ADVENTURE

Top 7 Places For Wildlife in Costa Rica National Parks

Costa Rica is one of those countries that has it all, everything from beaches and volcanoes, to jungles and national parks rich wildlife. Places like the coastal area of Tamarindo are packed full of beach bars and tour guides ready to take you zip-lining and quad-biking. Meanwhile, tranquil towns like Puerto Viejo, on the border with Panama, are perfect for laying around on the beach

2019-07-29T14:42:21-07:00

Krakow Salt Mine Tour: An Easy Day Trip

I believe that Krakow is the #1 most underrated city in Europe so I won't go into the details of the lavender growing along the old city walls or the shapes of the trees that blow in the wind or even the cobblestone central square, but I do want to tell you about this unusual place found deep within its crevices: the Krakow Salt Mine. The Krakow Salt Mine

2018-11-27T11:38:31-07:00

Going Off Road With Sedona Jeep Tours

Sedona Jeep Tours ✦ Sedona Jeep Tours What better way to see Cathedral Rock and explore the red rocks of Sedona than to take a ride in the famous Pink Jeep Tours in Sedona? Sedona Jeep Tours is a tour operator in the American Southwest that offers off-road excursions in the red rocks and beyond in their famous pink jeeps. They have been around

2018-11-27T11:39:00-07:00

Island Bliss: Diving in Fiji on Castaway Island

Nestled into the Northwest corner of the Fijian archipelago, as part of the Mamanuca Islands, is Castaway Island - known to the locals as Qualito Island. Contrary to popular belief it's not where the Tom Hanks movie Castaway was filmed, but it is pretty close. The movie was actually filmed on neighboring Modriki Island. We spent a couple of nights at the Castaway Island Resort and got

2019-08-19T09:37:49-07:00

Diving Kukulcan, a Cancun Cenote Experience

Have you thought about cenote Mexico scuba diving while you are in Cancun or in the Riviera Maya? The stunning Kukulcan Cenote is a 33 feet (10 meters) deep blue cavern that is part of the Chac Mool caving system in the Yucatan, Mexico. It is set in a jungle scenery with fresh and salt water, lots of fossils, and even a few stalactites. The

2019-08-21T09:31:59-07:00

Eco Friendly Things to Do in Telluride Colorado

Spending the day all curled up next to the fireplace and periodically taking a gander out my picture window, I knew I had to finally just bundle up and get out there. I hate how sometimes I just have a hard time getting started. But once I am out there, I do, the hard part for me is just getting going. And here I am

2019-08-25T17:01:07-07:00

Swimming with Whales in the Wild: Whale Watching Canada

Swimming with Whales in the Wild: Beluga Baby! Have you ever wanted to go swimming with whales? I hadn't either until I heard about an expedition up in Canada where you could do just that! I mean, who doesn't love seeing a Beluga baby while whale watching Canada waters? On day two of my trip to Churchill, the weather wasn't as good as when I

2019-08-19T08:52:13-07:00

Where is Niagara Falls: Fun Niagara Falls Facts

What does a cat, a pet turtle named Sonny, a 7-year-old wearing a life jacket, and a tightrope walker all have in common?  Just the growing list of those plunging over the Niagara Falls, either by choice or otherwise! They basically all got sucked through a water hose of 180,000 pounds of water pressure in record speed. Can you imagine the pull of that water? I can

2019-11-28T20:36:58-07:00

Montana’s Winter Wonderland – Ski Whitefish

Located in the northwest corner of Big Sky country, Whitefish sits along the Amtrak Empire Builder route, as well as being just 11 miles from Glacier International Airport. Whitefish is a “come as you are” town, where a pair of Carhartts with muck boots work just as well as designer label jeans and Gucci boots. The locals are a mix of cowboys, die-hard outdoor enthusiasts,

2018-11-27T11:53:32-07:00

Hong Kong Hiking Bucket List

I recently took a fascinating trip through Asia with Hong Kong as a stop. I was on a Holland America cruise ship’s “around the world” Asia Pacific Voyage. While on the ship, I would walk the deck on a regular basis. But what joy I found when I was able to step off the ship, step out of the concrete jungle of Hong Kong’s city

2019-08-18T22:43:18-07:00

Take A Sea Plane to Fort Jefferson

An adventure to Fort Jefferson via seaplane is a wonderful experience that you won't regret taking. I recommend it for anyone visiting Southern Florida and the Florida Keys. I consider a visit to Fort Jefferson a "must-do" and a great day trip from Key West. While visiting, you might as well spend the entire day there, because it is a lot of fun, plus there

2020-01-18T08:39:04-07:00

What to Do at the Rock of Gibraltar, Spain – 6 Things You Will Love

Rock of Gibraltar is a limestone peninsula and mountainous rock that jets out of the end of the British territory at the southwestern tip of Europe. It is almost 1500 feet high and borders Spain and the United Kingdom. It was captured from the Spanish in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. Gibraltar and its famous Rock were ceded to the British "in perpetuity"

2019-08-20T13:21:14-07:00

Finding a Yoga Retreat – Costa Rica Blue Osa

Costa Rica is the kind of place where you can commune with nature. It provides the perfect backdrop with its hidden beaches, volcanic mountains, hiking trails, and lush tropical rainforests. In fact, 25% of Costa Rica is dedicated to wildlife and nature, in the form of wildlife preserves and jungles. Making it the perfect place... to retreat to. For many - including me - that

2018-11-27T11:57:41-07:00

Santorini Island’s Secret Lover’s Cove

My Trip to Santorini I had dipped my toes in the crisp, cool water and squealed with excitement as the yacht sailed away. I couldn’t believe this moment had finally arrived, a trip to Santorini. It was how I had dreamed about it a thousand times before. This was where I wanted to be on the day I turned half a century old. In the

2019-07-04T06:15:03-07:00

Gliding Thru Hidden Worlds: Riviera Maya, Mexico

He instructed us to turn off our headlamps and lay back with our eyes closed. I felt a chill come over my body as goosebumps began to arise within my dive skin. I did what was instructed, but hesitated for a bit. Lying there in the stillness, I heard a drip, drip, drip in the stillness. With his voice guiding me, I slowly opened my

2018-11-27T12:04:45-07:00

Costa Rica: Horseback Riding and Waterfall Rappelling

From volcanoes and endless beaches to rainforests, jungles, national parks, and awe-inspiring wildlife, Costa Rica really does seem to have it all. So you can imagine when I heard about a 110-foot rappel down gorgeous King Louie Waterfall that, of course, I wanted to make that one of my things to do in Costa Rica when I arrived there. Even though I was actually going

2019-08-24T10:52:52-07:00

It’s a Suite Life: Sweet Inn, Barcelona

I constantly find myself being the planner of things:  the family vacation, the food that we eat, and the calendar that we live by.  It was crunch time and I was in a spot: Our son was doing a study abroad program in Barcelona and we were going there with him to enjoy the richness of Spain, take in a few sights, and enjoy a

2018-11-27T12:05:18-07:00

Pulpit Rock Hike in Norway – Let The Adventure Begins!

Pulpit Rock, better known to Norwegians as Preikestolen in Norway is a steep cliff that rises almost 2000 feet above Lysefjorden with a flat top viewing platform. It was formed by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.  I am sure you will recognize it by its famous photographs. It attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world, which makes it one of the main

2018-11-27T12:06:04-07:00

Galapagos Islands Holidays: An Archipelago Like No Other on Earth

Eclipse Yacht, AdventureSmith Explorations, Photo by PointsandTravel.com The Galapagos Islands Holidays: The Science Behind the Island The Galapagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 650 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. They are isolated from any other land formation or island group. About half the size of New Jersey, you may ask yourself, according to geographical size, why

2018-11-27T12:13:10-07:00

Come Visit The Majestic Cathedral Rock – Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s cinematic red rocks had been flashing across our windshield for almost an hour. It was hard for the driver to keep her hands on the steering wheel due to the beauty at each turn in the road. My iPhone camera was going off every few minutes, regardless if it was a good shot or not here at Cathedral Rock Sedona. There is no denying that

2019-06-20T14:48:05-07:00

Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat

Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat Floating up to the stunningly gorgeous jetty at the Raja Ampat Dive Resort on Waigeo Island in West Papua, I knew I was in for a special treat. This was that kind of place, the epitome of a remote, exotic beach vacation. It takes hours and hours to get here, so most people just don’t go. But I was ready for

2019-08-27T23:17:37-07:00

An Off-Road Experience in Bandung, Indonesia

Travel Bandung, Indonesia   Wisata Off-Road Adventure picked us up after lunch from Café Burangrang. We were at the unique leisure park, Dusun Bambu in Northern Bandung, Indonesia, where we had just had a relaxing lunch overlooking an amazing view of boats on a pond with thatched bungalows. Travel Bandung The guides lead us down to the parking circle valet. One by one, we walked past

2019-08-20T18:11:46-07:00

Summer Travel to Niagara Falls with Radisson

Niagara Falls, Canada Summer Travel to Niagara Falls with Radisson Have you ever dreamed of visiting the famous Niagara Falls that lie on and near the international border of Canada and the United States of America? I had always dreamed of seeing the falls, but was lucky enough to finally visit them in 2012. I believe now is the perfect time to plan

2019-06-08T16:03:16-07:00

Things to do in Park City

  Park City is an easy ski destination to get to Arrival into Salt Lake City, Utah comes easy and smooth. For once, you are happy that things are effortless and uncomplicated. The rental SUV is perfect for this family ski trip, as the sleek new Kia Sorento arrives at the airport by Drive STI with ease. Bags are packed in the spacious trunk and

2019-08-19T09:12:18-07:00

Galapagos Islands – Here I come again!

I wanted to let you guys know about some exciting news in my upcoming travels… I will be returning to a place that is near and dear to my heart this month, in fact, I leave in just a few days. I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the Galapagos Islands. I went last year and I cannot tell you what an

2018-11-27T12:21:58-07:00

Tall Tales: Dog Sledding in Montana

The yelping was so loud, you would have thought something was on fire with all the commotion. As I slipped out of the all-wheel-drive suburban truck, my snow boot landed on the slick white ice in the downpour of snow that had just begun. I stumbled and sort of stammered out of the truck with a “swan dog” yoga pose, throwing my arm over my

2019-08-19T08:44:26-07:00

Behind the Scenes: Cancun Xcaret’s Espectacular

One by one, they would climb the 17 dingy white stairs to the tiny crowded, dimly-lit room. They needed to get out of the sweltering heat and were dressed in the brightest blues, vibrant yellows and heart-stopping red colors. Never have I seen such a stunningly beautiful group of women with matching beads and flowers in their hair. The men came too, fewer, but they

2019-12-06T16:34:26-07:00

In the Lap of Luxury – The Rocky Mountaineer Train

Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer When searching for the most over-the-top, fantastic experience in luxury train travel, I knew that the Rocky Mountaineer train was the place to start. Especially since it is the largest privately owned, luxury tourist train in the world. I was ready to see what they had to offer on a full-on, luxury vacation. When I am talking about

2019-08-25T10:56:50-07:00

Iceland Excursions

By Cacinda Maloney Have you ever dreamed of going on a few Iceland Excursions?  Recently I have been thinking seriously about the destinations that I want to see in the upcoming travel year. Having traveled to 17 countries in 2014 and already 16 countries this year, I have narrowed down my searches and for some reason Iceland keeps making its way back to the top

2018-11-27T12:26:58-07:00

Great Railway Journeys – Rocky Mountaineer

A Train Ride Across Canada, Is it right for you? The answer for me: YES! Earlier this year, I was the eager guest of Rocky Mountaineer, one of the World’s greatest railway journeys. I was on board their route from Vancouver to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. There are many different train routes to choose from, but I am told this one was a fairly typical

2019-08-24T18:57:29-07:00

Rocky Mountaineer Train

 National Geographic once called Rocky Mountaineer Train one of the “World’s Greatest Trips.” National Geographic once called the Rocky Mountaineer "Named as one of the World' Greatest Trips." Rocky Mountaineer Train My personal story about Rocky Mountaineer Train: My Dad is a car guy, he still is. I believe once a car guy, always a car guy. Any extra money he had was always spent

2019-08-03T16:45:44-07:00

Marlin Fishing in Guatemala

Marlin Fishing Looking out over the sparkling deep blue water, I thought I had seen him far in the distance. He and I had been fighting for a while. Marlin Fishing With every pull and spin my arms were getting tired, yet he did seem to be getting stronger, as he approached the marlin fishing boat. Suddenly, he surged straight up out of

2019-05-24T16:17:17-07:00

Listening to Silence – Jordan by Night

  Desert Night Camps - Feynan Ecolodge We were in the van for what seemed like hours. Gazing out the window, I noted how the landscape was changing and soon it felt as if civilization was slowly creeping away on our way to Feynan Ecolodge. Dana Biosphere Reserve, in the lands of Jordan's desert, was vast and diverse. Occasionally, I would see herds of sheep

2019-08-20T22:20:49-07:00

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos

  Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos By Cacinda Maloney Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos  - Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny spot on Floreana Island, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. This

2018-11-27T12:33:13-07:00
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