Collected by Kate Kinley
Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia
It takes two days to make the 8.5km climb to the top of Mt. Kinabalu - the tallest peak in Southeast Asia. Located in Borneo - it's a challenging climb – the first is spent going up, up, up from 5000 ft. to about 10,000 ft. where you hunker down...
Taken in the North York Moors in Northern England just before the light fades on my time exploring this powerful space. This is a land full of a bleak, suggestively Delphian beauty that haunts with the idea that I need to come back to understand...
Stonehaven AB39 2TL, UK
Dunnottar Castle is a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff-top fortress in a truly stunning setting. And just a half hour's drive from Aberdeen, Europe's oil-capital. William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots graced the Castle with their presence....
Roys Peak, Otago 9381, New Zealand
The guidebooks say this is a difficult trek but well worth it. After a huffing and puffing trek to the top of Roy’s Peak, I would most certainly like to concur. 11k in approximately 4-5 hours, a decent level of fitness is most needed for this...
Göreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. Like a lunar landscape, the region is home to a bizarre field of anthill-like cones and underground cities where Christians once hid to avoid persecution.
00060 Mazzano Romano, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
The government said the cliffs of Calcata, a medieval hill town 30 miles north of Rome, where crumbling and the residents would have to abandon the village for a new one a half mile away. They were right. Sort of. There was a government policy,...
San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, PR, Puerto Rico
Cuevas del Indios (Indian Caves) of Arecibo offers a tidbit of ancient history of a lost people. An easy-to-find natural wonder, with a simple $2 fee for parking, this you won't want to miss. Bring some sunscreen and your camera. Begin your hike...
Lislorkan North, Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland
On the Clare coast, not far from Ennis is O’Brien’s Tower built in 1835 by Sir Cornellius O’Brien to mark the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher and as some stories have it, to serve as an observation tower for Victorian tourists. The climb is...
Ana Magaro S/n, Hanga Roa, Isla de Pascua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
As with any hotel, a sufficient bed, proper breakfast and friendly staff can make one's stay pleasant or a nightmare. All rooms at Iorana have a patio and sea view (as seen in the photo), meals are included though we only enjoyed the breakfast as...
1519 PA-903, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, USA
If you're camping in the Poconos you have to take the time to hike up these waterfalls. It's a long trip to the top that's surprisingly tiring--and slippery--but so worth the views. And please don't pass up jumping in after all that effort; it's...
708 Alajuela Province alajuela, Provincia de Alajuela, Bajos del Toro, 20101, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for waterfalls, hot springs and other natural wonders, but many have become overcrowded due to an increase in tourism. If you are planning to hire a car to explore Costa Rica by land, you'll find this breathtaking waterfall...
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Peter Mato (pictured - and no, he did NOT deface that rock!) is the best guide you could ever have climbing Kilimanjaro. He grew up on the mountain and started early as a porter and worked his way up to full-time guide. He's fluent in several...
Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii 96778, USA
There are numerous sites to explore within Volcanoes National Park, but the Thurston Lava Tube is certainly one of the most dramatic. Located at stop #6, exploring the tube is an easy half-hour walk to and through the extinct lava conduit.
Nikola Kljusev 3, Skopje 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
During our Macedonian travels, I was eager to escape the nation's hectic capital city of Skopje to visit the serene Matka Canyon, which is 30 minutes’ away by car. To get there, we traversed a countryside composed of rolling verdant hills and...
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