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It might still be sweltering in many parts of the States, but it's wintertime here in Chile.
This week, we're getting an early start on the traditional North American ski season in Portillo, located in the Andes about two and half hours from Santiago. It's where many Olympians and celebrity skiers come to train during the "offseason." We're here to soak all that in, as well as investigate how Portillo differs from Santiago's other ski region, Valle Nevado.
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We come to you from a small dollop of land off the Eastern coast of Australia by the name of Fraser Island. This World Heritage Site sits about 120 miles north of Brisbane in the Hervey Bay region, and is a haven for some unique flora and fauna, including native dingoes, goanna lizards, and more.
Fraser's biggest claim to fame however, is the fact that it's the world's largest sand island, boasting awesome 4x4ing, meandering nature walks, and an easy tropical escape from the city. At this particular time of year, the island is home to some foreign travelers without the need of passports; we're talking about the massive whale migration from the Southern Pacific to these slightly warmer waters near the equator.
We’ve all been there: you’re running around town all day, making phone calls, sending emails, taking full advantage of the mobility smartphones have given us. But with more features and ever-larger screens comes ever-decreasing battery life, and sooner rather than later you’re looking at a thin red sliver that’s left of what was a fully-charged device just hours ago.
Seeking refuge in a coffee shop, a hotel lobby, or crouching next to a random socket is one option, but this taxi we rode in Tokyo recently will literally keep you on the move, offering free charging for both iPhone and Android with a little Lichtenstein pop art-inspired imagery to go along with the despair you feel when “Please connect your charger” appears on your screen.
Aw, the little wild monkeys are so cute, aren't they? Totally... until they rob you blind.
We're in the south of Thailand exploring a growing beach destination called Krabi, located two hours east of Phuket but very similar, albeit currently smaller, in its approach to tourism. Besides the beach culture, the main appeals of the area are the protected national parks and easily-reached islands, such as Phi Phi and Ko Lanta Yai (both are also accessible from Phuket).
In the Prealps that surround the Swiss town of Appenzell is an even smaller summit village called Ebenalp. Sitting at just over a mile above sea level, it is more of a wilderness area than any sort of established village, accessible either via foot or cable car from the Wasserauen train station.
Amongst the hiking trails and rolling hills is a mountain restaurant slash hostel called Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli, a popular place with both tourists and locals looking for food and drink at altitude. As you can see in the photo, the setting is absolutely gorgeous, and it's almost impossible to pass through without having a drink on the patio that overlooks the ridge.
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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.
One of the best things about traveling is riding down roads less-traveled and one state in the U.S.A that's perfect for doing that is Wyoming. It's one of the least densely populated states and offers up a big sky and gorgeous surroundings, not to mention a little slice of the wild, wild West. Fresh air, mountain scenery, outdoor adventures and wildlife are all in the cards for a trip to this western state.
We snapped this shot while out riding the plains, not on horseback, but four-wheelers. Just about an hour from Yellowstone National Park and a view of never-ending prairie land in front, we thought this "little" cabin was a perfect image to represent the area.
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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.