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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Riding Icelandic horses is on the top of everyone’s to-do list when they reach Reykjavik, and for good reason. Icelandic horses are unlike any other in the world, brought to the country by Viking ships 1,000 years ago. They look more like model ponies than horses with their long flowing manes, and each is more beautiful than the last. They can tölt, a distinct and more graceful gallop than your average horse. Not to mention with their friendly…

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Havana, Cuba is one of the most intoxicating places in the world–literally; their mojitos pack a punch! Aside from their expertly crafted drinks, however, there is so much about this city that draws tourists in, from the colorful architecture to an abundance of classic cars. I have to admit I was nervous about traveling to Cuba. It was my first time visiting a communist country and the media has a tendency to make us all…

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Hollywood Beach has traditionally been an overlooked area in south Florida, playing second fiddle to big names like South Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach. That’s changed now that the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort has come into town. With more than 300 rooms, 3 separate pool complexes, 8 different dining options, a spa and even its own surfing simulator, it’s a destination in its own right. I had the pleasure of being hosted by Margaritaville for…

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Toronto’s Distillery District is a history lover’s dream. The names “Gooderham and Worts” hang above you as you enter the sprawling complex, the buildings still standing despite prohibition, cholera and even a raging fire. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988. Today, the area is a mix of old and new, with a dedicated path denoting the original 1832 shoreline intersecting with bustling shops and restaurants. Pretty impressive, considering the whole…

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