The capital of Wales is surging in popularity with visitors. It’s easy to reach from London, and there is plenty to see. Here’s how you can experience the best of the city on a budget.
Start your day with breakfast at Garlands, an independent coffee shop that serves traditional breakfasts ($10). It’s an arty affair popular with trendy locals, and the coffee is fantastic.
Take a look around the 11th-century Cardiff Castle, where you can walk along the battlements and see bomb shelters used during World War II. If you pay a little extra you can take a Horse Tour, granting you access to a rooftop garden and other private rooms ($10).
At lunchtime, try The Classroom. This classy place does a set menu lunch deal for $15 that represents the best value meal in town. Think European fine dining in sophisticated surroundings.
Take a trip down to Cardiff Bay to look at the city’s iconic buildings and take a guided boat tour ($10), then head into town for some crate digging at Spillers Records. You might find some great souvenirs in this historic record shop, opened in 1894.
For dinner, check out Heaneys in Pontcanna. It’s a laid-back place serving high-quality food from chef Tommy Heaney, a finalist on TV show Great British Menu. Order à la carte or try a 10-course tasting menu for $48. It’s a splurge but worth it.
If you’ve got money to spare, head off for a drink at The Cricketers or The Cambrian Tap ($5 per drink).
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.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
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.
As one of the more traveled islands in the South Pacific with an increasingly gay-friendly community and culture of its own, Tahiti is an easy option for your next getaway. You may already know all about the island’s beauty and attractions, but there are a couple specific destinations worth a visit.