Eleven Things I Never Knew About Flying Until I Became a Flight Attendant

Eleven Things I Never Knew About Flying Until I Became a Flight Attendant

Bloomberg
A timely look at how flying actually works: Norwegian invited me onboard to serve as a flight attendant for one of their long-hauls from London to New York. Here's everything I learned about what goes on behind that velvet curtain. 

Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

Lonely Planet
Some introductory pointers to start planning the perfect honeymoon; this article features text from the Honeymoon Handbook, which I co-authored for the world's largest travel publisher. Get the skinny on where to go and when, and how to piece together the perfect couple's getaway after you say 'I do'. 

France's Secret North American Island

France's Secret North American Island

The Daily Beast
Just off the coast of Canada's Newfoundland, the small archipelago of islands known as St-Pierre & Miquelon has flown the bleu, blanc, rouge flag for over 200 years. The islands were the transfer point for booze smuggling during the Prohibition, played a surprisingly pivotal role in the Second World War, and today they sell the best baguettes on the North American continent. 

The Azores is the Hot New Adventure Destination

The Azores is the Hot New Adventure Destination

Bloomberg
Move over Iceland, the Azores--also halfway across the Atlantic between North America and Europe--is about to become the new 'it' destination for adventure seekers. With mountains to hike, whales to spot, and incredible food and wine to sample, the nine islands of the Azores are yours for the taking, especially with the advent of easy new flight connections in 2017. 

The Secret World of Male Geishas

The Secret World of Male Geishas

The Daily Beast
Did you know that the first geishas in Japan were actually men? And today, in the country's roaring night trade industry, there are more male "hosts" in Tokyo's red light district than there are traditional female geishas in the entirety of Japan? This and more puzzling facts about the hidden world of male entertainment herein.

Ebola Could Deal A Death Blow to Africa's Wildlife

Ebola Could Deal A Death Blow to Africa's Wildlife

The Daily Beast
Although the Ebola pandemic was contained in West Africa, the entire continent saw a large drop in tourism numbers. In Africa, tourism dollars are directly used to fund massive conservancy projects and without this money the efforts simply cannot move forward. This could mean a serious death blow for several endangered species should tourism continue to plummet. 

Why the Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine

Why the Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine

The Daily Beast 
Discovered in the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, guayusa is a type of holly that, when brewed in boiling water, gives the jolt of a cup of coffee without the jitters, and has double the antioxidants of green tea. And it's about to make a splash--so to speak--in the global market. 

Riga: The Belle of the Baltics

Riga: The Belle of the Baltics

Travel + Leisure
Latvia's capital was founded in the 1200s with multicultural roots, and remains a wonderfully cosmopolitan destination today--even during the Soviet regime it was a place of progress and art. After an infusion of EU funds during its year as a "culture capital", the city has even more infrastructure to welcome tourists. 

A Different Kind of Arranged Marriage

A Different Kind of Arranged Marriage

Out Magazine
Padma Iyer made waves when she took out a personal ad on behalf of her son. Placing a romantic request in the newspaper is common practice in India, a country that still embraces different stripes of arranged marriages, but Padma rocked the boat because she was, for the first time, seeking a same-sex spouse for her son.