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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

Rescuing Elephant Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya

An older orphan comforts a younger one.

Kenya is without a doubt a wildlife paradise, its wilderness unparalleled and one of the few places on earth where one can admire the Big Five. But with these unique attributes come challenges, as poachers decimate herds for the ivory trade, killing mothers and leaving behind orphans. Several conservation groups are at the forefront of […]

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May 11, 2016 by | Comments Off on Rescuing Elephant Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya

Zanzibar Island Beyond Stone Town: Top 12 Things to Do

Red colobus monkeys

Zanzibar has been an important commercial stop since the ancient Assyrians, with traders coming from as far as Arabia, India and the Persian Gulf. This fusion of different African, Asian and Arab influences can be seen today in the island’s architecture. A prime example is Stone Town, a must-see while on the island. However, Unguja, […]

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May 9, 2016 by | Comments Off on Zanzibar Island Beyond Stone Town: Top 12 Things to Do

How to Pick a Safari in Tanzania

Setting off on a safari in the Serengeti

Tanzania is one of the best safari destinations, with world-famous parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, where you can find the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the nearly extinct rhinoceros) in their natural habitat. Defining the right safari for you is the key to enjoying your trip. Different formulas are available depending on […]

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November 30, 2015 by | Comments Off on How to Pick a Safari in Tanzania

A Moment with the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

A mountain gorilla in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda

If your bucket list includes observing gorillas in the wild, Rwanda should be your destination of choice. Its mountain gorillas — the world’s most endangered apes — live in the Virunga Mountains across Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.

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November 11, 2015 by | Comments Off on A Moment with the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

Winter Adventures Around the Arctic Circle

Ready to mush the dog team

The Call of the Wild … Jack London described a world of pure white, dangerous and exhilarating. Contrary to his time, today you can easily travel to the great northern territories of the USA and Canada and experience the thrills without the danger — just bring your adventurous spirit!

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October 5, 2015 by | Comments Off on Winter Adventures Around the Arctic Circle

Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

Get up-close with Alpacas on a farm in North Carolina.

Children shriek in giddy delight as alpacas nuzzle the fence—a strange feel of Andean charm in the middle of Appalachia. Alpacas are the main attraction here on Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina, about 25 minutes from Boone, but there are also goats, chickens, donkeys, and pigs that accompany them on this 42-acre property. As […]

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September 10, 2015 by | Comments Off on Alpacas, Llamas & Goats at Apple Hill Farm in North Carolina

How to Spend One Day in Papeete

Papeete waterfront.

When people talk about vacationing in Tahiti, they aren’t necessarily talking about staying on the island of Tahiti itself. Tahiti is the largest of the islands in French Polynesia, which many people commonly refer to collectively as Tahiti. Flights typically arrive to the capital city of the island of Tahiti, Papeete, early in the morning […]

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August 19, 2015 by | Comments Off on How to Spend One Day in Papeete

Best Boone Activities for Families

Grandfather Mountain at sunset

At an elevation of exactly 3,333 feet, Boone is the highest city of its size found east of Colorado. It’s home to Appalachian State University and is the unofficial capital of the North Carolina High Country that spans the surrounding mountains. Thanks to the city’s lofty elevation, it’s a refreshing respite from the summer heat […]

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August 17, 2015 by | Comments Off on Best Boone Activities for Families

Cruising the Zambezi River at Sunset

The anticipated sunset did not disappoint!

Just upstream on the Zambian shore, we set sail on a Zambezi River Sunset Cruise tour while we were in Livingstone, Zambia. We boarded the ship just as the sun was starting to make its slow drop down for the evening. Our captain for the evening guided us up the river to see African wildlife, […]

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July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off on Cruising the Zambezi River at Sunset

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