Bored? Stir-Crazy? These Creative Organizations Are Here to Help

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For the foreseeable future, the virus will dominate our lives, forcing us into weeks of social distancing and self-isolation. If you’re like me, you’re going a little stir crazy––there’s only so much Netflix a person can binge. And if you have young kids at home, the experience has got to be extra special. *She snickers […]

Inside Scoop: Adventure Canada’s Iceland to Greenland Expedition Cruise

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I first fell in love with the polar regions on a polar bear walking safari in Manitoba. From that moment on, I’ve been fascinated by the otherworldly landscapes, the incredible wildlife, indigenous history, and the inherent adventure of going to such a remote destination. So when Adventure Canada invited me on the Ocean Endeavor for […]

Amazing Things to Do in Wonderful Winnipeg

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I asked guest writer Meera Dattani to share some of her favorite things to do in Winnipeg, an exciting, culturally diverse city in Manitoba, Canada you rarely read about. Winnipeg is best known as the gateway for travelers visiting the Province’s famous polar bears in the north. Meera explains why it’s worth your time all […]

The Ultimate Guide to Polar Bear Tours and Things to do in Churchill Manitoba

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Situated on the remote western shore of Hudson Bay in Canada’s subarctic, is Churchill, population 900, give or take. It’s a quiet town in the province of Manitoba, surrounded by hundreds of miles of rugged wilderness. The only way to get there is from Winnipeg by plane or endure a 40-hour train ride. Why should […]

An Easy Visitor’s Guide: the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, NYC

Updated: January 2019 At over 120 years old and the largest Cathedral church in the world, St. John the Divine was on my “explore” to-do list for some time. Over the years, it’s hosted dignitaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. Sting held a concert there for the launch of his […]

Great Gifts for Photography Lovers

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Do you have a photography lover on your gift list? I’ve compiled some of my favorite products and services any photographer will love. Promise. (This post contains affiliate links. If you buy products using the links below, I receive a small percentage of the sale with no cost to you.) The Best Gifts for Photography […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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Updated November 23, 2019 If you’re looking for gifts for the travel lovers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Every item is something I use and recommend to my friends and family. They’re products and services every adventurer will thank you for and actually mean it. (This post contains affiliate links. If […]

Use this Winter Packing List and you’ll Never Be Cold Again

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It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve traveled in really frigid climates but visits to northern Manitoba where the polar bears roam and mushing in the Yukon quickly taught me the value of a good winter packing list whenever taking a cold-weather vacation. Below, I’ve put together a list of essential categories for […]

11 Amazing Reasons You’ll Want to Discover Saba Island in the Caribbean

View from the lava flows on Saba Island

If you ask people if they’ve been to Saba Island (pronounced Say-ba), in the Dutch Caribbean, a municipality of the Netherlands, chances are you’ll be met with a blank stare. “Is it in Indonesia?” one friend asked. “Are you making it up?” inquired another. I only learned about the tiny speck of a former volcano a […]

The Ultimate Guide: Visit the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

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Whenever I am in Fort Myers seeing family, a visit to the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge is always at the top of my to-do list. It’s a beautiful spot with walking trails, bike paths, an abundance of wildlife with over 245 species of birds.  Ding Darling is located on Sanibel Island, a popular vacation destination […]