News & Features by Stephanie Butler

  • Stopover Tips for South Pacific Trips

    For many, a trip to the South Pacific—dotted with over 20,000 total landmasses, large and small—is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Australia and New Zealand draw a lot of the attention, as well as vacationers, from their smaller neighbors, but it’s possible to add a Polynesian stop in Hawaii, Fiji, or Tahiti to a down under adventure.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on November 05, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT Tagged: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii
  • Where to Be in 30 Days: Celebrate Labor Day at Chicago's Jazz Festival

    Chicagoans love to party almost as much as they revere their music. During their short sweet summers, they pull out all the stops, celebrating blues, country, gospel, Celtic, and world music with festival after festival. Labor Day weekend and the annual Jazz Festival are the perfect finale to summer in the city.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on August 03, 2010 at 9:37:18 AM EDT Tagged: Chicago, Illinois
  • 48-Hour Foodie Trip: Pittsburgh

    For most people, Pittsburgh conjures up images of steel workers or the NFL’s Steelers. But, the "City of Bridges" is also a great place for a summer weekend getaway. There's no better way to experience where Pittsburgh has been and where it’s going than with a food-focused tour through its diverse neighborhoods.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on June 22, 2010 at 10:50:42 AM EDT Tagged: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
  • Fall Festivals in Japan: From Sumo to the Tokyo Motor Show

    Japan's warm fall days—without summer's humidity or winter's dampness—and dazzling foliage are reason enough to schedule an autumn visit. But October and November are also the perfect time to experience Japanese culture. Athletic events and festivals abound. Here are a few of the top fall events to check out if you're in the Land of the Rising Sun.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on September 16, 2009 at 10:13:24 AM EDT Tagged: Japan, Kyoto, Tokyo
  • A Day Touring New Zealand's Wine Country By Bike

    New Zealand editor Stephanie Butler recently spent a day touring Marlborough's wineries by bike, learning that it is an excellent alternative to the ubiquitous winery tour-by-van operations throughout New Zealand, and a great way to save some cash. Still, the idea of wine and bikes had images of scraped knees and broken sunglasses (or worse) dancing through her head.

    Posted by Stephanie Butler on March 10, 2009 at 11:08:28 AM EDT Tagged: Adventure Travel, New Zealand