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Spark Your Sense of Wander with Explorations by Collette

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As you consider your future travel plans, look to these ten unforgettable experiences for some inspiration. If you find one that appeals, Explorations can then help you scratch it off your must-do list.
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99600 Sodankylä, Finland
The spectacle of the night sky glowing with a rainbow of shifting veils of colors—the northern lights, or aurora borealis—qualifies, if anything does, as a must-see experience. While the science of the phenomenon may be better understood these...
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Lundur, Iceland
Few countries have a landscape as otherworldly as Iceland's. Here, geothermal activity has resulted in countless hot springs and it generates nearly one-third of the country's electricity. Another example of this extraordinary facet of Iceland can...
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Matterhorn
The Swiss Alps have presented a silent challenge to the mountaineers of the world since the very beginning of mountaineering itself in the mid-19th century. There are over 250 peaks in the country with altitudes exceeding 3,600 meters (or 11,811...
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Bordeaux, France
For travelers who are passionate about cuisine, the south of France has a number of must-visit, and must-taste, highlights. Try a bouillabaisse overlooking the old port of Marseilles, where the iconic French dish was invented, and sample the...
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222/17 Lý Thường Kiệt, Sơn Phong, Hội An, Quảng Nam 560000, Vietnam
Located roughly in the middle of Vietnam, Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a remarkable number of buildings from the 16th century and later that reflect a fascinating variety of cultural influences—Chinese, Japanese, and European—thanks...
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Cape Town, South Africa
For safari goers, spotting the so-called Big Five is a common goal. These are five species—Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros—that are elusive and to see them all requires some persistence and determination or, at least, the...
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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy
Sometimes the most transformative travel experiences are not the big, earth-shaking moments and instead it's those occasions when we learn to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures. Perhaps no country better embodies this approach to life than...
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Ask travelers what places come to mind first when they think of South America, and many will likely name two very different places: the fabled Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes of Peru, or the naturalist's Eden of the Galapagos, the...
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Barcelona, Spain
"The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain" is a line made famous by the movie My Fair Lady. It is, however, not true. Instead it's the verdant north of the country that receives more rain than the dry plain that covers most of the Iberian...
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Coolfin Glebe, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Ireland is a country that is even more magical when it is explored by foot. Somehow those lush green hillsides become even brighter when there is no windshield separating you from them, and a friendly pub is even more welcoming when you arrive to...