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Horseback Riding in Brazil

Horseback riding in Brazil

In a country known for it’s coastline, Paraty is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s most charming beach towns. With a stunningly preserved colonial center, a verdant jungle backdrop and a bay filled with turquoise waters and white sand beaches, it’s a place right out of a postcard. Unfortunately for my travel companion Heather and […]

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January 30, 2017 by | Comments Off on Horseback Riding in Brazil

Quiet Time with Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer

Visiting Rio de Janiero was on my bucket since before I’d even filled out my first passport application. At the very top of the list? A visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer Statue – an imposing concrete and soapstone statue that soars over 100 feet into the air and whose arm span seems to […]

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January 17, 2017 by | Comments Off on Quiet Time with Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

Panama City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Panama City Hop-on Hop-Off Tour

Panama City is famous for a lot of wonderful things, like engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal, the beauty that is the city skyline, and the historical gem that is the UNESCO-recognized old town. It’s also famous for some not-so-wonderful things, like unscrupulous taxi drivers and mind-numbing traffic.

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February 20, 2014 by | Comments Off on Panama City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Pisco Sour lesson in Lima

When in Peru, drink as the Peruvians do – that’s how the saying goes, right? That’s the theory travel buddy Zoe and I were operating under when we signed up for the Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson. Pisco has been a part of Peru since the Spanish invasion, when colonizers attempted to make […]

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January 23, 2014 by | Comments Off on Lima Market Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Taking a Cruise Down the Amazon River

Though it was already dark by the time we arrived at the pier in Nauta, The Aria looked beautiful lit up at night. As soon as we embarked, I ran straight for my cabin and resisted the urge to jump joyously on the bed. The interior design was simple and modern, and accentuated the large […]

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December 12, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Tagaytay Ridge Tour in the Philippines

For many travelers, the best part about a big, hectic, twelve-million-inhabitant Southeast Asian city like Manila is leaving it. But even for those with a taste for urban chaos, a day trip to the surrounding areas can provide a breathe of fresh air and a new dose of cultural perspective.

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June 7, 2013 by | Comments Off on Tagaytay Ridge Tour in the Philippines

Las Vegas Night Strip Helicopter Tour


As the sun sets on Las Vegas, the slumbering city comes to life. Glittery lights blink awake, the volume of competing music from different venues increases and the sounds of laughter and slot machines fill the air. When darkness falls, Vegas rises. That’s what makes the Las Vegas Night Strip Helicopter Tour such a great […]

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January 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment