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Fascinating Finland: The Cult of the Sauna

by Chris on October 24, 2011

No one loves a sauna like the Finns. A look at Finnish sauna culture.
Finnish sauna

In September, I made my first trip to Scandinavia when I took the train throughout Finland, hitting Helsinki, Lapland and a few other towns. In a way, though, it seemed quite familiar; the result of growing up in Minnesota. All throughout my trip, people kept mistaking me for a native Finn, even though I never […]


Looking for things to do in Hungary? A visit to Széchenyi thermal bath in Budapest.
Széchenyi thermal bath, Budapest

By Michael K. Lavers, Contributing Writer What’s the best way to counter sleep deprivation from a late night out in Budapest? By taking the waters at Széchenyi thermal bath in the Hungarian capital. Széchenyi is a complex of a dozen thermal baths and five swimming pools in Budapest’s City Park, the largest medicinal bath in Europe. […]


The Kardashian moment of my #VisitLanai trip: creating a signature scent at the Four Seasons Resort of Manele Bay in Lanai
Signature scent, Four Seasons at Manele Bay, Lanai, #VisitLanai

I’m not exactly a girly girl. My manicures chip, my makeup wears off  and now that I’m in Seattle, I wear too many hoodies. Yet my secret diva self is much like Kim Kardashian – and I love experiences that are custom built to my  tastes (I mean, really, who doesn’t?) So when I found […]

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Interested in participating in a temazcal or sweat lodge ceremony in Mexico? Here’s a few things you might want to know before you go.
Temezcal, Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

There’s a part of me that’s always been curious about Native American rituals, dating back to when I spent part of my junior year of college interning at a newspaper in Tucson, Arizona. When I came back to campus, I decorated my apartment with cacti, read way too much Carlos Castenada, and even signed up […]