Name: Christine Chang
Profession: Co-founder of Glow Recipe
Have a thin shawl or blanket for the plane and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Favorite travel memory?
My first trip to Europe as a child, with my family was an incredibly eye-opening visual and culinary experience.
Bucket List Destination?
South Africa, to see the Great Migration
Favorite off-the-beaten-path spot?
The Maldives: While not truly off-the-beaten-path, the week I spent there felt like I was on a mystical, private island.
What kind of traveler are you?
A mix of budget and luxe, I enjoy riding local buses and trams and going to street markets, but prefer a decent hotel where I can get some rest.
Funniest travel story?
After trekking up the Great Wall with a group of friends from my Hong Kong study abroad program, we went to an Uyghur restaurant for dinner. Little did we know that after dinner, the long wooden tables would be cleared for table-top dancing. Everyone from children to senior citizens danced with absolute abandon … and we joined them, of course!
Best meal you’ve had on your travels?
My favorite cuisine will always be Korean — there’s a small restaurant next to the Bosung green tea fields that serves an incredible mixture of light, crisp farm vegetables drizzled with warm sesame oil on a bed of rice. Heaven. And the green tea — earthy and bittersweet — that I’ve tasted there is a sensory experience beyond any other.
Craziest thing you’ve done while traveling?
I drove a moped in Malaysia. Considering I still don’t have a driver’s license, and riding a bike was a distant childhood memory, it involved a lot of wobbling.
Favorite item collected from your travels?
Disneyworld, with my daughter
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
The internet is teeming with countless listicles that advise you on what to pack for your next vacation, especially when it comes to products to help you stay safe and healthy while miles away from home. But there are some medical products you might not really need, despite the overflow of suggestions.
While the snow continued to fall at a steady clip, my taxi pulled up outside Hotel Bonaventure Montréal. A quick departure from my cab and a few steps later, I was taken in by the distinctive style of the entrance corridor. A quick elevator ride to the lobby is necessary because Hotel Bonaventure Montréal sits on the final two floors of a 17-story business and professional complex. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Montréal, and even connects to the city’s underground concourse.
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.