hiking & walking

La Palma hiking

La Palma hiking: An awesome day at Caldera de Taburiente

By Janice and George | November 3, 2018

Some of the best hiking in the Canary Islands is on La Palma at Caldera de Taburiente. Here’s our how-to guide to hiking the crater on your own.

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Canary Islands cruising

Canary Islands Cruising: See the secret side of the Canaries

By Janice and George | October 15, 2018

A Canary Islands cruise is a great way to visit the lesser-known island gems. Walk magical UNESCO forests and explore pretty mountain villages. And see the Canaries’ secret side!

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levada walks

Take a hike! Levada walks on Madeira

By Janice and George | July 30, 2018

More than 200 historic “levadas” or water channels criss-cross Madeira, and levada walks are one of the best things to do on this Portuguese island.

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Gokyo Ri trek

Snapshot Story #28: Blessed by prayer flags on a Gokyo Ri trek

By Janice and George | May 19, 2018

The less-traveled trekking route to see Mount Everest is Gokyo Ri. The views are astounding. And atop the peak, Tibetan prayer flags release countless prayers into the wind.

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Hotel Vistabella - Roses Spain

Hotel Vistabella: Coming up pretty in Roses, Spain

By Janice and George | November 16, 2017

When it comes to beautiful boutique hotels in the Mediterranean – ones with lots of blue and white that get their inspiration from the sea – Hotel Vistabella is hard to beat.

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walking safaris

Best walking safaris in Africa (just beware the lions!)

By Janice and George | August 9, 2017

You don’t really want to see lions on walking safaris. It’s thrilling enough being unprotected in the bush on a Norman Carr Safaris trip in Zambia!

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UnCruise Costa Rica

UnCruise Costa Rica trip immerses you in all of nature’s awe

By Janice and George | April 27, 2017

On our Costa Rica cruise with UnCruise Adventures, we hiked remote forests and saw sloths, capuchin monkeys – even a snake killing a frog!

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arenal hanging bridges - sloth

Oh my! See snakes, sloths and spiders at Arenal Hanging Bridges

By Janice and George | April 2, 2017

Sure, Costa Rica’s Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park has 15 swinging and fixed bridges in the forest. But the snakes, sloths and spiders are the real fun.

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photos of the canadian rockies

Rocky Mountain High! 20 stunning photos of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise

By Janice and George | March 5, 2017

Talk about a Rocky Mountain high. These 20 stunning photos of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise will make you want to pack up and visit now!

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biking Stanley Park

Biking Stanley Park and 5 best Stanley Park bike rentals

By Janice and George | May 23, 2016

Nothing beats biking Stanley Park (and around False Creek) on a sunny Vancouver day! Lots of beaches and parks. A public market and craft brewery too at Granville Island.

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photos of San Francisco

Travel photos of San Francisco neighborhoods

By Janice and George | November 17, 2015

Already visited crooked Lombard Street, Chinatown and hoity-toity Nob Hill in San Francisco? Why not climb the Filbert Street steps, past pretty Victorian houses, to Coit Tower, then stop for coffee in North Beach?

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hiking trails in Whistler - Joffre Lake hike

Hiking the Joffre Lakes trail: But, umm, are there bears?

By Janice and George | July 12, 2015

Would there be bears on our Joffre Lakes hike? We had bears on the brain. Understandable, once you know we live in bear country. And we once had an encounter with four grizzlies.

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Lombok beaches

Lombok beaches and boutique hotels lure travelers

By Janice and George | October 24, 2014

Is tropical Lombok a new Indonesian paradise where luxury is affordable? There are few tourists on the white sand beaches, and boutique hotels offer terrific value for a beach vacation.

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San Francisco highlights

San Francisco Highlights: Getting a taste of the city

By Janice and George | July 14, 2014

San Francisco highlights? Its food and wine counts. Biking the Golden Gate bridge is a blast. As is sailing past Alcatraz – no granny cruise this!

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