ACTIVITIES TO DO IN NASHVILLE, TN

Are you thinking of taking a trip to the Music Capital of the United States? There is certainly more to Nashville than its country music roots and its boozy 'NashVegas' reputation. In fact, Forbes Travel named Nashville one of the top 16 destinations for 2016! However, if you need another reason to visit this blooming city, know that it's the epitome of raw, organic musical talent and boasts...

BEST CANADIAN ROCKIES HIKES

HA LING PEAK - Canmore, Canada The Ha Ling Peak Summit hike is an old staple and one of my favourite Canadian rockies hikes because it was one of the first I ever did. You will start in a forest with steep switchbacks and climb up until the trees have cleared and you are at the base of the peak's summit. Though you gain a relatively high elevation (2500ft) and need to navigate loose rock towards the end, the 3.5 mile trail is overall well maintained. Ha ling is a popular trail, especially on weekends, so you don't need to be worried about bear encounters. Though, if you prefer to have the mountain all to yourself you might want to consider getting there early. MT. YAMNUSKA - Kananaskis, Canada Yamnuska ridge is a moderate hike in Kananaskis which opens up from a wooded path to a rocky scramble up to a false summit. The trail continues on to a more advanced section you must traverse to reach the actual summit (a helmet and climbing gear is recommended). I've done Yamnuska many...

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: A TOUR

Romania has been fighting for decades to step out of the shadows that its communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu cast. Though communism and violence ended with the revolution nearly 30 years ago, the lasting impacts on Romania and its capital Bucharest have been stark. This in combination with the tumultuous political environment in Romania's Northern neighbour Ukraine, have had long-lasting,...

Facing the Challenge of the Andes

If you ever go on a guide led expedition, a good guide will always prepare you for the days ahead. They will map out your route, and try to set the expectations correctly. After the health issues and the extremes of the 4 days of hiking prior, hearing that day 5 and 6 would be the real tough part wasn't very reassuring. Cathy and I always try to stay focused about the here and now, and not being overwhelmed by what's to come. When we were reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, I barely looked up at the trail ahead. It can be discouraging to see how much there is still to tackle, so focus on what you can control... that next step. After day 3 of the Choquequirao Trek, the number of fellow hikers dwindled to only a few small groups of hardy souls. Although the 3-4 day loop trek of...

GETTING FROM TANZANIA TO RWANDA

You can get to Kigali, Rwanda from Mwanza (departing at 5:30AM), from Arusha (departing at 4:00AM; transfers in Singida) or Dar es Salaam (departing at 4:00AM). I personally took the bus from Mwanza and would suggest breaking up the journey here as it is a lovely lakeside town! Even though you are going to Kigali, the bus ticket is actually to a Tanzanian border town called Benaco, where you will transfer to the Rusumo border. The bus is scheduled to depart at 5:30AM but we left closer to 6:00. I arrived around 5:00AM to claim my spot at one of the windows but to my surprise, the guy in...

HOW TO GET TO GOMBE STREAM NATIONAL PARK

If you are reading this, than you are interested in going to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. I noticed when planning my own trip to Gombe Stream National Park two years ago that there was limited info online about public transport options to get there so I have decided to make this post, including the things I would have done differently - so you can plan your best trip! Train Trains are available to Kigoma from Dar es Salaam, Tabora and Mwanza. I have heard that it is quite lovely, although time intensive. There are 2 main train lines, but you will need the Central line which links Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, via Tabora. You can also reach Kigoma by train from Mwanza via Tabora. I have heard that due to the transfer that is required on these journeys, there can be extremely long delays (i.e. > 24 hours). Bus I apprehensively opted for ground transportation, despite hearing tales of harrowing, dusty bus rides because it is the most economic way to get there. I took the...

HOW TO SPEND A LONG LAYOVER IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO

Due to an itinerary change that resulted in my 1.5 hour layover turning into a 1.5 day layover, Royal Air Marocc offered me one night in a nearby hotel. To my delight, everything was organized by Royal Air Maroc upon my arrival and I was soon on my way to the hotel on a complimentary hotel shuttle. With so much uncertainty due to the last-minute flight changes, I had not set any expectations for where I would be staying. I ended up at the Sky Atlas Hotel, which isn't particularly close to town but very conveniently situated near the Mohammed V International Airport. The grounds resembled a tropical resort with palm trees and a large swimming pool. My first stop was to see the Hammad II Mosque - an exquisite architectural masterpiece towering over the Western coastline. I was not able...

KYTHNOS, GREECE: THE MOST UNDERRATED GREEK ISLAND

Instead, the big daddy islands like Santorini and Mykonos dominate the travel bucket lists of many international tourists. Unfortunately, with their fame comes the expensive prices, crowds and an overall 'touristy' feel. That's why after living on the island of Kythnos for two months, I think it could actually be one of the most underrated Greek islands. Kythnos is Quiet Despite its...

Small Cool California Town That You Should Visit

One of the best things about California is that there are plenty of cool towns and cities that you can visit. It is so large that it covers nearly 900 miles along the Pacific Coast from the Mexican border. You are almost guaranteed to find a small town along along the way. My road trips have taken me up and down, east and west of the state. I have driven both long and short trips and always enjoy passing through towns that are both small and historical. Julian Home to California's best homemade pies! Julian is best known for its ever so delicious pies! You will find several bakeries and...

SOUTHERN ETHIOPIA DAY ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

I had a private driver through Ghion Travel and Tours, but it is definitely possible to get around independently. However, with that said, I saw so many public buses flipped and crushed in ditches that I lost count, which made me thankful I hadn't attempted to take them. Assuming you will be flying into Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, you will depart on your epic road trip from Addis. Leave the city at 7:00AM to avoid traffic and head south to begin your Southern Country adventure! Your first stop is a small village called Tiya, where a world heritage site awaits. The Tiya...

What Makes This Maine Windjammer Schooner Special

Maine got its nickname "Vacationland" for a reason. It has so much to offer people looking to escape their everyday lives, and just enjoy a simpler pace. For those who love the sea, Maine holds a special place in their hearts. Maine is the keeper of a world renown sailing tradition. Like a living museum, Maine offers people the chance to see a majestic windjammer sailing vessel from a...

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