In the world of literature there are few places as mysterious as Count Dracula’s Transylvanian castle in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. But what if it really existed? Would you go and—perhaps more importantly—would you run in to the Count himself? You can visit the infamous castle depicted in Stoker’s classic book and even if you don’t meet the titular character, there’s still a lot to see.
By Erin Kayata In northern Luxembourg sits the town of Clervaux, looking like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. Thick forests and mountains surround it, and there are quaint white buildings trimmed with black speckled through the town. And like all fairy tales, it has a castle. Clervaux Castle, dating back to the […]
I fell in love with couch surfing and the cultural exchange it fosters while I was studying abroad. As Couchsurfing.com expanded, I began to wonder what it would be like to travel to places like Iran, Cuba, Vietnam or Russia as an American citizen. Fortunately, four couch surfers were happy to sate my curiosity by sharing their experiences and insights.
By Sarah Teczar The mention of wine tours evokes images of California’s sun-dappled Napa Valley, the vineyards of Bordeaux or a sprawling Tuscan countryside. But today, wineries are popping up in some unexpected places, meaning there’s no need to stick to the predictable locations. Millennials drank 42 percent of all wine consumed in the […]
By Samantha Facciolo You may have heard that, in late January, 15 runners competed in the World Marathon Challenge, an endurance test to complete seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. These (crazy? committed?) individuals logged over 23,000 flight miles to run 183 miles in temperatures that ranged from Antarctic cold to Australian heat. […]
By Sarah Teczar Videos of cats knocking things off tables and viral kitten memes abound in our Facebook newsfeeds. But if you don’t have a cat (or left one behind at home) and crave some real-life feline entertainment, it might be easier to find than you think. Cat cafes are popping up all over the world. […]
Summit of Puy Mary Volcano in Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Park via Shutterstock BY VICTORIA GAFFNEY Whether you’re aching for a scenic stay along a steep mountainside overlooking a verdant valley, or yearning for a hilltop house offering panoramic views of turquoise waters, there are plenty of eco-friendly travel options for the more secluded European vacation. The […]
By Daniel B O’Donnell Stretching for nearly a mile on the banks of the river Spree stands one of the largest and most culturally important art showcases in the world. Painted on the longest surviving stretch of the wall that once divided friends, families, communities and ideologies are now over a hundred different murals. Representations […]
BY STEPHANIE KASHETA Ah, Firenze, the birthplace of the Renaissance, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, and home to Michelangelo, da Vinci and countless others. The city can seem overwhelming to a tourist without the right guide. Everyone knows to visit the Bargello, the Uffizi and the Palazzo Medici, but where to dine and shop? Here […]