Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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Updated May 2020 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 you […]

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 Go to 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 […]

Don’t Miss Churchill’s Astonishing Beluga Whale Migration

Beluga whale swimming in the Churchill River

Astonished, I am overcome with excitement. Following me is nearly a dozen snow-white beluga whales close enough to touch. As a rule, boats must stay at least 50 meters from cetaceans, but evidently, the belugas have no such regulations about humans, and I couldn’t be happier. When we set out, Lazy Bear Expeditions guide Jason Ransom […]

10 of the Best African Photo Safari Tours in the World

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Do you dream of being a photographer in Africa, making amazing pictures of some of the most incredible animals in the world? One of the best and most economical options (relatively speaking) is to join a group on an African photo safari (tour) led by a professional wildlife photographer whose job it is to help […]

Learn How to Travel Stress-Free – Use This Pre-Trip Checklist

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Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” It’s doubly true if you desire stress-free travel. It’s the little things you do beforehand that make all the difference on your journey. While I can’t guarantee you won’t hit bumps along the way if you follow this pre-travel checklist you’ll […]

Why the Zipline at Hunter Mountain is one of the Best in North America

View from the 1st Hunter Mountain Zipline

One of the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have is one that frightens you then ends up being tons of fun. Such was the case with the SkyRider, the zipline at Hunter Mountain in New York’s Northern Catskills, one of the fastest, highest and longest in North America. Why was I afraid you ask? I […]

The Truth About What It’s Like on a Safari Game Drive

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If you’ve never been on a safari, chances are you’re not really sure what takes place a game drive is like. Sure, you know you go out into the wild looking for animals, but there’s no way to say exactly what happens, mainly because it’s never the same. And THAT’S what makes the experience so […]

The Everything You Need to Know Safari Packing List

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Packing for a safari requires thought, some colors are betters than others, there are seasonal considerations, luggage restrictions, and stringent weight limits on flights into the bush. The nuances are unique to safaris but are easy to mitigate once you have the information you’ll find below. Plus, to make things even easier, I’ve included a […]