Henley Vazquez – Intelligent Travel

Henley Vazquez

Henley Vazquez has lived on three continents while writing for Indagare, Town & Country Travel, Daily Candy, InStyle, and other publications. She lives in New York City, but is happiest hitting the road with her husband and two kids. Follow Henley on Twitter at @HenleyVQ.

Beyond-the-Beach Miami

I’ve been traveling to Miami for 15 years. In that time, it has changed dramatically, evolving from a spring break destination into one of America’s most sophisticated cities, with an incredible art scene, fantastic food, and a host of cool hotels. Anyone who visits Miami in winter has cursed the weather gods when a tropical weekend turns cloudy and chilly. But fear not. Take advantage of these days to explore beyond the beach scene. Here’s where to go.

Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of best destinations require more effort. Here are four to add to your list.

Winter Trips With a Side of Culture

Everyone’s heard tales of parents who blend pureed veggies into their kids’ cookies. I leave the cauliflower alone, but I love the vacation equivalent: sneaking a culture fix into an otherwise child-focused trip. While not every museum is suited for families, here are a few favorites, old and new, that add an easy educational upgrade to some of this winter’s most popular destinations.

Hot List: Must-Get Travel Tech

I know few people who speak passionately about their luggage. More important to frequent fliers is what’s in the carry-on. And these days, it’s all technology. Our laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become essential travel companions—so much so that they require their own on-the-go accessories to keep things running smoothly. Here are five add-ons to pack for your next trip.

Enchanted Isle: Puerto Rico

If Puerto Rico isn’t on your radar, it’s time to readjust. The Caribbean’s most convenient destination—especially for Americans, who don’t need a passport to get there—is also one of its most interesting, offering travelers untouched rain forest, colonial architecture, and palm-lined beaches. For a weekend or a week-long getaway, “la isla del enchanto,” as it’s affectionately called by locals, is quickly becoming a go-to destination.

At Home in Rome: Where to Stay

The Roman Empire may have fallen off the map centuries ago, but to a modern traveler, the center of Italy’s capital city may feel just as vast. While walkable, distances between monuments within Rome’s historic core can be a haul—made worse if the tiny, twisty streets turn your sense of direction to mush. The city…

App Vs. Human: Tour Guide Edition

Can smartphone apps replace real-life tour guides? Sometimes.

The Best Hotels in Hong Kong

Few cities rival Hong Kong when it comes to hotels. Choices range from some of the most expensive and indulgent in the world–the city boasts two Mandarin Orientals–to dirt-cheap hostels as well as a big range of hip yet reasonable new properties in between. Here are my favorites.

A Kid-Friendly Guide to Hong Kong

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Travelers keep two kinds of lists: the bucket list and the “wanted” list. Hong Kong should be on both, particularly when traveling with children.

Perfect Paradise: Phuket

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. But Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, refuses to be defined by the tragedy. On a recent visit there, I discovered what makes this beach retreat so special and why, a decade after enduring one of the biggest natural disasters in world history, it’s stronger than ever.

Family Travel Commandments: Resorts

I recently did something parents dream about; I took a vacation. With my kids. I travel with my children frequently, and I love it, but I categorize most of these as trips rather than rejuvenating getaways. This time, though, I flew to Mexico, checked into the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, and didn’t leave until…

Five Family Travel Resolutions

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. But as winter continues its march (at least where I live in New York City), I’ve been dreaming up a few travel goals for 2014. Some are places, some are new services, all are experiences that will make this year of travel the best one yet.