Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, N.C., is a smart pick for those on a shoestring. With a busy downtown and access to hostels, camping and plenty of trails, Asheville is a fun, mid-sized city with lots of Appalachian charm.
Waking up at Sweet Peas Hostel is a great place to start a day in Asheville, where comfortable private “pods” cost only $35 a night. From there, stroll over to Malaprops cafe and bookstore for a “Rocket Surgery”— one of their specialty drinks made with macadamia nut mocha ($4.25).
For architecture buffs, just walking along the city streets can be its own reward in Asheville. The town boasts one of the most fantastic collections of Art Deco-style buildings in the country. Asheville residents play up the genteel, old-fashioned feel and there are a number of vintage boutiques where you can spend the cash you saved by staying at a hostel.
Snag a fried green tomato sandwich at the Sunny Point Cafe ($9.50) and get ready to explore one last place in Asheville that’s completely free: the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Several scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed in the area, and fans can visit recognizable locations at Triple Falls and DuPont State Forest.
Among the world’s most coveted food capitals today, Macau (officially a Special Administrative Region of China) tops many a list. The 12-square-mile city is home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine Bib Gourmand and the world’s first fusion cuisine, and was recognized in 2017 as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its singular culinary scene, but its street food culture may be its most popular feature with in-the-know travelers. Here are five top street dishes to prowl for in Macau.
Shrimp is a summer staple. Seafood in general is consumed more during the summer because many travelers make their way to coastal destinations, but shrimp is king. Shrimp is added to many dishes and served in different forms. All summer, people purchase pounds of shrimp and cook them however they desire to go along with their meal. Several different ways to prepare shrimp are highlighted here to expose travelers to the world of shrimp.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
The Toilo Toiletry Bag is marketed as the most functional toiletry bag ever. In fact, it’s the future of toiletry bags. With more than 20 features it’s billed as an all-in-one option for travelers and weekend warriors who need a sturdy bag for everyday use.