April 2015

By Monique Burns Words like “grand” and “luxurious” rarely describe boutique hotels.  Most are too small for such outsized superlatives.  But they fit The Benjamin, one of New York City’s premier boutique hotels, to a tee. A muscular 25-story Renaissance Revival structure in buff-colored brick, The Benjamin rises majestically in

  By Steve Jermanok The last two weeks I had the privilege of traveling with Rob Barbour around northern Tanzania, with stops in Arusha and Arusha National Park, the southern Amboseli plains, Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Kusini Camp in the southern Serengeti, the Grumeti Wildlife

By Everett Potter Ever since the first frequent-flier program was launched in the early 1970s by United Airlines, there have been plenty of misconceptions and myths about getting and using miles. But with today’s airfares at sky-high prices, getting that elusive free ticket has become more important than ever. Don’t

By Everett Potter (Photos copyright Rumit Mehta/Immersion Journeys) This month, we’re offering a giveaway to Ghana’s Zaina Lodge in partnership with Immersion Journeys. I met the company’s founder, Rumit Mehta, a few years ago at the Adventure Travel World Summit and was struck by his friendliness, knowledge and passion for

Story & photos by Kim McHugh I’m navigating the streets of Vail Village politely moving through the crowd of food and wine enthusiasts as I stop by tent after tent to sample delicious lamb dishes. Innovatively prepared by chefs from local Vail Valley eateries, the dishes were created in celebration

By Neil Wolkodoff Cancun first gained fame as a Mecca for spring break collegians to engage in endless libation, partying and sun. The hotel zone in Cancun proper has tried to change the image, but the real change in vacation reality is south, in Playa Del Carmen. Now a string

by Larry Olmsted “Boutique” is a word that’s thrown around a lot in the world of Las Vegas hotels, but in reality the concept barely exists. One General Manager told me – in all seriousness – that on the Strip a thousand rooms is a boutique property, and I guess

By John Grossmann Roughly an hour’s drive northwest of Midtown Manhattan, in the picturesque, remote corner of New Jersey that’s home to black bears and a ridge top stretch of the Appalachian Trail, there’s a resort that is surely one of the best-kept travel secrets in America. Until recently, I

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We’re thrilled to be partnering with Immersion Journeys for our latest giveaway. The prize is a stay at the new Zaina Lodge in Mole National Park Ghana, along with a guided elephant walk and other game excursions.  The West African country of Ghana remains seriously under the radar for most American