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Scuba Diving at The Kenting National Park

Kenting At the very southern tip of Taiwan is Kenting National Park. Established on January 1, 1984, it is Taiwan’s oldest and southernmost national park, known for its tropical climate with warm to hot weather year-round. Although Kenting National Park is located in Kenting, these...

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Gaudí’s Vision of Eternity – Sagrada Familia

Before Barcelona, I have not heard of the name Antoni Gaudí. I have seen pictures of wacky buildings but did not think much of it. A stroke of fantasy perhaps? What I knew was that every traveler to Barcelona must visit Sagrada Familia, a basilica in...

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10 Must Have Travel Apps and Web Shortcuts

Sometimes I forget those days before smartphones were a necessity. Here is a list of my all time favorite apps and web tools to make travel easier even without Wi-Fi. Separated into 3 phases; before, during, and after travel. Before you arrive to your destination…the research phase...

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Antarctica – The Feeling of Nonexistence

Conclusion as intro After I returned, many friends and family ask about Antarctica and what it feels like to be there. For a while, it was hard to find proper words to describe the experience. Did I feel small? Yes. Was I blown away by its...

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Penguins!!!

Frank S. Todd is the leading world expert on all things penguin, and other birds. I had a question I’ve been wanting to ask during his lectures but since he’s such a penguin lover, I thought I would wait for a better place a time....

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Pampas, Rurrenabaque – Amazon Round 2!

Why the Amazon again, after all the mosquitoes, sweat and tears from the last trip to the Amazon, one might ask? There’s only one answer to that. Because I had some of the the best and worst times throughout this trip in the Amazon. Plus...

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Up Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

Woke up at 4 AM to eat breakfast before we head up to the almighty Machu Picchu with our newly joined group,which consisted of Annie, me, the three California girls, one Irish couple and one Australian couple. All of them except for us, decided to...

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Amazon, Monkey Island & Giant Lily Pond

Some time ago in the 1960’s when there were no wildlife restrictions, a Greek man brought a load of squirrel monkeys to an island he owned. Without predators on the island, the monkeys thrived and La Isla de los Micos (Monkey Island) was born. Today,...

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Travel Ninja Pockets

Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, in the city or countryside, at a restaurant or museum, you are not immune to the inevitable encounter with pick-pocket or petty theft. What’s ironic to me is the lack of awareness when one is distracted by...

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Things Not To Do in Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii…a word that encompasses many fantasies; gentle waves, warm breezy air, lush greens, coconut trees, soft sand, ocean full of fish, sea turtles jumping dolphins, and a luau in every corner. It’s what the survivors on LOST experienced minus the plane crash and creepy ghosts....

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A Traveler’s Sense of Duty

We travelers will often see variations of this common phrase at popular sites — “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints.” It’s a good reminder not to litter and protect the environment for future visitors to enjoy. After many different encounters throughout my travels, it appears there are...

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Chasing “Game of Thrones” @ Peñiscola, Spain

Season 6 of Game of Thrones is in the making and time is not going by fast enough! While on a walking tour in Valencia, the guide mentioned that no GoT was filmed in Valencia but instead at Peñíscola. We googled to find out that only a...

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San Francisco Takeover in 3 Days

The best time to visit a city (besides having the stars, weather, flight, and everything aligned to make a trip happen), is when friends live abroad! Or in this case, across on the opposite coast. The plan Hit up the well-known spots but spend quality...

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Boulder Homes of Monsanto, Portugal

While pin surfing, I saw a crazy photo on Pinterest when I searched for Portugal, where an enormous boulder sits on top of a house like an ostrich egg on top of cake. To be sure it wasn’t photoshopped, I followed the description and found the...

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Geisha of Gion

Geisha*, geiko, and maiko are traditional Japanese hostesses who entertain customers through various performing arts. In Gion, Kyoto, they call full-fledged geisha “geiko” and the apprentice in training “maiko.” In the olden days, beautiful girls from poor families were often traded into this profession to...

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Porto Oporto, the Inspiration for Harry Potter?

Hilly like San Francisco, Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, known for their production of fine Port wine, Francesinha and the world’s third most beautiful bookstore. Oh, and J.K. Rowling spent three years here as an English teacher during the darkest and brightest period...

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Find the Hidden Gems – 5 Useful Travel Planning Tools

While planning for our next trip to Portugal and Spain, I wondered how everyone else figure out what they want to see? Discover places beyond the usual tourist spots? Of course there’s the popular TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet review sites, but I want places that are off the beaten path, up...

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Salta and the Children of Llullaillaco

Salta is a city in the northwestern region of Argentina, known for gaucho, bustling nightlife and the Children of Llullaillaco, the most well-preserved child mummies of South America found frozen at the peak of Mount Llullaillaco.  Gaucho If a gaucho and a cowboy come face to face on...

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Germans and Their Strange Habits

When I say strange, I mean it in the most intriguing and educational ways possible to an American. Having had the chance to experience local living, wander through small towns and be a passenger on the autobahn, here’s what I’ve learned about the Germans… On...

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Donsol, Home of the Whale Sharks

Donsol is a great place to visit for three reasons. One, it is theorized, by the discovery of baby whale sharks, as one of many Whale Shark breeding grounds. Second, the city works with the fishermen to establish a fair and eco-friendly approach to tourism. Visitors should keep a...

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Convertible pants

A MUST MUST MUST have for world travelers. Ever tried to pack for two completely different weather on the same trip? It is the most difficult thing to do while traveling, in my opinion. Though even if you’re not going to places with opposite weather...