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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From the moment I found out about the opportunity to go inside a volcano in Iceland, I knew this was something I had to do during my year of adventure. I’d climbed countless mountains and seen the world from above, but from the inside out? That was something completely new. This is one of the only places in the world where you can enter a volcano, and the only place where you’ll find a perfectly…

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I’d seen pictures of the Senanque Abbey for months and knew this was a top spot for photos. There are many fields throughout the South of France, but nowhere else will you find a working monastery to add to the aesthetic of your photographs. It wasn’t until I went through great pains to get there that I realized photographing yourself in the lavender is actually technically not allowed.I’ve always been of the mindset that it’s…

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