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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, enjoy local food and drink, then finish the cruise with an amazing sunset over the River.

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July 31, 2015 by | Comments Off

Exploring Greenland: The Next Frontier for Travelers

Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland during the summer

Call it the Walter Mitty effect, but Greenland is suddenly on the cusp of shedding its arctic-explorers-only reputation to become the next great travel destination. Rather than cold and inhospitable, its shores now appear like an unexplored frontier to sure adventure.

While most won’t take an ice-cold leap of faith from a helicopter into the north Atlantic, there’s no shortage of awe-inspiring Mitty moments that will send chills down your spine. Just a quick search for “things to do in Greenland” results in a list from Arctic wildlife viewing to thermal hot spring swims. In between lie options to scuba dive, sea kayak, fly fish and, perhaps most in-demand, watch the Northern Lights. Then there are the opportunities to discover Norse and Inuit culture while interacting with native Greenlanders. Let’s call Greenland off the grid, but on the radar.

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July 22, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Things to See and Do in Winnipeg

Winnipeg skyline

Looking for fun in Manitoba’s capital city? Whether you’re into culture or nature, we’ve got 10 things to see and do in Winnipeg.

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June 9, 2015 by | Comments Off

The Big Five and Beyond: Going on Safari in the Serengeti

Popping up out of the safari jeep

Big Five hunting has waned in popularity, but there’s still a good deal of status associated with bagging a lion or an elephant for sport. How much better to go on a safari with only the intent of seeing, not diminishing these populations?

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July 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Out of Africa: Kenya Adventures Close to Nairobi

Feeding at the Giraffe Center

When Karen Blixen wrote the words, “I had a farm in Africa,” she probably had no idea how her words would inspire travelers and conjure up romantic images of the East African plains a century later. But as both a book and a film, “Out of Africa” continues to act as a siren song for the mystique and allure that only Africa seems to provide.

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September 27, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Exploring the Masai Mara in Kenya

There’s a reason why Disney chose the East African country of Kenya as the setting for The Lion King: Masai Mara. This vast reserve, which boarders Tanzania’s great Serengeti, is home to more than 1,500 square kilometers of continuous and untouched land. Its high concentration of wildlife, scenic mountain passes and arid plains, attract travelers and conservationist from across the globe—particularly during the Great Migration, when the tens of thousands of wildebeests and zebra migrate from the south in search of food and water.

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September 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The Dos and Don’ts of Booking a Safari in Kenya

Giraffes in Road

Lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and cape buffaloes converging en masse, oh my, the Big Five! Most people about to book their first Kenyan safari will likely admit that the trip is the culmination of a dream fed from youthful reading of National Geographic or watching Discovery Channel. Who, after all, does not want to be meters away from the world’s most notoriously exciting animals?

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August 21, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

In my excitement I ended up with two stamps – the first, placed by the kayak expedition leader on my ship, the second one stamped myself in the British Antarctica Research Center at Port Lockroy. Now, my passport holds two blue ovals, each with the same date and map coordinates, each displaying an indigo blue Gentoo penguin.

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June 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Whale Watching and Cocktails on Maui’s Teralani Sunset Cruise

Getting ready to set sail.

When I signed up for the Teralani Sunset Maui Cocktail Sail on my trip to Maui, I was mostly after drinks, snacks, and some nice photographs of the sun sinking behind the volcanic islands. I hadn’t expected the National Geographic-style whale adventure my evening would become.

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May 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments

The World’s 10 Best Snorkeling Destinations

Scuba diving requires training, a PADI qualification, and heavy equipment, but absolutely anyone who can swim and feels at ease in the water can snorkel. It’s the easiest way to discover an unbelievable underwater world full of color, critters, and beauty. Snorkelers only need a mask, a snorkel, and fins, and it’s free to practice on most of the world’s beaches at any time, dependent on sea condition. There’s so much to see and learn; snorkelers can swim among dolphins, turtles, and rays, discover thousands of different corals, and ambush shoals of jewel-colored fish as they dart around their domain. Here are simply the best snorkeling destinations; dive in to their marine wonders.

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February 27, 2013 by | 0 Comments

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