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Wild Wanders: Adventures off the Beaten Path

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Challenge yourself on your next girlfriend getaway by wandering away from the beaten tourist trail. Push yourself with a cycling adventure through Taiwan's Toroko Gorge or experience sublime hot springs. Explore Namibia's Skeleton Coast and towering sand dunes. Visit Antarctica or a private island resort at the edge of a protected marine park in Panama. Whatever your whim, this list is all about wandering wildly off the beaten path to destinations you might not otherwise think about for a longer girls getaway.
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No. 18, Zhongbu Cross-island highway, Xiulin Township, Hualien County, Taiwan 972
These beautiful hot springs are located several kilometres into the gorge. To get there you must drive or cycle to the parking lot and then walk down a long wooden staircase built into the cliffside. At the bottom you'll find a quaint...
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Namibia
Don’t let the eerie name fool you. Namibia’s Hoanib Skeleton Coast, a 310-mile stretch of sand scattered with animal bones and shipwrecks, is home to plenty of life: the Himba bushmen, fur seals, and desert-adapted flora whose sole water source is...
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Isla Palenque, Boca Chica, Panama
Located on a 400-acre private island at the edge of a protected marine park, Isla Palenque Resort in the remote Gulf of Chiriqui is undiscovered Panama at its best; a place still so wild the howler monkeys outnumber guests and you can live as...
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California, USA
Recently I had the opportunity to spend a night under the stars camping in Joshua Tree National Park with my service dog Bobbi -- follow her on social media @jetsetpup. It was a magical experience for a number of reasons, including the...
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Antarctica
In a destination as extreme as Antarctica, the trip there is an adventure in itself. This is especially true if you opt to journey the way many people do, by crossing Drake Passage. The Drake is the body of water between South America and...
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RT 8, Morondava 619, Madagascar
Baobab trees, which grow up to 100 feet tall and 30 feet wide, carry a prehistoric grandeur worthy of their title as Madagascar’s national tree. Of the six ancient baobab species native to the African island, only the largest, the Adansonia...
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Altai, Mongolia
As soon as we got to Mongolia, my two friends and I did a "Ger-to-Ger" four night trip outside of Ulaan Bator. This the the first evening when we climbed the hills beside the ger we were staying at for the first two nights. You can see the ger we...
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Peru
Trek through the Andes to the 15th-century Incan ruins of Machu Picchu on the lesser-traveled Salkantay Trail. Four luxurious lodges—three with outdoor hot tubs at the foot of craggy peaks, the last in a lush avocado orchard—will serve as your...
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The Nomadic Desert Camp in the Wahiba Sands was the highlight of our trip in Oman. This was a peaceful and authentic place, where we spent a memorable day and night of camping. The host and his family embody the well-known Omani hospitality. This...
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Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Still in use today, the Ifugao Rice Terraces were carved into the hillsides of Ifugao Province by hand some 2,000 years ago, and are fed by an elaborate irrigation system that captures water from the forests above. While many people explore this...
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Gorilla treks take at least 3 days because it takes 9 hours to drive from Kampala. Stay at a community run ecolodge, like Buhoma Lodge, on the edge of the forest the night before your trek. Buhoma includes a good breakfast & dinner & a packed...