Here’s a throwback post for you, all the way back to summer 2011 when I spent 6 weeks in Australia. Like most others traveling to this amazing continent, I was determined not to leave without meeting both a kangaroo and a koala. I know that, rationally speaking, I would have been able to have these experiences in another location if I was not successful this time around. But I wanted to see a koala and kangaroo in…

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Muggles everywhere can’t get enough of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Whether lifelong fans of the series or newcomers to the story, there’s something for everyone at what’s quickly become the number one rated theme park in the Orlando area. What exactly makes Harry Potter stand out amongst the world’s most famous parks? I had the chance to discover for myself. The park spans two distinct areas–Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley…

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Bear Lake trailhead is the most popular spot in Rocky Mountain National Park, with the parking lot at capacity usually by no later than 7am. A lot of people want to hike this trail, and there’s a reason for that. With up to 4 alpine lakes, well-marked paths and dream-like views, it’s an enjoyable way to spend a day in nature. An alpine lake is a lake at 5,000 feet altitude or more. Bear Lake…

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Whitewater rafting is one of those things that sounds worse than it actually is. Maybe it’s because I took it easy and went during low tide, or maybe because I paid extra attention during the orientation session to be sure I wouldn’t die from this experience, but everything turned out to be a whole lot less anxiety inducing, and a whole lot more fun, than expected. Let’s start from the beginning. I found an amazing…

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Barcelona really is the city that has it all–amazing architecture, delicious tapas, a robust nightlife. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the city, situated right off the Mediterranean and boasting a temperate climate year-round. With over 8 million visitors a year, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Europe. There really is something for everyone, with parks, museums and day trips galore. If you’re thinking about planning a visit, it can get a bit…

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