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Been There, Do This: Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Connecticut

Been There, Do This: Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Connecticut

My family prides itself on a strong sense of tradition. Sundays, for example, have always been reserved for homemade buttermilk pancakes. Saturdays are for little league baseball games. But perhaps my favorite tradition of all is an annual one: a summer’s day at Lake Compounce, an amusement park in Bristol, Conn.

Flying Business Class With Qatar Airways

Flying Business Class With Qatar Airways

Though I’ve long lost count of the number of flights under my belt, I still find myself staring in wonder through the plane window each time. Despite this gratitude, I’ll (sheepishly) admit that a flight lasting 10-plus hours is not my favorite thing. However, when I flew from Dallas to Doha, Qatar, with the award-winning Qatar Airways, a part of me actually didn’t want to leave the plane.

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Been There, Do This: The Best Dessert in Venice, Italy

Out of all the delectable breads, cookies, tiramisus and cannoli that enticed me as I navigated the labyrinthine streets of Venice, one dessert stood above the rest — the Torta Veneziana al Pistacchio from Pitteri Giovanni. I first heard rumors of this cake from a friend who studied abroad in Italy and insisted that such a wonder could not be recreated in the U.S.

Been There, Do This: Fiji's Cloud 9

Been There, Do This: Fiji's Cloud 9

Visitors to Fiji will most likely arrive at the international airport located on Viti Levu, the country’s main island. A short boat or helicopter ride from Viti Levu are the Mamanuca Islands, which are home to a number of the destination’s top resorts, including Tokoriki Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Malolo Island Resort, Castaway Island, Fiji and Musket Cove Island Resort. Anyone staying on Viti Levu or nearby areas should look into a visit to Cloud 9.

A Case for Waterline Cruising

A Case for Waterline Cruising

Higher isn’t necessarily better, even at sea, and coupling a very relaxing experience with value pricing is a hard one to beat. I just came off a beautiful cruise on Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper, and I wouldn’t have traded my waterline Category 3 stateroom for the Owner’s Suite (although the latter is certainly gorgeous).

Been There, Do This: Brooklyn Flea in New York City

Been There, Do This: Brooklyn Flea in New York City

When in New York City, you would be remiss to not make a stop in Brooklyn to check out its artisanal, handcrafted and locally made, well, everything. Overlook the borough’s elitist reputation and wander into some of its delightfully hip bookstores, thrift shops, bodegas and boutiques, such as Twig Terrariums in Gowanus, which sells custom and DIY moss terrariums.

Been There, Do This: The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Been There, Do This: The Neon Museum, Las Vegas

The Neon Museum’s cemetery of signs houses hundreds of other stories tucked into its beautifully curated outdoor display of Las Vegas’ now obsolete neon tradition. Learning about these stories is easy since visitors to the museum must partake in a guided tour. Make sure to book reservations in advance, as tours are known to sell out.

Been There, Do This: Dog Eared Books in San Francisco

Been There, Do This: Dog Eared Books in San Francisco

In a city chock-full of bookstores, Dog Eared Books still manages to stand out. The San Francisco shop has used books on almost every topic you can imagine — from architecture to dance to travel — in addition to a great selection of new releases still available at affordable prices.