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Fraser Island Field Trip: Offroading Inland to Secret Creeks and Special Lakes

July 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We may have stayed close to the shore yesterday, but now it's time to brave the sand dune tracks and head inland on Australia's Fraser Island. While it's rated as the largest sand island in the world, Fraser is shockingly easy to traverse if you've got the right gear, and we're not just talking low gear. A 4x4 is all you need to reach those corners of the island both so untouched and pristine, you'll think you're the first to ever view them.

It's important to note that there are a handful of lakes on the island worth the trek away from the beaches. Lake McKenize is the most famous, with its crystal blue waters ringed with white sand. McKenzie, Lake Birrabeen and Basin Lake are all perched lakes that depend on rainfall to fill their shores, so the waters are cool and fresh, and begging you to swim. Let's talk about a few of the other inland sites, however:

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Perfect the Art of Doing Nothing on Turks and Caicos

June 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

View from Ocean Club Resort on Grace Bay

We've already told you about the unusual ingredient in the cocktails at the best beach bar on Provo in Turks and Caicos, and we'll show you what to eat when you're on the island in this week's Street Food Friday.

But other than eating and drinking, we don't have much advice on what to do.

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Wish You Were Here: Posting Up at One of the World's Best Beach Bars

June 3, 2014 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The British-owned Turks and Caicos island chain is known for its lack of development and shallow coastal waters, the latter of which greatly contributes to the scenery with its turquoise shine (if you're not familiar with what makes the Caribbean water so blue, learn here).

This week and next, we'll give you a rundown of tourism on the island chain, including what to see and do and how the individual islands are different from one another. We'll also spill the peas and rice on what to eat and drink and where to hang out. Specifically, we'll give you directions to one of the world's best beach bars, found on Providenciales (Provo). The photo you see above is a snapshot from our happy hour yesterday. Yes, we do indeed love our research.

Stay tuned for the scoop, and wish you were here!

[Photo: Will McGough]

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The Tiny Island of Montserrat Has a Big Plan for Tourism Development

June 2, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

View from the Blackwood Allen hiking trail

Montserrat, a British Territory located in the Lesser Antilles, was hit hard in the late-80s and mid-90s by a hurricane and a volcanic eruption that left the island in a state of disarray. Tourists stopped coming, and the locals were left to pick up the pieces and rebuild. Now, almost two decades later, the 70 square-mile Montserrat is ready to get back on the tourism map.

In a recent public relations release, the island put out a wide call for investors and presented a variety of opportunities for consideration, from hotel projects and residences to property within the capital town and marina. Montserrat has set up a website where potential investors can learn more about what's available and the current state of the island.

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: San Juan Islands, WA

May 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What Are The San Juan Islands?

They might not be that lesser known to those in the know over in the Pacific Northwest, but if you asked some one on the other side of the country—there’s a likelihood they’d mumble something about the time they went to Puerto Rico. The San Juan Islands are off the coast of Washington, as they do the archipelago thing between there and British Columbia.

How To Get There

There’s many islands doing their thing within the chain, but only four are readily available to you thanks to little ferry fun. The Washington State Department of Transportation is all over it, and they’ll take you to spots like Lopez Island, Orcas Island, and Shaw Island—among some other spots. Head over here for the full schedule and rundown, and note that fares are going to depend on your destination and what not. The trip starts at around $13 per passenger between Anacortes and Friday Harbor, but just be aware that fares are not collected in the opposite direction.

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Catalina Island, CA

May 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What’s Catalina Island?

You’ve been to Southern California and visited its tourist attractions, must-sees, and hidden gems; however, we would have to guess that you have not made you way out to Santa Catalina Island. Known just as Catalina Island or Catalina to its friends, the spot does its thing as part of Los Angeles County roughly 22 miles off the coast from Los Angeles itself. It belongs to a larger chain of islands, and they’re all part of one big happy family—the Channel Islands. Some estimates put visitors at close to a million per year, so it’s probably one of the more well known of our lesser known islands.

How To Get There

Paddling a kayak isn’t going to be an option here, and the car is going to need to stay back on the mainland. Ferry service is available from a couple spots along the California coast, but it seems like the major route heads back and forth between Avalon—on the island—and San Pedro. Catalina Express is responsible here, and they also have options from Long Beach and Dana Point. Rates start at around $80 per adult including some mandatory wharf charges, but plan to add a few more bucks if bringing your bike or surfboard.

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Bald Head Island, NC

May 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What’s Bald Head Island?

Situated off the coast of North Carolina, Bald Head Island does its thing as a vacation wonderland. The business and industry is based on you coming to visit, so hurry up and head down for a trip. It might not have the charm of a seasonal seaside village, but what it does have is the attention to detail of what most are looking for when it comes to rest and relaxation. Thanks to past storms the island is no longer truly an island by some definitions, but you're going to need to get there by boat. So we say it counts.

How To Get There

Those coming in to North Carolina should probably make their way to Wilmington, and then from there it’s about 90 minutes to where you’re going to pick up the ferry. Travel by boat only takes 20 minutes, and it will set you back around $25 per adult for a round-trip fare. Things depart out of Deep Point Marina in Southport, and ferries leave the mainland on the hour and from the island on the half hour. No need to worry about the rates for taking your car, as that’s not an option—we’ll get to that in a minute.

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REI Adventures Announces New Volunteer Trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands

May 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

REI Adventures has just announced their new trips for 2015, including a Volunteer Vacation in the Virgin Islands.

On this new tour travelers will work with National Park Service rangers on maintenance projects in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Cumberland Island, GA

May 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What’s Cumberland Island?

There’s all kinds of great places to visit in Georgia, and many of the good ones line and dot the coast of the Peach State; however, Cumberland Island might just be one of the best. It’s the state’s largest barrier island, and as a result it has all the coastal goodies and treasures one would expect. Best of all it’s protected for years and years to come, as plenty of it is under the jurisdiction of Uncle Sam and the National Park Service.

How To Get There

Ferry travel is your best option, and thankfully the National Park Service operates its boat service to and from nearby St. Mary’s. Things stop at both the Dungeness dock and the Sea Camp Dock, so be sure to check out both areas. Ferry travel will set you back $20 plus another $4 for access to the island and national park facilities. Things leave towards the island at 9am and 11:45am, and then the ride back departs Cumberland Island at 10:15am and 4:45pm—these are the summer hours. Just note that you can get there from Florida too, as The Greyfield Inn runs a boat out of Fernandina Beach.

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Fishers Island, NY

May 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What’s Fishers Island?

Looking at the map you might guess that it’s part of Connecticut, but Fishers Island belongs to New York as it does its thing on the eastern end of Long Island Sound. The island is about nine miles long and just a mile across, and is a great escape for those in and around the region.

How To Get There

The Fishers Island Ferry will be more than happy to take you a few miles offshore, as the operation does its thing to and from New London, Connecticut. Peak rates just started, so you can expect to shell out $25 per person, round-trip. If you need to bring your car it’s a good idea to get reservation well in advance, and it will set you back at least $51. Things run a few times each and every day, but just be sure to catch the last ferry of the weekend—it heads back at 7pm on Sunday.

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Travel Snapshot: This Bridge Only Serves an Island's Eight-Legged Residents

May 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling around the globe to experience new and exciting places is one tried and true reason to hop on a plane. The resulting numb butt and bloodshot eyes are only a small price to pay to see something you couldn't see in your own backyard, and that's why this travel snapshot is so neat.

We came across the above bridge with little understanding of what it could be, but once we figured it out, the cleverness of its design and function were a "duh" shocker. Before we reveal the full details on where and what this is, here are a few clues:

· The country in which this photo was taken has more crustacean residents (43.7 million-ish) than people (2,100).
· The above overpass has a heavy traffic season right around November-December.
· With about 3 flights per week, this destination is not easy to reach but completely worth the trouble.
· Although very tropical, this location is a far departure from cocktails and infinity pools.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: The Pretty and Preppy Islands Off Cape Cod

April 29, 2014 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Not gonna lie, one of the greatest ideas we've had in the last couple years was to take early summer trips to the preppy parts of the East Coast. For one, flying out to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are an ideal reason to air out your summer wardrobe, but still throw on a sweater when you're not quite ready for short-shorts. For another, the islands are so steeped in history and historical preservation that it's like spending a few days in a wonderland of many decades ago. The reasons to visit are truly endless, but we throw Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard into the ring as a "tax refund vacation" mostly because of affordability, accessibility, and their excellence at delighting every type of traveler (solo, couple, family, retired, whatever!).

The season lasts from June through early October, although prime time hits when the days are hottest and longest, thus making the beaches on Atlantic waters most swimmable.

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