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Happiness in Hippo Land

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Posted in Africa, Safari, Tanzania

Hippos in the Ruaha River in Tanzania It’s about 2am when I scare myself by remembering that hippos are the most dangerous animals in Africa. I’ve been taking photos all day of at least 30 hippos in the river right in front of my lodge, especially when they lumbered their
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The Northern Lights: 6 Tips for Catching a Glimpse

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Posted in Astronomy, Escorted Motorcoach Tours, Iceland, Photography

The Northern Lights are one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions, and for good reason. They’ve fascinated peoples from around the world for thousands of years, from the Inuit of Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea to the Laplanders of northern Scandinavia. In Iceland, Viking lore maintained that the dancing Aurora
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What Can You Do in the Biggest Mall in the U.S.?

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Posted in Accommodations, Activities, Holiday Travel, Minnesota, Shopping

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. Can you imagine heading to the mall and having your family begging to come along? The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is more of a city than a shopping mall. It has a selection of attractions which include an indoor amusement park and
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Savoring the San Juan Islands

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Posted in Activities, Destinations, North America, United States of America, Washington

The San Juan Islands affords visitors to the greater Seattle area the opportunity for a quick overnight or weekend connection with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. On these islands, which are located about three and half hours from Seattle, nature lovers can unwind sans the kitsch that characterizes
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Chez Tante Fauvette: A tiny dishevelled restaurant that oozes French charm

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Posted in Activities, Destinations, Europe, Food Tours, France

Northern France is a bit of a secret place for foodies. Its gourmet reputation is well known, but only amongst those who live there. Saint Omer for instance, just 30 minutes inland from the French port of Calais, has a great little bistro in the old town – Chez Tante
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The Caribbean and All That Jazz

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Posted in Activities, Caribbean, Destinations

The Caribbean is one of the most popular regions to host jazz festivals with almost thirty to date happening in and around the island chain. The festivals have managed to attract international artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, John Legend, Chakka Khan, Emel Sande, and even Sting! Unlike Jazz festivals
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Hong Kong Highlights

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Posted in Hong Kong, Sightseeing

Hong Kong under the storm clouds I seem to have lost Hong Kong.
It was there a moment ago, with 1,295 steel and glass skyscrapers glinting in a stunning display of wealth and style.
Now the spectacular skyline has disappeared inside moody storm clouds, with just a few neon lights
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Venice 101: Hit the Highlights in One Day

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Posted in Arts and Culture, Cruise, Cruises, Destinations, Europe, Italy, Romance

I was lucky enough to take my first trip to Venice at 14 but that early exposure to world travel came with an early exposure to budget travel accommodations as well. We stayed on a campground on the mainland and had to leave the lagoon before sunset to make sure
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9 Reasons to Head to Memphis

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Posted in 18-35 Youth, Accommodations, Activities, Arts and Culture, Destinations, Family Travel, Historical travel, Lodging, Luxury, North America, Tennessee, United States of America

Nashville may have been getting all the attention with a television show, but it’s not the only place you want to go to for the history of southern music and family fun. Memphis offers a look into the birthplace of the Blues, civil rights, and major attractions. Allow a full
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Zambia: Swimming with the devil

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Posted in Africa, Destinations, Zambia

“We have lost only one man,” said Alpha Omega, our Devil’s Pool guide, a tall stick of a man, “and that was because he saved a guest who chose not to take his advice.” All the guides standing at the edge of the briefing room/cafeteria, considered this statement solemnly, their
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A city alive with history

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Posted in Canada, History Tours, Holiday Travel, Quebec

The stunning skyline of Quebec. Quebec is one of the safest cities on the world, especially for women, my new friend tells me. That’s lucky, I think, because I’ve just jumped into his car and we’re driving up into deserted forests. If I disappear, nobody will ever know why. All
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Discover Chester, England

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Posted in Accommodations, England

Fairy tale-like Chester is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The old town’s collection of quirky stores housed in Rows (a fully-functioning medieval version of a shopping mall) is reminiscent of sepia toned Grimm’s tale. What is truly striking about Chester is its dramatic architecture. It has a Victorian
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Wild, Watery and Wonderful

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Posted in Africa, Holiday Travel, Safari, Sightseeing, Zambia

The mighty Victoria Falls It seems unlikely that anything could be thrilling enough to waylay me when I’m walking to Victoria Falls, already armed with a rain coat and a silly grin. But when the hotel gardener I’m breezing past says: “Hello, do you want to see the giraffes?” it
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Eating London’s Soho

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Posted in Europe, Food Tours

Whilst eating my way around the square mile of Soho I got to meet some of its food heroes – the people who create the greatest food in the capital. Like a gin-infused meat pie at The London Gin Club, La Bodega Negra’s modern-day twist on tacos, the Spanish ham
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