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Antarctica: Voyage of a Lifetime

After a lifetime of travel that had taken me all the continents of the world, there are a few voyages that are truly memorable, the “best” of my professional life. At the very top of my list is a trip I made to Antarctica in the year 2000. This is the story I wrote later for the Copley News Service. Antarctica 2000 “Iceberg!” came a shout from the bridge. “Iceberg!” A score of voices echoed the cry. No, this wasn’t the Titanic. It was the M/S Explorer bound for Antarctica. And the sighting of our first iceberg—a pale looming...

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Amp Up the Adventure in Hells Canyon

“Let’s paddle,” says our guide Barry in a calm, relaxed tone. We obey, albeit a bit distractedly because we’re busy chatting with one another. Then we hear that telltale roar – the one that signals some mighty big rapids are ahead. Soon, we see them in all their frenzied glory. And now Barry urgently yells, “Paddle hard, everyone!” We immediately dig into the churning whitewater, whooping with unbridled enthusiasm. The noise is deafening, but somehow Barry makes himself heard, bellowing at the top of his voice, “Charge!” It’s all hands on deck now, as we head into a massive...

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Seeing Rainbows in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu should be named the “Rainbow Island,” because every time I visit the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s rains once or twice and rewards its residents and visitors with a colorful rainbow. Like the colors of the rainbow, the diversity of Hilton Hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach offers accommodations for every budget. One of the most iconic luxury vacation destinations is the Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach. Set on 22 acres, the beachfront rooms and suites are located near tropical swimming pools, a salt-water lagoon, 20 restaurants and bars and...

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10 Cities to Add to Your Bucket List: The Weird, The Wonderful and The Outright Bizarre

Looking for end of the year inspiration for your 2019 bucket list? Take a look at these different cities around the world and how to explore them like a local. The USA takes the lead with six destinations, with the UK, Denmark, Finland, and Portugal all featuring in the top ten overall. Comparethemarket.com have researched the best places to visit, comparing metrics such as a city hipster index, cost, and the number of Instagram posts. October 2019: Compared to elder generations, millennials are spending and travelling more in order to experience the world. But with typical destinations such as...

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Top 5 Reasons To Tour Australia

Australia is vast. The surface area covers 7.692 sq. km yet only 63% of the land is inhabited. Subsequently, cities are spread out far and wide. The best way to explore the continent is to go on a guided tour. Endowed with natural wonders, diverse wildlife, pristine beaches, cultural centres and an expansive outback, Australia is a captivating country with plenty to offer. But where should you go and what should you do? Tropical Rainforests in Queensland  Australia is home to some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests such as the UNESCO protected Daintree forest in the Wet Tropics...

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Barcelona: An Impactful and Unique Travel Experience

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson. Physically being in a place makes everything you have read about, studied and dreamed of a reality. In a way, traveling is a journey within oneself to understand how things really are, not just how they seem. After living in Barcelona for five months, I can confidently say that it’s a place full of different cultures, cuisine and experiences that will lead you to discover something new about yourself everyday. Barcelona is...

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The Ultimate Jet Setter: 5 Luxury Adventure Travel Destinations to Visit in 2019

Are you ready to make 2019 your most fun and exciting year ever? Then it’s time to add these amazing luxury adventure travel destinations to your plans. A luxury lifestyle means that you can literally take pleasure where you find it. Throw in a spirit of adventure and the places you can visit are the stuff of most people’s dreams. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Here are the destinations you should add to your luxury adventure travel bucket list. The Galapolos Islands These islands make up a volcanic province in the Pacific. They’re part of Ecuador, lying around six hundred miles off...

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The Simplicity of Island Living: North Haven, Maine

Summer getaways on the East Coast can mean endless lines, beaches that are blanketed in umbrellas, towels and families; and bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, if you’re looking to escape the busyness of summer on the East Coast; consider a trip to the small island of North Haven Maine.  Just an hour ferry boat ride from Rockland, Maine, in the Penobscot Bay, lies the tiny hidden island of North Haven. It has been a summer vacation spot for families who have been coming to this magical place for centuries. It is home to famous novelist, Susan Minot, various members of the...

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Colorado Springs Offers Endless Adventure

I’m a sucker for a room with a view. It doesn’t matter if it’s water, mountains or a cityscape. I’m not picky. But, some views deserve extra special recognition, like the one at The Garden of the Gods Resort and Club in Colorado Springs. All the guest rooms and suites offer breathtaking vistas of snow-capped Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods landmark, with its dramatic red rock formations. The panorama is drool-worthy and you may not want to leave your spacious, well-appointed abode – ever! Rest assured, though, it’s not only the rooms that have a view...

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The Magic of the Camino in Just One Week

Thousands of pilgrims from all nationalities walk the Camino de Santiago routes each year (over 300,000 in 2018 alone!) but not all of them spend a whole month walking the 500 miles that separate St Jean Pied de Port and Santiago de Compostela. Many pilgrims start their journey further along the routes, much closer to Santiago, adapting their distance to their fitness level or indeed to the time they have available. It is possible to experience the magic of the Camino even if you only have limited time at your disposal, here’s how to plan a great Camino in one...

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Make Your Next Vacation an Adventure Vacation

When many people go on vacation, they go about their day checking out sites to see, the food to eat and trying to pick up a souvenir or two to bring home. The time is filled with lots of pictures, laughter, and memories. There are many others, however, that pursue adventure and activity overseeing the sites. There is nothing wrong with either, it all just depends on what exactly you’re looking to do! You could have the perfect idea or you could be looking to do something incredibly different this year. It’s getting easier and easier each year to...

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Bucolic Buellton in Central California

After the winter rain, super blooms are transforming California’s landscape into pastures and hills blanketed with Spring wildflowers on full display. In the charming town of Buellton in Santa Barbara County, the verdant green hills offer vibrant yellow mustard flowers. Buellton in Central California is an idyllic getaway for tasting some of the state’s best wines and culinary fare. It also offers some unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. We stayed overnight at the renovated Santa Ynez Valley Marriott offering spacious wine county designed rooms. What makes this property desirable is its sparkling swimming pool. It’s the largest...

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