Nothing celebrates the arrival of spring like Japan’s cherry blossom season. Saké flows at picnic parties in parks strewn with petals. The only downside are the crowds: five million people descend on Kyoto for this fleeting floral event. We’ve scouted a gorgeous retreat where you can admire the flurry of pink in a blissfully serene setting.
The best way to feel the culinary pulse of a city, is to head to the food market. Check out the myriad street food stalls, sample local delicacies, and challenge yourself to swallow something you never thought you would dare to eat before. Perhaps a roasted cockroach in Mexico City, or blood broth ‘boat noodles’ in Bangkok. Anthony Bourdain wouldn’t have batted an eyelid.