Aruba is nicknamed “One Happy Island,” and it’s not hard to see why. At just over 19 miles long and a mere 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, it’s a slice of paradise that’s full of quirky contradictions. As a territory of the Netherlands, Aruba has a surprising infusion of Dutch architecture and food. Guests sample these distinctly European elements amidst echoes of Spanish music while the heat on your skin reminds you that you’re in the tropics. The…

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I know this is shocking, but I like to travel solo. Sure my adventures for one initially began out of necessity, but over time they grew to be by choice.  I was no longer traveling by myself because I couldn’t find anyone to go with; I was traveling by myself because I enjoyed the pleasure of my own company.  As a single female in my late twenties, I used to fear being alone. Today, I…

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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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