The Roundup

How to Be a Better Traveler in 2019

by Team Popupla
Zuri Photo courtesy of Zuri Zanzibar.

Welcome to the new year. We're here to help you keep those travel resolutions with advice and anecdotes for keeping cool, learning more, traveling farther, and going out on a limb.

Zuri Zanzibar
Photo courtesy of Zuri Zanzibar.

Good Vibes Meet Good Intentions at Zuri Zanzibar

Zanzibar
Community comes first — but not second to style — at Zanzibar's chic, green, and socially aware retreat.

Loma de Vida.
Photo courtesy of Loma de Vida.

Weightlessness, Libra Tables, Stress Assessments, Ionizers: 4 Next-Level Spa Treatments That Might Just Change Your Life

California, Florida, Texas
When it comes to spas, even the most devoted brand loyalist can be tempted to stray. And when that happens? Well, it's incredibly relaxing.

Africa Safarai
Photo by Eric Monkaba.

Ask the Travel Expert: I Want to Go on Safari. Where Do I Even Begin?

African Safari
We love ambitious, far-ranging trips, but they can be difficult to plan and often require a liaison and fixer who really understands the lay of the land for foreign travelers. In our new series, Expert Advice, we ask travel advisors and agents the most frequently asked travel questions to help you plan that once-in-a-lifetime getaway. Here, Eric Monkaba of word-of-mouth consultancy Tripscaper, tackles the African safari — where to go, when to go, and how to do it. 

Tokyo, Japan
Photo by Larkin Clark.

No Plus One? No Problem: 12 Safe Cities to Visit Alone

If you're not sure whether you are ready to dive into a solo trip, start by wading through this list of safe (but not lame) cities around the world. 

South Luangwa National Park.
Photo courtesy of South Luangwa National Park.

We Unplugged on Vacation. Yes, We Survived.

"Luxury" is a word that gets tossed around in the travel space so often it's become meaningless. High thread counts, personal butler services, champagne on arrival: These are all nice touches, but they don't make or break a vacation. Increasingly, what does matter when traveling is how disconnected we feel from what we left at home. If you check your work email — rationalizing that you "just to make sure everything is okay" — you're not on vacation. You're in a neither-here-nor-there limbo. When you feel tied to what you leave behind, you're never truly gone.

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