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Adventure

Everyone who sets out to travel anywhere has one thing in common – a sense of adventure. Wherever we go, there’s always an experience that will bring us closer to the essence of a destination. Scuba-diving, skiing, surfing, hiking and mountain-biking are only a few of the activities that can get us off the beaten path and on the right track. Whether you’re a traveler exploring the wonders of the world or a tourist sightseeing in your own home town, there’s something new and exciting waiting for you around every corner.

Lost In Latacunga – Exploring Central Ecuador

Central Ecuador - Latacunga, Quilotoa and Saquisili “Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R Tolkien We get off the bus and have no idea which way to go. Latacunga looks dirty and uninviting, and the first hotel we check is small and dark. However, once we get our bearings and into the town center, things change. We find a room at a nicer hotel among the cobblestone streets, and sit down for a couple of sandwiches at a bright restaurant around the corner. [...]

By |November 12th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Ecuador|Tags: , |0 Comments

Hiding Out – Watching for Wildlife in Taman Negara

Jungle Trekking in Malaysia – Taman Negara National Park “None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.” - Rudyard Kipling We share the boat with only the driver and one other traveler. It is a two-hour trip through the dense jungle along the winding Tembeling River. Monkeys lounge on the beach, water buffalo wallow in the mud, and monitor lizards crawl along the banks. We also catch a glimpse of a native Orang Asli family bathing on the shore. Kuala Tahan - Gateway to Taman Negara [...]

Cichlids, Sailboats and Souvenirs – Nkhata Bay and Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - Lakefront Leisure “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” - William Wordsworth The bus drops us off on the side of the highway, and we’re not exactly sure which way to go. An an ex-pat couple working for an international NGO pulls over and offers to drive us to a guesthouse. On the way, we learn that many of the westerners in Malawi work for NGOs, and the rest are backpackers traveling overland across Africa, like us. The guesthouse in Chitimba is [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Categories: Malawi|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Veganism and Vegetarians – Let Your Conscience Be Your Food Guide

Conscience Food Choices - The Case for Veganism “I tried to amend my carnivorous habits.” - Jimmy Buffett We are not vegans, but we have been eating a plant-based diet for nearly twenty years. Our reasons for this have been based on health and moral concerns. Study after study show that meat consumption leads to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity, among other diseases. And, the horrible treatment of animals in the mass production of meat products is well documented. Thirty years ago, those who cared [...]

Cheaper For You – How To Haggle and Bargain Like a Pro

Haggling and Bargaining - Negotiating a Fair Deal “Now you're getting it. Eleven?! Did I hear you right? Eleven?! This cost me twelve. You want to ruin me ...” - Monty Python (Life Of Brian) In most countries it is customary and expected for a certain amount of haggling to be part of buying and selling goods and services. Items with negotiable prices will vary from region to region, but will generally include taxi fares, guide and porter services, souvenirs, hotel rooms, and anything for sale in a public market. In [...]

By |October 15th, 2018|Categories: Money and Security|Tags: |0 Comments

Nomads, Gompas and Koras – Buddhist Festivals on the Tibetan Plateau

Pilgrims, Priests and Prayer Flags - Buddhist Monasteries on the Tibetan Plateau “I am confident I will set foot again in Tibet in my lifetime.” - 14th Dalai Lama Despite the altitude, it is stiflingly hot and we have to get out of the city. One week in Lhasa is enough time to see its highlights and the outlying temples accessible as day trips. Most tour operators offer excursions of varying lengths to sites farther afield. So, we hire a 4X4 and driver for a few days to visit several monasteries and [...]

By |October 8th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Tibet|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Swahili Dhows and Zanzibar Ferries – Tanzanian Island-Hopping

Swahili Coast Island Hopping - Tanga to Dar es Salaam by Dhow and Ferry “It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.” - Henry David Thoreau A contrast is immediately apparent upon crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania. The paved road gives way to a dirt track, and concrete buildings with tin tops are replaced by mud huts with thatched caps. We are in Tanga, and decide to island-hop down the Swahili coast Dar es Salaam. We are always looking for adventure and [...]

By |October 1st, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Tanzania|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Hold Your Breath – Top Ten La Paz Snorkeling Sites

Top Ten La Paz Snorkeling Sites - Breathtakingly Beautiful “Le plus grand aquarium du monde.” - Jacques Yves Cousteau A quick internet search for La Paz snorkeling will produce pages of excursions offered by local tour operators. But, if you want to hang out at a beach and snorkel on your own, there isn’t a lot of information available. Many tourists (and locals) don’t realize that beautiful beaches with clear and calm turquoise waters - perfect for snorkeling – can be found very close to the city. We have spent several [...]

Flight Status – Air Travel Tips And Tricks

Flying Tips - Air Travel Made Easier “I’m leaving on a jet plane. Don’t know when I’ll be back again.” - John Denver Although air travel is the most carbon-intensive mode of transportation, it is also the fastest and most convenient way to get between two destinations. However, if you like slow travel and the challenge of buses, trains and ferries, you will likely only use airplanes for long-hauls, such as crossing oceans or bypassing continents. After hundreds of flights, we have developed some strategies for making air travel as comfortable [...]

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Transportation|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ramazan In Turkey – The Fast and the Curious

Dawn Til Dusk - Turkish Travel During Ramazan “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled.” - Muhammad This year, we didn't have turkey for Christmas, so we went to Turkey for Christmas. After all, it is where Saint Nicolas is buried in his tomb near Myrna. We land in Istanbul and spend a week visiting the obligatory sites including Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. The city’s skyline is pierced by countless minarets as far as the [...]

By |September 10th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Turkey|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wetlands, Wildlife And Waterfalls – Northern Argentina And Iguazú Falls

Over the Border and Over the Falls - Iguazu and Northern Argentina “I beg your pardon, Owl, but I th-th-th-think we coming to a fatterfall ... a flutterfall ... a very big waterfall!” - Piglet (Winnie The Pooh) We cross the Andes for the last time – at least on this trip – and bury our fleeces, hiking boots and Gortex jackets deep in our backpacks. However, the return to warm weather also means the return to Bugworld and Scooterland. And, it seems that the smaller ones are the loudest – [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Argentina, Brazil|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Etosha National Park – Safari Across The Salt Pan

Salt Pan Safari - Namibia's Etosha National Park “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway After a two day bus odyssey from Livingston, Zambia and through the Caprivi Strip, we arrive in Tsumeb. We organize ourselves with a rental car, tent and cooking utensils, and set off to explore the various waterholes of Etosha National Park. A Gemsbok (Oryx) joins a herd of Elephants In the vast salt pan in northern [...]

By |August 27th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Namibia|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Free And Easy – The Fallacy Of The Free Market

Me, Now - The Absurdity of Advertising “Advertising is based on one thing - happiness. Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.” - Don Draper (Mad Men) Unicorns, like free markets, don’t exist. In high-school, we learn about Adam Smith’s free-market economy - an “invisible hand” guiding the “reasonable man”. However, upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the “invisible hand” is nothing more [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments

Papers Please – Travel Identification And Documentation

Essential Travel Documents - Passports And Visas “I got three passports, couple of visas Don't even know my real name.” - Talking Heads Sometimes, the world is wrapped and bound in bureaucratic red tape. Although many immigration and customs efforts around the world may look like make-work-projects, they are a necessary part of travel. Below you will find some helpful advice on passports and visas, and other travel documents and identification, to minimize complications and delays. Passports and Visas Your passport must be valid for at least [...]

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: Money and Security|Tags: |0 Comments

Following The Herd – Nepal’s Dashain Festival

Flocking to Nepal's Dashain Festival - Herders and the Herded "To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being." - Mahatma Gandhi Finally, after hiking for ten days up the lush Marsyangdi Valley, we trudge across the 4516 m Thorung-la. Below, the trail descends into the desert-like Mustang of the Kali Gandaki River – a stark contrast to the way up. Descent to Dashain Our climb down to Tatopani coincides with the preparation of the Hindu sacrificial festival [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Nepal|Tags: , |0 Comments

Inca Roads And The Gringo Trail – Hiking To Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu And The Inca Trail - Cusco For Christmas “I have come to take away from them their gold.” - Francisco Pizarro We leave Cuzco at dawn on the summer solstice, along the road that follows the Rio Urubamba to Ollaytaytambo. It is a bumpy and steep descent – too steep for our vehicle. The brakes are inadequate, so we must wait for a replacement bus, presumably with better brakes. A local boy sings a few traditional songs to entertain us, while we take the opportunity to become better acquainted [...]

By |July 30th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Peru|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Marrakesh And Fes – Morocco’s Imperial Cities And Their Faux-Guides

Morocco's Imperial Cities - Marrakesh And Fes “Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice.” - Pico Iyer Our guidebook describes the faux-guides in Marrakesh and Fes as some of the most persistent people in the world. But, after Thailand's hotel touts, India's rickshaw pedalers and Turkey's shoeshine boys, we figure nobody can faze us. Dancers and Drummers at Djemaa el Fnaa The Faux-Guides of Marrakesh and Fes In Marrakesh, we choose a hotel overlooking the Place Djemaa el-Fnaa. A few would-be guides approach [...]

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Morocco|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gut Check – How To Eat Well And Not Get Sick From The Food

Travel Food Tips - Gut Check "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates A balanced diet is essential. A proper and adequate intake of proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates will keep your energy level up, and help stave off any ailments that might come your way. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins. A variety of nuts and beans will provide you with necessary protein, and every culture has a staple starch dish to fill your carbohydrate needs. However, Montezuma’s Revenge or Delhi Belly can [...]

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Food and Drink, Health and Fitness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Palmyra To Bosra

The Road To Damascus Part Two - Travel In Southern Syria Before The War “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine If the world were a book, it would be a history book. And travel, to a large extent, is a trip through the past – an experience we hope will help us understand the present, and imagine the future. So, in our continued effort to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (ie. history) as practical, we head to the [...]

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Perspective, Syria|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Aleppo To Hama

The Road To Damascus Part One - Travel In Northern Syria Before The War “The natives showed us extraordinary kindness.” - Acts 28:2 The second intifada forces us to reconsider our plans. Access to the West Bank is restricted and most sites closed, so we promise to visit the land another time. Overland options along the eastern Mediterranean are limited, and we decide to take ferries from Turkey to Egypt via Greece. We ring in the New Year waiting for the boat to take us from Marmaris to Rhodes. Meanwhile, outside [...]

By |July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Perspective, Syria|Tags: , |0 Comments

Salt Flats And Pink Flamingos – Across The Bolivian Altiplano

Southwest Bolivia - Salar De Uyuni and the Andean Altiplano “Kid - the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia', let's go someplace like Bolivia.” - Butch Cassidy Dotted with cacti and eroded rock formations, the area bears an uncanny resemblance to America’s wild west. It is therefore appropriate that it was here that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid spent their last days and met their end. The southwestern landscape near Uyuni We spend an afternoon riding a couple of [...]

By |June 25th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Bolivia|Tags: , |0 Comments

Football Frenzy Tico Style – San Jose Soccer

Costa Rica Soccer - Football Frenzy Tico Style “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” - Bill Shankly We have a day to kill in Costa Rica’s capital before heading to the coast, so we decide to take in a local football match. There is a game between two of San Jose’s suburbs, Alajuela and Heredia. We take a local bus to the stadium and buy a couple of bleacher tickets. Before entering the gate, [...]

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Costa Rica|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Ultimate Packing List – Everything You’ll Need To Travel The World

Everything You'll Need - The Ultimate World Travel Packing List “Go small, go simple, go now.” - Lin and Larry Pardey Travel Packing For Long Trips Deciding what to bring on a long trip through various parts of the world can seem daunting. The best rule is to keep it simple and small. No matter where or when you go, there are certain things that you will want, need or will come in very handy during your trip. This is not a comprehensive travel packing list, but a guideline to use [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation, Money and Security|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Slow Boat Through Laos – Cruising The Nam Tha River

Drifting Down The Nam Tha River - A Slow Boat Through Laos “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” - A. A. Milne Peace and Baaah All travel is slow travel in Laos. For two days, we stare at the countryside out the back of a truck, waving to children as we drive through their villages and negotiating landslides. Finally, we arrive at Luanag Nam Tha. The Nam Tha River starts near this growing town in northern Laos, and continues until it reaches the Mekong. [...]

By |June 4th, 2018|Categories: Laos, Perspective|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Vegan Banana Muffins

Vegan Banana Muffins Banana bread has always been a staple in our diet. It’s easy and delicious and a great way to use up all those bananas that seem to go from green to brown overnight. As a child, I can remember looking forward to my grandparents coming for a visit, knowing that Grandma would bring a loaf of this sweet, moist treat. I used her recipe for years - with a half a cup of butter, two eggs, white flour, and a whole cup of sugar! As the years went by, we became more health conscious and our diet [...]

By |May 28th, 2018|Categories: Health and Fitness|Tags: , |0 Comments

All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go – What To Wear Over There

Travel Clothing - What To Wear Over There “Bring half the clothes and twice the money.” - Susan Heller There is a vast array of lightweight, quick-dry and versatile travel clothing available everywhere. For example, pants with zip-off legs double as shorts, and Gore-Tex® (and other similar synthetic textiles) are waterproof, breathable and light. Choose articles of clothing that can be worn comfortably both individually or in layers. Some travelers prefer cotton, which is light and comfortable, but can take longer to dry than other materials. Avoid denim – it is [...]

By |May 28th, 2018|Categories: Money and Security, Transportation|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fins Up – Great White Shark Cage Diving In South Africa

Great White Shark Cage Diving - Fins Up In South Africa “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” - Chief Martin Brody (Jaws) Day breaks over a cloudless sky - we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We had seen Southern Right Whales breaching in Hermanus, and hope to see another one of the ocean’s great creatures. We take the shuttle to the skipper’s house in Gaansbai, where breakfast and the boat are waiting. Shortly afterwards, we reach Dyer Island - home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. These creatures are [...]

Babylon By Bus – Slow Travel On Four Wheels

Bus Travel Tips, Tricks and Advice - Slow Travel on Four Wheels “A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.” - Unknown Author When it comes to public transportation, bus travel is the cheapest, most dangerous and least comfortable way to get from one destination to another, and it is the slowest way to travel. Here, we will explore strategies, tips and advice to make bus travel as painless as possible. Local buses are flagged down by extending [...]

By |May 14th, 2018|Categories: Transportation|Tags: , |0 Comments

Samba In The Rain – Blame It On Rio

Carnaval In Rio De Janiero - Samba In The Rain “Come on, let's go, let's go to Carnaval. It’s time to sing and dance my love. I want the happiness and joy that's found in Carnaval.” - Carlos Sanatana Nestled among the mountains of a rainforest and flanked by the palm-fringed beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio de Janeiro is arguably the most beautiful city in the world. All western cultures celebrate the week before Ash Wednesday and Lent, and Carnaval in Rio is one of the world’s biggest parties. We [...]

By |May 7th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Brazil|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Cash Or Chargex – Money And Currency On The Road

Travel Money Tips - What Currency To Bring And Where To Keep It “Spend it while you can – money’s contraband. You can’t take it with you when you go. Spend it while you can, before it’s taken from your hand. There’s no free ride in this Carnival World.” - Jimmy Buffett It may not make the world go around, but it certainly helps travelers get around the world. We work hard to save it just so we can turn around and spend it. And the slower we travel, the less of [...]

By |April 30th, 2018|Categories: Money and Security|Tags: |0 Comments

Goin’ Down The Road – On Tour With The Grateful Dead

So Many Roads To Shakedown Street - My First Grateful Dead Tour “The bus came by and I got on. That's when it all began.” - Grateful Dead Tour Bus I have no idea. I had seen them twice before, but this is my first tour and my first exposure to life on the road. We don't have a car, so Rick and I “straddle that Greyhound” in Toronto, bound for Alpine Valley – somewhere near Milwaukee. Traveler's cheques seem like a safe option, but I never think about where I [...]

By |April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, United States|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Something In The Water – Healthy Hydration

Healthy Hydration - Drinking Water Treatment “Blue are the life-giving waters taken for granted. They quietly understand” - Jimi Hendrix Not A Drop To Drink Many of us who are privileged enough to live in the developed world take many things for granted. Immediate access to clean drinking water is perhaps the most useful advantage to our health and welfare that can be desired. The fact that water is piped directly to our kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms is one thing. The convenience that hot water comes out of one faucet [...]

By |April 16th, 2018|Categories: Food and Drink, Health and Fitness|Tags: , |0 Comments

Benares Or Bust – Overland Odyssey Through Central India

Overland Travel In India - An Odyssey By Bus And Train “Take me to the station and put me on a train. I've got no expectations to pass through here again.” - Rolling Stones Slow Travel, Whether You Like It Or Not Of the two ways to get overland from Khajuraho to Varanasi, neither is very convenient. So, we opt for both. Overland travel in India is usually pretty slow travel, whether you like it or not. The train doesn’t actually go from Khajuraho, but from the “nearby” town of Mahoba. The [...]

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, India|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Rethinking Plastic – Life In The Polymer Age

Plastic Pollution - Life In A Polymer World “I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.” - Pete Townshend Plastic Pollution Plaguing the Planet We wouldn’t get far in our day without it. Although it has only been around for less than a hundred years, its ubiquity compels our dependency on it. The vast majority of products manufactured today include it in some form or another, if they aren’t made out of it entirely. It is lightweight, durable, versatile, convenient and cheap. Human civilization has moved from the Stone [...]

By |April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: , |0 Comments

Your Home Away From Home – How To Choose A Hotel Room

Accommodation Tips and Advice - Choosing Hotel Rooms “Wherever I lay my hat, that's my home.” - Marvin Gaye Choosing Hotel Rooms Whether it’s a Brazilian pousada or a Turkish pansiyon, the type and quality of accommodation will vary from country to country, town to town, inn to inn, and room to room. You will come across everything from dormitories to fully-equipped houses. To really live like the locals do, a homestay is an excellent opportunity to experience local culture. Below are some tips and advice for choosing hotel rooms to [...]

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: Accommodation|Tags: |0 Comments

Buen Provecho – Top Ten La Paz Restaurants

Buen Provecho - Top Ten La Paz Restaurants “Don't judge your taco by its price.” - Hunter S. Thompson La Paz Restaurants Mexico is well-known for its exciting and delicious food, and some of the most diverse culinary creations can be found on the Baja Peninsula. Not only can you find all of the traditional Mexican dishes in La Paz restaurants, but the area also benefits from the bounty of the sea. However, despite strict regulations limiting what and how much can be extracted from the marine environment, this bounty is [...]

By |March 19th, 2018|Categories: Food and Drink, Mexico|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles – Yoga And Scuba Diving

Yoga And Scuba Diving - The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” - Robert Wyland Underwater Meditation My heart is pounding, my body is shaking and my mind is racing. I’m terrified … but of what? Jumping into the ocean - something I had done countless times before. So, why am I so afraid this time? It is our first day scuba diving and due to a mix up at the dive shop scheduling PADI open water courses, [...]

Keeping You And Your Backpack Secure – Staying Safe When You’re Moving Around

Keeping You And Your Backpack Safe - Transportation Security Tips “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” - John Augustus Shedd Separation Anxiety By and large, travel is a safe and enjoyable activity and the chances of falling victim to a violent crime are negligible. However, it pays to be aware of the potential for being separated from your belongings and valuables. Travelers are especially vulnerable when they are on the move – when your stuff isn’t secured in a hotel room. Here are [...]

By |March 5th, 2018|Categories: Money and Security, Transportation|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Under African Skies – Safari In South Luangwa National Park

Game Drives in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” - Karen Blixen Border Crossings and Riverbanks The police stop us after we cross the Malawian border. Apparently, the trailer’s tires are bald. Our driver protests and asks the officer if he's seen the condition of the tires on the overloaded minibuses that pass by regularly. With a “crocodile smile” across his face, the officer suggests we cut our losses before he takes exception to [...]

By |February 26th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Zambia|Tags: |0 Comments

Welcome To The Jungle – Amazon Adventures On The Javari River

Welcome To The Jungle - Amazon Adventures On The Javari River “Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky." - Arna Bontemps River Boats and Border Crossings The flight from Chiclayo offers stunning views over the Andes, and a glimpse of the endless expanse of the Amazon Rainforest. Inaccessible by road, Iquitos is a large city set in the middle of the jungle. Apart from the laid-back atmosphere and the friendliness of the locals, the first thing we notice is the [...]

By |February 19th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Brazil, Colombia, Peru|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stewards and Ambassadors – 10 Rules For Respecting Local Culture

Stewards and Ambassadors - 10 Rules For Respecting Local Culture “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” -Clifton Fadiman Responsible Selfishness Most of us travel to make ourselves better or browner, and our time and effort is used to learn, see and experience as much as we can. We travel to exotic places to benefit from the culture and surroundings, but do the local culture and environment benefit from our presence? Although we may [...]

Agua De Jamaica

Agua De Jamaica In a small taqueria in San Jose del Cabo we first discovered what soon became our favorite beverage in Mexico. Agua de Jamaica (pronounced hah-MY-kah) is an infusion of hibiscus flowers. This beautiful deep crimson tea can be consumed both hot and cold. Our preference is to pour it over ice with a bit of sugar and lime juice. On its own jamaica is quite tart, with an almost cranberry-like flavor. With the addition of sugar or agave syrup, it’s a delicious, refreshing cocktail on a hot tropical afternoon. You can find the dried hibiscus flowers at [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Categories: Health and Fitness, Mexico|Tags: , |0 Comments

Diving In Dahab – Red Sea Adventures On The Sinai Peninsula

Red Sea Adventure - Scuba Diving in Dahab “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques-Yves Cousteau Commandments and Coral Reefs Thou shalt not step on the coral. That must have been the eleventh commandment, lost to the world atop of Mt. Sinai. The nib of land that separates Africa from Asia is legendary, both in biblical lore and regional conflict. Scuba diving in Dahab on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula offers some of the best underwater adventures in the world. The Gulf of [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Categories: Adventure, Egypt|Tags: , |0 Comments

Environmental Travel – 5 Ways To Leave A Smaller Footprint

Environmental Travel - 5 Ways To Leave A Smaller Footprint “Give a hoot - don't pollute! Lend a hand - care for the land!"” - Woodsy Owl Environmental Travel Environmental degradation is a serious global problem that cannot be ignored, especially when we travel. Although basic environmental awareness and protection may seem like afterthoughts in a western economy, they are enlightened by developing-world standards. Below are some socially conscious travel tips to help lighten your environmental footprint wherever you may be. Despite the tent card, straws are [...]

Waxing Spiritual – Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

 Waxing Spiritual - Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.” - The Buddha Rebirth and Suffering Life sucks. This is an underlying principle of Buddhism. We are reincarnated in an endless cycle of death and rebirth (samsara) in which we suffer (dukkha) until we become enlightened (nirvana). For anyone interested in Eastern religions, few countries offer greater access to exploring Buddhism than Thailand, where 95% of the population practices Theravada Buddhism. Often, when most people think of Thailand, they [...]

By |January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Thailand|Tags: , |0 Comments

Balancing Act – A Stable Lifestyle In An Unstable World

Finding Equilibrium - A Balanced Lifestyle In An Unstable World “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein The World Within Ourselves In 1982, a film was released that defied conventional cinema. There was no plot, no characters and no dialogue, with only a visual narrative. “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” described a world where nature, humanity and technology are at odds against each other, with no clear winner – only losers. Nearly four decades later, not much has changed. If anything, [...]

By |January 15th, 2018|Categories: Feature, Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

Socially Conscious Travel – Ideas For Responsible Tourism

Socially Conscious Travel – Ideas For Responsible Tourism “For in the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” - Baba Dioum Selfish Desires Travel is a selfish endeavor. Few people, if any, travel for the exclusive benefit of others. But, selfish travel isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The growth travelers experience traveling can apply to a more complete perspective on the world, which might not otherwise exist. Travel can have a positive impact on both [...]

Shall We Go, You And I, While We Can? – Slow Travel With No Time To Lose

Shall We Go, You And I, While We Can? - Slow Travel With No Time To Lose “We will leave this place an empty stone Or shining ball of blue we can call our home.” - Grateful Dead The Future’s Here, We Are It, We Are On Our Own We have been put on notice – and it isn’t the first time. In 1992, The Union of Concerned Scientists – a collection of 1700 scientists from 71 countries, including the majority of Nobel Laureates – issued its first warning. It cautioned [...]

By |January 1st, 2018|Categories: Destinations, Feature|Tags: , |0 Comments
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