UPDATE: Contest Closed! Win a Free Honeymoon (or just a trip!) In Vietnam

UPDATE: This contest is now closed! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to find out about more chances to win!

CONTEST ALERT: WIN A FREE HONEYMOON IN VIETNAM!

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We are very excited to announce our partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels, Cathay PacificTourNative and Traveling Spoon to give away an amazing honeymoon to Vietnam!

Here’s what’s included:

– Roundtrip airfare for two courtesy of Cathay Pacific

– 3 night stay at Fusion Mala courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– 3 night stay at An Lam Saigon River courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– Amazing guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi Ann by our partner TourNative

– Cooking lessons provided by our partner Traveling Spoon

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Here are the deets:

TourNative is an online marketplace connecting travelers to local guides to facilitate authentic travel experiences: TourNative will be offering a tour of Ho Chi Minh city where the lucky winners will be able to see this magical city with their very own personal tour guide, as well as a tour in Hoi Ann.

Traveling Spoon finds the best grandmothers and other home cooks and connects them with travelers looking for meaningful food experiences in local homes: Traveling Spoon will be offering a Cooking Lesson and Authentic Vietnamese Meal in Ho Chi Minh City.

TourNative and Traveling Spoon are two of Wanderable’s favorite partners! Good news: they’re also available in many other locations, so don’t forget to think of them on your next worldly adventure.

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THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. Enter here!

Good luck Wanderers!

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The Top 5 Travel Snapchat Accounts

Wanderable is now officially on Snapchat! Check out our fav travel accounts now.

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Today is a good day. Wanderable has officially joined the world of Snapchat and we are all so excited to share all our adventures with you in real time. Read on for our take on the top 5 travel Snapchat accounts (plus don’t forget to follow us @wanderable)!

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5. jeromejarre

This 24 year old French jetsetter is well known for his appearance in a popular Vine video and can be found Snapping all of his adventures, no matter how big or small, and spreading numerous positive messages on the app as well. Jerome can also be found engaging his followers in various photo challenges. This is one account you are definitely going to want to follow.

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4. caseyneistat

This producer and filmmaker is anything but ordinary. He makes sure to snap his many adventures on the regular, filming in a way that makes his followers feel as though they are right there with him. Casey is one of the most well-known, and entertaining users on snapchat so you would be silly not to follow this travel guru. You may or may not develop a major case of wanderlust, and get a few laughs along the way.

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3. topdeck.travel

This tourism company has teamed up with YouTube legend, Jimmy Hill, and UK-based agency Thinkhouse to utilize the up and coming realtime messaging app. This account is deemed the “world’s first Snapchat travel show” and includes Hill’s European adventures, explorations and more. This is one account that should be followed asap.

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2. Marriott Hotels

Being the first Snapchat campaign for hotel brands, Marriott has utilized Snapchat to appeal to the younger traveler, as a storytelling device, mainly to support the brand’s Travel Brilliantly campaign. Marriott has partnered with various influencers to get their message out there (Casey Neistat – above – being one of them) and connect with users on an emotional level.

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1. National Geographic (Discover tool)

Our number 1 travel Snapchat account would have to be the one and only National Geographic. When Snapchat introduced its “Discover” feature this past January, 11 different publications immediately joined, National Geographic being one of them. National Geographic, along with many other major companies, are using Snapchat to draw in the Millennial generation. We must say, it definitely seems to be working (have you checked out their daily snaps?!). All you have to do is swipe left on Snapchat to find this Discover tool

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As you can see, Snapchat is not going away anytime soon. Follow our many adventures @wanderable now! Will you wander with us?

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Experience Providers 101

Wanderable’s Experience Providers 101 

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Did you know we specialize in curated activities for your honeymoon? Our Experience Providers are all local merchants who offer fun and unique experiences that you can add to your registry.

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So why should you use our Experience Providers?

The Best Selection: Each one of our Experience Providers has been handpicked by us, and has 4.5 stars or more on TripAdvisor.

The Most Options: No other honeymoon registry has as many partners around the world (we have 3,000 experiences in 190 different cities).

No Fees: There are ZERO additional fees when you add these experiences to your registry.

Easy To Use: Registering for experiences on Wanderable is easy, all you have to do is click to add.

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What are you waiting for? Browse our Experience Providers now!

Any additional questions? Feel free to email us at hello@wanderable.com

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The Best Margarita Cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo

These fresh margarita cupcakes have just the right kick of jalapeño-infused tequila. Perfect to ring in Cinco de Mayo and snack on while planning your next adventure to Mexico!

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Margarita + cake = <3

Cinco de Mayo calls for many things: a tall glass of sangria, a plate of crunchy chips and rich guacamole, and amazing margarita cupcakes to top it all off.

These cupcakes are brain fuel, dessert, and inspiration all rolled into a crumby golden cake topped with a dollop of creamy, spicy frosting. Follow the easy recipe below for the sweetest ending to your Cinco de Mayo celebrations and the perfect start to explore our top-rated activities in Mexico.

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Fresh limes – use to garnish your cupcakes.

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker and Martha Stewart Living

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Cupcakes:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
Zest and juice of 1½ limes
2 tablespoons tequila
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk

To Brush Cupcakes:
1 to 2 tablespoons tequila

Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2¾ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons jalapeño-infused tequila
Pinch of coarse salt

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Soak the jalapeño in tequila for an easy infusion.

Make jalapeño-infused tequila: Heat the jalapeño until crispy and dark brown. Soak the jalapeño in a cup of tequila for at least 1 hour (slice for more heat). When fully infused, pour tequila through a mesh strainer to remove jalapeño and seeds.

Prep your oven: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

Make the cupcakes: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy (~8 minutes). Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and tequila. Mix until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated, using a rubber spatula to give it one last mix by hand.

Bake the cupcakes: Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until just slightly golden and a skewer comes out clean.

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Don’t forget to let your cupcakes cool for 5-10 minutes.

Make the frosting: In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, use a whisk attachment to beat the butter for 8 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low, and gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl until all is incorporated. Continue mixing on medium speed for 1 minute. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and add the lime juice, jalapeño-infused tequila and salt mix until fluffy.

Brush the cupcakes: Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, and then remove to a cooling rack. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of tequila. Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.

Frost the cupcakes: Frost cupcakes and garnish with lime zest, an additional sprinkling of salt and a lime wedge.

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The lime wedges make a cute decoration.

After baking these beauties, we’re feeling inspired to soak up sunshine and fun in Mexico! We’re dreaming of taking private surf lessons at Costa Azul, swimming with whale sharks, and exploring the Mayan Ruins.

How about you? Which top-rated activity would you love the most in Mexico?

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Couldn’t resist a bite before taking this photo!

Why just stop at Mexico?! Check out our other top travel destinations to fuel your wanderlust today. 

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Top 5 Things to Do in New York City

A true New Yorker at heart, Maddy Douglass of Ginger & The Fizz shares her top 5 favorite things to do in New York City. 

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 Maddy enjoying a coffee in the city that never sleeps.

I know, I know – not another list, right? But this one is a legitimate, friend-curated, New Yorker-approved list of things to do and eat if you have a quick two or three days in the Big Apple coming up! You probably already know by now that you can’t see everything in New York on a shorter (or even sometimes lengthier) excursion, so you’ve got to prioritize – and, if we’re being honest, the Statue of Liberty probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Make the most of the exhibits and restaurants that are around now and you won’t regret a single subway swipe (or cab ride) across the island.

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 A close-up of the Guggenheim Museum’s iconic building.

1. The Guggenheim Museum

If the Met is the prom queen, the Guggenheim is her slightly hipster younger sister. Wander in and out of the galleries on each floor (when I was there I saw Indian tapestries and Kandinskys in addition to the main exhibit: On Kawara – Silence ) while making your way up the spiraling center concourse to the very top. This Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is a must see for the architecture alone, although they always have great exhibits going on too. After you’ve had your fill, head down the street to the Neue Galerie’s Café Sabarsky for a sumptuous hot chocolate (or an iced coffee depending on the time of year), or go to Luke’s nearby for a hunger-quelling lobster roll.

And if you still want to see what The Metropolitan Museum of Art has to offer, it’s right down the street as well!

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 Bagels and lox at Russ & Daughters, the perfect breakfast.

2. Russ & Daughters Café

Russ and Daughters has long been known as the go to place for fresh bagels, lox, and any other “appetizing” needs you might have (appetizing: most commonly known as “the food one eats with bagels,” like smoked and cured salmon, salads, etc.)

Luckily for, well, everyone on the planet, they’ve recently opened a café a few short blocks from their original location that serves up an incredible variety of traditional Jewish dishes – some of my favorites where the chopped liver and the latkes – all for the small proverbial price of a sometimes lengthy line. If you go around 10am, there should be no problem getting in under twenty minutes.

If you’re still interested in exploring the East Village after your brunch, try grabbing a cup of broth at Brodo on 12th and meandering through the little side streets.

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Reynard will redefine how you do brunch.

3. Reynard restaurant in the Wythe Hotel (also: Mast Brothers Chocolate)

If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner that is a bit more upscale, Reynard in the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg can’t be beat. Their brunch menu (which included French toast with duck confit on my visit) is pleasantly original, and their dinner hour can be easily followed up by a trip to the rooftop bar to see the Manhattan skyline across the water. Built in what was originally an old warehouse, the dining areas perfectly demonstrate this blend of refined style and traditional architecture, making a meal here an event for the eyes as well as the, well, stomach.

If you go midday, be sure to check out the Mast Brothers Chocolate factory a few short blocks away. You can walk in to their show room to get a small peak of their factory process and buy some brightly colored bars for the trip home, or you can buy tickets in advance (they sell out at least a week ahead) to their actual factory tour.

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 The chocolate display at Mast Brothers Chocolate: heaven!

4. Golden Unicorn/Chinatown dumplings

Ready to go back to Manhattan? Head to Chinatown to get Shanghai dumplings (also known as soup dumplings, those delectable little bits that have savory broth inside the dumpling and deliver it straight to your senses with every bite) at Golden Unicorn, one of the best known dim sum places in the city.

If you don’t have time for a full sit down meal, head to Chinatown and wander down Canal street for a gander at the sights and sounds of authentic Asian fare. Pick up a few (or a whole bag of) steamed dumplings in any one of the shops and take them back to your hotel or hostel or friend’s apartment for a comforting, easy dinner. My favorites are the steamed pork buns, pan fried chicken buns, and sesame balls with marzipan inside for dessert!

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 A classy cocktail at Refinery Rooftop bar.

5. Refinery Rooftop for drinks in Midtown

If you’re looking for somewhere nice but comfortable for evening or after dinner drinks, there’s no better place than Refinery Rooftop bar atop the Refinery Hotel in Midtown. The covered rooftop ensures that the panoramic views of the city (including an up close and personal look at the Empire State Building) are available to you year-round, and the rustic décor and exposed brick ensures that you feel cozy and comfortable regardless of how snow-covered the patio is just outside the bar. Oversized outdoor light bulbs are strung up across the ceiling, adding a romantic and celestial feel to bar’s atmosphere – and their drinks are just the icing on the cake. I personally loved the hot Chef’s cider (similar to a hot toddy), while my drink dates both enjoyed stronger martini cocktails.

If you’re looking to stay in Manhattan, check out Refinery Hotel just below – that’s one way to ensure you’ll make it to the rooftop bar during your visit!

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 The view from the top of Refinery Hotel is surreal.

Regardless of where you go or stay, New York City always casts a spell over its visitors, ensuring that you never feel like you’ve gotten your fill of this city. Hopefully these places will offer enough of a taste that you’ll want to keep going back!

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Maddy navigating the streets like a pro.

With these tried-and-true suggestions from Maddy, we can’t wait for our next trip to New York City! All the iconic art, amazing food, and beautiful views are calling. 

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