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6 Plants and Animals You’ll Only Find in the Seychelles Islands

Giant Tortoise

In a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, nearly 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, the tiny archipelagic country of Seychelles is home to many of the world’s most unusual plants and animals, many of which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else on the planet. From skyscraping palms to miniscule frogs, here are […]

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February 6, 2015 by | Comments Off on 6 Plants and Animals You’ll Only Find in the Seychelles Islands

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 […]

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August 21, 2013 by | Comments Off on The Dos and Don’ts of Booking a Safari in Kenya

Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

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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 […]

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June 25, 2013 by | Comments Off on Penguins and Postcards in Port Lockroy, Antarctica

[PHOTOS] Yellowstone National Park in Winter


As a result, Yellowstone offers the biggest population of megafauna (a.k.a. huge animals) in the Continental U.S., from grizzly bears, moose and wolves to herds of elk, bighorn sheep and bison. There’s plenty of other wildlife as well, including coyotes, foxes, pronghorn, bald eagles, trumpeter swans and myriad other species. Collectively, these features make Yellowstone […]

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December 3, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Animals of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Tortoise

As a devout nature-lover, the Galapagos Islands had been on my travel bucket list for years before I finally took a week-long, small ship eco-cruise through the archipelago. Made famous by Charles Darwin (who concocted his Theory of Evolution based on his groundbreaking scientific discoveries there), the chain of islands is located 600 miles off […]

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November 26, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Walk on the Wild Side in Poland National Parks

Red deer

So we had a bizarre introduction to Podlaskie, the remote region of Poland marooned on the north-east border with Belarus – until the end of WWI this whole area was Russian. Within Podlaskie’s limits are two very special national parks; Bialowieza and Biebrza. The latter is a 150,000-acre patchwork of protected marshy flatlands, agricultural fields, […]

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October 23, 2012 by | Comments Off on Walk on the Wild Side in Poland National Parks

Olympic Medal Ceremony: Our Picks for the Best Destinations Around the World

Bali beach

The London 2012 Olympics doesn’t start until July 27, but we’ve already given out our medals for the Travel Olympics.

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July 16, 2012 by | Comments Off on Olympic Medal Ceremony: Our Picks for the Best Destinations Around the World

San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences

Do you have kids? I have one. His name is Emmett. He’s nearly three years old. He loves penguins. And fish. And butterflies. And snakes. And jellyfish. And alligators. Most of the time we only get to experience these things in books. Which is why I was super-duper excited to check out the newly reopened […]

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February 12, 2009 by | 7 Comments

Kenya Tours & Safaris

A lion in the grass, Kenya We’re pleased to announce a new destination on Viator.com: Kenya. We’ve just completed an exhaustive search for Kenya’s best tours, safaris and things to do from Nairobi to Mombassa, Lake Nakuru to Hell’s Gate, Maasai Mara National Reserve to Amboseli National Park. We’re excited because Kenya offers some of […]

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January 5, 2007 by | 1 Comment

Monkey Magic

A friend I traveled with in Africa was (and is) obsessed with monkeys. While I and our other traveling partner went for reasons encompassing things like exposure to different cultures, food, and, well, lions and hippos and elephants, our companion went for the primates. Which when you come to think of it is not a […]

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November 22, 2006 by | Comments Off on Monkey Magic