Along The Iron Catwalks of Johnston Canyon

There’s no canyon hike quite like the Johnston Canyon trail. Travel back in time as we walk through the recent human history these rocky walls have known.

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Tulum, Mexico: not the kind of story we need right now

The Maya civilization was incredibly advanced. We all learned about their refined alphabet and cutting edge knowledge of astronomy and mathematics as kids in school. Well, I visited the ruins of Tulum over New Years, and was struck by how much I didn’t know. They were master traders and incredible artists. Politics and urban lifestyles…

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I blew all my SPG points at this hotel on a Greek Island, and it was worth it.

If you’re daydreaming about what vacation you’ll take once the quarantine is over, I found the perfect hotel for you. Mystique, in the impossibly beautiful neighborhood of Oia in Santorini, seems too good to be true. I assure you, it’s a real place and not the stuff of fairy tale. We booked our stay during…

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Tour Athens From Your Couch

Last year, I traveled to Greece. Last week, I finally found time to edit the pictures I took there. In light of the current pandemic, I thought I’d share old travel pictures with all of you. Helpfully these images will provide you a bit of virtual relief for your cabin fever. Around 15 years ago,…

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Forget the Blue Lagoon and Visit Reykjadalur Geothermal Springs in Iceland

Most people visiting Iceland think they have to go to The Blue Lagoon. Well, those people are wrong. Besides the long lines and instagram “influencers” (who will get on your last nerve), you’re basically in a manmade pool. If you’re looking for more a more natural experience, you’re going to have to hike for it.…

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4 waterfalls you should visit in Iceland

Iceland is a country of rainbows and waterfalls. Here’s a short list of 4 sites you should visit to witness in all their Icelandic glory.

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Strokkur Geysers: The Old Faithful of Iceland

Strokkur is a geyser in the Haukadalur Valley, surrounded by other mud pools and fumaroles. It erupts every 6 to 10 minutes, soaring to heights of 50 to 60 feet in the air. I didn’t take any pictures because it wasn’t the prettiest sight. Mostly a ring of people huddled perhaps a bit too closely…

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An Inside Look at Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Which is Now Closed Thanks to Justin Bieber

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a steep canyon in southern Iceland. It’s not too far from the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. (Yes. I spelled that correctly.) The Fjaðrá river runs through it. It’s believed to date back to the Ice Age, carved out by the rushing waters of melting glaciers nearby. Unfortunately, the canyon was closed to the…

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Views of Sólheimajökull Glacier Before it Melts Away

Very near Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, you’ll find Sólheimajökull, a beautiful ice blue glacier covered in black ash. It lies in the space between two volcanoes, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. The blanket of ash is thanks to previous eruptions from those two rowdy neighbors. Sólheimajökull is the 4th largest ice cap in all of Iceland. This stunning hunk of…

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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach Will Convince You That Iceland Truly is the Land of Fire and Ice

Near the small village of Vík í Mýrdal in southern Iceland is Reynisfjara, a beautiful black sand beach. Perhaps you recognize it from Game of Thrones. It’s the beach at the Eastwatch, where the men of the Night’s Watch are guarding the wall. There is a cliff of basalt columns, large enough to climb. Atop…

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