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53 Hotels With Completely Over-the-Top Holiday Decorations

Deck the halls from coast to coast.

The holidays are here, which means it’s officially time to deck the halls, trim the trees, and brighten up the night with lights. But there’s no vacancy for Scrooge at these hotels across North America, which host some of the most spectacular opportunities to raise a toast to the season. From the most massive (and admittedly edible) gingerbread creations to the best holiday-filled places to enjoy a spirit, the sweetest “Santa Suites,” and the tallest towering Christmas trees—here’s a collection of the best destinations to enjoy some fabulous festivities and have the chance to the spend the night.

Adventurers Beware: The 9 Most Dangerous Jungles in the World

You've been warned!

Jungles are stunning. Boasting mind-blowing biodiversity, inhabited by the most beautiful creatures on Earth, concealing some of the most spectacular natural treasures, they have long been one of the most exciting things to visit in this world. But they can be immensely dangerous for humans. Be it animals, flora, or weather conditions, jungles live by their own rules. And in the majority of cases, these rules are too tough for the ordinary human being to handle. Often disrespecting these laws means injury, illness, and subsequent death. Jungles are to be treated with respect. Some are to be avoided altogether. We’d like to take you on an adrenaline-infused journey to the latter. 

20 Amazing Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Here's 20 gifts perfect for anyone and everyone on your list.

After a doozy of a year, we’ve slowly yet surely, ever so trepidatiously, made it off of our couches and back out there. From trips big and small, to flights far and wide, travel is back. And this time of year, as we reflect, make our lists, check them twice (and try to figure out how to pronounce “Omicron”) we realize there’s much to celebrate. But our biggest reason to exclaim “joy to the world” might be the reunions we’ve gotten with loved ones, cherished friends, and family who make our journeys that more special. Wondering what to gift them? We’ve got you. From fun, nifty gadgets, to germaphobe-friendly kits, from outdoors-y gear to something for the Disney Adult™ in your life, we’ve found amazing gifts for everyone on your list. Still stumped? Check out our Gifts That Bring the World To Your Door Guide. Happy gifting and don’t be afraid to forward this list to someone who needs a little hint.

12 Feel-Good Romance Novels to Curl up With This December

‘Tis the season for those warm and fuzzy feelings.

Romance novels are my antidote to hard news and harder reality. Want to shut off the loop of climate change, coronavirus, air quality, death, and terror? Pick up something by a romance novelist, and let them weave a story that will give comfort and hope.  The assurance of a happy ending is a balm to the soul. I remember reading Nicholas Sparks’ Message in a Bottle as a young teen and getting disenchanted by the romance genre because his book bruised my heart. But I’ve since discovered that there are sub-genres in romance and they don’t make you cry for days on end. The opposite, in fact, is true. A good happily ever after (HEA) will make you giddy, and a well-written protagonist will cause a flutter of butterflies in your stomach.  Contrary to popular belief, the romance genre is not fluff at all. There are emotional scars, deep backgrounds, character arcs, angst, and everyday issues that complex people go through in these novels. It’s a powerful genre and one of the best selling around the world.  In this list, I’m suggesting a few common tropes such as office romance, enemies to lovers, second chance romance, marriage of convenience, and fake relationships. These feel-good romance novels will be great companions this winter season, so bring out that weighted blanket and fluffy socks, and make yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Things are about to get mushy.

12 Holiday Gift Ideas That Bring the World to Your Doorstep

From flavors to smells, these presents promise to transport your loved ones to places far away.

In 2021, we saw the world of travel triumphantly begin to open back up after a year of bans, restrictions, and lockdowns. As COVID vaccines jabbed arms and travel bookings rose exponentially, people were eager to return to globetrotting. Yet despite the progress we’ve made, with the rise of new variants and limited access to the vaccine in various countries, the pandemic continues to rage on. For the loved ones in your life who are not yet ready or comfortable to travel just yet, we’ve got the perfect gift ideas. The following presents promise to bring the traditions of China, the smells of Scandinavia, the taste of Japan, and the feel of Guatemala to your doorstep this holiday season—all without boarding a plane.