Hit the road without hitting rock bottom! The holidays are prime time for travel – be it for a trip to grandma's house or on a vacation – but getting there isn't always half the fun. Eliminate mad dashes through the airport in search of a toilet and road trip boredom with a few apps designed to make the air, roads, and rails just a wee bit friendlier!
If you're one of the lucky ones escaping for the holidays or just heading back home, we've got your packing list all planned out. These cold-weather beauty essentials will have you prepared for a retreat at a ski resort or a long weekend home with the family.
Winter is not your skin's friend. Whether you're hitting the slopes with whipping winds or escaping the chill at the beach, here are the basics you need. Wipes will remove any makeup and cleanse in a pinch. Then, keep a highly hydrating moisturizer with sunscreen included on hand. You'll want an eye cream to recover from late nights partying, and don't forget a restorative night cream. Finally, finish it off with an acne spot treatment, because blemishes are never welcome wherever you travel.
- Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night ($48)
- Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($3)
- Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream SPF 15 ($35)
- Lancome Génifique Yuex ($68)
- La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo ($37)
Keep packing with our makeup and hair essentials after the jump
- Airfare down 1.5 percent
- Average holiday airfare is $564
"Intricate nativity scenes, colorful poinsettias, and twinkling lights adorn Mexico's capital city throughout much of December and into January, making it a dreamy holiday getaway. In fact, back in 2011, Mexico City was home to Guinness World Records' largest nativity scene in the world! Take in the grandeur of the Zocalo, the main plaza, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the biggest and oldest Roman Catholic cathedrals in the Americas. Take your pick of fantastic restaurants in the city center ranging from modern to mom-and-pop."
- Airfare only up 2 percent
- Average holiday airfare is $345
"Cozy up for a wintery escape to Boston and you'll quickly realize why New England is so magical around the holidays. The city's many theaters will come alive with wonderful classics, from The Nutcracker at The Boston Opera House to Handel's Messiah at Jordan Hall to A Christmas Story: The Musicalat the Wang Theatre. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a delight at this time of year, and beginning on Nov. 23 through Jan. 5, it will be home to the second annual 'Blink!' state-of-the-art spectacle of light and sound."
If you'd choose an evening of stargazing on a secluded beach over a hazy night of tequila guzzling, allow us to spill the beans on one of Baja's best kept secrets, Rancho Pescadero.
Forget the all-inclusive megaresorts, this boutique hotel, located just outside of Todos Santos, Mexico, offers a different route to self-indulgence. Daily yoga classes and bike and surf board use are on the house; the hotel's private, two-mile stretch of beach is usually empty (yup, no time-share peddlers); in-suite televisions are nonexistent; and the locavore-inspired menu takes advantage of whatever is fresh from the hotel's garden or surrounding seawater.
Still, Rancho Pescadero's slightly crunchy, feel-good mantra doesn't infringe on comfort or style. Founder and owner Lisa Harper melded her success in the corporate fashion industry with her penchant for flipping houses to create the hotel's earthy yet elegant aesthetic.
In the suites, mosquito-netted canopies, glass doors that slide into the walls, and thatch-roof terraces, provide stylish havens for relaxation.
Depending on the suite you book, you can enjoy surprise perks like private rooftop decks, jetted tubs under Mexican chandeliers, or full gourmet kitchens.
Keep reading to see Rancho Pescadero's most magical spots!
Starting off a vacay with a flight delay or cancellation can turn things upside down — especially if you have limited time to visit with family and friends over the holidays. Instead of freaking out, here's how to handle the situation without having to be forcibly removed by airport security.
Check in early! Make sure to check in online or via phone at least 24 hours ahead of time. Sure, that doesn't mean things are always going to be perfect, but if you have already checked in before arriving at the airport, then all your flight information is secure, and your seat is confirmed.
Plan for it: While you're packing your carry-on, prep for delays, and make sure to include your phone charger, a good book, a small bag of toiletries, and even fresh undergarments. You can also pack a few of your favorite snacks to nibble on. That way, if there actually is a delay, you're already mentally prepped — and well fed.
Take a deep breath: Getting news that your flight won't be leaving for another six hours can feel like being dumped over the phone by your eighth-grade boyfriend. Take a deep breath, and compose yourself before taking action. These things happen, and there's not much you can do about it. It's best to focus on staying calm, even if you're totally freaking out.
Let's pretend for a quick second that this ski chalet is ours. Located in Megeve, France, this jaw-dropper of a home looks more like a movie set than reality. Sure, it costs about $86,000 a week to rent, but this ski-in, ski-out home is luxury at its finest. Designed with contemporary elegance, Chalet Jaguar has six bedrooms, a cinema, indoor swimming pool, and even a private club. From the cascading floor to ceiling windows down to the Hermès throw, there is no detail left undone. The après-ski amenities include a champagne welcome, professional staff, and even a Land Rover to cruise around in. Before you realize this isn't a dream, tour the chalet that has us embracing the cold (for good)!
As the weather gets colder and colder, our thoughts are turning toward warmer climes like Palm Springs. We never get tired of spending time in the chic desert oasis, but sometimes we have a hard time deciding where to stay! Below are a few of our favorite design-centric hotels. Which is your favorite?
Where midcentury and modern cool collide in a wonderful kaleidoscope of laid-back good vibes.
If there is a happier place in all of Palm Springs, we have yet to find it. Color explosion!
Divided into a Greek-inspired section and a Moroccan-inspired section, the Korakia is a passport-free Mediterranean vacation.
If you love Jonathan Alder, you will love The Parker. Dapper, tongue in cheek, and totally chic.
Better known as the Land Down Under, Australia has sights that will pique every interest. The country's environment varies from lush rain forests to bustling cityscapes, depending on where your itinerary takes you. Whether you're seeking an outdoor adventure or want to lay back on the beach, your Aussie getaway can be completed with these 15 must-see sights and attractions!
Greece and Turkey are both rich in culture, history, and beauty. From the clear blue beaches to the ancient landmarks, it is easy to see why so many travelers make these Mediterranean countries destinations. Whether you prefer lounging on the beach, hiking in nature, or touring historical monuments, you'll find it all in Greece and Turkey. There are endless amounts of places to see, and here are 15 top sights to add to your itinerary!
Sure, paying $26,541 a night for lodging seems crazy, but we'd happily lose our minds for the chance to spend a weekend in this luxurious ski chalet. Nestled in the French Alps, the home is just a five-minute drive from the ski lifts, but the surrounding pastures and uninterrupted views of Mont Blanc make it feel completely remote. After spending a day on the slopes, decadent perks like a full staff (yup, there's a chef, butler, housekeeper, and concierge included), outdoor jacuzzi, and private garden could turn any ski enthusiast into a homebody. Though its 12-person sleeping capacity does lower the price a smidge, we think we'll keep this in our fantasy escapes file! See the dazzling spaces that won our hearts.