Griffith Observatory: Los Angles, Calif.
A Los Angeles landmark, the Griffith Observatory features two historic telescopes. The Ceolostat and Solar telescopes allow users to see the sun up close, making out sunspots and solar flares. The Zeiss Telescope is pointed at the various celestial bodies around our solar system. With more than 7,000,000 eyes looking through it, the Zeiss Telescope is the most popular observation device in the world.
Mount John University Observatory: Mount John, New Zealand
Located on the northern end of Mackenzie Basin on South Island, this observatory is a collaboration between the University of Canterbury and Japan’s Nagoya University. It is New Zealand’s premier astronomical research facility, featuring five large telescopes regularly in use. Visitors can stay at the nearby resort town, Lake Tekapo.
South African Astronomical Observatory: Cape Town & Sutherland, South Africa
Founded in 1820, the SAAO is one of the first scientific institutions in Africa. The primary telescopes are located in Sutherland and the main headquarters are in Cape Town. Both are open for tours, and the clear skies and low light pollution of the region make the SAAO a popular destination for stargazers.
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory: Elqui Valley, Chile
The universe might be expanding, but this observatory will let you see the stars closer than ever. In fact, a team at the CTIO discovered much of the data supporting the idea of an expanding universe, earning them a Nobel Prize in 2011. Being such a serious research facility, public access is limited to Saturdays during the summer and winter, and reservations are required as only 40 visitors are allowed at a time.
Mauna Kea Observatories: Mauna Kea, Hawaii
This collection of astronomical facilities is part of the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. The world’s largest telescope array has more light-gathering power than the Hubble Space Telescope. Situated on the big island, Mauna Kea’s dark skies, low humidity, high altitude above water vapor and equatorial location make it one of the best astronomical vacations you could take.
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.
Rome is one of Europe’s most-visited destinations (if not the top-visited destination) and at no time is this more evident than in the summer. School tour groups, retirees and backpackers descend upon the ancient city in droves, making a leisurely walk through Trastevere a distant hope. But if you find yourself in Rome and face crowds of epic proportions, here are a few ways to get away from the masses and enjoy Rome as more of a vacation destination than a tourist trap.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
The more you travel, the more you learn about what works for you in terms of packing, preparing, lodging, locations and more, so it’s inevitable you’ll develop your own cache of travel tips likely to result in the most enjoyable experience for you. But when it comes to the broader travel community, there are some tips and tricks that can apply to any traveler. Here are a few that can help you progress toward expert travel status.