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Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. In a single day in Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, we were lucky enough to see herds of guanaco, baby ostriches, and condors gliding through the sky. The clouds parted to give us a...
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Atoll Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Rangiroa doesn't have the dramatic peaks of islands like Bora Bora, but it does have a rival underwater scene. While snorkeling above the reefs surrounding the largest atoll in French Polynesia’s Tuamotu archipelago, you’ll experience...
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Huangshan, Anhui, China, 245800
Chinas Huangshan Mountains. Beautiful picturesk a must visit place for anyone that loves nature, hiking and something unforgettable. I wish i would have stayed 4 more days hiking the mountain. Huangshan is the subject of frequent traditional...
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Tofino, BC, Canada
There are many wonderful beaches in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, but Schooner Cove is an extraordinary and accessible treasure, about twenty minutes south of Tofino. Small islets just off the coast at high tide become...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
What combats humidity and sweltering air that feels like it's being expelled from a jet engine? Paletas! At less than a dollar and in a range of bright juicy flavors, these little Mexican popsicles offer a melty respite from the summer heat. Try...
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C, 2 Marina Blvd C370, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Off the Grid is an organization that hosts food trucks stops at various points throughout San Francisco as well in spots in the greater Bay Area. At any given time you can have 5-10 trucks in this downtown spot at 5th and Minna on Wednesdays and...
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52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
A boon to taco-starved expats when it opened five years ago, this taqueria-meets-cocktail lounge has been consistently good since day one. Tuck into tacos, tostadas and deliciously chunky guacamole in the narrow taqueria, then head past the...
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Latin America
Heading south on the bus, we got off in Purmamarca where the Mountain of Seven Colors boasts both it's fame and beauty. Just for a couple of hours. Just for a couple of pictures. And we will continue south. As soon as we got off the bus, two girls...
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Moo7 Faham, Faham Chiangmai, ตำบล สันผีเสื้อ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
The Yee Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai is northern Thailand's version of the 'Loy Kratong' celebration. This event paying homage to Lord Buddha at Yeepeng Lanna International at Tudongkhasathan is where you can see the largest concentration...
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Hàng Đào, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Vietnam has a coffee culture all to its own and in Hanoi, this includes a few cafes that serve it with egg. Whipped with sweetened condensed milk, the egg sits atop the slow roasted coffee, providing you with a hot afternoon treat that you'll...
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Via della Cassa di Risparmio, 3, 34121 Trieste TS, Italy
Best described as an old-world fast-food counter, the buffet emerged from the habit of Trieste’s dockworkers and shopkeepers to take a quick midmorning snack, or “rebechin.” Conveniently located near Trieste’s seaport, train station, markets, and...
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5222 Jezerca, Slovenia
Triglavski Narodi, or "Triglav" is one of Europe's oldest parks and is a hidden traveling treasure. Premiere places to see while traveling western Slovenia. Raft the Soča River, one of the world's premier rafting locations and an important battle...
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Tortuga Island, Federal Dependencies of Venezuela, Venezuela
Driving two hours outside of Caracas will bring you to your launching docks- another few hours by boat will bring you to paradise. La Tortuga is absolute beauty, the beach is a long thin strip that changes shape daily and usually you will have it...
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Barrio Pantasma, Managua, Nicaragua
In the center of Managua, Nicaragua lies the Roberto Huembes market. Selling an incredible array of native fruits, spices and even hammocks, this is a must-visit in Managua. You can even get your shoes shined here. Prepare to be overwhelmed, which...
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Jan Breydelstraat 36, 9000 Gent, Belgium
As Canadian expat in Belgium, one thing I miss is the sea (and good lobster), so when I saw "Lobster Six Ways" on the menu at the House of Eliott in Ghent, I had to try it. Far from the traditional 'crack it open and dig in' style lobster I was...
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2148 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Little known fact: After Los Angeles and Houston, Chicago has the third largest Mexican population in the United States. Unlike those two cities, the praises of its deep Mexican heritage and food have yet to be sung. Consider me, then, the fat guy...
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Lago di Poschiavo, Poschiavo, Switzerland
One of many pictures on the breathtakingly beautiful Bernina Express train ride, from Triano, Italy over the Alps to St. Moritz, Switzerland.
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Lugano, Switzerland
Lugano, Switzerland is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world. With the Mediterranean climate of the Ticino region and the Swiss-Italian culture, Lugano is not your average stadt der Schweiz. Palm trees sway and colorful flowers...
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Baja California, Mexico
The only way to find this work of art is to explore the many kilometers of roads in Baja. A handful of camping surfers, local ranchers, snakes and coyotes inhabit this zone. The intersection of rugged desert and blue Pacific creates a distinct...
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Lake Orta, Italy
Almost a strone's throw from the island's capital of Orta San Giulio, lies Isola San Giulio; the monastery of San Giulio encompasses almost the entire island.
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Granada, Nicaragua
If you haven’t been to Nicaragua, you probably haven’t met Vigorón. I had my first encounter with Vigorón just the other day. Vigorón is not a person, nor a place, but a traditional Nicaraguan dish. Boiled yucca, a potato-like root vegetable,...
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Indio, CA, USA
As you journey the I-10 from Los Angeles to Phoenix (the entire 6 hour drive), you come across the eerie image of windmills that stretch for miles and miles through the open desert.
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Christiansted, St Croix 00820, USVI
I get around. It's probably for this reason that I count sunsets above my home island of St. Croix as some of my favorite. Each one comes with decades of memories. Some of the best places to catch the last rays of the day are out west at places...
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Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
The walled Marrakesh medina is fascinating for its souks, the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and the many museums. But in all of the excitement of Africa's busiest city, don't forget to get lost in the quieter pedestrian alleys that twist and wind...
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Frazione Duino, 19, 34011 Duino TS, Italy
“Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels’ hierarchies?” These were the words of inspiration that, like a voice from the wind, called out to poet Rainer Maria Rilke one stormy day while he was wandering along the sea cliffs near the...
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Manawatu-Wanganui 4691, New Zealand
In good conditions, the Tongariro Crossing can take anywhere from about 5 hours if you’re really hoofing it, to 8 hours if you meander and stop to breathe on the tricky ascents and descents. Budget more time if you want to summit additional peaks...
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Niseko, Abuta District, Hokkaido, Japan
In Niseko, mountain ranges, lakes, wildlife, and volcanoes—including the dormant Fuji doppelganger Mount Yotei—are the main attraction. The area is known for fresh powder skiing and snowboarding, which is best followed by a soak in...
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Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe was inspired by Rome's Arch of Titus and commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. It was inaugurated in 1836 by King Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the revolution...
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Antalya Havaalanı Dış Hatlar Terminali 1, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey
Antalya is the place to go for Mediterranean swimming, decadent food, endless cocktails, and beautiful Russian women on display in the dance clubs.
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The Bosphorus, separating Europe and Asia, was and still is one of the most important maritime routes in the world. Straddled by the city of Constantinople—or Istanbul, as it is known today—the Bosphorus Straits lies between the Sea of Marmara and...
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Any tour of the pyramids outside of Cairo should include the Pyramid of Djoser. It was newly opened when I visited in 2009 and worth the extra stop. Built in the 27th century BC, this huge structure predates others and shows a different type of...
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Routeburn Track, New Zealand
Although the Routeburn Track is a three-day trek, one can walk part of it as a 7-kilometer day hike. The Divide trailhead at one end of the track begins with a steady climb through a beech forest and sub-alpine shrubs and continues with a steep...
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80045 Pompeii, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Witness the destruction wrought by Mt. Vesuvius nearly 2,000 year ago at the archaeological site of Pompeii. The ancient village was frozen in time beneath a blanket of hot ash during an eruption in 79 C.E. Among the ruins that have been uncovered...

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101 Playa Asuncion, Belize
Belize’s top two tourism hot spots, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, are its two most populous islands, some 21 miles off the coast of Belize City. In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye’s main town, tourists spend their days diving,...
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Tikal, Guatemala
A spider monkey took a break from branch-swinging and chattering to enjoy a banana.
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Las Cuevas, Trinidad and Tobago
If you find yourself in Trinidad, wander past the very popular Maracas Bay beach to Las Cuevas. It's more picturesque and quieter too!
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Cusco, Peru
This is another Incan site outside of Cusco, known for its canals, waterfalls and aquaducts. The water from this fountain is as clean and delicious as you could ask for.
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1881 Bao'an S Rd, CaiWuWei, Luohu Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000
The Penthouse on the 38th floor of the Grand Hyatt is my favorite bar in Shenzhen. The views are unreal, and the bar itself is comfortable, chic, and well-managed.
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Giza, Al Omraneyah, Giza Governorate, Egypt
After a brief price negotiation between our local expat friend and two 10-year-old boys, we went for our first (and so far, only) camel ride across the dusty flat that separates the Great Pyramids from the sprawl of Giza.
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Reims, France
If you find yourself making the 1 1/2 hour journey from Paris to Reims, you may be on your way to tour the authentic champagne vineyards of France. This city has much more to offer than just bubbly, though. A lovely little downtown is home to...
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Mysuru, Karnataka, India
The sun has been hot the whole day. The crowds kept coming in from all directions. India as some travelers would describe it, is "Beautiful Chaos," we sat down for a good two hours waiting for the sun to go down, so we can see the lighting of the...
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Albaicín, Granada, Spain
The Albaycin was the old Arab district in Granada's beautiful and tangled past. It lays below the Alhambra palace (where this photo was taken). The streets of the Albaycin having survived all the history of this city lay like a small meandering...
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Cusco, Peru
Nosh on some traditional aji de gallina and wash it all down with some Inca Cola at Los Candiles Restaurant in central Cusco before exploring all that this gorgeous mountain city has to offer. In the evening, weave your way through the maze of...
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3 Simpson Ln, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
I had been traveling the South Island of New Zealand for 2 weeks with the Magic Bus and this was one of my last stops. The reason I decided to do the flight over Lake Tekapo & Mt. Cook was because my helicopter tour of Franz Josef including the...
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Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
If turquoise seas lapping a sprawling pearl-sand beach dotted by a few shanty-style bars sounds like your version of heaven, then head to Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay. Jost Van Dyke is just a stone’s throw from the north shore of St. John. During my...
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Dhërmi, Albania
At the isolated beach of Dhermi deckchairs seemed the only ones willing to take in the sunset. Not a soul to be seen, just a few bottles remaining that hadn’t yet been cleared away, bathing in the orange tinged light of another Adriatic day.
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1509 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
The delicious smells wafting from this hole-in-the-wall will woo anyone within a two-block radius. Little Uncle is a tiny shack on Madison Ave. that serves up fantastic Thai "street food" dishes. The menu is tiny (there's always a rotating daily...
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Via S. Giovanni del Toro, 28, 84010 Ravello SA, Italy
Set in a 12th-century palace that looks like the setting for a Wes Anderson film, Palazzo Avino is skirted in flower-filled gardens terraced across a cliffside in Ravello. Interiors are as opulent as the storybook architecture, filled with...
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Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, UAE is usually very popular with expats and travelers wanting to soak up the nearly year-round sunny skies. One weekday, I was sitting alone on the beach along the shores of Dubai, just contemplating life while everyone...
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Cra. 18 #1-69, Santa Marta, Taganga, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
There is nothing more exhilarating than floating peacefully below the water, existing as one within one of the most amazing ecosystems on this planet. While Belize and Australia may have some of the best scuba diving waters in the world, the...
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Sabana de la Mar, Dominican Republic
There aren't too many opportunities in the Caribbean to ride on horseback to a cave. In Los Haitises National Park, located three hours west of the resorts of Punta Cana, Fun Fun (pronounced "Foon Foon") Cave is officially known as the largest...