Top of the Rock is one of New York City’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. With spectacular views of the Empire State Building and New York overall, it’s a must-see for anyone wanting to experience the magic of the Big Apple. Most people visit the Rockefeller Center’s observation deck in hopes of capturing the perfect sunset, but the truth is there is no bad time to go. In my case, I went on…

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Can you believe I’d never had a bahn mi sandwich before my food tour of Hayes Valley in San Francisco? I had seriously been missing out. A bahn mi is a Vietnamese sandwich made with traditional ingredients like pickled carrots, cucumber and jalapeno. It’s all the rage on the culinary scene lately, with pop-ups emerging on every corner claiming to make the best of the bunch. There’s no better place to try a bahn mi…

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The Blue Lagoon is one of those rare tourist attractions that is completely overhyped, but still worth your time. It’s impossible to read an article about Iceland without a mention of the famous thermal pool, but it’s not really a favorite of the locals, or a natural wonder at that. Instead, the water is heated and colored from a nearby factory. Locals much prefer the natural pools found throughout the city of Reykjavik, with admission…

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When I first saw pictures of the “swing off the end of the world” in Ecuador, I was equal parts thrilled and terrified. The rope swing is attached to a treehouse and propels riders over the treetops of Banos, Ecuador, in close proximity to an active volcano, Mt. Tungurahua. While in reality the drop is only 100 feet or so, the pictures makes it look far worse. Perhaps that’s why National Geographic recognized a shot…

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I always said that if I was going to ride a hot air balloon, it was going to be in one of two places: Cappadocia or the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Both seemed out of reach for me this year, so I put ballooning on my long-term travel goals, right up there with going on safari. RELATED POST: HIKING THE GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM Imagine my surprise when I received a wedding invitation from a…

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