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Girls’ Getaway: Best Things to Do in the Outer Banks

Four narrow barrier islands skimming more than 100 miles of stunning coastline separate the North Carolina mainland from the Atlantic Ocean, and make up the region of the Outer Banks.  Bodie, Roanoke, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands are linked together by bridges and ferries. Each island has its own distinctive personality. There are charming beach towns, […]

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Lake Murray SC

How to Spend 24 Hours at Lake Murray, South Carolina

Called “the jewel of South Carolina,” shimmering, man-made Lake Murray is approximately 50,000 acres in size with more than 600 miles of shoreline. The lake is named after William Murray, the chief engineer who conceived what was “the world’s largest earthen dam” at that time. Although the lake was originally completed in 1930 as a […]

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Kayaking Flint River Georgia: That Time My Friends Left Me for Dead (Sort of).

Albany, Georgia has a lot of really fun outdoor pursuits.  When I heard our girls’ getaway weekend was going to include on a kayak excursion on the Flint River, I had mixed feelings.  I like kayaking…but I don’t love it. “Will we have to struggle against the current?” I asked, recalling most of my previous […]

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal: India’s Most Luxurious Love Letter

I passed through the elaborate gate at the main entrance – a beautiful construction unto itself – and gasped as I looked through the rounded frame.  There it was… the elaborate, dazzling white marble castle-like structure that inspires so many dreams. The Taj Mahal. Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the purpose […]

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Where to Get Your Swim On in New York City

By TopView Sightseeing If there’s one thing that doesn’t come to mind when you think about visiting New York City, it’s the swimming opportunities. Most people do not think about the beach scene when visiting New York and want something a little more exciting than a hotel swimming pool. There are plenty of swimming opportunities […]

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12 Things to Do in Bali

13 Things to Do in Bali. #8 is a Hoot. #12 is Insane!

Bali. It’s on everyone’s bucket list.  Everyone.  And for good reason.  Just whisper the seductive word “Bali” at a party and witness the dreamy, faraway look in the hearer’s eyes.  Bali is more than just a destination.  It’s the epitome of an exotic paradise. An Indonesian island known for its lush terraced rice paddies, lively […]

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Best Hikes for Baby Boomers Peru Sacred Valley

Best Hikes for Baby Boomers in Peru’s Sacred Valley

“Way up there?” I asked Silver Ballón, our guide, who was pointing up to the 13,000 ft. summit. “Don’t worry. You don’t have to go all the way up. There are amazing views all along the way.” he replied. I immediately thought it was a trick.  And it was, but the very best kind. Few […]

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Chinchero

Exploring Chinchero Peru in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Chinchero Peru was the first Inca site on our schedule in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.  Eager to get to my “real” bucket list destination, Machu Picchu, I wasn’t expecting much at the Moray archaeological site. After driving 19 miles from Cusco with AdventureSmith Explorations, I got out of our transport van and strolled […]

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Costa Rica: The Cure for Boredom

Pristine waterfalls, myriad geysers, natural swimming holes, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, rejuvenating thermal hot springs, hiking, horseback riding, orchids, bird-watching, a canopy zipline, white-water rafting and a quarter-mile waterslide…a visit to Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is anything but boring. The Hacienda is located at the foot of Rincón de la Vieja (“Old Woman’s […]

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Amazon River cruise

Adventures on the Amazon | Amazon River Cruise

I stepped back into the dark brown muck and leaned on the tree behind me to get a better photo of the anaconda slithering in my direction. I was motionless for a mere two seconds when Ericson Pinedo, our local naturalist, jerked me back by my arm and quickly snatched the hat from my head. […]

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