5 To-Die-For, Must-See National Parks

Lake Louise, Banff

Let me begin with a disclaimer: this list is by no means all-encompassing. Obviously, there more than five must-see national parks in the world. And I think you should see as many as humanly possible in your lifetime, because, in my experience, they’re declared national parks for good reason—they’re amazing. I should also note that, […]

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Global Debauchery’s Top Travel Destinations

Lagoa do Fogo Sao Miguel Azores

“What’s your favorite place?” A common and seemingly benign question for frequent travelers. I can’t speak for other travelers, obviously. Maybe they have that one place that makes their heart swoon; their happy place, where the stars align and they could give up everything and retire there yesterday. My answer is not so straightforward. …”It’s […]

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What No One Told Us About Iceland

Cliffs on Iceland coast for About Iceland hero

For some unknown reason, I’ve harbored an intense, multi-decade fascination with Iceland. Perhaps because we considered moving there instead of Belgium when I was seven years old and I was always curious about the place we didn’t move to. When the usual springtime travel itch came around, my husband and I decided to do it, […]

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My Personal Travel Rites of Passage

Connemara, Ireland

Some time ago, I was forwarded James Kay’s Lonely Planet article, “The Traveller’s Classic Rites of Passage” and asked which of these rites I, personally, have encountered in my explorations. The answer is all of them. “Reader’s Requests” came to life shortly after and, well, telling those tales on this forum seemed a perfect fit. […]

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Skeiðarársandur In Southeast Iceland

Skeidararsandur, Iceland

Welcome to the largest volcanic desert in the world, Skeiðarársandur in southeast Iceland. This vast wasteland was created by a combination of geothermal and glacial activity and covers some 500 square miles. Criss-crossed by drainage channels, the area’s most recent volcanic eruption was in 1996. Destroying the region’s only access to the rest of the island, […]

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