Absolutely packed with umami flavor, this vegetarian recipe is sure to win over any skeptics around your table. Eggplant offers a satisfying meaty texture, especially when coated in sweet and spicy sauce and charred on a grill. Rich in B vitamins, fiber and potassium, eggplant is an excellent addition to your recipe rotation. Cabbage slaw adds a crunchy counterpoint, and…

hot springs

With the weather turning colder, picture yourself on vacation soaking in the rich mineral waters of a hot spring surrounded by tropical volcanic forests or the Northern Lights overhead. Sound relaxing? While there are plenty of options for hot springs around the world, the following are some of the best highlights.  The best hot springs around the world include:  La…

haunted pilgrimages

Some see October as the time to pull out chunky sweater collections and sip on hot cider while walking through crunching piles of leaves. Others see it as the season to hunt the paranormal. If you happen to fall into the latter group, here are five haunted pilgrimages for your next autumnal ghost sighting.  Edinburgh Vaults: Edinburgh, United Kingdom It’s…

flying with an ear infection

Flying can be uncomfortable on the ears under the best circumstances. As the plane changes altitude and air pressure fluctuates, your ears may feel blocked or pop. Normally, this is just a regular part of flying. However, if you or a child you’re traveling with has an ear infection, it could lead to a ruptured eardrum. If you have an…

Gado gado means “mix mix” in Indonesian, and is a popular dish with different variations throughout the region. Here, it gives inspiration for a grilled snack plate, with a delicious and zesty peanut sauce that transforms humble ingredients into a treat. Feel free to switch up the vegetables used, adding grilled or boiled potatoes, chicken, shrimp or hardboiled eggs to…

waterfall in ontario

Autumn is a gorgeous time to be in Ontario, Canada. The province is covered with lakes, forests and cliffs. With very few peaks above the treeline, the province turns into a sea of fall colors every year.  Whether you hike, canoe, drive or take a train, here are our top places to take in the breathtaking fall colors.  Killarney Provincial…

Piran, Slovenia

Nestled between tourist hot spots like Italy and Croatia, the little country of Slovenia is only slightly smaller than California, but has much of the same appeal. From the mountains of the Julian Alps, to an impressive wine region and a trendy capital city, Slovenia has a bit of something for everyone.  When I first arrived in Ljubljana, I was…

dublin library

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. These immersive educational and cultural experiences are most commonly thought of as semester-long programs during college. But you don’t need to be in your late teens and early twenties to have your life transformed by a study abroad experience.  Travel specifically focused on education is a rapidly growing segment of the travel industry,…

Switch up your go-to grains with fonio, a grain grown in West Africa that has nourished people there for thousands of years. Grown in countries like Senegal, Nigeria and Mali, this planet- and people-loving grain thrives in poor soil and requires very little water. It cooks up in five minutes, has a neutral taste, a texture similar to couscous and…

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