Princes’ Islands: Refuge from Istanbul

by Monica Fritz, Context Travel A horse drawn carriage, or phaeton, on the Princes’ IslandsTayfun Sen / Foter.com / CC BY-NC It’s amazing to think that only a short ferry ride away from the metropolis of Istanbul lies a peaceful oasis: The Princes’ Islands, where elegant Art Nouveau mansions tower over the Marmara Sea and the sole…

Destination Wedding Testimonial

In the modern age of self serve airline and price comparison websites, I am used to sacrificing convenience for cost, and my time for a deal. But when my husband and I began planning a wedding in Paris from Washington, DC, with all the moving parts we really needed a real person to help us…

Viceroy Maldives – The Definition of Paradise

In the shimmering water of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are home to some of the most amazing beaches in the world. With crystal blue waters and pristine white sand, this constellation of islands provide the perfect sanctuary for a secluded getaway. The Viceroy Maldives, a luxury resort on the northern edge, is spread across…

U.S. Boutique Hotel Hot List

Boutique Hotels have emerged as the hottest accommodation option for travelers all over the world, and are popping up everywhere in the United States. They typically have between 10 and 100 rooms and often contain luxury facilities in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Unlike a larger hotel, boutique hotels typically make their…

5 Exotic Passport-Free Getaway Options

Are you looking for a tropical getaway where you don’t need a passport? Here are five great options that you will not need a passport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Puerto Rico – A quick flight from Miami, Puerto Rico blends Spanish, Indian and African influences into an intoxicating atmosphere including miles of…