Mashpi Lodge in the garden of Ecuador—a megadiverse campus

Hotel room windows outdoing flat-screen televisions at Mashpi Lodge

Forget the steamy image of a jungle-encased adventure lodge with creaky wooden floors and rustic bathrooms. Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge’s spare-but-luxurious cubist layout could double as a contemporary art museum, but draped in rainforest trimmings. The striking basecamp, which appears to be more suited for a Malibu, CA, cliffside, showcases the cloud forest with immense floor-to-ceiling windows, a […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 23, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Extended for another month: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! ( contest) Win your dream trip in Switchfly’s Twitter Dream Destination Contest Win an all-inclusive trip for two to a concert in Cancun Win a trip for two to explore the Philippines Win a 7-night trip for two […]

Galápagos Touring 101

Bartolomé Island

I recently took an Intrepid tour to the Galápagos Islands. For those of you who don’t know, they’re located about a thousand miles off the Ecuadorian coast in the Pacific Ocean—and famous as the place that Charles Darwin got the idea that we are all descended from chimps. Chuck was in fact so impressed with his […]

Travel Style: Jessica Ambats


Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without. Name: Jessica Ambats Occupation: Aviation Photographer Hometown: New York City Residence: Low Earth Orbit Website: Twitter: @jessicaambats Facebook: /jessica.ambats Google+: […]

Travel Contests: Week of July 31, 2013

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills pool

This week’s travel contests include: Win two nights, dinner and two spa treatments at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Win an EatWith experience in New York (and be flown there for free) Win a trip to Australia Win a three-night road trip and $3,000 Win a five-night stay from Myths & […]