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If you’ve sat and waited at one airport gate for your flight to board, you’ve pretty much waited at them all. Sure, there is the idiosyncratic experience of open-air lawn chairs in the tropics or something equally unusual in other far-flung destinations, but most bear a depressing resemblance to each other: immovable rows of rigid chairs that will give you a numb butt way before it’s time to get on board.
That’s why we were so happy to come across something different during a recent departure from Vienna International Airport (VIE), where you can find these leather-clad, multi-faceted lounge islands.
Puerto Vallarta sits in the center of the Bahía de Banderas, a 62-mile bay that runs from Punta Mita in the north down south to Cape Corrientes. The view you see from the photo is taken from the southern-most part of Vallarta looking north towards the center of town. In the distance, you can see the coast curve around to the left towards Punta Mita.
Many travelers who visit the area for the first time tend to stay put in Puerto Vallarta proper, but the city's location on the bay means that there are plenty of opportunities for day trips, from small villages such as Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan to surf towns like Bucerias and Sayulita.
Let’s all agree that Muir Beach Overlook is awesome, but it’s not exactly the best place to take a stroll along the shore and the sea. That’s why you need to get back in the rental car, and continue up the coast for a just a bit. It’s only a few miles away—maybe around 15 minutes—but it feels much longer as you navigate the twists and turns of Highway 1. Just be sure to keep your eyes on the road and not on the scenery.
With the sun setting over the horizon there’s never a better time to take a walk along Stinson Beach. Here the mighty Pacific seems a little tamer, as you can actually get close enough to the water to feel the waves, the water, and the chill—the extreme chill—of the ocean.
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Last time we were in Hawaii, we had several life-changing epiphanies. And what visitor to the islands doesn't? Open up the windows and feel the breeze and take a drink out to the balcony at sunset, and before you know it you're wondering why you don't do this more often. Then all of a sudden you can't stop listening to Jimmy Buffett. We've seen it a million times.
We’re hardly claiming that we’re calling this spot as our own, but with so many things to check out in and around San Francisco it just might get overlooked. We took the time to get out to Marin County and drive along the coast, and we recommend that you do the same—even if you have to skip the city for a bit.
Plenty of people head north of the city to check out the old-growth Coast Redwood trees, and we too recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument. However, when you’re done walking among the giant trees—and have purchased a stuffed banana slug from the gift shop—don’t just head back just yet. Make sure you take the twisty, turny, and ten minute drive out to the Muir Beach Overlook.
You might have gathered by now that we like Hong Kong. Like, a lot. It seems as though any one of its neighborhoods is more unique and energetic than the last. Wandering them, one thing becomes apparent; the constantly growing laundry list of reasons why the city attracts tourists from around the globe makes complete sense.
Signs, signs and more signs create an overlapping visual overload unique to this city. From hotels, restaurants, jewellery shops and nightclubs, each sign is an extension of the last, with all of them vying for the attention of passing eyes. By day, they are simple advertising; as the sun sets, they come alive with colorful neon lights mirroring the action happening on the streets below.
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A sand dune and the "amphitheater" rock formation at Valle de La Luna
Any attempt to describe the wild terrain of Chile's Atacama Desert is an exercise in futility. To friends, we've likened this "driest place in the world" to the desert in Arizona or southern Utah, but we must admit the Atacama is actually quite indescribable. Forgive the oft-used idiom, but it has to be seen to be believed.
Flying into El Loa Airport (CJC) in Calama, the snow peaks of the jagged Andes fall away and the landscape transitions to a rusty palette of parched volcanic earth. You'll wonder: "what in the world have I gotten myself into?" The striated cliffs, towering dunes, and salt lagoon oases don't resemble anything that should be in this world. Mars maybe, but surely not Earth.
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We’ll admit it. Travel technology is a huge crutch. Take, for instance, a smartphone. It knows where we are, where we’re going, and can find good stuff along the way. That is, when it works. Far away from home and with roaming fees and other international penalties, we usually just rely on hopping from WiFi spot to WiFi spot...or pull out a paper map.
Due to our reliance on the less-than-scale map from the Hertz rental car counter at the airport, this is where we found ourselves a few months ago while making our way across the Sunshine State in Australia.
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While the Government Shutdown is majorly pissing off travelers by closing national monuments and restricting access to everything from National Parks to major museums, there are some tricks to see what you want to see regardless. Take for example the Grand Canyon. The official visitor access trails and viewpoints are closed, so many have been risking the "unofficial" routes in, even encroaching on private property.
We do not advocate this at all, so for right now the easiest way to view the Grand Canyon is from above, while on board a flight to or from southern California.
Last month we were able to trace much of the Colorado River's carving into the Canyon while traveling at 35,000' on American Airlines Flight 1 from JFK to LAX.
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Here at home we’ve always just assumed that there’s one and only Sunshine State—Florida. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that the nickname has also been used for New Mexico, California, and South Dakota, but we just guess those locations aren’t as good as marketing the fun and the sun.
Well upon our arrival down under we quickly learned there’s another Sunshine State, and now it's definitely our favorite—Queensland. We’re hardly experts on the region, as we pretty much limited our exploration to Far North Queensland and spots in and around Cairns. However, with the Great Barrier Reef just off shore and more national parks than one knows what to do with we can only assume the rest of the area only adds to the state’s awesomeness.
If there’s one thing that New Zealand has to offer, it's stuff you just won’t see anywhere else. With the country’s location along the Ring of Fire there’s a clear sense in the scenery that the place is constantly moving and shaking. One particular example where you can see it all—in full tourist convenience—is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
Situated on the North Island kind of between Taupo and Rotorua sits just one of the area’s many hotspots for under the ground activity. The place promises the opportunity to check out one of the most extensive geothermal systems in the country, and after checking it out ourselves we have to agree.
Up in the northern hemisphere things are starting to turn a little cooler, as we say goodbye to summer in preparation for the cooler temperatures of fall. Some of us are a little sad and not quite ready to bid a fond farewell to the longer days and all that sunshine.
However, that’s certainly not the case on the globe’s bottom half, as we’re certain they’re pumped to say see you later to the winter in preparation for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring and summer.