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An Active Weekend in Latvia: What to See and Do

AN ACTIVE WEEKEND IN LATVIA

Active Things to do in Latvia ne of the best things about living in Europe is that you can easily hop to another country and explore a new place in just one weekend. Back when we first moved to London, we would spend every other weekend visiting a new city: Prague, Berlin, Paris, Venice and so […]

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Hiking and Biking in Kemeri National Park, Latvia

Hiking and Biking Kemeri National Park vast sea of mosses, brown pools, and lakes spread out before me. Besides my guide and I, there is no one else in sight. From this top of the watch tower, I can see the Kemeri bog running for miles on end, fringed by green pine tree forests in the far […]

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Scuba Diving in the Maldives

Scuba diving Maldives

Experiencing Scuba Diving in the Maldives s we descend into the depths of the Indian Ocean, the strong waves and whipping winds are replaced by clear-as-glass water and a kaleidoscope of colors. Marine life of all sizes and characteristics surround us. My dive instructor and I slowly make our way through the sprawling coral gardens, amidst […]

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Experiencing the Nomadic Life 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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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part II

Lawn Hill Gorge

  Read Part I: Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland Day 2: Hike, paddle and drive The next morning, I awoke just in time to see the sun slowly rising above the tree canopy. With my guide, John Warren, I headed for Boodjamulla National Park (just 10km from Adels Grove) first thing in the morning […]

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Skydiving Gold Coast Australia — Plunging Off at 12,000 Feet Above Ground

skydiving gold coast australia

Skydiving Gold Coast Australia “Are you ready?” David, my skydive master from Gold Coast Skydive, shouts from behind me amidst the strong winds and the roaring engine. I’m sitting at the ledge of the plane’s opened door, about to jump from 12,000 feet above the ground. Looking down at the earth far beneath my feet, my head spins deliriously and my […]

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Shotover Canyon Swing — the World’s Highest Cliff Jump

Shotover canyon swing

My Experience on the Shotover Canyon Swing “1…2….3….” Counting to three, I mentally brace myself for the jump and slowly push myself backwards with my toes. But just as I’m pivoted on the ledge, the jump master pulls me back up. He laughs at the expression on my face, but I’m too scared to laugh along. It’s […]

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Photo Essay: The Ancient Town of Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Terracotta-roofed pagodas tower over the squares and courtyards. Narrow cobblestone streets weave their way between the houses, red-brick temples, stone statues and cisterns. Artisans are drying their pottery out in the open, while women weave cloth and knead clay by the roadside. This is Bhaktapur, one of the best preserved ancient towns in Nepal. Thanks to its location in […]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part II: Walking from Sunrise to Sunset

My favorite spot

Read first – Annapurna Foothills Trek Part I: A Walk in the Clouds Day 3: Arriving at Dhampus in the darkness – 18km It’s 7am by the time I leave the warmth of my sleeping bag and head down to the breakfast table on the open porch of Breeze Teahouse. The view before us comes as quite a shock to my […]

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Dawn on Nepal’s Rapti River: Birds, Crocodiles and Pink Skies

the gharial

Out on the brackish water, a pair of eyes lurks above the surface. Our boat man paddles gently to get a closer look. It stares straight at us and doesn’t move an inch. When we are just a few feet away from it, the motionless creature comes into full view — all of its marble-like […]

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The Lelioa Trek: Going Backcountry in Papua New Guinea

The ridges and rias of Tufi

The air is hot and steamy, and I’m completely drenched in sweat. It rained the day before and the trail is still muddy and slippery. There’s actually no trail to speak of, we are literally bashing our way through the thick vegetation that is sprouting in all directions. I am here on the Lelioa Trek, […]

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An Outdoor Lover’s Playground: Tufi, Papua New Guinea

The deck at Tufi Resort

As a first-time visitor to Papua New Guinea, I wanted to see and explore as much of the country’s famous tribal culture, hiking trails and dive sites as possible — and at Tufi Dive Resort I did just that. Located off the Solomon Sea in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Tufi Dive Resort is set right […]

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The Sounds and Colors of a Papua New Guinean Sing-sing

Paddling on outrigger canoes

Wayne assured me that I would be in the company of real tribesmen and witnessing a truly authentic and unique sing-sing (celebratory festival or dance). I’d come all the way to Tufi, a remote  settlement in northeastern Papua New Guinea, to do just that — yet I still didn’t truly believe it could happen. The […]

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Gambia’s Makasutu Forest: Baboons, Rural Villages and Street Art

Makasutu Forest from above

It is barely dawn in the Makasutu Forest. I’m awakened by the chirping of birds, the chattering of the crabs and the distant cries of baboons. The natural symphony echoes from within the forest and mangroves surrounding me and the water beneath my feet. I step outside of my floating bungalow and the musky, tropical air hits me. Electric pink rays splash across the […]

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Keeping Cultures Alive: the Masai People of Masai Mara

The Masai perform the jumping dance

“Welcome to our home,” announces Sam, our Masai guide for the day. We are here in a village tucked within the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The Masai (also spelled as Maasai) are a semi-nomadic people from East Africa who are known for their unique way of life as well as their cultural traditions and customs. Living across the arid lands […]

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