Touring South African’s ChaZen Reserve

Joe’s bright eyes pierced into mine. “If he charges the fence,” he said, “You need to stand your ground. Don’t run away. You got it?” I nodded. We were standing knee deep in the bush, alongside a thin wire fence where, just beyond, a massive male African lion was thoughtfully sniffing the air. But this…

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Discovering Pilanesberg National Park

The car in front of us was stopped next to a huge acacia thorn bush. Behind them, we looked impatiently at each other. What could they possibly be looking at when parked next to a bush? The question answered itself not two seconds later, when a gigantic horned head swung out in front of the…

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Travel Inspiration: The Ghost Town in Photos

Kolmanskop, otherwise known as the Ghost Town, is an old diamond-mining town just outside of Lüderitz. It was founded at the beginning of last century, back when Namibia was known as the colony of German South West Africa. Explorers found diamonds that had been washed over by the Orange River, and boom! a diamond rush began. Residents—many…

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Travel Inspiration: Sossusvlei in Photos

The last few posts have been pretty wordy,  so let’s let the pictures say their thousand words. Pin it!

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What to Expect from Your First Surf Lesson

“But aren’t you worried about the sharks?” It was a refrain echoing in my head from the moment I booked our Airbnb experience, Surf with Purpose—further amplified by friends, colleagues, and near-total strangers in the weeks leading up to our trip. So much so that, even though it was meant as a surprise Christmas gift,…

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Adventures in Glamping: Yosemite National Park

Last Saturday morning, I woke up to the steady rushing of rain on a canvas roof. It took a minute to orient myself in the cozy gray light. Then I remembered that I’d traded my city digs for a weekend of glamping in Yosemite. It was the first year I wasn’t traveling for Thanksgiving Day, so…

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San Blas Adventures Review: Sailing from Colombia to Panama

San Blas Islands, Panama — August 2014 Sailing from Colombia to Panama was an absolute dream. After leaving Cartagena, we spent just one night in Turbo before leaving for the promised (is)lands: the San Blas Islands. There are a few ways you can do this three-night, four-day journey. Most of the options involve large-scale sailboats…

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“The Ridge” Showcases the Scottish Mountains

On movie night this past weekend, David and I grabbed a copy of the Scottish indie film, The Angel’s Share, and spent two hours a) trying to decipher Scottish slang and b) lusting for a whisky-tasting tour of the beautiful country. In that fine tradition of film-inspired travel, here’s another awesomely inspirational video to visit Scotland…especially if…

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The Adventure Begins: Turbo, Colombia

If you hate sleeping in hammocks, the San Blas islands are probably not for you. If you hate traveling by boat, the islands are probably not your jam. If you hate drinking games, meeting new people, bonfires, snorkeling, or fine white sand, you are likely going to hate the San Blas islands. Luckily for you,…

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Playing with Animals in the Wild

The Daily Beast recently published a story about “Where to Play With Monkeys and Other Animals in the Wild,” and I’ve got to say, the first two experiences they list are slam-dunks on the “envy-enducing meter” of adventurous vacations. Snorkeling with humpback whales? Walking with cheetahs? (On the beach no less!) Lots of cool things to…

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