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No one could have ever imagined that one day there would be a tourist shop here, selling T-shirts and maps, fleece jackets and bumper stickers. But today there is, at this renovated former British refuge hut. Roughly half of the 30,000 who visit...
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San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
My favorite small town in the world. Period. Dusty and dry, located on the edge of the Atacama desert in South America’s Altiplano (High Plains) this little post-hippie adobe town has boomed in recent years as tourists have “discovered” the north...
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Taranna TAS 7180, Australia
We kayaked halfway around Australia’s heart-shaped island state in four weeks and almost every night dined off what we caught or pried from the sea. When the tide was low, we would pull over and knife oysters and clams from the coral and bake them...
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Tuamotus Islands, French Polynesia
The Tuamotu archipelago – 78 coral reef atolls spread north and east of Tahiti – are just remote enough they’ve not been spoiled by excessive tourism. There are a few high-end hotels, but just a few. Instead of tourism, the local economy is still...
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Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
One of my favorite big cities in the world because it was designed by a Frenchman, thus low buildings and big skies (see Washington D.C. and Paris). Nothing can be built taller than Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum. Start the morning observing tai chi...
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Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Halfway down the 1,500-mile coast, this incredibly well preserved, two-thousand-year-old trading post on the sea was the end point of our two-month long sea kayaking adventure that began at the Chinese border. Just south of the big city of Danang,...
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Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA
The Aleutian Islands, days away from civilization, with winds blowing 70 mph and pouring rain, I'm glad that I like to write (with pen and paper, because there are no battery chargers). Dutch Harbor is a main point of interest, but the whole of...
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Pape'ete, French Polynesia
What Tahiti’s capitol city lacks in style it makes up for at its sprawling town center market, open every day. Fresh flowers, exotic fruits, anything you can imagine made from coconut oil, plenty of tropical shirts and skirts and jewelry made from...
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Murter, Croatia
The biggest national park in Croatia is made up of 140 islands in the northern corner of the Adriatic Sea. Located along the coastline known as Dalmatia, Kornati National Park is accessible from Zadar. It boasts islands that are not much more than...
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
I lived in Paris for ten years and as much as I love France, I can make an argument for Dubrovnik being the most beautiful city in Europe. Smack on the border between Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, the Dalmatian coast here offers evidence...