It has been a long 12 months, and now that spring is here, lots of us are making a beeline for the nearest hiking trail. Freedom! What better way to celebrate than fresh air and exercise, plus stunning natural views while backpacking through some of the world’s best trails? Our correspondent Tomas White has curated a list of 8 of the best adventure travel hikes, hiking and backpacking trails in the world for a vacation this summer 2021, including trekking trips and scenic tours. Just don’t wait too long! Given the pent-up demand, you’ll need to plan ahead for any post-pandemic trips you’re dreaming of taking later this year.
Summer is not cancelled this year! Hurray! For classical music and opera fans, we’re happy to share the news that many of our favorite summer festivals are on. Our intrepid correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has a roundup of 13 marvelous classical music and opera festivals in Europe and America to put on your calendar now for summer 2021.
One of the many hot products during the socially-distanced days of the Great Lockdowns around the world has been bicycles. In fact, bikes are so popular that it’s still difficult to get your hands on one. But no worries. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 10 of the best luxury bike brands for cycling in style 2021, including cruisers and electric, and tips on how to find one to buy right now.
Our best photos of the late winter New York Botanical Garden’s Spotlight on Orchids 2021, this year’s take on the NYBG annual Orchid Show.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a joyful time, and it can also be a perfect time to take a mini-vacation. But where to go? The top trips have some historic or thematic tie to the holiday, and a luxurious hotel to stay in, and at least one fantastic party, or parade, or wild bacchanalia. Good food and drink are preferred, but not required. If money is no object, and you can get away for a few days, here’s our surprising list of the 10 best trips to the top places in the world for a vacation to celebrate Irish heritage and Saint Patrick’s Day this year.