Word of Mouth: Shanghai

Tea shops in Tianzifang, bars in Xintiandi, and so much more in the exciting city

Possibly the most populous city in the world (recently estimated at 25 million) and growing at an extraordinary rate of 700,000 to 800,000 people a year, Shanghai—the “City on the Sea”—surprises. There are so many dualities: old and new, city and coast, order and chaos, global yet decidedly Chinese. These juxtapositions play out on the streets—bicycles powered by feet zipping in between hybrid electric vehicles, …

Word of Mouth: New Orleans

Rooftop pools, hidden courtyards, local goods and plenty of laid-back southern charm

When visiting New Orleans for the first time, one thing becomes immediately apparent: the stories are true. There are wildly talented musicians playing music on the street; oak trees that are hundreds of years old are scattered throughout the city; second line parades are common; it’s swampy, sweaty and the air is heavy. Visually striking and strangely emotive at almost every corner, NOLA is a …

Word of Mouth: Edmonton

Exploring the diverse offerings of Canada's second-fastest growing city

Edmonton happens to be Canada’s second fastest growing region—and a leader in younger demographic growth, as well. Home to over a million and the capital the Alberta province, the city remains largely unexplored by many as it’s been overshadowed by other metropolitan cities in Canada in the past. Now, however, it’s a thriving city with a diverse and young community, modern architecture, party hotels and …