Stephanie Wu is an editorial director specializing in food and travel and a media specialist with experience relaunching traditional publications and building new ones. She was previously the digital director at Condé Nast Traveler and has held editorial roles at Mic, Travel + Leisure and Town & Country. She's also the co-founder of MochiMag.com, a website for young Asian American women. In 2014, she published The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters. Her writing has also appeared in publications like Marie ClaireConde Nast Traveller UK, and Gather Journal. Stephanie grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and now resides in New York City.

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50 States, 50 Cuisines: The Food Worth Traveling For in Every State

For the second iteration of this list, we wanted to go beyond the classics—the food everyone tells you to try when you visit—and highlight chefs and cuisines that have had a distinct impact or reflect a noteworthy community in the state. The final result is a list of state-specific cuisines, each based on a longstanding diaspora (like Vietnamese food in Louisiana), an Indigenous community (Abenaki in Vermont), or something totally endemic (New Mexican in New Mexico).

A New Yacht Lets Divers Explore Raja Ampat in Style

I was sitting in a tender in total darkness in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, clutching a ceramic cup of coffee in the hope that the heat and caffeine would wake me up. I had come to Indonesia's Raja Ampat National Park on a shore excursion to chase the elusive bird of paradise. The morning journey was perfectly safe, but as with all things in the predawn hours, it felt three times as long and 10 times as harrowing, especially now as we trudged through knee-deep waters from the boat toward Gam Island.

Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Group Trip

The paella was a breaking point. I was in the middle of the most complicated group trip I’d ever planned—13 people, flying in from six different cities, all gathering in a seven-bedroom villa in Andalucia. We were there, ostensibly, on a joint 30th-birthday trip, a group vacation we’d been planning for years. As high school classmates, some of us had known each other for decades, and the group had grown to include significant others and even a not-yet-announced pregnancy.

The World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019

How does one measure the greatness of a place—in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary. To compile our second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories—including museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as industry experts. The result: 100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life.

Taiwanese food is finally having a moment in New York City’s crowded restaurant scene

I moved from Taipei, Taiwan, to New York City in 2005. Which means, despite living in a city that has just about the most diverse food scene in the world, I’ve been complaining about the lack of good Taiwanese food here for 13 years. It’s not impossible to find — I get asked about Taiwanese food in New York a lot, by both visitors from home who are in town and those who learned about Taiwanese food thanks to Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Taipei in 2013.

Why Sichuan food simply doesn’t taste the same in the US

First, you crack the jaw. That gets you access to the cheek meat and the tongue. Then you can freestyle it — if you break it open at the right part, you can get to the brain, which has a creamy texture not unlike tofu. Anita Lai, managing partner of Chengdu Food Tours, is walking our group through how to eat rabbit heads. The idea of eating any animal’s head — much less a cuddly looking rabbit — might be off-putting to some, but rabbit heads are a delicacy in Chengdu.

I partied with Bonnie Tyler at the most epic eclipse party on the high seas

It can be nearly impossible to find a moment of peace on a cruise ship. Unless you’re holed up in your room or blissfully lost in a massage, from the moment you step on board, you’re surrounded by people and the sounds of vacation — yelling, whooping, crying and cheering. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, one of the biggest cruise ships in the world, was no different on Aug. 20, as it set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida.
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