It’s the height of summer, and we’ve definitely caught the travel bug. Sure, we’re stuck deskside, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming of destinations worthy of jet-setting. Here are four W Hotels hot spots currently topping our list.

W-Hotel_MaldivesFirst stop, an overwater bungalow at the W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. There are white-sand beaches. Turquoise lagoons. Breathtaking reefs. And did we mention it’s on its own private island? Enough said.

W-Hotel_SeoulPerched on the slope of Mount Acha with views of the Han river, W Seoul – Walkerhill fuses the city’s energy with a cool, laid-back vibe. Exhibit A: the color-splashed WET deck where relaxation meets pop art.

W Hotel AmsterdamW Amsterdam may not be opening until September 21, but we’re beyond excited. Partygoers (and human chess pieces) around the globe have already started celebrating. Plus, we can’t wait for signature cocktails with views of Dam Square.

W-Hotel_LALast stop, W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills. We’ll leave the passports at home and check in to this newly renovated hotel to unwind. Daytime agenda = a private cabana, poolside (with a selfie or two to commemorate). Nighttime agenda = DJ beats and the Sunset Strip.

Can’t make it to one of these locations but want a piece of the lifestyle? Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opens Thursday, August 6, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas Waters, Associate Content Editor

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August 6, 2015

The concept of a build-your-own-salad is one our tastebuds support. And with spring break on the horizon, we suggest applying that same logic to packing your carry-on. Choose items from each of the four categories below to avoid checked-baggage fees. That well-organized suitcase? It’s only a few steps away.

Carry-On Checklist

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March 13, 2015

The days of squeezing your precious Kérastase shampoo into little plastic bottles from the drugstore – or worse, tossing it at airport security – will soon be a distant memory. A TSA administrator recently divulged to the Chicago Tribune that, at some point in the indefinite future, the 3.4-ounce restriction for carry-on liquids will be lifted. Cue the celebratory cheers.

While the TSA is keeping mum on a timeline, we do know only those who participate in the TSA Pre✓™ program will reap the benefit. Look into that application process here.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 25, 2014

The Hostess City of the South has probably been on your travel bucket list for a while now. But if you’re looking for a few more reasons to book that flight, read on below.


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July 13, 2014

The musts for any getaway? These five apps that will essentially do the thinking for you. Vacation is a time to escape and take a (much-needed) break, so kick back, relax, and let them work their magic. I can already picture you on the beach with an ice-cold drink in your hand.

Top 5 Travel AppsImage via Inc.

1. Packing ProThere is nothing worse than getting to the airport – or, better yet, opening your suitcase in Paris – and realizing you’ve forgotten something. I mean, who wants to buy another rain jacket you’ll never wear again? This app allows for customizable lists and iCloud syncing to ensure nothing is left behind.

2. Free Wi-Fi FinderThis app from JiWire, featured above, is a dream come true. You can quickly and easily locate a Wi-Fi hot spot, then get directions there. Boom! You’re connected, wherever you are. Which means, don’t fret – you can upload those just-filtered-enough Instagram photos after all.
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June 24, 2014

Let’s play a game of would you rather. Would you rather jog on the beach or hike through pine-crested mountains? Get a luxurious massage or learn how to prepare a gourmet meal? Escape to quaint New England or buzzing Las Vegas?

Have your answers? Good. Now make it all happen with the help of Canyon Ranch® – a 35-year-strong health and wellness pioneer. Here’s your guide.

Canyon Ranch Escapes

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March 11, 2014

Summer brings out the wanderlust in everyone. Adventure on!

1. Pools. Oceans. Lakes. We’re going to need new swimsuits for all of this water.

2. Climbing trees totally counts as exercise.

3. Some places are better left untouched.

4. Candy-colored buildings and long, winding stairs.

5. A little of this. A little of that. All in a day’s travel.

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July 30, 2013

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It’s road-trip time. From Boston to Phoenix, behold: a collection of inspiration for your next weekend getaway. Pack the car, turn on some tunes (“Hot town, summer in the city…”), and make way for the highway.

1. Chicago is the place to be when temps soar. Catch a game at Wrigley Field, then cool down in Lake Michigan.

2. Walk The Highline, shop Brooklyn Flea, and go on a pizza tour? Please, take us to New York. Today.

3. Nothing says summer quite like palm trees set against the sunset in Miami’s South Beach.

4. Had enough humidity? Head to the dry heat of Phoenix. Canyons, cacti, and local flavors, like green chili sauce and jerk chicken.

5. And finally, visit Boston – our hometown – for North End cannoli, Newbury Street, and the breezy Public Garden (along with its tulips and swan boats).

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June 18, 2013

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1. Harper’s BAZAAR’s library of iconic fashion moments never fails to leave us breathless.

2. We’re letting our hair down after reviewing some pro tips.

3. It’s time to book a flight. To all these places. Immediately.

4. We would so cook more often if our kitchens looked this good.

5. This board of lace, cutouts, and prints has us scouring our closets for mix-and-match brilliance.

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June 4, 2013

Meet the only city on earth that straddles two continents: Istanbul. I’m sure you’ve met it before. In guide books. On rogue episodes of Anthony Bourdain. Thick photo spreads in National Geographic. The world’s abuzz with this suddenly-trending place. But don’t jet off quite yet. First, read up on all you need to know about the city, told by the very best source out there – a local. Here, Istanbul native and Northeastern University Master’s graduate, Gökçe Dündar, fills us in on everything to know about the city she loves most.


Must-see sites: Don’t miss European Side – especially hanging out under the Galata Bridge. The bridge itself forms a link between the two sides of European Istanbul, while its lower deck is home to restaurants, bars, and teahouses with ringside waterfront seating for boat watching. Before you leave, visit Topkapı Palace, too – the oldest and largest palace in the world since 1465. At least half a day is needed to explore it. It’s giant. During 400 hundred years of reign, each sultan added a different section or hall to the palace, depending on his taste or on the needs of the time.

Quick eat: In a rush? Go to Ali Baba’nin boat at Rumelihisari and get grilled fish sandwich or, as we call it, balık ekmek. Unforgettable. 

Street food: Want authentic? Try kumpir – a baked-potato dish and one of the city’s most beloved street foods. The baked potato gets married with fresh butter and kashar (traditional Turkish cheese), and then you point out your choice of toppings to be added next: hotdog slices, corn, pickles, olives, and kisir (a Bulgur dish). Last touch is a spicy red-pepper sauce. It is known by everyone that the best baked potato of Istanbul can be found in Ortaköy.

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May 21, 2013