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

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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

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A New Zealand Road Trip With A Fiji Stopover v.4

Pancake Rocks and Mangarakau Wetland Swamp We spent the morning driving along some pretty spectacular coastal cliffs. Saw steam lifting off the Tasman Sea oceanfront, which I haven’t seen before. Tried to get it on video, but failed miserably. Stopped off at the Pancake Rocks and Blowhole in Paparoa National Park.

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A New Zealand Road Trip With A Fiji Stopover v.3

Fjordland National Park, New Zealand

Attack of the Mountain Parrots in Fiordland National Park Woke up before dawn to beat the crowds through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Am starting to learn that no one in New Zealand wakes up until 9, even 10—nothing is open—and I’m an American anomaly… with a little bit of jet lag maybe. The […]

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