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Beyond Havana, Part I: Hiking Nature Parks in Cuba

As excited as we were to visit Cuba for the first time, we were even more psyched for plans to hike its National Parks and see a variety of places across the western half of the island. Like a lot of people, our concept of Cuba’s topography was sketchy. Mountains? UNESCO Biospheres? Protected species? Yes, […]

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Surprises Along the W: Trekking Patagonia’s Torres del Paine

I realize now that trekking the ‘W’ in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park was something I should have been better prepared for. So when I heard recently that World Expeditions was looking for #BestMountainTrek stories and personal experiences in Patagonia, these memories of our haphazard planning and some of the surprises we encountered came […]

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Nova Scotia: History, Cuisine, and Natural Beauty

Nova Scotia offers its own brand of history, cuisine, natural beauty, and recreation. It wasn’t an hour off the Digby Ferry (which sails twice a day from Saint John, New Brunswick, to Digby, Nova Scotia) that we realized these two Maritime Provinces on either side of the Bay of Fundy are very distinct. We wanted […]

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Views of the Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

The Cabot Trail makes a 185-mile (297-kilometer) loop around the eastern part of Cape Breton Island, passing in and out the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It encircles almost the entire island, leaving off only the northeastern most points. Since Cape Breton–and all of Nova Scotia–is very narrow (an average of only 128 km wide) […]

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Adventure Travel in Quebec, a la Kris and Tom

Before we even left for Quebec, we faced some tough decisions. The centerpiece of our visit was a conference of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), a group of destination managers and tour operators focused on adventure tourism. Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing segments of travel, and the target customers are not […]

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Getting Away to the North Shore

We’ve already posted some pretty pictures from the North Shore. But for anyone within striking distance–and that includes folks from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Ontario–it’s worth remembering how easy it is to take a mini-vacation along Lake Superior’s northern shore in Minnesota. Our April visit was a last minute decision. We were at an impasse […]

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