Adventure travel gear you actually can’t live without

December is a good time for a gear post, because this is the month when we all buy each other stuff. And if your family is like mine, everyone is responsible for assembling their own wish list (and sometimes purchasing their own gifts). And if you travel full-time like me, you understand the dilemma — [...]
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Another fall in Parksville-Qualicum Beach

moon snail
If you travel to Vancouver, you should try to plan a few extra days and head to Vancouver Island, too. An enjoyable hour and 40-minute ferry ride on BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay will get you there. Afterwards, an easy drive up the Island Highway will take you to one of our favourite places in Canada, Parksville-Qualicum Beach. [...]
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Win a trip to Dubai, airfare and stay at a great hotel

As a part of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a part of the world that is becoming increasingly popular for visitors, and combines the glitz and glamor of a major metropolis with the ancient culture of this part of the world. Along with my friend Laurence at Finding the Universe, I’m delighted to be [...]
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Fall in the New Mexican Rockies will blow your mind

I used to have a bit of an anti-desert bias. I grew up in Ohio and went to school in Vermont — both places with lots of trees, and well, lots and LOTS of water. I thought the desert would be boring and flat and dry. Then I moved to Taos, New Mexico and realized [...]
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Traveler beware: travel hacking problems

The Royal Residenz in Wurzburg, Germany.
Travel hacking is an easy way to earn loyalty rewards that can be redeemed for free or significantly reduced-cost travel. Our prior articles have shown you how to do it. However, there can be a dark side and you can occasionally encounter travel hacking problems. Here are some common issues: Read the Fine Print If [...]
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Cross a Hurtigruten Cruise off your Bucket List

Taking A Different Type Of Cruise To See The Northern Lights One of the most popular items to feature on the bucket list of many people is to see the Northern Lights, and in Northern Norway the Aurora Borealis is a relatively common sight in the night sky. The green, yellow, red and violet lights [...]
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How I saw 8,000 dead people in one morning

(Happy belated Halloween, ya’ll.) In the middle of Palermo, Italy, there is a church full of dead bodies. Technically they are mummies, but I don’t know about you, when I think mummies, I think Egyptian and, um, you know, actually mummified. Like, wrapped up in stuff and probably buried with lots of gold and their [...]
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Best travel videos around, volume 2

Best travel videos around
Welcome to Volume 2 of Best Travel Videos Around! (Check out Volume 1 here if you missed it.) This is where I’ll share some of my favorite video finds from the past month or two. Because there’s just something about watching a great video that is so satisfying. And there are plenty of great travel [...]
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Walkable cities: riding the rails from Budapest to Amsterdam

train travel

Train travel may be slower than flying, but you see so much more when you’re moving at ground level. One of […]


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