Michael & Therese

Award-winning travel writers and photographers, Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian, use words, art, video and photography to inspire you to embark on your own travel adventures. They are members of the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association, the Society of American Travel Writers, and the Adventure Travel Trade Association.
Three Asian luxury hotels that stand out + 3 more

Three Asian luxury hotels that stand out + 3 more

When our luxury travel experts recommend Asian luxury hotels, it’s not just because the hotel boasts 5-star status. They personally check out each hotel. Here are the Asian luxury hotels that stood out in 2016 – Phum Baitang, Amanemu, Jamtara Wilderness Camp, Villa Mahabhirom, The Upper House, and Jawai Leopard Camp.

An exotic taste of Latin America in Cartagena, Colombia

An exotic taste of Latin America in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia, promises an exotic taste of Latin America even if you only have a week or less of vacation time. What you’ll discover: some of the best seafood of your life (so good, Anthony Bourdain counted it among his top picks); colorful streets that ooze Spanish-colonial charm and beg to be photographed; regionally made, artisan keepsakes such as wide-brimmed straw hats and iconic mochila bags; boutique properties so sumptuous and inviting they feel more like a stay at your friend’s historical mansion than a hotel; and day trips to remote islands for snorkeling and seafood straight from the ocean to the grill.

Lost in Translation: Funny Chinese English on warning signs

Lost in Translation: Funny Chinese English on warning signs

The eleven signs with funny Chinese English in this post are part of our second offering in a series of stories on funny Chinese-to-English translation fails. If you missed it, be sure to check out “Lost in Translation: Fire warnings become funny Chinese signs.” Now, without further ado, funny Chinese signs with extremely humorous translation fails focused on warning the public about something or other.

Lost in Translation: Fire warnings become funny Chinese English signs

Lost in Translation: Fire warnings become funny Chinese English signs

Funny Chinese English translation fails are legendary and the stuff that inspires countless online spoofs, digital highlights, published humor books and even plays. You don’t have to spend more than a few hours in China before funny Chinese English signs and translations begin to leap out at you inspiring raised eyebrows, giggles and even outbursts of laughter. Enjoy this one with funny Chinese English signs for fire warnings.

Florida’s hidden gems: 10 more reasons to visit

Florida’s hidden gems: 10 more reasons to visit

There are plenty quiet and magical places sans crowds in Florida if you know where to look — places we like to refer to as Florida’s hidden gems. Rest assured that when Ponce de León first arrived in Florida in 1513 he wasn’t greeted by Walt Disney or Mickey Mouse. You too can get to Florida and not just find theme parks or senior citizens’ specials. The Sunshine State has hidden gems that whisk you way beyond the expected.

Teddy & Friends: traveling stuffed animals

Teddy & Friends: traveling stuffed animals

Traveling stuffed animals are perfect travel partners and friends. They never complain and are always ready for the next adventure, the next photo opportunity, or a really good restaurant. They listen intently to your every word. They are a constant reminder that imagination and a sense of humor inspire smiles and connections with strangers around the world. They travel free and often serve as a trip mascot, no matter what trip you are on. And they are always ready to offer a hug.

Business Trip Packing Tips: Fight wrinkles & worry

Business Trip Packing Tips: Fight wrinkles & worry

Ease your travel stress with our business trip packing tips. Traveling for business is challenging enough, even for frequent flyers. Trudging on and off planes, trains and automobiles while schlepping clothes and gear is hard. Mix in being forced to mingle with coworkers in hotels, restaurants and airport lounges – people you may hardly know outside of the office — and even the best of us can feel discombobulated. There are ways to fight the stress, however. It starts with packing light, as we detailed in our recent article, Packing light: smart load-trimming tips.

Author: Michael Hodgson & Therese Iknoian