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Thinking of Booking a Luxury Resort With Points? Read This First

Booking a luxury resort with points is a great idea, but it just requires some some research first.

It’s one of the major benefits of a travel loyalty program: saving up points. Whether earned via hotel stays, airline trips, or credit cards, you can use travel points to book a stay in a luxury resort you may otherwise not have been able to afford. In addition to verifying the amount of points required for a luxury resort and making arrangements to travel, there are several other things to research before redeeming those points. It’s worth noting that point redemptions typically cover room and tax only. Many luxury resorts operate on an à la carte pricing model, which means incidentals can pile up quickly, making that “free” stay is suddenly expensive. Booking a luxury resort with points is a good idea, but one that just requires some research to maximize your budget.

15 Brilliant New Books to Celebrate Pride, Selected by Goodreads

Celebrate Pride with these unique, thoughtful, and warm reads that champion the LGBTQ+ experience.

The incredible thing about Pride month is the opportunity to celebrate all the beautiful shades and spectrums of the LGBTQ+ rainbow. And in recent years, the popularity of queer stories, once relegated to the shadows or merely bleak tales of tragedy, now leap off the page in all sorts of glorious forms. Young adult will-they-won’t-they stories, tales of later-in-life sexual realization, and queer stories that celebrate the BIPOC communities all shine bright year-round. This Pride month, we gathered a number of stories that span genre, time period, and audience, and we tapped our friends at Goodreads to help us celebrate. This roundup includes books published in the last year and is based on how many times a book was rated, the total rating, and how many members added the book to their want-to-read shelf. Happy reading, and very happy Pride month.

11 Reasons to Visit San Francisco’s Most Notorious Neighborhood

Like its namesake filet, the neighborhood of Tenderloin is a prime slice of San Francisco with some hidden gems.

The Tenderloin neighborhood isn’t going to welcome you with open arms. Its guarded and selective nature is exactly why this San Francisco pocket has resisted gentrification and remained a bastion of activism amidst complicated politics and money-wielding players fighting over the neighborhood like, well, a cut of tenderloin. While visitors are often told to “watch your step,” due to street conditions, it’s actually the right idea. Look down, but don’t look down on Tenderloin, because otherwise, you might miss the magic of this neighborhood. These 11 gems scattered throughout this resilient-yet-vulnerable community, will prove why you should add Tenderloin to your San Francisco itinerary. 

The 13 Most Affordable Fine-Dining Restaurants in Paris

Here's how to enjoy Paris’ tres magnifique culinary scene on un petit budget.

One of the joys of traveling is eating well. For decades, Paris has long been regarded as the culinary city of Europe (and some may argue the world), yet with more than 44,000 restaurants in the city alone, it can be mind-boggling to find the perfect restaurant that meets both your budget and also your discerning palate. With Paris being a giant melting pot of cultures, the city has a diverse range of dining options. From cheap eats on the street to lush experiences in fancy hotels. I remember the first time I visited Paris more than a decade ago. Hours of research proved that the best way to enjoy Paris without digging too deep into your pocket is actually to eat a hearty lunch. Described as a “menu du jour,” the French love a long lunch, and this gastronomic delight is even a UNESCO World Cultural listing. In Paris, you can have elaborate degustation or tasting menus that will cost you more than $370 (€350) but at lunch, a simplified menu will cost a mere $50. The lunch menu is a condensed version and can even appear in the form of a two to three-course menu, but it gives the hungry diner a chance to enjoy a true culinary experience without too much stress on both the wallet and waistline. Before Covid-19, many Michelin-star chefs started opening more casual restaurants but after the pandemic, more chefs started to open more casual eateries, creating a Paris teeming with restaurants that don’t compromise on taste, service, or experience. “Budget” can take on many meanings for travelers, but we’re not talking “cheap eats” here or even street food necessarily; this is true French fine dining with a smaller price tag. For just €22-50 ($25-55) you can get a gorgeous French lunch, leaving you with more cash to spend on that Parisian shopping spree. Bon Appetit! Related: The Best Things to Do in Paris