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Graveyard of the Great Lakes: Tobermory’s Shipwrecks

“Voyaging begins when one burns one’s boats,  adventures begin with a shipwreck.” ~ Michel Serres Canada’s maritime history is replete with stories of ill-fated schooners, container ships, trawlers, passenger vessels and other craft that have foundered due to nasty squalls, thick fog banks, menacing currents, jagged shoals, human error and a host of other perils. Over the centuries countless lives have been lost, and thousands of storm-battered ships have been violently pulled under into the stygian depths. In reverence to the thousands of shipwrecks entombed on the bottom of Canada’s Great Lakes, mariners have ominously nicknamed this recurrent zone...

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Make Travel Matter: Luxury Gold’s Sustainable Journey to Ecuador

Guests help build local infrastructure as part of a WE Village’s development project in Ecuador The fires in the Amazon rain forest are just the latest tragedies in the ongoing destruction of one of Earth’s most vital eco-systems. Luxury Gold, a leader in luxury guided journeys, continues its pledge to make travel matter with the launch in 2020 of a new five-day ME to WE culturally immersive journey extension dedicated to helping preserve Amazonian culture. For this unique journey, Luxury Gold has partnered with social enterprise ME to WE to connect travelers with indigenous communities and the rain forest,...

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Oʻahu, One Island, Many Adventures

Soaring high above Oʻahu, Hawaii from my comfy perch in a Blue Hawaiian helicopter, I marveled at the diversity of the island. From craggy cliffs and mountains to dramatic coastlines, verdant valleys and lush rainforests, this special slice of paradise has it all. And a helicopter ride is one of the best ways to appreciate such vast natural beauty. On a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters O‘ahu Complete Island tour, you’ll experience the full range of landscape, from the turquoise reefs of Waikiki and iconic Diamond Head to pristine Hanauma Bay and white sand Waimanalo Beach. You’ll get to see Mokoli’i...

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Do You Sushi?

Do you sushi? If you do, you’re not alone in your enjoyment of raw fish in its many permutations. Sarah Jessica Parker does sushi, so do Tom Cruise, Madonna, Elvis Costello, and a legion of Americans. Sushi hit our shores during the 1970s, and it has been estimated that there are many thousands of sushi restaurants in the United States. Some years ago, cookbook author Julia Moskin called Japanese “the new French.” Americans now easily discuss memorable meals using terms like hamachi and buri toro as they once talked about boeuf bordelaise and coq au vin. Though it’s generally...

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The Springs Resort and Spa, A Unique Luxury Getaway In The San Juan Mountains

My husband and I don’t have what you would call a traditional family life. After all, as a musician that frequently travels for work, I’m gone a lot performing and travelling to auditions all over country. We got married on a Thursday, and by Monday morning I was back at work in Kentucky while he stayed at his work in Florida. Needless to say, we ended up having to skip a traditional honeymoon. Finally, just this past July, my husband and I decided to take a long weekend and call that our honeymoon. We live in beautiful, colorful Colorado,...

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Agatha Christie’s English Riviera

On the south coast of Devon, in that part of Britain known as the English Riviera, stands the picturesque town of Torquay, a stylish resort with a bustling waterfront and a scenic palm-lined promenade. Human history here goes back half a million years, as evidenced by the startling discoveries of prehistoric tools and other remains found in Kent’s Cavern. And though records of settled human occupation date back to the 11th century, Torquay didn’t become a winter health resort for another 800 years. Princess Victoria (who later became Queen Victoria) visited Torquay in 1890, enhancing the town’s reputation as...

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Embark on a Wellness Journey at Hilton Head Health

They come for a variety of reasons. Many hope to get in better physical shape; others want to learn how to eat more nutritiously. Then there are those who wish to de-stress and recharge their batteries. They are women and men, mothers and fathers, who over the years have put their health on hold to achieve professional or academic success, provide and tend to the needs of their families and care for aging parents. The one common thread among all, however, is the desire to focus solely on themselves, far from the distractions and demands of their everyday lives....

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Raptures of the Deep: Beneath British Columbia’s Emerald Sea

In his best-selling book, “The Silent World”, Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau waxed poetically about his intrepid 50-fathom dives into the zone of rapture, that precarious depth where… “divers become like drunken gods”. Cousteau was recounting his early experiences deep diving under the mind-numbing effects of nitrogen narcosis. He described these intoxicating seizures as “l’ivresse des grandes profundeurs” which when translated means “rapture or intoxication, of the great depths”.  “Raptures of the Deep” is an evocative phrase that accurately describes the dizzying underwater grandeur beneath British Columbia’s Emerald Sea. Splendor In The Pass Queen Charlotte Strait lies between the “top end”...

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River Cruise Showcases Chicago’s Gems

Ah, Chicago! Famous for its colorful history, vibrant culture, sports teams, food and yes, climate, this Midwest hub is a magnet for visitors. They come to tour its venerable museums, take in a show at one of the many renowned theaters and performance venues, cheer on the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Bears, munch on a slice of Chicago style deep dish pizza, shop till they drop on the Magnificent Mile and stroll along picturesque Lake Michigan (unless it’s mid-winter when Mother Nature does its best to live up to the town’s nickname, “The Windy City!”). Chicago is also...

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Fish Photography: The Ultimate Undersea Skill

In keeping with our promise to provide Shoot Like a Pro photography tips, this time we’ll delve deeper into fish photography. Photographing fish is widely considered to be the most rewarding specialty in underwater photography. In his book, Mastering Underwater Photography, renowned fish photographer, Carl Roessler, dubbed it “the ultimate undersea skill.” While an entire book could be written on this subject, what follows are some quick tips for novice underwater photographers to help them successfully photograph these moving targets. Use the right tools These days just about any digital camera is a capable tool for making fish pictures....

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Cruise Etiquette: 10 Golden Rules

As a veteran cruiser who has sailed from the North Pole to Antarctica, I have seen some amazing behavior—and not in a good way–on some of my trips. People who may be kind, considerate and polite in their everyday lives suddenly morph into whiny, rude, self-centered aliens after they board a cruise ship. Yet it’s really not that hard to be an ideal cruise passenger if you follow a few simple rules that are often versions of the classic “Do unto others.” Plan ahead. Do you have food allergies or medical conditions that require special diets? Virtually all cruise...

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Immerse Yourself in O’Keeffe Country

Georgia O’Keeffe is synonymous with New Mexico. The famed artist spent the last forty years of her life living in the Land of Enchantment. She painted its dramatic landscapes and iconic formations in her own unique style. O’Keeffe is regarded as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, and her work is treasured worldwide. People from all across the globe travel to New Mexico to see the place that offered her so much inspiration. For many, the trip is a pilgrimage, made in homage to the great American modernist. A major destination for visitors is the...

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