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Great Barrier Reef

Three Ways to Experience the Great Barrier Reef

It’s on nearly everyone’s Bucket List, and since I’m a certified scuba diver, it was definitely on mine.  So when it came time to celebrate one of those milestone midlife baby boomer birthdays, I could think of no better place than the Great Barrier Reef.  In addition to exploring one of the world’s top scuba […]

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Great Barrier Reef

Sea Turtle Encounter in the Great Barrier Reef

Hand stretched out, the piece of swaying seaweed I was holding beckoned the friendly Hawksbill turtle who’d been curiously circling us. He started swimming toward me…. It was my birthday. One of those “milestones,” so I wanted to do something special. Really special. I’d only recently earned my PADI diving certification, so it seemed like […]

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China Three Gorges

Touring China’s Three Gorges with Viking River Cruises

China can be a logistical challenge for foreigners. The country’s recent tourism boom has put this country on many bucket lists, but maneuvering by plane or train is still difficult due to the language barrier and cultural differences. Touring by boat, however, is a different story. Viking River Cruises provides a luxurious, stress-free journey throughout […]

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Why Everyone Should See China with Viking River Cruises

Radio Interview with Kevin and Sue McCarthy Travel Planners Radio Show Internationally syndicated on the GAB Radio Network Broadcast on 1590 WCGO 3/25/17   China: The Ultimate Bucket List Trip Click on or below image to play     Overview China – the ultimate bucket list trip See as much as possible 2 weeks, 9 cities/destinations […]

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Queensland Australia

Adventures in Queensland: 28 Pictures to Spark Your Wanderlust

  When people think of adventure in Australia, they imagine trekking through the dry outback in rough conditions. But Australia also has an exotic, tropical side, for adventurers seeking more water-related or rainforest activities. Tropical North Queensland offers myriad of nature and activities that surpass all others, laying claim to the world’s longest reef, the […]

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Great Smoky Mountains

Unlock the Secrets to the Great Smoky Mountains in a Weekend

With 520,000 acres spanning North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rockies and the most visited park in the American Park System. The park preserves the history of the Appalachian Mountains from the prehistoric Paleo Indians to the European settlers of the 18th century […]

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whales Azores

Responsible Whale and Dolphin Watching in the Azores

The Azores is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, with a strong cultural connection to whales. While there are some 25 species of whales in the archipelago, the mammoth sperm whale – forever immortalized as “Moby Dick” – is the most common. We chose to go out to find whales […]

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small ship Alaska

15 Reasons to Take a Small Ship Cruise in Alaska. The Last One is Life Changing.

“Oh, come on…let’s do it!” pleaded Alison, my travel buddy and co-founder of Boomer Travel Media. “Alaska is at the top of my bucket list.” I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical. For one thing, I’m more of a “tropical adventure” kind of girl vs. a “glacial eco-nature” type. But perhaps more importantly, I knew […]

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Alaska's Wild Coast

Responsible Observation of Wild Bears in Alaska

Observing bears in their natural habitat in Alaska is a privilege and life-long memorable experience. While there are always risks with wild animals, these can be mitigated greatly if you follow well-established guidelines. On August 10th, I had the opportunity to travel with AdventureSmith Explorations on the historic ship Westward to view brown bears, also known under […]

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Hierve de Agua

Hierve el Agua: Panorama, Mineral Pools & Petrified Waterfalls

If you’ve been waiting to visit the natural salt terraces at Pamukkale but feel the country of Turkey is still too dangerous, there’s an alternative you may not have heard about. Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, Mexico is a similar, but off-the-beaten-path gem. And not only will you find the mineral pools, but also dramatic petrified […]

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