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Walk among the clouds, in one of the last surviving cloud forests in the world. Here are a few things to do in the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. Learn how to support sustainable tourism, catch a glimpse of an animal believed by Mayans to be a God. Plan your perfect shore excursion in Costa Rica by visiting one of the most unique environments on the planet.
First time going on a cruise tips, tricks, and all around fantastic travel hacks. From knowing how to book your cruise, saving money on shore excursions, to cutting overall cost of a cruise so that you have more money to spend on what matters ….memories.
What you may not think about when booking that trip, is all of the extra travel fees that you will pay on your journey. Not all of them you can avoid (or want to avoid), but many of them you may not realize you can avoid. So here are my tips on how to avoid hidden travel fees.
Lake Atitlan, a place where the Gods of the mountain meet the life-giving lake, and magic touches every soul that enters. With the world getting smaller by the day and western culture permeating every corner of the globe now. There is one place, the quickly changing world seems to have less of effect, and that is in Lake Atitlan.
There is a reason for the Christmas Season, a time of service, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into this world. There are plenty of Christmas activities near Salt Lake City to help foster good memories, remember the reason for the season, and to give back into the world for all that we have been given.
Foster those family relationships, and use this Guide for Thanksgiving Activities near Salt Lake City Utah to turn your Black Friday into a White Friday of Service and outdoor activities. #optoutside #WhiteFriday #Thanksgiving
When I was traveling to Jordan, I was going to have an 8 hour layover in Paris and knew I needed to see the beautiful city. Not knowing exactly how to spend a layover in Paris France, with so many things to see, and so little time. I researched timing, taxi cabs, visa requirements, costs, easy of use of the train system.
Here is a guide on Halloween Activities near Salt Lake City, the best of the best of the spooktacular fun you can have in my hometown!
Delft Pottery is one of the signature souvenirs you see in shops throughout the Netherlands. Little do people know, there is a long and proud history of where this pottery originates. If you want to see master pottery makers, and where one of the greatest painters of 16th century lived – take a day trip to Delft.
This tiny town at the southernmost point of Peru is one of the best-held secrets. Here are a few ideas for your shore excursions in Pisco Peru that you really do not want to miss out on.
The language barrier can be a major deterrent for many when traveling. So here are my tried and true tips on how to communicate when traveling in a foreign country.
Choosing an accommodation for your travel has gotten more complicated over the years. Often leaving folks confused and worried they will make the wrong decision. Especially with reports of tourists being attacked, personal items stolen, and even the rare occasion of someone being killed. So I decided to put together a guide on things to look for when choosing accommodation for your travels. From beginning to end, this will be the ultimate guide on getting started with choosing your accommodation and staying safe when you do.
This New England Coast Day Trip from Boston is full of Lighthouses, lobsters, & leisure. This itinerary is the perfect way to see the top spots along the coast without breaking the bank!
Tucked away in a corner of the mystical Lake Atitlan, is San Pedro La Laguna. A small town full of Mayan women who are being empowered through the efforts of Sheri Keller from She Rides Dragons. Read about this inspiring woman who is changing lives, and saving them.
While Berlin isn’t technically part of Eastern Europe, it is so close to Prague I had to stop by for a bit. Backpacking through Eastern Europe only gave me about 12 hours in Berlin, so I tried to make the most of all the time I had. So here is what I would suggest seeing with your limited time in Berlin.
Fall is one of my favorite times of year, a season of warm blankets, hot chocolate, Halloween and beautiful color. It might be hard to pick where to take a scenic road trip for fall colors in the USA. I have put together the top 15 places to see fall foliage in the United States for you to make it easy and a dreamy vacation. So grab your cup of hot cocoa, light the fire, and let us explore where your next adventure will be.
There are hundreds of articles on ‘What To Pack for Boston’, but most of them focus on what to pack for winter not in summer. Boston can get hot and muggy, with all the water surrounding it – so it is important to plan accordingly. Here are my suggestions on what to pack for Boston in Summer, especially for those who don’t tolerate humidity very well like me.
There are some things in life that worm their way into your heart, and start pulling heartstrings you didn’t even know existed. Sea Turtles, and especially baby sea turtles are one of these things for me. I didn’t really know much about the life cycle of turtles, what the biological reasons they were disappearing were – nor that a major issue was a threat to the nesting grounds. After visiting the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, and Gumbo Limbo, these educational facilities set the stage to saving baby sea turtles with the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
Diving Singer Island in Florida is rated higher than the Florida Keys in 8 out of 9 categories by Scuba Magazine! With Turtles, Eels, Lemon Sharks, Lobster, Nurse Shark, and even a rumored Hammerhead shark – this is NOT a Dive in Florida you should miss.
We have all been there….either from a relationship or some other heartbreak. Sometimes you just need to get away from real life, disappear into the world and forget your problems at home. So here are my tips on where to travel after a bad breakup.
No one likes to stand out or feel awkward in sports, especially me. If there were awards for awkwardness, I’m sure I would have a few by now. So after a few dive trips under my belt, here are my first scuba diving trip tips, and how to avoid aquatic awkwardness.
You will never be able to expect the unexpected, but you can educate yourself to handle those times. Being a Physician Assistant, I decided to put together an Intro to Wilderness Medicine for you. Get prepared for the unexpected and you may just save a life, or even your own.
Exploring Doune Castle, a popular filming location in Scotland was a little surreal when your standing right in front of it. If you have ever seen Monty Python, or Outlander – then you might recognize Doune Castle.
Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize hold some of the most unique temples of this ancient religion. Learn about Nuals, ritual basketball games and more. It is truly a perfect shore excursion while in the Western Caribbean.
Ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation? Need to beat the post vacation blues? Here are my tips on How to Recover from a Vacation.
Jump inside a childhood fantasy world when you visit Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. The hoodoo playground and dark sky park will ignite your imagination.
Is Airport Etiquette and Flying Etiquette Dead? The more I travel the more I’m coming across some absolutely maddening behaviors of my fellow humans. Here is how to not look like a jerk in an airport or on the plane.
So how do you prevent motion sickness from happening? What if it starts in an obscure location, or in the middle of a cruise and you have no way to escape it for the next 14 days? Here are a few tips and tricks I have learned over the years, that have helped even the weakest of stomachs still be able to enjoy their vacation.
Diving has become a huge passion of mine, and I am slowly working my way to becoming a Master Diver (keyword slowly). After knowing it is an activity that I will be doing for the rest of my life, I decided to get a little input from fellow divers and travel experts around the world who have contributed to this article on what we all feel are the Top Diving Locations Around the World.
Tambo Colorado is not a well known Inca Ruin, yet it is one of the best preserved Inca ruin. To see it you must take a tour to the Paracas desert from Pisco. It is a perfect shore excursion full of ancient Incan history. Fascinating elements of the internal engineering in their homes, technology far advanced than I gave them credit for can still be seen. So come take a tour with me in some ruins that even the most seasoned traveler can enjoy.
This is a popular weekend getaway for many who live in Scotland as hill walking and outdoor activities within Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park are quite abundant. This is a quick day trip from Edinburgh or Glasgow that I definitely would not miss.
Florida isn’t just about amusement parks, and beaches – there is an old side to it. Come on a Florida Getaway where I show you how to have an authentic weekend.
Pity parties of one are hard to get out of; so here are my tricks on how after years of traveling solo, on how I cope with loneliness while solo traveling.
Driving in another country can be a scary thing when you are doing it for the first time, but when you are responsible for any damage that might happen while in that country…..makes it even scarier. My first time driving internationally was when I went to Scotland on my first Solo Trip. So here are a few things to look for when renting a car either at home or abroad.
Balancing your personal life, and creating a buisness can be hard. So grab your cuppa tea, and settle in for a story where I get really REAL with you on where I came from to where I am now – and hopefully inspire you to keep going on your own journey.
Won’t I get lonely? What happens if I get lost? I can’t afford it. These are all common questions and concerns Solo Travelers have for me since I started Culture Trekking. While I could explain and argue these and many more, the bottom line is that you need to first choose a destination that fits your concerns. So here are, what I consider to be, the Best Destinations for Solo Travelers.
Knowing that Manatees are often killed by boats passing by, and they were slow and fat was about the extent of my knowledge about Manatees and their world. Luckily we were able to pair up with Birds Underwater for a sponsored tour and my knowledge about Manatees exponentially increased from one afternoon with them. So come take a virtual tour with me, Jen & Ed, and our other friend Katie from The Traveling Spud as we learn just how to ethically interact with Manatees.
Traveling alone can be scary for anyone, but especially for females. Here are some tips for first time female solo travelers – and what this panel of female travelers wish they would have known before their first trip.
Buying a plane ticket is getting more complicated, and hidden fees and in-flight charges are getting steeper. Be sure to read the hazards of choosing cheap flights with a bonus resource on major airlines and their hidden fees.
This quaint town in the middle of Illinois is one of the best replicas of life in the 1850’s. Located on the banks of the Mississippi river, this small town has homes fully restored with volunteers that re-enact the times of Pioneers. There are pioneer crafts, games, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live entertainment.
Sleep can be elusive for many people throughout the world. It tends to be even more elusive when you are traveling, due to being in a new environment. Here are the top 15 ways to sleep well when traveling
Santiago is a vast and beautiful city full of history, natural beauty, history, art and a passion; here are a few things to do in Santiago on a budget.
36 hours in Buenos Aires Argentina is not enough time to properly explore this colorful, vibrant, passionate city full of both dark history and healing as well. If you have limited time in this city, here is how I would humbly suggest you spend it.
There are plenty of things to see in Lima Peru, but I will warn you that you will either hate this city, or you will love this city. It is a foodie paradise, a gateway to adventure, and full of pre-colonial Spanish and Peruvian history mingled with their Inca heritage.
While fear is increasingly being used as a tactic to sell things; it is important to be educated on what the risks are. Different people have different tolerance levels to risk, but there are several things I would recommend as standard precautions for both male and female solo travelers.
Scotland’s ‘Route 66’ is a roller coaster road of ruined castles, pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages. Know what the major sites to visit are, where to camp, stay and more.
\A classic photography site for all those Scottish Loving folk Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. There is so much more to offer here than just a nice sunset photo, so come take a tour of one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world.
This castle, due to its unique structure, location and history is now one of the only castles in Scotland listed on the World Monuments Fund List. Come explore Sinclair Gronigoe Castle. One of the most unique castles in the UK.
Cresting the dune, only blue sky greeted us – the dune buggy tilted…..join me on this journey for a Dune Buggy Adventure in Paracas Desert in Peru
Known for partying, drinking, and a tourist trap destination – but Diving in Cabo San Lucas for my first time diving in the ocean, was serene, beautiful, and otherworldly. Come on a journey to the blue abyss full of colorful creatures, sealions, shipwrecks and whales.
A New Wonder of the World, a UNESCO heritage site, and capitol of the Arabian Nomads the Nabateans. Learn about how to visit Petra the right way with tips from a local.
In the heart of Whiskey country in Scotland lies a plethora of unique activities and sites for the history lovers, Scotland road trippers, and those who love to be inspired by the more natural surroundings. Here are a few things to do while in Elgin Scotland.
Officially the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea, has quickly become a spa like setting rich with minerals. The salt here was once used as a form of trade for the Romans. Learn more about the Dead Sea Minerals, Dead Sea Scrolls and even Lot’s wife.
The Isle of Skye is a feast of images for the eyes of those who yearn to wander green paths. Scotland is a land lush and wild, but the Isle of Skye is the hidden Emerald of the UK. This land is steeped in history, folklore, unspoiled beaches, rugged mountains ripe for conquering. Welcome to the Land of the Clans and Scottish pride and warrior spirits that will never die.
A UNESCO Heritage Site, containing one of the seven wonders of the ancient world will leave you asking, “Where is Ephesus?” An incredibly well preserved City in Turkey that is still used for festivals today and contains a Christian Shrine to the Virgin Mary. With such contrasting cultural history, this is not a city to be missed.
The Acropolis…..home to kings, gods, and tourists. A mythical center that has survived bombardment, earthquakes, vandalism and yet becomes more iconic and striking with the great city of Athens each year that passes.
Here is my Top 25 Things To Do While in Jerusalem. This ancient city has so much to see, do, and experience; but we often are not able to see it all in one trip. So I put together the top sites (at least for me) to see while there. I give my honest opinion and offer a way to do it Self-Guided, with a Tour, or in small doses. Welcome to the Holy Land of the World!
Don’t just travel, having meaningful travel! Learn how to find the meaning behind the destination in this interview with traveling guru Nomadic Matt.
Greek Isle Paradise…..feeling fancy, free, and a little like Athena reincarnate. The cruise ship had poured her passengers out onto the docks of Mykonos, letting her contents explore the whitewashed streets of Mykonos. Hours or research on what to do in Mykonos lead me to this day. Bumming on the beach…..that is where I was headed. If you do nothing else in Mykonos, please experience their beaches, they are world renown for parties, relaxing, and pure bliss.
Yes it is iconic, yes you see it on every Scotland tourism magazine…..but is it worth the time, effort, and cost to visit Eliean Donan Castle in Scotland?