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Meet the Oyster-Shucking Wunderkind of Panama City

When not splitting open hundreds of oysters a day at a speed of four to five seconds each, he is reading about them, making videos of himself shucking to hone his skill, or slurping the bivalves raw.

South Korea Celebrates 14 Romantic Holidays Every Year. Here’s the Full Calendar

The 14th day of each month to dedicated to celebrating relationships with themed dates, gifts, and foods.

Most of us can likely only name a single romantic holiday: Valentine’s Day. Many young people in South Korea, however, are so passionate about dating culture that they’ve created love-themed holidays for the 14th of every month, plus a few bonus celebrations for good measure. In South Korea, women shower their partners with gifts on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), while the men reciprocate the following month on White Day (March 14th). The rest of the year consists of monthly themed occasions like Green Day, for sipping soju outdoors, and Music Day, for singing noraebang (karaoke) together. There’s even an official day dedicated to singles looking to drown their sorrows in noodles, which some have turned into an empowering day of independence. This calendar year, couples in South Korea can look forward to these 14 less-than-typical romantic holidays.

Start Planning Your Summer Vacation at These 9 Waterfront Airbnbs

Summer "fun in the sun" is contingent on a place to cool off.

With the news that COVID-19 vaccines will be available to all adults by the end of spring, planning a summer vacation is no longer as wishful-thinking as it once was. Though things might not be perfect, they’re getting better, and as more and more individuals become vaccinated, the ability to safely travel once again is becoming a possibility we can finally consider. Vaccine scheduled and ready to finally get away (consider it a vaccine treat)? We’re rounding up the best waterfront Airbnbs for your summer getaways. Whether you’re wanting something tropical or lakeside, a place for you and your friends to reconnect, or a small and secluded home, we’ve got you covered with these nine rentals.

The 15 Dreamiest Hotels in France (That Aren’t in Paris)

Each one of these swoon-worthy hotels sets its own fairytale scene.

There’s no doubt that Paris can fulfill some of the most romantic dreams with its centuries-old facades and cobbled paths leading to palace hotels. These include the left bank’s iconic art deco Hotel Lutetia, dating back to 1910, and storied hotel Ritz Paris at Place Vendome, embodying French art de vivre with its Belle Époque décor. But journey outside of the City of Light to discover the dreamiest star-studded properties set on regal estates and discreetly tucked into historic towns and cities.

10 of History’s Greatest Con Artists

Here’s the best to have ever played the confidence game.

There’s something inherently intriguing about con artists. The ability to manipulate the people around them into volunteering their money based on little more than their faith in the person currently in the process of pulling the wool over their eyes isn’t exactly a quality we’d want to find ourselves on the wrong end of. But there’s a reason that these fraudsters are anointed with the lofty moniker of “artist”—there’s something almost admirable about the audaciousness—the confidence—it takes to tell a lie so well people can’t help but give you money for it.

Fodors Editors Are Planning Their Post-Vaccine Vacations

Where travel editors are going after a year of not traveling.

At Fodor’s Travel, a year of lockdown has been more than just a bummer, it’s been a lifestyle change. While traveling is always a luxury, for some—like travel editors and writers—it’s also a job. While the Fodor’s team was used to spending their time exploring new locations to help travelers, 2020 presented a challenge: write about travel without ever leaving your home. Like everyone wanting safety and normalcy, we waited with bated breath for mass vaccine distribution, and now it’s here. So, after a year of stagnation, where do our editors want to explore first? From family reunions in “weird” places to recreating vacations past, these are the trips they’re looking to take post-vaccine.