Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland (CC image courtesy of M Kuhn, Flickr)
Move over Travel Channel and make way for the in-house experts at Chicago Booth for the best in sights, sounds, smells and bites from across the world. Yes! Straight from the horse's mouth and it doesn't get any better – top travel tips from the truly global class of 2014.
Dublin - Hugh Gibbons: Catch a game of Gaelic football or hurling (Irish national sports) at Croke Park, one of Europe's largest stadiums, and walk along the skyline platform for panoramic views of the city. Head on over to the Hugh Lane Gallery for an impressive collection of Irish contemporary art that includes a reconstruction of Francis Bacon's (the Anglo Irish figurative painter) studio. Top it off with a steaming cup of coffee from the café in the basement. The Malahide Castle, a 12th Century castle, has beautiful botanic gardens located just north of the city in the picturesque village of Malahide (well worth a wander around too). Plan a summertime picnic at the Iveagh Gardens – a secluded little park just a few minutes walk from the city center with many local favorite hideaways. If that doesn't satiate your wanderlust, make a stop at the Windmill Lane Studios, better known as U2's spiritual home - a perfect segue to Whelan's live music which is a great venue with live music most nights.
Toronto - Talena Liu: Catch the most breathtaking view of Toronto and experience the Edgewalk adventure from the CN tower, which was the world's tallest building until 2010. Do not miss St. Lawrence Market, arguably the world's best food market (National Geographic agrees) and get a taste of the choicest Chinese/Indian/Jamaican/Greek/xyz cuisine outside the motherland.
Washington D.C. - Kathryn Leoni: Start your morning with brunch at Graffiato – Mike Isabella's new Italian restaurant with an exciting new menu. Pay a visit to the National Museum of Natural History and you are just a stone's throw from the Washington Monument and other architectural delights in the area. Dine at Mintwood Place, a new American restaurant with a French twist, or at Pearl Dive Oyster Bar, a restaurant on the 14th strip with a cool bar upstairs called Black Jack. Cap the evening off with a show at the 9:30 Club.
Cartagena - Cristina Pereria: Experience the breathtaking colonial architecture of the old city with a leisurely walk and take your pick from the array of restaurants and plazas to wine and dine at. Ideal for an overnight day or night trip, book a 45-minute boat ride to Rosario Islands and cruise the crystal blue waters. For a journey to the days of yore, walk through the underground tunnels of the Castillo San Felipe fortress which dates back to the mid-1600s.
Shanghai - Jerry Jiang: Cheng Huang Miao is a famous local temple well known for Shanghai style souvenirs and delicious local fare. Visit East Nanjing Road (especially gorgeous in the evenings) to try your hand at traditional Chinese style shopping. At the end of the boulevard is the Bund, the city center, an amazing confluence of western style old buildings and modern skyscrapers. If Hollywood is more your style, then Xin Tian Di is the spot to hit. It features western bars and restaurants, many of them owned by movie stars and singers but in a unique Chinese setting.
Mumbai - Gaurav Devasthali: Start your day at the famous Marine Drive and walk from the National Centre of Performing Arts to Chowpatty for some delectable street food. Continue on to the Gateway of India and then the Colaba Causeway for cheap flea market shopping, and if the heat starts getting to you, quench your thirst at Café Mondy's with chilled beer. Watch the sunset at Worli sea face or Haji Ali and sip on the world's best milkshakes. If you are not on a budget, head over to the luxurious Four Seasons (Aer Lounge) for a panoramic view of the city with chic drinks and bar food. Hop on to a bar crawl bus, party into the wee hours of the night and end your day with chili ice-cream and sandwiches at Bachelor's on Marine Drive (open until 4:00 AM).
Tel-Aviv - Anna Levinson: For the first timers in Tel-Aviv, a perfect start to the day is some scrumptious breakfast with a nice cup of cappuccino at one of the hip cafes on Rothschild Street. Follow it up with the gorgeous Tel Aviv beach – a great place to sip on a summer drink and to see and be seen! Laze the day away soaking in the sights and prepare for a night out on the town. The bars on Dizengoff Street will make sure that you have a night to remember.