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After five very active days on our Galapagos expedition, we skipped the opportunity to take a hike in Puerto Egas and instead decided to relax on the beach. A sea lion had similar ideas and plopped herself right down next to my daughter's towel...
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31026 SMB, Seven Mile Beach, (Royal Watler Cruise Ship Terminal), George Town KY1-1205, Cayman Islands
Swimming with stingrays may, admittedly, smack of an overly manufactured tourist experience. But the sandbars of Stingray City on Grand Cayman make for such a transcendent outing, you’ll be glad you went for it. As soon as you enter the...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Lake Lugano
Lake Lugano is, which is very close to the Swiss-Italian border is a quaint area tucked away into the hills. On the day I visited rain was heavy but I decided to take a boat ride from Lugano to a tiny town called Gandria, that can only be accessed...
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Harding Icefield, Alaska 99664, USA
While in Seward, Alaska one must take the hike along the Exit Glacier up to the Harding Icefield. It is a bit difficult at times, especially if there is snow, which there will be, and there are monster mosquitoes. However, it is amazing; the...
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Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I've been to Thailand half a dozen times over the last four years, but until November I had never visited during the Lantern Festival. To be honest, I didn't expect it to be quite as amazing as it actually was - Chiang Mai was transformed for a...
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Mo'orea, French Polynesia
Lesser known (and less expensive) than its sister island Bora Bora, Moorea is just as beautiful with as many (or as little) activities as you can jam into a day. Although the best thing to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the gentle breezes,...
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Balkans
Part of our Classic Crete trip allows time for exploring the archaeological site of Phaistos, an ancient Minoan site that was inhabited as early as 4000 BC! It contains an extensive palace complex that was first excavated in 1874.
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Loutro, Greece
Paddling from Agia Roumeli to Loutro, we keep our eyes open for sea turtles and kri-kri! The Northwest Passage kayaks to Loutro, a water-access only, traditional village on the south coast of Crete.
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you leave your self open to the unexpected but plan just enough to get to your destination, you find that life gives you little gifts of beauty waiting there for you to take in. I came across this smaller temple in the outskirts by chance. As...
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Angkor, Cambodia
Preah Khan is one of the most beautiful and best temples to visit in the Ankor Wat complex. The second one being Ta Prohm. Its reminiscent of all those Tomb Raider & Indiana Jones movies you saw when you were a kid. Here is ware you see the power...
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812, Kampong Phluk, Cambodia
Kompong Phluk is a floating village located in the middle of Cambodia's largest lake, Tonle Sap. The term “floating” is a bit misleading: the houses are actually built on very tall stilts around 8 meters high. During the rainy season,...
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Mediteranska, Budva, Montenegro
While looking for a nice place to sit on the beach in Budva, I turned back toward the stari grad, or old city, and was awarded this fabulous view.
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The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
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Botswana
Chobe in November is full of all the African animals you hope to see. Many are grazing with their babies. Safari by land and boat.
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Cusco, Peru
The route to Machu Picchu has gotten smoother, thanks to two hotels outside Cuzco. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness resort is built on a 17th century hacienda and has one of Peru’s largest spas. Treatments feature coca leaves and camu...
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British Virgin Islands
This family-run restaurant serves up some of the best conch fritters in the Caribbean. The relaxed vibe and plastic chairs make for an unusual place for a romantic dinner, but just add a sunset and a perfectly prepared lobster, and Cow Wreck...
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I had some air miles that were due to expire really didn't want to go to the Caribbean but St Marten was the only available place given my time constraint.It was quite lovely and I am so glad that I went. Nice people, two countries in one and...
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Gili Trawangan, Gili Indah, Pemenang, North Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
The Gili Islands lie off the coast of Lombok and are only accessible by boat. There are three laws on the islands: no dogs, no motorised vehicles of any kind, and no police. Because there are no motorised vehicles, horses and their carts (cidomos)...
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R. da Praia, 8650 Budens, Portugal
While in the Lagos and western Algarve, I searched for lesser known beaches. With so many miles of coastline, I knew there had to be more beaches and less crowded ones at that. So my husband and I set out for several days to find these gems. We...
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Antalya, Turkey
In the deep valley formed by the falling and flowing water of the upper Düden waterfalls, there are promenades and trout restaurants. But if you walk far and deep enough, you will approach a river and encounter with plants of a myraid of colours....
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ΟIA, Οία, Oía 847 02, Greece
The view of the caldera was still breath-taking despite the cloudy weather. Everyone should be at this spot to see the sheer beauty of this place, once in their lives.
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Avaavaroa Tapere, Cook Islands
We rented a two bedroom home on Rarotonga for 10 days...the beach was almost always deserted and the sunsets were like this every night...it was awesome, romantic and a dream come true...
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Motu Akitua, Aitutaki, Cook Islands
One Foot Island in the Aitutaki Lagoon, the lagoon was amazing, warm water and seeing the giant clams up close was incredible....I would return here in a heartbeat...
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Calle 28 de Septiembre 109B, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
For less than $2, you can take a quick funicular ride to the Pipila Monument to get this top-of-the-world view of Guanajuato, Mexico. We arrived just after sunset, when lights were flickering across the colorful city. There were people around, but...
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Miami, AZ 85539, USA
A drive looking for a great sunset took me to the small mining town of Miami, Arizona. Miami is known for its copper mines, large and small. Copper is big business in Arizona. After finding nothing of real interest as far as a sunset was...
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209/2 Sridom Chai Road, ตำบล กื้ดช้าง อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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Nicholas St, Limerick, Ireland
Limerick doesn't draw nearly as many visitors as some of its neighbors — not with trendy destinations like Cork and County Clare nearby. Perhaps it has something to do with the nickname; Stab City doesn't roll off the tongue and, well, it would...
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Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
The ancient history preserved in the architecture of Bagan provides a unique insight into some of the country's modern political struggles. Throughout Burmese history, religion and rulers have been inextricably linked. The temples of Bagan were...
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Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Words cannot describe this experience. The most raw, nature experience I've ever had.
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8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
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Ootoya is a Japanese chain specializing in well-priced teishoku, set meals. Their new outpost in New York is much fancier than its counterparts in Japan. The food is excellent and authentic; the price is fair. It's one of the most Japanese places...
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Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
One of the best places to watch the sun set is from the cliffs of Pura Luhur Uluwatu, or the site of the old Uluwatu Temple on the island of Bali. The dramatic cliffs overlook the ocean, and arriving before sunset allows you to explore before...
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 14.5 Retorno del Rey Lote 38, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
This all-inclusive, adult only resort offers a truly exceptional experience. The staff is friendly, the service is excellent and the location is ideal for exploring Cancun. Honeymooners, couples and any vacationer in search of a chic, trendy...
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Kraanlei 37, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Ghent appears almost magical the first time you see its architecture. My partner and I were in a dreamlike trance as our eyes moved from one beautiful building to the next. And we had just experienced the beautiful canals of Amsterdam the previous...
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Patagonia camp is tucked deep inside the trees sitting in the edge of Laguna del Toro. There are 17 luxury yurts that all view the majesty of the most beautiful region in the world. Each day allows for an array of tours within Torres del Paine;...
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Vězeňská 1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
A few steps from Prague's beautiful Spanish Synagogue, in the middle of Dusni Street where the city's most famous writer used to live, a headless, handless and footless giant supports a much smaller Kafka riding on his shoulders. The artist says...
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Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
I was wandering down a street during Loi Krathong. I had been following a parade, but as I do, I got distracted and entirely lost. As loosing myself so often does it all panned out, as I found myself beside a beautiful Wat. Inside there where...
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Vaitape, French Polynesia
Nature lovers and history buffs alike will enjoy piling into a Land Rover or other four-wheel-drive vehicle for an off-road excursion to see Bora-Bora’s flora and fauna. During the trip, your Polynesian guide will cover a slew of topics,...
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McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, India is better known as Little Lhasa since the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetan refugees now call it home. Perched on the side of the Himalayas the small town offers a plethora of activities and entertainment. But...
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Peyto Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
This is another good stop along the Icefields Parkway in Alberta. It's a short hike from the parking area to this lookout. (Not sure how long it is, but my 5-year-old son managed it, walking on top of snow the whole way.) In the summer, the lake...