Aerial view of Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

The Best Places to Travel to in September

September has officially arrived, and depending on which hemisphere you’re in, you’ll either be welcoming the autumnal shades of early fall or crawling out of your winter-blues hibernation to the promise of clear spring...

Marching for Catalonia’s Independence

The breeze flowed easily through the open-air café in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The light gray of the early October morning lent itself well to the café con leche placed in front of me. A...
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Meet Toledo’s Last Master Sword-Maker

Documentarian Ben Derico recently ventured from his home city of Chicago to a tiny, ancient corner of Spain. There, he met a fourth-generation master sword-maker named Mariano and shadowed the craftsman at his workshop...

10 of the Friendliest Countries for Solo Travelers

Traveling alone can be one of the most rewarding personal journeys you can embark upon. From organizing logistics to navigating foreign cities, befriending strangers, and learning a new language, solo travel is full of...
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Living the Spanish Language

I started learning Spanish in eighth grade, and loved it so much that I continued my studies as I moved on to high school and university. I had no trouble conjugating verbs, using proper...
San Sebastián, as seen from the top of Monte Igueldo.

A Honeymoon Stop in San Sebastián

The drizzling rain couldn’t disguise the city’s charm. We finished settling into our room, noticing through the window that the streets were mostly empty. After seeing the evocative greenery, the bay, the buildings, and...
View of Sevilla, Spain's cathedral with surrounding skyline

You Haven’t Abandoned Me Yet: A Guide to Sevilla, Spain

When Americans visit Spain, it seems as though their primary destination is always either Madrid or Barcelona. This isn’t overly surprising; Madrid and Barcelona are the country’s two most populous cities, and they both have...
Woman carrying a bowl of fruit on her head

Five Unlikely Foodie Destinations Around the World

The world’s best food often hides in little-known locales — places that boast fresh ingredients, delicious street food, and unique restaurant concepts. If you’re wondering where you can feast like a king across the...

Costa Brava: Beneath the Coast

To put it simply, Costa Brava could be considered my second home. I can never seem to define the many feelings, emotions, and dreams that this region stirs in me. Its beaches, coves, landscapes, and...

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