Kayaking in Iceland’s Westfjords

Remote. Unspoiled. Breathtaking. With words like that used to describe Iceland’s north-west corner, known as the Iceland Westfjords, how could we not spend time in this true Icelandic wilderness? The Westfjords are teeming with wildlife – seabirds, seals, whales, and other marine mammals. There couldn’t be a better way to get up close to the …

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Beach Bummin’ at The Shores Resort & Spa

I was happy to end an extremely busy 4-city trip through the US at Daytona’s The Shores Resort & Spa. And aside from literally getting my heart – and the NASCAR I was driving – racing at the Daytona International Speedway, I was more than happy to do nothing more than plant my bum on …

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Outdoor Adventures in Sweden’s Dalsland

The deep forests and shimmering lakes of Dalsland, Sweden are an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream. The serene environment where moose roam, beaver build their dams, and salmon swim in winding streams is where explorers indulge in an array of activities. Covered in more lakes than any other Swedish province, the labyrinth of interconnected lakes are perfect …

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La Partita a Scacchi: Marostica’s Human Chess Game

The hilltop town of Marostica in the Veneto Plains is famous for two things: its special heart shaped variety of cherries that is the only Italian variety of cherry to earn P.G.I (protected geographic indication) and the Marostica Human Chess Game played on the inlaid marble chess board dominating the square. Related: Hiking to Marostica’s …

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Hiking the Belluno Dolomites

The Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi (The National Park of the Belluno Dolomites) has numerous hiking trails crisscrossing the two 2000 meter high mountains that rise up between Belluno and Feltre. Hiking Belluno offers nature lovers beautiful panoramas, particularly on the stretch of the Dolomites Alta Via 13 marked as trail 13 between Rifguio La …

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Win 2 Tickets to Colombia from LAN Airlines

We used to visit the Caribbean every year before we moved to Europe. It’s been five years since our last visit and we’re itching to get back to that side of the world. Cartagena, Colombia’s cool Caribbean sea breezes, fancy fusion restaurants, and South American charm sound like a perfect getaway to us. So, when …

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Barcelona or Madrid? The Food Tour Showdown!

Whether it’s a football battle between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, or a political one over the Catalan independence movement, it’s no secret that Barcelona and Madrid enjoy more than their fair share of rivalry! When I started giving food tours in Madrid with Madrid Food Tour in 2012, I remember defending all my city had to offer, …

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Hiking Italy’s Strada delle 52 Gallerie

My headlamp shines into the darkness ahead, barely illuminating the rocks as the tunnel twists upward like a spiral staircase cut into a mountain. Tim and I are in a tunnel on Italy’s Mount Pasubio that was built during World War I. In fact, this is just one of 52 tunnels that were built by …

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Radon Treatments at the Gastein Healing Caves

Tim and I are sitting in big fluffy robes on a tiny train that is whisking us over two kilometers in to a cave in Austria. No, we’re not using the robes to keep warm before a walking tour like in Slovenia’s Postojna Caves. We’re trying out a radical treatment (at least us Americans would …

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A Week In the Life of a Travel Blogger

Tim and I were just at dinner the other night with a group of his friends from work. I’d never met any of them before because my life as a full-time travel blogger keeps me on the go. A lot. After a few jokes that I actually do exist, the group was enthralled with what …

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