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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…

Statues and monuments are pretty standard sightseeing locations—but what about statues underwater? Most of us don’t think about the sights that lie on the ocean floor. From mysterious shipwrecks to underwater museums, here are the five underwater statues worth taking the plunge for.  1. Museum of Underwater Art  The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) is located in the Great Barrier…

The pandemic has kept most of us stuck in our homes, with travel options limited to staycations and short road trips. But as more people get vaccinated in the U.S. and abroad, leisure travel is becoming a safer option for travelers and those that work in the tourism industry.  I’ve been able to travel to a couple of Caribbean destinations…

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The Inca Trail might be the first thing people think of when planning a hiking trip in Peru. Yet, for those looking to avoid the crowds, explore more of the area, or simply want a shorter trek, there are plenty of day hikes with spectacular views, Incan ruins and llama hoof prints to satisfy the adventurous traveler. Sacsayhuaman and Cusco…

woman on a canoe

“Hello!” I call, my voice echoing across the still lake. I wave to the canoe a few hundred meters ahead and dig my paddle into the water, hoping to catch them. It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve been on a canoe trip, and this is my first solo adventure. How hard could reading the map be? I thought to…

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