Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed locations in the world. With sweeping curves, sunbeams and sand showers, it looks like something out of a daydream. Naturally, it was a must-see on my mission to complete 12 trips in 12 months. Located in Lake Powell Tribal Park in Page, Arizona, you can only access this Navajo site with a designated guide. There are two canyons, Upper and Lower, but the photo tours and coveted sunbeam…

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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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There have are 14 World Wonders (7 old and 7 new) and somehow, for some reason, the Parthenon in Athens has been left off both lists. Considering this ancient city was built in the 5th Century B.C., that’s a major snub. Nevertheless, that which we call a world wonder by any other name is still as sweet, and there’s no denying that a visit to the Acropolis is a singular and awe-inspiring experience. Throughout the years, this holy…

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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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