Soaking in Beer: Stepping into Budapest’s thermal beer spa

I’m deep inside the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, a sprawling 67,000-square-foot menagerie of heated indoor and outdoor pools and baths, encased in Neo-Baroque architecture. Despite the grandeur, I’m feeling slightly naked while wrapped in my bath towel and swim trunks. Snaking through the private changing cabins, the scent hits me: Is that hops I … [ Read more]

The Plan to Have No Plan

Finding the spontaneous, yet scheduled, happy medium that (almost) guarantees getting the most out of travel Accidentally walked 14.5 miles today. Not saying that in a humble brag way, rather an “I have no sense of direction and got lost multiple times and confused Google maps with my poor decisions and ended up in neighborhoods … [ Read more]

9 Cheap Cities to Fly to from MSP in February

February may not be the first month you flip to in your calendar when planning your annual vacation. But don’t underestimate the value of the shortest month of the year—it’s usually the slowest period for travel. With low-season rates and fewer crowds, it’s the ideal time to sneak in that much-needed first getaway of the … [ Read more]

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Culture in a glass: Lessons learned drinking through South Asia

Picture this: It’s 7,000 B.C. in the Henan province of northern China, and someone has just mixed up a concoction of hawthorn berries, honey, and rice into a bowl. After leaving it out for a few weeks, whether on purpose or by accident, the liquid spontaneously ferments into something sweet, pungent, and that, when imbibed, … [ Read more]

Sun Country awarded non-stop flights to Cuba

Sun Country Airlines has been approved to fly nonstop from the Twin Cities to two cities in Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today, reports The Star Tribune. The agency said Sun Country will be able to fly from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Santa Clara, the capital of Villa Clara province in central … [ Read more]

Cuba is running out of beer

More American tourists are visiting to Cuba thanks to eased travel restrictions, and they’re bringing with them a thirst for beer. So much so that the Caribbean nation’s state-run brewery, Cerveceria Bucanero, is having trouble keeping stores stocked with the Cristal and Bucanero brands. According to a report in the Guardian, “local media reported that Cuba’s breweries … [ Read more]

Channel your inner chef and rent Julia Child’s house

Julia Child enthusiasts rejoice: You can book a stay in the little cottage the Childs built in France’s Provençal countryside, where they entertained the likes of M.F.K. Fisher and James Beard for decades, reports Conde Nast Traveler. Sotheby’s put the house—called “La Pitchoune” (meaning “the little one”) or “La Peetch,” for short—on the market at the … [ Read more]

Explore a new side of China on an 8-day craft beer tour

The popularity of craft beer is a world-wide trend, including in China, where microbreweries are popping up all over the country. Capitalizing on this, and China’s plethora of historical sites, China Special Tours (CST) is launching a new tour this fall that pairs ancient sites and with craft beer sampling. Starting in Beijing on September 24 … [ Read more]

Waterfall season is a thing, and it has arrived

North Shore waterfall season is officially here, according to Cook County’s website. Cook County has the North Shore’s most dramatic waterfalls, including Devil’s Kettle Falls in Judge C.R. Magney State Park, the ephemeral “phantom falls” that pour from the cliffs lining Highway 61, and the High Falls of the Pigeon River in Grand Portage State Park. … [ Read more]

World of Beer is hiring for the beer internship of a lifetime

World of Beer (WOB), a network of 75+ craft beer taverns around the United States—which will soon include St. Paul, when its Lowertown location opens at 356 Sibley Street (date TBD)—is looking to hire three craft beer enthusiasts for the ultimate internship: spending a summer traveling the world engaging in and cultivating conversations around the beverage they love … [ Read more]

Bigger is better when it comes to MSP’s new security checkpoint

A big, 10-lane security checkpoint is slated to open in mid-February at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s Terminal 1, reports The Star Tribune. The new, $17 million checkpoint will be on the north side of the terminal’s ticketing area. The overhaul involves closing three smaller checkpoints and consolidating them into two bigger ones on the busy … [ Read more]

Why you need to renew your passport ASAP

The State Department is urging anyone who has a United States passport expiring any time in 2016 to renew it sooner rather than later, reports The New York Times. Officials are expecting a flood of renewals of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007. The latter was the year when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative … [ Read more]

Last night in Lima: How my pursuit of craft beer in Peru made the world a smaller place

Everything that happened that night after the “Barbarian Challenge” was a bit of a blur. I remember exchanging hugs and contact information with our new friends, the walk-run back to the hostel, semi-frantically stuffing clothes into my backpack, and a prolonged, Art of The Deal-esque negotiation with the cab driver over how many soles a … [ Read more]

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All by myself: One traveler’s take on the beauty and challenges of solo travel

It didn’t occur to me to keep track of how many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches I’d eaten until the loaf of bread was nearing its last slices. That had been the plan, after all: to survive on PB&J, tortilla chips, apples, and carrots, as well as the occasional gas station treat and breakfast or dinner … [ Read more]

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How to eat adventurously abroad …and when to play it safe

June 20, 1993, was the last time I barfed. I remember the exact date because it was not your run-of-the-mill barfing. I’d arrived in Essaouira, Morocco, a few days earlier and I don’t know if I ate something bad or if my system just freaked out due to the unfamiliar bacteria. In any case, I … [ Read more]