5 National Parks to See Before You Die

Lake Louise, Banff

Let me begin with a disclaimer: this list is by no means all-encompassing. Obviously, I encourage you to see more than five national parks before you die. In fact, 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 […]

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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. The article […]

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Where in the World is Global Debauchery?

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 when several bridges on the Ring Road were washed away, destroying […]

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