A Handshake in the Canadian Badlands

October 4, 2017 10 Comments »

Canadian Badlands Writing on Stone

I was going through all the motions…it had been a whirlwind travel day of moving, moving, moving. We did introductions quickly in the parking lot and shook hands. I never thought of myself as hurried – until I went to pull away from the handshake and he took his other hand and cupped it around […]

Add This Goat Safari to Your Norway Itinerary

September 7, 2017 6 Comments »

norway itinerary goat farm visit

“Do you want to take the baby goats to pasture, “ Farmer Petter asked me. My eyes lit up and I felt 7 years old again. “Yes, yes! I’d love to take the baby goats anywhere!” I replied. Oh happy day! I’m not sure what it is about farms, but no matter how old you […]

Why Would Someone Live in the Canadian Arctic?

July 18, 2017 12 Comments »

Canadian Arctic Inuvik

At the far north end of the Dempster Highway sits the remote community of Inuvik. Located 125 miles above the Arctic Circle, with only one road connecting it to the rest of the globe. The community not only lives with, but also thrives in, 9 months of winter-like weather and 1 month of total darkness. […]

Forget Cruising and Take a Real Arctic Adventure Tour

July 6, 2017 8 Comments »

arctic adventure tours canada

One if by land, two if by sea; everyone knows land is better whenever possible, even the forefathers. It’s that time of year when people start heading north in search of Arctic Adventure Tours. Most people go to the Arctic by ship cruise in the summer – it’s the most accessible, however Canada’s Northwest Territory […]

Celebrating the Maine Blueberry

April 18, 2017 5 Comments »

maine blueberry festival

I heard the woman yell out to the little kids passing by, “Learn about farming AND get to see baby pigs!” Even though I knew her sales pitch wasn’t for adults, she had me at “baby pigs”. It’s hard to compete with the glitz of midway rides, cotton candy, and corn dogs; but the people […]

4 Ways to Travel Deeper in New Zealand

February 23, 2017 7 Comments »

new zealand local experiences

Few places on earth have as much landscape diversity than New Zealand. There is a ton packed into 2 relatively small islands; from glaciers to farmlands, to mountain peaks, to tropical beaches. I still remember my trip to the islands ten years ago when I first started my travels. The landscape and my experience in […]

Can Temperature Heal Us?

December 27, 2016 7 Comments »

Thermea Nordic Spa Winnipeg

Global warming, disappearing sea ice, receding glaciers, melting ice shelves, warm blobs killing the salmon population; temperature is in our news constantly. In fact, temperature seems to be killing the world – or at the very least changing it. But is it possible temperature changes can actually be a good thing? I’m not talking about […]

Polar Bear Town Where Bears Outnumber People

December 8, 2016 6 Comments »

polar bear patrol churchill manitoba

“Was he a big one?” the waitress asked. “Ohhh yes, he was beautiful,” the older man said as he paused slightly as if to reminisce about the image in his head as he went on telling the story. Edgar, works at the Churchill waste management facility and had reported the bear to the Polar Bear […]

Rest in Peace At These Cemeteries Around the World

October 26, 2016 18 Comments »

cemetery travel

It’s heereeee…..it’s that time of year where I go dark into the depths of the afterlife, to wander in cemeteries around the world. I really don’t know what possesses me, but I’m drawn to cemeteries as I travel. And no, this isn’t some weird Goth thing, nor am I the type of person who likes […]

6 Charming Towns along the Danube

October 21, 2016 8 Comments »

The Danube is just a river, however what makes it special is the life around it. The people and towns that surround the Young Danube in Germany is what you travel there for. I had the opportunity to stay in many of these little known towns and learn about their life, traditions, and history along […]

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