Enjoying Budapest’s Thermal Baths: Tips for First-timers

Thermal baths are a distinct part of Hungarian culture, and while a visit to one can be pretty intimidating to a first-timer, it will also be one of the most rewarding experiences on your trip if you forgo your initial shyness and plunge right in.

Esalen: An Advanced California Experience

The Esalen Institute is known throughout California as the home of Esalen massage technique, a forerunner and cutting-edge player in ecological living, and a space to retreat from the world and build a new and better sense of self. Visitors journey from all over the state and beyond to sink into the haven that’s sometimes called “The New Age Harvard.”

Plan a trip to Manuel Antonio

Immediately southeast of Quepos, a road climbs sharply over the forested headland of Punta Quepos before dropping down to the evolving beachfront community of Manuel Antonio.

Costa Rica Hot Springs in Zona Norte

Costa Rica is worth visiting for its many hot springs alone. While you’re relaxing in one of these warm pools, take in the sight of the grand Arenal Volcano. Erin Van Rheenen outlines several locations, including Tabacón Hot Springs, Ecotermales Fortuna, and Baldi Hot Springs.

Exploring Brazil’s Cocoa Coast: Ilhéus

Today, traces of the legacy of the “colonels” can be glimpsed by wandering among the handful of grandiose mansions and civic buildings of Ilhéus’s small historical center. Surrounded by native Atlantic forest and, to the north and south, boasting some attractive white-sand beaches—Ilhéus is well worth exploring.