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Brazil’s Pantanal: A “Secret” Wildlife Haven

Brazil is known as a haven for biodiversity—20 percent of all living species are found within its borders—and the Amazon rainforest often steals the spotlight as an ecotourism destination. Scratch the surface, however, and another region emerges to offer what is arguably an even better ...

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Destination Spotlight: Rediscovering Ethiopia in the post-Lucy period

Oct 30, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

The discovery of Lucy, our oldest ancestor, by a team of scientists in 1974 placed Ethiopia high in the minds of many travelers. But news of famine and a civil war that waged for 15 years kept Ethiopia off the radar for some time. All of that is changing with renewed interest in its storied ...

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Chile: A Paradise for the Adventurous Soul

Sep 19, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Find out why Chile is one of the latest top travel destinations Stretching 2,653 miles in length and only 150 miles across at its widest point, Chile’s unique geography is what gives rise to its extraordinary appeal as a travel destination. Named Lonely Planet’s #1 destination for travel in ...

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Destination Spotlight: Navigating the Amazon – Safely

“In the end, we did survive. But we never truly left the jungle behind. It permeates every part of us. I still have a deep love of nature, of jungles in particular, and mountains and coastline...” – Holly FitzGerald, Ruthless River: Love and Survival on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios In ...

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Into the Heart of Wild India

For many, India travel evokes visions of resplendent temples and palaces, aromatic spices, traditional dress and dance....

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Tanzania: Pride of Africa

The African Safari is likely on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Tanzania is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations and always has been a safe and peaceful country. For travel planners, choosing the right Tanzania adventure is easy and you’ll enjoy the fun in researching....

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Namibia: Africa’s Best Kept Secret

Apr 27, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Namibia lies on the southwest coast of Africa and to this day it is the continent's best kept secret. From dune-studded beaches, expansive starlit skies, spectacular rock formations, and beautiful wildlife, Namibia is quickly becoming a top choice destination. Here’s why:   ...

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Destination Spotlight on Ecuador: Four Worlds, One Country

Mar 23, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Mainland Ecuador is a destination that often takes a back seat to its Central and South American neighbors, not to mention getting cast in the shadow of the ever popular Galápagos Islands. Why is it that a country that’s home to some of the most biodiverse locations on Earth and is rich with ...

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Destination Spotlight: Panama, Beyond the Canal

Feb 14, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Molly O'Brien

Panama is best known as home to one of the great engineering wonders of the 20th century—the Panama Canal.  The Isthmus of Panama forms a passageway linking the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans via the Caribbean Sea. Yes, a perfect location for one of the largest shipping routes in the ...

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Destination Spotlight: The Other Side to Mexico

Jan 11, 2018 |

Destination Spotlight

| by Ian Bensley

Travel planners often overlook Mexico as a destination for their travelers. Why? In part, Mexico gets a steady stream of negative news these days, mostly for political reasons. Plus, most travelers think of Mexico only for the beach resorts. Finally, the U.S. State Department issued a new ...

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