Are You a Bad Tourist When You Go to Hawaii? 12 Ways to Avoid Being One

A visit to Hawaii shouldn't be an episode of 'The White Lotus.'

Every destination has its own unwritten rules and way of doing things, and Hawaii (also known as The Aloha State) is no different, even if it is part of the United States. Some of this disconnect is down to the much overused (and often misconstrued) term of Aloha. More than just a word used to express everything from love, affection, peace, and sympathy, it’s a way of life and an honor code that focuses on kindness and respect, and one that’s extended reciprocally. As Hawaii re-opens to the world, coupled with recent Hot Vaxxed Summer antics—harassing endangered species for Instagram selfies, trespassing on state land and having to be airlifted to safety, general disregard for mask mandates—it’s not a bad idea to know what locals and residents consider pono (righteous) behavior, which also double-up as some sure-fire ways to earn their respect and Aloha.  

Forget California! 14 U.S. States That Also Make Surprisingly Good Wine

Some of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions are in unexpected states like Michigan and Wisconsin.

In the American wine-making world, it’s no secret that California gets all the glory and attention. Yet, unbeknownst to many, there is a plethora of other up-and-coming wine regions where travelers can tour, taste, and traverse vineyards with fewer crowds at a lower cost. Whether it’s Colorado proving it’s not just for craft beer or Tennessee showing it’s home to more than whiskey, these 14 states— including Utah, Georgia, New Jersey, and Texas—are hidden gem wine spots to have on your radar.  

10 Reasons People Are Moving to This Caribbean Country Youve Never Heard Of

Hint: It is a multilingual, flamingo-flecked, diver’s paradise with no traffic jams (or traffic lights).

The word “undiscovered” is somewhat overused in travel, but Bonaire truly is, particularly outside diving circles. This Dutch Caribbean nation battles the overall perception that there is little diversion on offer beyond underwater frills. Bonaire often sits in the shadow of its more popular island neighbors, Aruba and Curaçao, so much so that even airport immigration agents haven’t heard of it. While visiting the island nation earlier this year, I curiously met countless people who fell in love with Bonaire and ended up relocating to the country, living up to the tourism slogan: Once a visitor, always a friend. I even found myself plotting my return before I left and was compelled to investigate this magnetic pull that many of us felt on the island. In asking people why they were inspired to move to Bonaire, I found 10 reasons they fell in love with the island (and why you might too).

Who Are the Alpaca Ladies of Cusco, Peru?

You cant miss their brightly embroidered skirts and jackets. You certainly cant miss their adorable lambs and baby alpacas. On any given day, there are a couple of dozen women in Cusco who come dressed in traditional outfits, ready to pose for photos with their freshly shampooed animals. Every day hundreds of photos of them … Continued

Most Tourists Skip This Caribbean City, But That’s a Big Mistake

Don't be most tourists.

For many tourists, the Dominican Republic is nothing more than a beach-centric getaway. To change this, Santo Domingo has invested upwards of $120 million in a massive restoration project in hopes of pulling tourism dollars from the country’s beaches and into the capital. The project focuses on restoring colonial-era homes, installing streetlamps, removing the tangle of electrical wires that hover over streets, and cleaning up trash. To visit the capital city today is to witness a place in transition. As you walk through the Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone), you’ll find cobblestone avenues with colorful facades reminiscent of, say, Cartagena, Colombia, but, just as quickly, you’ll turn and find a run-down looking boulevard waiting for its turn at a makeover.  Before you head to beachside destinations like Samaná to bask in natural attractions like El Limón Waterfall, take a few days to explore the capital city. From its impressive history and architectural charm to its artisan boutiques and gorgeous hotels—here’s why you should spend a few days in Santo Domingo before heading to the beach.