A mere hour drive from Marrakech, the Agafay Desert boasts dusty-but-luxurious desert lodgings.
It’s hard to believe the Agafay Desert is just a one-hour taxi ride away from the bustle of Marrakech’s medina. The moon-like landscape is made of small stones and hills the color of bone and parchment. The High Atlas Mountains shimmer in blue and purple hues on the horizon and are even capped with snow, depending on the season. Admittedly, most people who dream of visiting the desert envision the Sahara and its dramatic sand dunes. But, reaching the Sahara is an ambitious journey from Marrakech, which can take eight hours of driving best spread over multiple days. As an alternative, the Agafay Desert has emerged in recent years as a popular option for Morocco-bound travelers who are short on time but still yearning to spend a night in an otherworldly environment. The gorgeous glamping experiences available to travelers—ranging from stylish tents to luxury lodges—are by no means a compromise.
From cinema-themed rooms to the city's first yoga hotel, these new Paris hotels are worth a stay.
The City of Light is shining more brightly than ever. Doors to first-class restaurants have reopened, café terraces are filling up, and culture is back with a bevy of new and noteworthy venues. These include the highly anticipated department store la Samaritaine fusing Art Nouveau with Art Déco, and neighboring contemporary art museum Bourse de Commerce featuring the Pinault Collection. At Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de la Marine offers a glimpse into 18th-century French Art de Vivre, while the refurbished Carnavalet Museum is dedicated to the history of Paris. The only question is where to stay while exploring the cultural side of Paris? Check-in at one of these four and five-star design-savvy hotels and enjoy la vie Parisienne!
You're not seeing things, these islands come (and go) depending on the tides.
Believe it or not, there are some islands around the globe that are technically only islands when the tide is in, allowing visitors to literally walk across a causeway when the tide is ebbing. These tidal islands can be connected with the mainland either by a sandy, natural path, or even a more secure causeway, suitable for cars–so long as the tide is out! Here are some of our favorite “sometimes-islands” worth exploring.
Don’t let a passport stand in the way between you and your next great adventure.
Following a year of quarantine, the world is starting to slowly open up again and with it, people are beginning to make travel plans. As countries around the world relax their border restrictions, you may need to dust off that passport and make sure it’s ready for international travel. After your suitcase is packed, flights are confirmed, and COVID-19 tests or vaccine documents are secured, the last thing you’ll want is to realize there’s an issue with your passport. Or worse, that it’s expiring mere weeks before you’re supposed to take off on that long-awaited vacation. Perhaps you are one of the estimated one-third of Americans who doesn’t have a passport. If you’re looking to change that, applying for your first passport book is not as complicated as you might think. Whatever your situation, we’ve got you covered with the guidelines and rules you’ll need to know when it comes to renewing or getting a new passport. INSIDER TIPInformation in this article is subject to change, so make sure to double-check the State Department’s website for the latest updates regarding passport requirements, processing times, and appointments.