Fathomaway Compass

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Losing My Virginity on Safari

SABI SANDS GAME RESERVE, South Africa – We followed lion tracks for hours, passing elephants, hippos, and giraffes, until we found our jackpot: two lionesses licking a freshly killed impala.

A Few Days in the Whitsunday Islands

AUSTRALIA – Cuddle the koalas, outsmart the jellyfish, waltz with Matilda, spot the Heart Reef from the helicopter. It's all in a day's work in the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef.

The World's Best Vintage Herm├Ęs Shop

PARMA, Italy – The designer names are (almost) overwhelming: Chanel, Cavalli, Balenciaga, Gucci, Vuitton. But I come for only one: Hermès. I don't know if I should curtsy or applaud.

Fathom Questionnaire: Erica Firpo

Everywhere I go, I check out the fish markets, pastry shops, and red pants. See it all or take it easy? Attempt to see it all and then take the afternoon off to test cocktails. 

How Locals Spend a Sunday: Paris

PARIS – What do you mean all of the stores and restaurants are closed?! Your day is not lost: Here's a quietly lovely day. Food, shopping, and culture included. 

A Food Tour of Budapest

BUDAPEST – This is a town for eating. Here's where to go for coffee, walnut cake, Mangalica ham, local wines, the emerging craft beer scene — and a detoxing Russian bath when you're done.

Packing List: Ilaria Urbinati

For years I thought it was bad luck to travel without the old ripped Black Crowes concert T-shirt I've had since junior high (stolen from older sis).

World's Best Hotels: Amanruya, Bodrum

BODRUM, Turkey – This place is clearly meant for a romantic tryst, and I had checked in solo. I travel alone often, and it's usually fine. Here, it was torture.

Look Up! Flying High at Balloon Fiesta

ALBURQUERQUE – The parking was horrendous; the food was marvelous (I ate my weight in funnel cakes). But the balloons were pure spectacularness, and I didn't even go up in one.

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