15 Family Friendly Recipes You Can Make in Your Vacation RentalRecipes
Here's how to please a crowd with a sparely equipped vacation kitchen and avoid washing too many dishes.
Nov 28, 2023
What Is a Continental Breakfast?Skills
Chances are you’ve stayed at a hotel and had the opportunity to try out the continental breakfast at some point in your life. During your stay, however, you’ve probably spent some time wondering what exactly a continental breakfast is or what does it even mean for a breakfast to be “continental”?While it may depend on the hotel itself, in general a continental breakfast typically comes with a set list of expectations.
Oct 25, 2023
7 Things You Should Never Do at the Airport Before a Flight
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Expert cabin crew members and travel bloggers weigh in!
May 12, 2022
3 Ridiculously Smart Things You Need If You Ever Snack in Your Car
Shopping
Including a $7 goo that's sure to pick up every last crumb.
Jul 6, 2021
The 10 Best Beach Snacks at Trader Joe’s, According to One of Our Favorite Instagram FollowsGroceries
While you're packing up your towels, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and SPF, make sure to also bring some some snacks from Trader Joe’s. Here are our top 10 picks.
Jun 10, 2021
5 Things Airbnb Guests Should Always Do (and 3 They Can Skip)Kitchen
Because it's likely been a while since most of you did some traveling.
Jun 7, 2021
5 Things Airbnb Guests Should Always Do (and 3 They Can Skip)Kitchen
Because it's likely been a while since most of you did some traveling.
Jun 7, 2021
The Surprising $7 Gadget That Makes Any Hotel (or Airbnb) Stay Better
Shopping
Finally planning your next trip? Read this first!
May 31, 2021
The Surprising Snack That’s Seriously Perfect for Road Trips and TravelingGroceries
It's probably been a while since you traveled. Allow us to help you pack!
May 30, 2021
The Best Gift to Give Yourself Before Vacation
Tips from The Kitchn
Because most of us are out of practice with this whole "vacation" thing, I'm sharing my single best strategy to ease the transition back to real life.
May 28, 2021
The Best Bagels I’ve Ever Had Are in MainePeople
Growing up outside New York, I was sure I was eating the best bagels in the world. Then I visited a small bakery in South Portland, Maine.
Mar 8, 2021
5 Locals Share the Best Things to Eat in Oakland, CaliforniaPeople
If you are a food-lover, chances are you are familiar, at least in passing, with Oakland, California. Perhaps you’ve flagged the East Bay city as a day trip, a single-day diversion from the main attraction, San Francisco, which is rightly renowned as a mecca for food-lovers. But you’d be wrong to relegate Oakland to the sidelines.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Delicious Excuses to Go to Sag Habor Right NowPeople
I have never been to Sag Harbor in the summer. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I imagine this tiny village pulls in a tony crowd in white linen and nautical stripes. Perhaps they sit at tables on the sidewalk and drink rosé and slurp oysters! And there is nothing wrong with that. I also love rosé (even in winter), and I am quite fond of nautical stripes. But I quite prefer the reality of this little town in the winter.
Dec 17, 2019
3 Signs Your Hotel Bar Is Actually AmazingPeople
We love hotel bars of all ilk — fancy and not-so-fancy, wood-paneled and leather-clad, cozy and candlelit, and airy and bright — but while we have a soft spot for even middling versions, a truly great hotel bar is something rare. It’s something to be noticed and appreciated. Here’s how you know you’ve hit the hotel bar trifecta. And a jacket. Possibly suspenders. His shoes are shined. He probably has silver hair. Or no hair! He is not wearing skinny jeans.
Dec 17, 2019
Delta Air Lines Passengers Are in for a Sweet SurprisePeople
Are you traveling on Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re taking a cross-country flight to surprise your honey? If you’re flying Delta Air Lines, you may be in for a super-sweet surprise. Passengers on select flights between JFK and SFO or LAX will get a mini bottle of La Marca Prosecco with a cute striped straw and … A box of Vosges Haut-Chocolat chocolate truffles! This sweet deal isn’t just for first-class passengers either.
Dec 17, 2019
The Best Thing I Drank in New Orleans (It Wasn’t Boozy)People
There’s no shortage of delicious things to eat and drink in New Orleans. Since I first visited in 2007, it’s become, in my humble opinion, one of the most exciting food cities in the country. While I have my favorite treats that I always seek out (I’m looking at you, beignets and cafe au lait), I’m always discovering something new. On my most recent trip, I stumbled (literally) onto Big Easy ‘Bucha.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Reasons to Escape to the Beach This WeekendPeople
Beach towns in the winter are a magical thing. And I’m not talking about, say, Miami (although 80°F and sunny does sound pretty good right now). No, what I’m talking about are summer beach towns — the ones that swell to bursting come Memorial Day, but for the rest of the year are just regular little villages that happen to be in close proximity to sand and sea. To me, these beach towns are even better in the winter. Here are five reasons why.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Things Everyone Should Do in New OrleansKitchen
Avoid FOMO. Put these 5 things on your list.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Ways to Pretend You’re in New Orleans for Mardi GrasPeople
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras isn’t just a day — it’s a month of celebration with masquerade balls and parades and music and merriment that culminates on “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday and the more somber Lenten season. Today — Lundi Gras — it is not uncommon for locals to go out for a boozy lunch that stretches all the way until dinner.
Dec 17, 2019
Why I Never Bring My Water Bottle When I TravelPeople
If you are a frequent traveler, like I have been at points in my life, packing your bag becomes almost second nature. You don’t have to think about it; you just know what you need (and, just as importantly, what you don’t). Over the years I have made the somewhat controversial decision to leave one item behind: my water bottle. This is not to say I don’t love a cute water bottle or that I don’t hydrate. I do!
Dec 17, 2019
Cacio e Pepe Eggs & Other Brilliant Breakfasts from Fi’lia in MiamiPeople
Breakfast is probably the meal I struggle most with. I want it to be healthy, but also satisfying enough that I don’t feel hungry again by 11 a.m. I want it to be quick and easy, but also, ideally, homemade. I have my go-tos — Irish oatmeal with flax, maple syrup, and a pinch of sea salt and homemade cashew nut milk with dates, cinnamon, and vanilla — but they can start to feel really boring, really fast.
Dec 17, 2019
5 Backpacks That Are Better than Tote BagsKitchen
Until a few months ago, I was firmly in the tote bag camp. Until a few months ago, I couldn’t actually remember the last time I even owned a backpack! Maybe it was in college? Or was it high school when an L.L. Bean bag with your initials monogrammed on it was the “in” thing?
Dec 17, 2019
The Best Irish Coffee Is in New OrleansPeople
It’s St. Patrick’s Day this week, which is a terrific excuse to not only drink green beer and don some plaid, but also to drink Irish coffee. If you ask our assistant food editor Sheela, the best Irish coffee is made by her Uncle Eddie — and we have tested this method and found it to be a winner. Get the recipe: How To Make Irish Coffee But if you ask me, the very best Irish coffee comes from New Orleans.
Dec 17, 2019
A Guide to Ordering & Drinking Cuban CoffeePeople
Stroll down Miami’s Calle Ocho and you’ll pass by any number of coffee windows, or ventanitas. The most famous one is at Versailles, but there’s no shortage on Little Havana’s main drag and elsewhere in Miami. And anywhere you can find a ventanita, you’re likely to find a crowd. That’s because drinking a café cubano is a social activity. Sure, the coffee is good (and sweet!
Dec 17, 2019
A Cocktail Carry-On Kit for Lovers of Rainbows & FlamingosPeople
Carry-on cocktail kits are not new. In fact, this carry-on cocktail kit isn’t even new-new (it’s been around for about a year). But it’s new to me, and I am very, very excited about it. I say this as someone who isn’t generally excited about carry-on cocktail kits or rainbow sprinkles or flamingos. I am stoic in the face of unicorns. But this tiny dose of fun has me doing a little happy dance. Why, you might ask? It’s a good question. And here is my answer.
Dec 17, 2019
Why I Go to the Airport Early. Really Early.People
Until recently, maybe a year ago, I was never someone who went to the airport early. I have never missed a flight (at least through any fault of my own; I cannot be held accountable for the weather in Atlanta), but I have come close — very, very close. My reasoning for not getting to the airport early was simple: I disliked spending time at the airport. Who were these people, I wondered, who arrived hours before their flight? What did they do? Well, now I am one of them.
Dec 17, 2019
JetBlue May Be the Only Airline That Gets Airplane FoodPeople
One might argue that airplane food has made some major strides in the past decade. These improvements are mostly in first class, where partnerships with famous chefs have meant meals and wine that you can actually stomach. But let’s not forget that fact that economy passengers can now get a semi-decent wrap or a box of totally acceptable snacks.
Dec 17, 2019
Vacation Rentals We Love: A Bold Blue Philadelphia KitchenPeople
Vacation Rental: Lokal Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Sleeps: There are six apartment-style rooms, 3 one-bedrooms and 3 two-bedrooms Price: Rates start at $195 Why We Wanna Cook Here: We’re definitely feeling the bold blue look here. In the great debate of hotels vs. vacation rentals, I admit that I am torn. And not because I don’t have strong opinions — I do! I love both so much! Don’t make me pick just one!
Dec 17, 2019
The Best Food You’re Not Eating in San Francisco (but Should Be)People
San Francisco is one of the most exciting food cities in the United States. If you’ve made the trip, chances are you’ve filled your belly with everything from clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and Zuni Cafe’s roast chicken to horchata bubble tea and toast slathered with homemade preserves at The Mill. Maybe you’ve even ventured across the Bay to Oakland, which is quietly gaining a reputation as a serious food destination. (Perhaps even better than San Francisco?
Dec 17, 2019
If You Love Amaro, You Need to Try CardamaroGroceries
The drink of Italian grandpas is the drink you need to try and share with all your friends.
Dec 17, 2019
This Instant Coffee (Yes!) Will Make Any Trip BetterGroceries
Forget everything you think you knew about instant coffee.
Dec 17, 2019
The Surprising Thing You Can Bring Through Airport SecurityPeople
Earlier this year, the TSA released an updated list of foods that you can and can’t bring through airport security. Of course we all know that solid foods are okay, while anything that’s a liquid or gel needs to be 3.4 ounces or less. Anything bigger and it’ll have to go in your checked bag — or the garbage. The complete list of yays and nays was fairly predictable.
Dec 17, 2019
The Best Restaurant in New York May Be on Long IslandPeople
According to the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, the best restaurant in the world is in New York: It’s Eleven Madison Park and, if you’re lucky enough to have $295 for dinner — per person, gratuity included, wine pairings not included — I’m pretty sure you would be in for the meal of your life. If, however, you do not have a collective grand to spend for a lavish tasting menu for two, with wine pairings, I have an alternate contender to propose.
Dec 17, 2019
A Yearly Feast Closes Down Traffic in This Tiny Spanish TownPeople
On the last Friday of September — this year, the 29th — the town of Binissalem completely shuts down for a yearly feast known as “Sopar a la Fresca.” It means dine outside and that’s exactly what the residents of this tiny Mallorcan village do. They take to the streets, set up simple wooden or plastic tables, and sup on noodles and lamb.
Dec 17, 2019
Book Your Flight to Scandinavia Today & Kids Fly (Almost) FreePeople
You already know that October is a really, really good time to go to EuropeFikatoasthyggeIKEA Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is offering free fares for kids aged 2 to 11 from all U.S. SAS destinations — L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami — to Scandinavia and Finland. (In actual seats, not on your lap or in a suitcase.) Well, almost free.
Dec 17, 2019
The Cheap & Easy Dinner Tradition I Brought Home from PortugalPeople
The best thing I brought home from Portugal wasn't a port, sardines, or an egg custard tart.
Dec 17, 2019
All the Best Things I Ate in Toronto (i.e., Why You Need to Go Now)People
As an avid traveler and eater, I’m always on the lookout for the next great food destination, big or small, domestic or international. Will Bloomington, Indiana be the next Austin, Texas? Is Madrid poised to steal the culinary crown from Barcelona? Toronto has been on my radar for some time now. Vogue called the Canadian city the world’s next culinary hotspot, and one of Montreal’s top chef’s said he thinks Toronto has the best food in Canada.
Dec 17, 2019
Here’s What Your Airplane Seat Choice Says About YouPeople
We’re all familiar with this scenario: You bought the cheapest ticket at the very last minute and when you go to choose your seat, there aren’t any left. It will be assigned at the gate, they say. This is code for: You’re sitting in the last row in the middle seat. I’m pretty sure there is no one who would actually choose this seat. But what happens when you do get to choose? Do you choose the window or the aisle? In my experience, people tend to have strong opinions.
Dec 17, 2019
The Best-Value Vacation Destination Is in Eastern EuropePeople
2018 is right around the corner and the question on my mind is: Where will I go on vacation next year? I have my eye on Puglia (you have to see these photos) for an off-the-grid spot that’s still easy on my wallet. If I’m feeling more adventurous, I’m thinking Mexico City — and specifically this one neighborhood — but according to Lonely Planet, there’s another destination that should be on my radar. Can you guess what it is?
Dec 17, 2019
The $6 Knife That Makes Me Feel Like I'm in Scandinavia
Shopping
So fancy!
Oct 7, 2019
8 IKEA Finds That Do Double Duty as Travel EssentialsKitchen
These items may be designed for use in the kitchen, but they're actually pretty handy when you're on the road.
Sep 11, 2019
An Insta-Famous Bakery Just Whipped Up a Luggage Line for Away—and We Want Every Color
Shopping
This suitcase collaboration is, dare we say, kind of delicious.
Sep 11, 2019
3 Rules of Travel Souvenirs (or How to Avoid Bringing Home Junk)People
One of my very favorite parts of travel is bringing that experience back with me and enjoying it in my home. Sometimes we need a dose of a different destination (i.e., to imagine life outside of crying toddlers or sticky kitchens), when getting on a plane isn’t in the cards. That’s why every time I travel I set aside part of my trip budget for a special find that triggers memories whenever I need to be transported (even for a second).
Jun 6, 2019
Foodie Dream Vacation: Spend a Week in Julia Child’s Home in FranceKitchen
As if vacationing in the French countryside wasn’t already swoon-worthy enough, the coolest accommodations a home cook could ever ask for just hit the Airbnb market: Julia Child’s Provencal home, La Peetch! I tend to avoid my hotel when I travel, but this discovery might change things. Can you imagine how cool it would be to cook in what was once Julia’s kitchen?
May 30, 2019
5 Things to Look for When Booking an Airbnb with FamilyPeople
Once you start traveling with kids, you develop a deeper appreciation for the vacation rental. Beyond the obvious amenities like kitchens with full-sized fridges and bath tubs, these rentals have more space for the kids to run around and also to give you some peace and quiet to relax. Hey, it’s your vacation too, right?
May 24, 2019
Dreaming of Margaritas in Mexico? This Tiny, Affordable Home Is for You.People
Vacation Rental: Casa Tiny in Puerto Escondido Sleeps: 2 people Price: $82 per night Why We Wanna Cook Here: Glamping meets gourmet kitchen. If you’ve ever wanted to spend a few days off the grid, this is the place to do it. Located in Punta Altares, a 30-minute drive from the bustling beach haven of Puerto Escondido, Casa Tiny was modeled after the simple living practices depicted in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.
May 24, 2019
This Is the Best Vacation Rental Site for FamiliesPeople
I used to spent hours poring over vacation rental listings on sites like Airbnb and VRBO looking for places that were comfortable and kid-friendly for my family of four. It’s completely possible, as long as you know what to look for, but it’s also time-consuming. Then I discovered Kid & Coe, a website dedicated to family-friendly vacation rentals around the world.
May 24, 2019
5 Things I Brought Back from Mexico CityTools
A couple of years ago, I was in dire need of a vacation and impulsively booked a trip to Mexico City. I spent a leisurely 10 days stalking its streets, barreling through its subway tunnels, and eating as many types of its ridiculously fresh, impeccably prepared street foods as my stomach could handle. With so many days spent in just one place, I felt I was truly able to get to know the city, its flavors, and its people, including one in particular.
May 24, 2019
Five New Cooking Habits I Brought Back from RomePeople
It’s hard to go anywhere in Italy and not return home with a new outlook on your cooking. I’m lucky to have been many times, each visit bringing fresh ideas to the recipes I develop and the ways I approach life in general. It’s easy to say that the Italians have it down. Here’s the thing about Rome in particular: it’s so beautiful, everything tastes good.
May 24, 2019
10 Paris Food Secrets the Guidebooks Won’t Tell You AboutPeople
If I were to guess which city had the most guidebooks written about it, my guess would be Paris. Paris is, after all, the city many romanticize, regardless of whether or not they have actually been there. There is a charm to Paris, a pull for many travelers — it’s a city full of quirks, mystery, hidden streets, and tucked-away gardens. But as a resident of Paris, I am here to tell you: the guidebooks don’t tell you everything.
May 24, 2019
This Is What You Should Know Before You Go to IndiaPeople
Whenever you’re traveling somewhere new, local customs can be daunting (and sometimes go completely over your head without your knowledge). India, with its awesome breadth of color, noise, and exuberance, can be especially overwhelming at times. This list offers a general rundown of some things to know before you go. By all means, I see this as a starting-off point — feel free to add more in the comments below. Happy trails!
May 24, 2019
I Spent 21 Hours on a Houseboat in KeralaPeople
When you plan a trip to a country as vast and varied as India, there are unlimited routes to take. Stay up north and explore the “Golden Triangle” (Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur); spend time in a tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh; escape to an ashram in Pune — the options are endless.
May 24, 2019
Goa Ahead, Fall in Love with This Pantry Staple from IndiaPeople
Earlier this year, I traded the frigid New York-Paris grind for a tiny beach hut in Goa. Situated on the Arabian Sea, midway down India’s southwest coast, the former Portuguese enclave is known for its miles of beaches and (for lack of a better word) enthusiastic full-moon parties.
May 24, 2019
This Is What You Should Know Before You Go to CubaKitchen
Restored diplomatic relations and relaxed travel restrictions mean that it’s now considerably easier to visit Cuba. But what does that mean exactly, and what should you expect once you get there? Here’s what you need to know about traveling to and staying in Cuba.
May 24, 2019
Solo Travel Is the Best Travel — Here’s WhyPeople
The first time I traveled alone I was just 12 years old. It was a baptism of sorts that set the tone for an itinerant future. (Ten years later I would find myself alone on the Eastern coast of China, wondering if I’d finally gone too far.) Solitude tests you — your resourcefulness, level-headedness, and ability to budget. And if you find yourself lacking in any or all of those departments, it can be reassuring to find that it’s still not the end of the world.
May 24, 2019
Can You Bring a Turkey on a Plane? And Other TSA Questions Answered.People
Every family has their own Thanksgiving customs, but there is one tradition that unites us all: standing in line at airport security. The TSA is as much a part of the holiday as pumpkin pie. It is beautiful, in a way. America may be more divided than ever, and yet all of us must stand together, forever, holding our quart-sized plastic bags.
May 24, 2019
The Best Travel Accessory for Food-LoversTools
Make sure your phone always has enough juice, so you can Instagram your dinner — no matter what.
May 24, 2019
6 Travel-Inspired Cookbooks for the Adventurous CookGroceries
Even if your loved one didn't make it to China or to tour Germany's bakeries this year, she can still bring some of those exciting flavors to her table with these new titles.
May 24, 2019
The Drive-Thru Daiquiri: A Weird Yet Wonderful New Orleans TraditionPeople
Visiting New Orleans as a Midwesterner, everything is new: the swampy heat, the “For Sale” signs that also specify “Haunted” or “Not Haunted,” the casual spookiness that is embedded in everything from the omnipresent graveyards to the ready-made voodoo dolls. Oh, and the drinking laws.
May 24, 2019
A Surprisingly Awesome IKEA Find for TravelersPeople
At Kitchn, we are big fans of IKEA. It is, after all, the inventor of the RÅSKOG utility cart. But the Swedish superstore is no one-trick pony! It delights and amazes outside the home as well. In fact, an $18 IKEA find is the best travel companion that’s ever hit the road with me. (No offense to past travel buddies!) It was love at first sight when I saw this FÖRENKLA shoulder bag hanging on the wall at IKEA. I adore the color, the functionality, and the smart design.
May 24, 2019
A Food-Lover’s Guide to St. Croix, the Most Affordable Caribbean IslandPeople
A few weeks ago, my husband Peter and I ran off to St. Croix for a few days with little expectations, plans, or clothes. (You know, 80-degree weather and all.) To make things even more unexpected, I became a vegetarian two weeks before our trip. My husband blames Lent; I blame my need to be difficult (for fun). Along with St. John and St. Thomas, St. Croix is one of the United States Virgin Islands, which means you don’t need a passport to get there.
May 24, 2019
The Dumbest Thing I Brought Back from My Greek HoneymoonPeople
When my husband and I decided to go to Greece for our honeymoon, a lot of our friends and family were jealous. I didn’t blame them — Unmarried Me was jealous of Future Me, too! To help ease the sting (and thank everyone for all they did for us during wedding planning), we knew we wanted to bring back souvenirs for everyone. We wanted to get everyone the same thing (to make things a little easier for ourselves!
May 24, 2019
The Best Travel Bag Every Food-Lover Should OwnPeople
As a frequent traveler, I pass hundreds of suitcases a month, and I’ll often ask a fellow nomad what makes her bag perfect. Of course, no such unicorn exists — one traveler’s Tumi Continental, after all, is another’s albatross. Personally, I find the boxiness of a hardshell irksome, with its inability to conform both to bulky contents and to the curves of my body.
May 24, 2019
The Best Bourbons for $20 and UnderGroceries
Being a bourbon enthusiast can get expensive, so I've learned how to do it without too much damage to my checking account. Here are eight favorites you'll find on my bar.
May 24, 2019
The Best Travel Snack for Kids Is Cereal. Here’s Why.People
Packing for a trip with my daughter means a suitcase that’s equal parts clothes, entertainment, and food. The food part is oh-so-necessary to keep little (and big) tummies full and blood sugar levels steady. We bring stuff from home so that we don’t succumb to the expensive snack kiosks at the airport.
May 24, 2019
The Second Most Popular Wedding Registry Item (After a Stand Mixer)People
If you were put on the spot and had to guess the most popular item so far for 2017 on the wedding registry website Zola, could you guess it? You’d probably get it right and guess a KitchenAid stand mixer, yeah? And not because we told you in the title of this post! You just know it’s a safe bet. “You cannot go wrong gifting a couple a KitchenAid stand mixer.
May 24, 2019
Gluten-Free Girl’s 5 Essential Travel TipsSkills
You want to get away. You want to eat some of the best food of your life, on the road, in a car with the windows rolled down. You want to feel free. Unfortunately, when you have to eat gluten-free, travel is rarely that spontaneous. You never know if you’re going to find much you can eat in a gas station off the highway (Fritos are gluten-free). Walk into a diner in the middle of the country and you might be met with confused stares when you ask to see a gluten-free menu.
May 24, 2019
Why I’ll Always Choose Hotels Over Vacation HomesPeople
When I had kids, I was told my longstanding relationship with hotels was over. So long, lavender-scented cold towels! Bye-bye, crisp sheets! See ya, infinity pool! Arrivederci, lobby bar of my dreams! It was nice knowing you. Based on the advice of many parents I know, vacation homes seemed to be the only option in the 2.0 version of my life. “When you have a family, it’s just easier with a kitchen, you’ll see,” they told me.
May 24, 2019