Posts By: Lavanya Sunkara
5 Hotels for Any Budget in NYC hero image
Posted on March 16, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
From the bright lights of Broadway and the bars of the Meatpacking District, to the iconic Statue of Liberty and world-renowned museums, New York City is the only place in the world where you get a true taste of culture. And that includes first-class hotels, offering top notch accommodations, in proximity to the action of the city that never sleeps. We have put together five hotels so you can experience the Big Apple no matter your budget.
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Hotel Review: The Boulders Resort & Spa, a Hilton Curio Resort, Scottsdale hero image
Posted on March 07, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
On a recent trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, travel writer Lavanya Sunkara stayed at The Boulders Resort & Spa. Here’s her take on the experience.
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The 5 Best Hidden Bars in New York City And How To Find Them hero image
Posted on March 03, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
The charm of speakeasy bars isn’t just that they are secretive, it’s that they offer an indelible atmosphere best experienced in New York City, where people love their booze with a side of intrigue. With hidden entrances, vintage decor, and inventive cocktails, these gems lure people with their exclusivity and the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. They might be hard to find, but it will be worth the effort!
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8 Great Things to do in Grenada and Where to Stay When You Go hero image
Posted on February 19, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
Grenada, lovingly dubbed the Isle of Spice, is famous for its swaying nutmeg trees, delicious dark chocolate and silky white sand beaches. This Eastern Caribbean port of call lets you fully experience its natural beauty, from snorkeling within the world's first underwater sculpture park to hiking mist-covered mountains. But it’s the generosity of the people – their pride in their country and culture – that draws you to this destination, now a short direct flight from the East Coast on JetBlue Airways. Here are eight places you shouldn’t miss when visiting Grenada.
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Your Complete Guide to Tipping Overseas hero image
Posted on February 16, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
Ever wonder how much to tip in a foreign country? Worried that you might offend local customs if you give something extra? In some countries, it’s considered rude to tip and, in others, you may get a few looks if you leave too little after an expensive meal. We’ve broken it down for you so you don’t have to fret the next time you go on a gondola ride in Venice or enjoy a savory supper in Sydney.
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7 Money Saving Travel Blogs to Follow hero image
Posted on February 01, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
They say that travel is the only thing we invest in that makes us richer. There’s really no price tag for amazing experiences. That said, it still costs to fly and do anything worthwhile. But don’t worry, we’ve collected seven authorities who can help you take that dream getaway for less and enjoy your time away without breaking the bank.
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10 Easy Ways to Meet Locals While Traveling hero image
Posted on January 15, 2016 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
Travel becomes so much richer when you interact with the locals, learn about their culture, and immerse yourself in their community. Meeting people isn’t as difficult as you might think. Folks may be different, but deep down everyone seeks the same things: happiness and a sense of connection. If you’re comfortable enough to approach others, they will be happy to guide you, show you around, and even invite you in for a meal. You’re sure to return with a broader understanding about where you’ve been, and make a few new friends, too! Here, we’ve put together ten tips on how to start the conversation.
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5 Beaches to Beat the Winter Blues hero image
Posted on December 16, 2015 by Lavanya Sunkara in Travel
Are freezing temperatures making you dream of sun-kissed shores and water sports? Worry not, we’ve selected five beautiful beaches that are sure to cure your seasonal sorrows. Andros, Bahamas is a beach lover's dream, with hammocks hanging from palm trees overlooking crystal clear waters. The calm trade winds of Aruba are ideal for windsurfing while the waves of Barbados invite you to grab your surfboard. Costa Rica is a haven for animal lovers, where nesting sea turtles can be spotted along the shores, as iguanas sunbathe on Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico.
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