The 8 Best American Cities for Book Lovers

This one’s for you, reader.

America is a land of storytellers, writers, and poets. It celebrates literature in its libraries, bookstores, cafes, and lit festivals. For bibliophiles, it means that you can fill your travel days walking in the footsteps of your favorite authors, discover new books at independent bookstores, and meet interesting authors–or simply find a quiet place to read.  This is a list of cities that are perfect for book lovers: places known for the authors who produced their best works here; destinations immortalized in books; communities with a deep love for literature. So, pick up the torch you carry for the written word and take it to some of these corners of the U.S.—these cities will illuminate your world.

I’m Not a 70-Year-Old Brit, But I Loved This Island Anyway

Madeira is the European destination missing from your bucket list.

Old-world charm, stunning vistas, historic sites, and incredible eats are all part of what makes Western Europe a must-see in every traveler’s eyes. But a trip to this little-known Portuguese island off the coast of Northern Africa made me wonder why it’s not at the top of everyone’s list. Apparently, it’s been the escape from dreary UK weather for years, with British seniors escaping to the island in droves. It’s easy to see why. With year-round, gorgeously temperate weather (locals consider temperatures below 70 chilly), fantastic food, and otherworldly views, I quickly realized why the Brits kept it their little secret. Here are 10 reasons I fell in love with Madeira (and why you will, too).  

You’re Doing Dubai Wrong. Here’s How You Experience It

There's so much more to this incredible city than meets the eye. Trust us, your wallet will thank you.

When you think of Dubai, you think of huge architectural wonders, glamorous over-the-top shopping excursions, and larger-than-life attractions. But there is so much more that this almost 200-year old city has to offer. From exciting art events to shopping that won’t make your credit card cringe to unique, only-in-Dubai experiences, this hyper-modern city has a little something for everyone.

This Is What Travel Privilege Really Looks Like

Nick is a White man with an American passport and Global Entry status. Fatemeh is originally from Iran but now lives in Mexico City, where she has dual citizenship. How different can travel be for Nick and Fatemeh? The answer is: very different.

What’s ‘Priest Strangler’? Or ‘Camel Spit’? The 15 Most Bizarrely Named Foods in the World

Don’t skip on Thailand’s “Son-in-Law Eggs” or Italy’s “Assassin Spaghetti.”

From “priest strangler pasta” to “camel spit,” some foods have names that are violent, irreverent, inspired by body parts or animals, or just plain peculiar. Unsurprisingly, the origin stories of these funky food names are just as colorful. Read on for our list of the world’s most weirdly-named foods.