If you travel for food, an increasingly popular reason for packing your bags, Montreal should rank high on your list of must-visits. Named North America’s Food Capital by Town & Country, the city is home to more than 5,800 restaurants representing the 120 ethnicities found within the city. Even if you stayed for a month, you wouldn’t be able to sample all of Montreal’s culinary highlights, but there’s one way to chow down on a hearty helping of local and international favorites in a single night, and that’s by attending a First Friday fest.
On the first Friday of each month, May through October, Olympic Park (the stadium created for the 1976 Summer Olympics) hosts a massive street food festival with a large gathering of food trucks (typically around 50) for a multicultural chow fest. Last year, more than 100,000 foodies packed the park throughout the season to sample their favorite bites and hang out with friends, new and old, while listening to live music in the festive atmosphere.
Admission to First Fridays is free, as are some of the family-friendly activities available within, but if you won’t be in town this summer, there’s still plenty to fill your belly regardless of timing: Montreal hosts a variety of food festivals year-round, including RibFest, Oysterfest, Burger Week and Poutine Week.
Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.