Increasingly hotels are incorporating shopping into their guests’ experiences travel blogger Krista Canfield McNish tells me. Like Paris’ Hotel du Petit Moulin, the boutique hotel designed by Christian Lacroix, which offers a shopping package that includes a three-hour personal shopping tour of Le Marais in cooperation with Localers, a custom tour company.
Like Ou and Wang, Silicon Valley-based Krista Canfield McNish and her husband, Ian, have put their jobs on pause to travel the world. A few years ago, the polar regions wouldn’t have made the cut, but now they’re high priorities out of concerns that they may soon be “unrecognizable,” or even gone. That adds a level of complication for those, like the McNishes, who weigh planetary and cultural concerns when it comes to planning their trips.
“We knew the likelihood that at some point in our lifetime, tigers might be gone,” says Krista about a trip to India. “The fact that we may not see the Jungle Book critter anymore is a crazy thing to ponder.”
But they also try to be mindful of not doing more damage. “We always try and balance that with the other side [that] some of these places are becoming popular, and because they’re becoming popular and accessible, [there’s] the risk that actually too many people are going to go and make it leave faster,” says Ian.
The Cheat Sheet, Flight Attendants Reveal the Things They’re Silently Judging You for
We all wish we had more space on the plane. However, violently reclining your chair won’t make more space magically appear. McNish tells The Cheat Sheet, “In this day and age, legroom isn’t a given. Slamming your back into your seat chair in the hopes it sprouts wings and gives you an extra inch only gives the person behind you bruises on their knees.” Additionally, Czink — the etiquette expert — advises The Cheat Sheet that before you recline your seat, “Ask first, ‘Would you mind if I recline my seat a little?’”
You might be irritated about the lack of legroom. But as McNish notes, “Flying is only as stressful as you let it get. Being angry doesn’t usually get you anywhere faster, so just try your best to be nice to the other folks on your flight.”
France is known for its Champagne and Napa, CA, is known for its wine, but Spain is the place to go if you’re looking to down a cool glass of cava. “Spanish sparkling wine often hails from Catalonia and comes in white or a rose color. It makes the perfect team member for all those delicious spicy Spanish tapas dishes. Unlike pricey Champagne, cava is usually more moderately priced but still high quality, ensuring each sip will go down smoothly,” says Krista Canfield McNish, founder and chief discoverer of FoodWaterShoes.
Reader’s Digest, Fascinating Ice Cream Traditions Around the World
While you reveal a lot about yourself when you order ice cream, you mostly say that you love fun when ordering New Zealand favorite, Hokey Pokey. Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes, an international food site, says that the blend can vary, depending on which shop you visit, but mostly it means plain vanilla ice cream mixed with generous heaps of honeycomb toffee. The outcome is a super rich, creamy ice cream—and it’s delicious, says McNish. It’s popular throughout the North and South islands of New Zealand and even available at grocery stores, with a leading brand called Tip Top’s Hokey Pokey.
TRYING TO SAVE MONEY INSTEAD OF TIME
Are three hours of your precious vacation days more valuable to you than $5? If so, then by all means wait in line and spend half a day trying to navigate the bus system.
“When you’re on vacation, time is your most cherished commodity,” says Krista Canfield McNish of FoodWaterShoes. Her advice?
“Spend a little extra to snag a Lyft. At the end of the day, booking another flight to Rome to see the sites you missed will cost way more than splurging on a taxi ride or two.”
“Throughout her life, Krista Canfield McNish has been lucky enough to scale plenty of world-renowned hikes, including the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, The Circuit in Torres del Paine in Patagonia in Chile, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, but it’s not the hardest hikes that stand out the most in her mind. Instead it was a series of intense climbs that she labels the most “epic” in her trail book. In July 2013, her then-boyfriend, Ian, decided to do an intense hiking challenge for their first trip together.”
“My favorite tip for sleeping well on an airplane is to spray rose water or a fruit extract mist on my face after I brush my teeth in the bathroom. My go to is the Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Spray or Reviva’s rosewater spray (you can find the rosewater spray at almost any Vitamin Shoppe or make your own version at home). The spray keeps my skin hydrated without making it feel greasy the way some lotions do, plus the light scent is quite soothing.” ~Krista Canfield McNish, founder of FoodWaterShoes.com