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Why Your National Parks Need You Now thumbnail

"It was here that the romance of my life began." – Theodore Roosevelt, one of the National Park system's greatest champions, on what would become Badlands National Park Our National Parks system has made quite a few headlines in recent weeks. While much attention has been focused on their official social media accounts being gagged and…

Waking Up With Christ Redeemer in The City of God thumbnail

There are two attractions that are pretty much non-negotiable must-sees for more travelers to Rio -- the Cristo Redentor statue, also known as the Christ Redeemer statue, and Pão de Açúcar, also known as Sugarloaf Mountain. Heather and I were no exceptions, and planned to make both a priority during our one week in Rio de Janeiro. However…

One Week in The Cidade Maravilhosa thumbnail

“On the eighth day, God created Rio.” It doesn’t take long to understand why cariocas love to say so. Palm fringed beaches bookended by iconic granite morros, the world's largest urban forest, and one infamous statue of Christ perpetually watching over the city. One of the most geographically blessed cities I’ve had the privilege to visit, it’s…

New Year, New Passport Stamps: My Travel Plans for 2017 thumbnail

Hello, 2017. You're a sight for sore eyes. You're also, so far, a bit of a mystery. Since I started this blog, I've never kicked off a year with less travel on my plate. In a way, it's thrilling -- anything can happen! -- and in another it's a little scary. Can I really let a…

One Last Sip of Sun: A Tour of Hua Hin Hills Vineyard thumbnail

After three days in Hua Hin, Ian and I's relaxation retreat was almost complete. We'd ticked almost every box: sun, sand, sea, and sleep. There was just one last unwinding agent to attend to: wine. So far, our explorations of Thailand's unknown wine country had been a wild success. Two days in the Khao Yai district had revealed three beautiful…

Uma Bela Caminhada: Hiking on Ilha Grande thumbnail

Ilha Grande stole my heart -- and it also gave it a workout. Cardio and adventure fans alike will flip for the hiking opportunities on this untamed Brazilian island. With sixteen marked trails of varying length and difficulty, we were spoiled for choice when it came to which corner of Ilha Grande to wander. As we were hoping…

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