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hot springs

With the weather turning colder, picture yourself on vacation soaking in the rich mineral waters of a hot spring surrounded by tropical volcanic forests or the Northern Lights overhead. Sound relaxing? While there are plenty of options for hot springs around the world, the following are some of the best highlights.  The best hot springs around the world include:  La…

haunted pilgrimages

Some see October as the time to pull out chunky sweater collections and sip on hot cider while walking through crunching piles of leaves. Others see it as the season to hunt the paranormal. If you happen to fall into the latter group, here are five haunted pilgrimages for your next autumnal ghost sighting.  Edinburgh Vaults: Edinburgh, United Kingdom It’s…

calgary canada

The city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada is nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains—and it’s an urban epicenter for outdoor activities. Hundreds of miles of bike trails, a former Olympic Park, easy getaways to the mountains and a downtown area with plenty of options for healthy eating await travelers to this city.  Here’s a bit more on…

river cruise

What comes to mind when you think of a cruise? Probably days on end at sea, a few tropical excursions and an endless buffet. River cruises, however, provide a completely different experience for those on board. A river cruise is a leisurely way to travel, but still allows you to visit many destinations along the way—sometimes you’ll even stop at…

It’s nearly 5 p.m. by the time I arrive at the access point. I’m so concerned I won’t get to my site before dark, I forget to ask all of my questions when I check in at the park office. Where’s a good place to go swimming near my site?  Are there any boil water advisories?  Have any bears been…

As I pass by on the gravelly path, sulfuric steam wafts off the top of Mount Ngauruhoe, an active volcano.  This particular volcano, which is most famously known as the stand-in for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is just saying a friendly hello.  But another active volcano on the trail has closed down some of the…

man climbing up the side of a mountain

Climbing has become quite the sensation over the past few years. Although it’s been a popular sport for many decades, you may have noticed more and more rock climbing gyms popping up in your neighborhood recently. And while climbing in a gym can give you a great workout, there’s nothing quite like enjoying the payoff of a beautiful view at…

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