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Learning Maya History at the Most Impressive Maya Ruins

Tikal Guatemala

rchaeologists trace the origin the Maya to as far back as 1800 B.C. Mayan culture peaked between 600 AD and 800 AD. When the Spanish arrived on the Yucatán Peninsula in the 16th century, they made a point of burning the Maya’s writings. It was only when archaeologists deciphered their hieroglyphs did we learn about […]

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Adventure Breaks in the UK: 5 Places to Include on the List

Paradise, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

he UK offers up some fantastic adventure breaks for solo and family travelers. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing hike through glorious countryside or looking to have the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit. Here are 5 top spots for a great adventure… The […]

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An Urban Adventure: Exploring Riga By Bike

Biking in Riga

elcome to Riga, our young and small country!” says Artus, our guide for the day. Like many young generation Latvians, Artus is a well-spoken and bright guy, full of ideas and drive. He is one of the partners of E.A.T Riga, an explorers club that aims to show the alternative side of Riga in a […]

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Walls of Resilience — West Bank, Palestine

Leila Khaled, symbol of Palestinean resistance

In the Palestinian Territories, artists are finally breaking their years of silence. The growing art scene in the West Bank is a testament to how the Palestinians are using street art as a form of expression. Politics, a subject you can’t avoid in Palestine, is of course the main theme. Activists have sprawled their works of […]

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Traveling with a Baby — The Glamping Edition

Staying in a yurt with our baby

Camping is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the great outdoors. We’ve camped in many parts of the world — from the savannas of the Serengeti, to the dusty deserts of Turkmenistan and the jungles of Brazil. We see it as a way to connect with the surroundings and we love the simplicity and […]

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Learning to Kitesurf in Tarifa, Spain

Kitesurfing in the water

he wind is blowing strong and hard, tugging at my kite. Overhead, the sun’s rays are glaring and blinding my eyes. The wide, sandy beach stretches for miles and the cool waters of the Mediterranean are calling. I’m in Tarifa, trying my hands at kitesurfing, a sport I’ve long wanted to dabble in. For the […]

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Glamping in an Airstream: Embracing a Bohemian Lifestyle

Alozaina, Malaga

t’s true what they say: It’s the people that make travel so enriching. Over the past decade or so, I’ve met many inspiring people on my travels who have interesting stories to tell. Trevor is one such person who made an impact on me. I recently met him when we rented his airstream, one of the […]

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Traveling with a Baby — The Beach Holiday Edition

Family-friendly resort

You know how much I love adventures. I’m not someone who can lounge by the pool and do nothing for hours. But since having a baby, I’ve been craving to do just that — relax and kick back, enjoy the sun and do nothing. Perhaps it’s the stress and exhaustion that come with motherhood. Since the […]

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Staying in a Mongolian Yurt — What It’s Like

Mongolian Yurt

ention Mongolia and the traditional yurt often comes to mind. The two are so intertwined that you can’t talk about Mongolia and not mention the yurt. In fact, everywhere you go in Mongolia, you see yurts or “gers” as they are known in Mongolia. The word ger literally translates from the Mongolian language to mean “house” or “home.” About half of Mongolia’s […]

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Canyons, Cliffs and Wildlife — Mongolia’s Gurvan Saikhan

Yolyn Am

Before my trip to Mongolia, I’d imagined vast swathes of deserts and empty steppes. It therefore came as quite a surprise when I found myself traipsing through varied landscapes that ranged from beautiful canyons to networks of caves and majestic mountain ranges. Here in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, a surprise awaits at every […]

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Living with Nomads in Mongolia

Our guide Amaraa scooping up airag

olooo!” Cheers! We clink glasses, and gulp down yet another round of airag, local Mongolian firewater prepared by our host. It’s barely 10am and we’re downing alcohol strong enough to knock us out for the rest of the day. It’s rude to reject their kind offer though, so I glug down the feisty-tasting liquor and pray […]

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Photo Essay: Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

View from Khongoriin Els

s the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of nowhere. I’m standing on the top of the highest sand dune in the Gobi Sand. So where is the music coming from? “From the sand,” my local guide Amaraa says. “They call this […]

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Sun and Snow – Skiing in Sierra Nevada

Ski slopes of Sierra Nevada

Mention southern Spain, and most people think of the beaches, but few know that it’s actually home to some of the best ski stations in Europe. As Europe’s second most mountainous country (next to Switzerland), Spain rises to an average altitude of 650m above sea level with over one quarter of the country actually over 1000m above sea level. […]

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Olive Country Life in Andalusia

Patio de los Naranjos y vistas

t’s a glorious Saturday morning and the sun is beaming through the window. Birds are chirping outside and the air is thick with the scent of pine trees and sunflowers. I look out to see rolling green hills dotted with yellow meadows and red poppies, framed by vast olive groves and imposing grey mountains in […]

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A Tribute to Kathmandu’s Historical Landmarks

Swayambhunath Temple

This past week, my thoughts have been with Nepal and its people, who are now in crisis after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday. The catastrophic disaster has so far killed more than 5,200 and injured 9,200. It has been the most severe earthquake to hit the country in over 80 years. Thousands of people […]

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