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5 Foods Worth Traveling For

5 Foods Worth Traveling For

Let’s be honest: one of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste all of the different local cuisine. You can learn so much about the region, history, people and politics of a place from the signature dishes its famous for. And sometimes, a meal is tasty enough it’s [...]

A cruise ship passes kayakers in Nærøyfjord, Norway.

UNESCO World Heritage Fjords – By Kayak

It’s 60 degrees and raining. The water surrounding my kayak is about 40 degrees. I’m about to go in the drink – intentionally. The biting cold hits face first as I roll into the icy water of Sogne Fjord to prove to be certified by the Norwegian Canoe Association that [...]

Top Detox Destinations

Top Detox Destinations

Modern day stress spirals life into a different, and sometimes, not-so-healthy lifestyle.  Stress leads individuals to fall into the trap of developing unhealthy diets, poor habits or illness. If this sounds familiar, then it may be time to experience a mind-body detox to kick-start healthy living. Massage treatments, juice fasts and [...]

Trip Report:  Raratonga in the Cook Islands, South Pacific

Trip Report: Raratonga in the Cook Islands, South Pacific

Sometimes while travelling you serendipitously find yourself at an unplanned destination that is part of the bigger picture.  This happened to me while travelling overseas to Australia.  I managed to find a great deal on Air New Zealand from LA to Sydney, with a stopover in Rarotonga. Raro-huh?  I said to myself.  I had [...]

5 Beautiful Places to See Spring Flowers

5 Beautiful Places to See Spring Flowers

Ahh Spring. Thoughts of flowers, sunshine, warmth, and happy feelings. If you’re a student or teacher and need some ideas for your Spring Break coming up, why not go somewhere with tons of blooming floral to see? Here are five of the best places to see flowers on your break. [...]

Sticking Up for Zimbabwe, the World’s Most Miserable Country

Sticking Up for Zimbabwe, the World’s Most Miserable Country

On Feb. 21, Yahoo! Finance released a list titled, ‘The 25 Most Miserable Places in the World’. Syria, Kosovo, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Burkina Faso, Liberia, and other historically despondent nations occupied various spots near the top of the list, but not surprisingly, Zimbabwe took the #1 slot. You can read the Yahoo! [...]

The World’s 7 Weirdest Hotels

The World’s 7 Weirdest Hotels

Travelers who return home often have a story or two to share with friends and family. However, most of the time conversations do not include how unique or weird was the hotel structure. From strange interior design to beating the heat while sleeping underground, these are the world’s most bizarre [...]

The High-Life at The Sebastian

The High-Life at The Sebastian

My girlfriend and I had just checked into The Sebastian hotel in Vail. Our bags had barely hit the floor when there was a knock at the door. I opened the door to be greeted by a welcome gift of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. And this was only the [...]

Expert Tips for Identifying and Avoiding Pickpockets

Expert Tips for Identifying and Avoiding Pickpockets

We all know about the ‘clumsy’ passerby who bumps into you and rifles through your pockets, or the ‘helpful’ photogue who offers to snap a few shots of you and your loved ones, only to make a daring escape once the camera is in his hand. Many of us even [...]

Q&A with Matt Gibson: Finding the Best Ski Hills in the U.S.

Q&A with Matt Gibson: Finding the Best Ski Hills in the U.S.

Adventure writer and photographer Matt Gibson has spent the last portion of his life traveling around the USA looking for the sickest ski hills. Doesn’t sound half bad, does it? When I heard of his ambitious endeavor, I knew I had to get the inside scoop. Alec Ross: Tell me [...]