere else …

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The Three Indie Bookstores of Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, is a cruise ship destination and a town of about 36,000 people, and it has only three bookstores, all independently owned. One has two branches and carries only new books, one is the local dumping ground for used books, and one provides a combination of new/used/and rare. Two are situated downtown, …

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The Venice Beach House: A Tranquil LA Retreat

If you visit the website of The Venice Beach House, the first words you see will read: “Feels like home”. Nothing sums up the warm, comforting, and sublime experience of staying for a few nights at The Venice Beach House. This historic building, established back in 1911, sits on the edge of the ocean, just …

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A Culture Lover’s Guide to Visiting Miami

When planning a city break, Miami is probably not the first destination to spring to mind. Many people simply associate Miami with nightlife and palm trees, but away from the neon lights, Miami offers plenty to explore for culture lovers and is a wonderful long weekend destination. This vibrant city offers a mix of art, …

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Visit The Tale of Genji Art Exhibit at The Met

What is The Tale of Genji? The Tale of Genji, a Japanese story written in the 11th century, is important for several reasons: it’s thought to be the world’s first true ‘novel’, it’s an historically vital peek into the world of Japanese aristocracy during the Heian period, and most importantly it was written by a …

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Travel Guide: The Best Towns to Visit in the Hudson Valley, NY

Ulster County is a wonderful place just north of New York City, nestled in the Hudson Valley. This area is made up of mountains, valleys, lakes, forests, and some of the best little towns in all of New York State. There’s nothing better after a busy few days in the city than spending some time …

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