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. Imagine my surprise when I received a wedding invitation from a friend announcing that she was getting married the…

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Visiting Niagara Falls is a classic American experience. For most kids growing up in the Northeast, it was an obligatory trip, either with classmates or on a family vacation. I remember resenting the half-day drive my family made to this place when I first visited as a child. Aside from the 3D experience, which resembled a ride, I wasn’t enthused in the slightest. It’s funny how little we appreciate these sights as children, and how…

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Toronto has some of the best street art in North America, and Graffiti Alley is a great place to start if you want to see that work on display. Located just off the ever-trendy Queen Street W., it’s an Instagram lover’s dream. If you need a pop of color in your life, you will get more than your fill in this 1 kilometer long span of urban art that thrives behind local businesses. It’s locally…

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