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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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Exploring Lanzarote’s Nature — Volcanoes, Blowholes and Hidden Coves

Timanfaya National Park

We are walking in the mar de lava – sea of lava – where massive blankets of solidified lava lie at the foots of Montaña Blanca, Lanzarote. Since seeing hot molten lava flowing off Guatemala’s most active volcano, Volcan Pacaya, I’ve become somewhat of a volcano buff. Sadly, there’s no sign of red burning lava flowing […]

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Our Home Away from Home: Villa Rental in Costa Brava

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Just two weeks ago, we took a break from work and had a relaxing vacation in Costa Brava (i.e. no laptop, no concrete plans and no work). We wanted to get some unplugged time and also take the opportunity to visit our dear friends Dan and Esme who had moved to Barcelona recently; Costa Brava is […]

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10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

A collage of the differnent treehouses at Treehotel

Thanks to this website and our magazine, we’ve had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along the way, we’ve also been fortunate enough to stay at many extraordinary and outstanding hotels. These aren’t your conventional five-star hotel chain or backpacker hostel — you’ll be surprised by how creative and unusual some hotel owners/designers can be. […]

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Travelers

The most famous day of love is coming up again quickly, and whether you’re spending the first or the tenth Valentine’s Day with your companion, you might be seeking something beyond a candlelit dinner. For travelers, you might be seeking the thrill of discovering a magical place together or simply taking a short jaunt to […]

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Inside Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Main entrance of ICEHHOTEL

Amidst the gorgeous Narnia landscape of the Swedish Lapland stands Icehotel, the world’s first hotel built entirely of ice and snow. It’s hard to believe that everything here is made of ice, until you see it for yourself. We recently visited the Icehotel on a daytrip from Abisko and were blown away by this work of […]

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Photoblog: Nordic Charm in Trondheim

Of all the places we visited on our Ice Run with Eurail, Trondheim has got to be the biggest surprise for us. Surrounded by fjords,  the city is a charming Nordic enclave rich in history and traditional flair. The town itself is tastefully built around a hill, studded with narrow cobble stoned alleys, classic Norwegian houses and […]

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Woof Poof: Husky Sledding in the Swedish Lapland

Our troop of huskies

“Yap yap, kom igen!” Come on, shouted Lina. The cacophony of howling and barking suddenly ceased and we were instantly engulfed in silence as our troop of huskies took to their heels. All morning, this was what they had been waiting for: running with all their might, with their tongues wagging, saliva dripping in all […]

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Sharks, Rays and Boobies: Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef

Heron island from the harbor

A giant manta ray flaps across the sandbar under the spearmint blue water beneath my feet. A brown-footed booby soars overhead, while an egret swooshes to the water surface and nabs his catch for the day. We’re out on the beach taking a morning stroll, but scenes from the Animal Planet are unfurling upon us. This is Heron Island, a coral cay […]

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A Quiet Corner of the World: Isla Coronado, Baja California

An empty beach

The warm Mexican sun kissed our shoulders, as we looked out into the horizon. A trail followed the boat as it skimmed the surface of the water, and white glass beads sprouted from the sides of the boat that cut the surface. The deep cerulean water hugging the islands in the near distance became lighter and lighter, […]

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Heaven on Earth: Myanmar’s Inle Lake

Fishermen on Inle Lake

t’s 7am and the sun’s rays are pouring into our wooden stilt bungalow. I open the windows and hypnotic sounds of prayers flood in from the near distance. Every morning at exactly this hour, the Inthas recite their sermons in the Buddhist temple nearby. It’s become a daily ritual for me to rise to this beautiful […]

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Diving into Paradise: Florida’s Secret Isle

View from above

The pearly white beach is empty, except for our footprints in the sand. A regal 19th-century fortress stands behind us, but apart from that, we are completely surrounded by sparkling, spearmint blue water. Alberto and I hold hands and smile at each other. It’s almost as if we’re on a private island, in the middle […]

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Video: Island Life on Bazaruto, Mozambique

After two weeks of intensive travel in Africa (from cruising the backwaters of Botswana to jumping off Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe), we were ready to have some downtime and relax in Crusoe-esque style. And on Bazaruto Island, we did just that. At just 30 km from mainland Mozambique, it’s just a short hop away from the town of […]

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A Play of Colors: Mozambique Above the Clouds

Sailboats lost in the sea

Getting to Bazaruto Island, Mozambique, was an experience on its own. Onboard a light aircraft, we flew over the spearmint blue water off the sparkling coast of Vilanculos, past hundreds of submerged atolls, to get to Indigo Bay. The sea was painted in striated strokes of beige and white, with subtle hints of sand dunes dancing beneath […]

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Driving to the Southern Tip of Africa

Boulders Beach

he road hugs the cliff, meandering along the edge of the Table Mountain range all the way to Cape of Good Hope, the southwesternmost tip of Africa. On one side, the steep slopes plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean; and on the other, needle-sharp peaks soar into the sky. In my years as an adventure travel blogger this scenic drive along the […]

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