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How to Capture Perfect Wildlife Shots on Solo Adventures

How to Capture Perfect Wildlife Shots on Solo Adventures

Wildlife photographers often travel solo, as this allows them to be more flexible with their schedules and gives them the ability to more easily adapt to changing weather and lighting conditions as well as being able to accommodate an animal’s schedule. Being solo also reduces the risk of disturbing wildlife, which is often vital for capturing natural behaviors and ensuring the safety of both the photographer and the animals. The drawback of being a solo traveling wildlife photographer is that you are on your own to master the technical, physical, and environmental challenges that come with photographing the natural world. Thankfully, we thought we’d offer some of our top practical tips to help you master your skills and capture more professional-quality wildlife shots on your next solo adventure.

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The Most Beautiful Places in Antarctica

The Most Beautiful Places in Antarctica

Antarctica, a vast wilderness of ice and snow, is a continent that defies the imagination. It’s a place of extreme conditions, where nature reigns supreme in a landscape both harsh and breathtakingly beautiful. I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to visit Antarctica myself, one of the planet’s truly last frontiers that offers a travel experience unlike any other. In a world where travel destinations often blur into familiar landscapes and tourist traps, Antarctica remains unique. From towering glaciers and pristine icebergs to diverse wildlife, embarking on an adventurous Antarctica cruise is one of life’s most premier travel experiences. I thought I’d highlight just a handful of the many beautiful places found in Antarctica, places you often don’t even see in magazines or on Instagram. Some cruises crossing the infamous Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula even extend the sense of adventure by also sailing onwards to exotic islands off the coast of Africa as part of a longer voyage.

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The Best Sustainable Ways to Get Around on Vacation

The Best Sustainable Ways to Get Around on Vacation

While it’s wonderful to explore new destinations and experience different cultures, it’s become essential to consider the environmental impact of our travel and try our best to minimise our carbon footprint wherever possible. Since one of the most significant contributors to environmental harm in the travel industry is transportation, we thought we’d look at the various common modes of transport and ways you can utilise each in more sustainable ways that helps promote responsible tourism the next time you’re on vacation,

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Unforgettable Indonesian Cruise Tours & Packages: Exploring Islands from Bali to New Guinea

Unforgettable Indonesian Cruise Tours & Packages: Exploring Islands from Bali to New Guinea

Indonesia is one of the world’s top adventure cruise destinations, offering an exotic archipelago of over 17,000 islands. From the vibrant coral reefs of Raja Ampat to the lush greenery of Bali and the cultural richness of West Papua on New Guinea, each island in Indonesia offers a unique and unforgettable experience. By far the finest and easiest way to explore the often remote islands of Indonesia is by embarking on a cruise. Cruising allows you to uncover hidden gems, immerse yourself in local culture, and really embrace the natural side of this tropical paradise. Join us as we embark on a journey through Indonesia’s archipelago.

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Gems of the Tuscan Archipelago: Discovering Italy’s Island Paradise

Gems of the Tuscan Archipelago: Discovering Italy’s Island Paradise

The Tuscan Archipelago, a marvellous expanse of islands set in the crystalline blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, stands as one of Italy’s most fascinating and historically rich destinations. This group of islands, each with its own identity and uniqueness, offers visitors a wide range of experiences, from the discovery of natural wonders to a deep dive into local history and traditions. There are plenty of opportunities for exploration and outdoor adventure activities such as snorkelling, diving, sailing, kayaking, and hiking. Then there is delicious coastal Tuscan seafood to fuel all your adventures. Or the islands can simply be a place to unwind on pristine beaches, indulge in spa treatments, and take in the natural beauty of the islands.

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Explore the Best Diving and Snorkeling Sites in East Indonesia

Explore the Best Diving and Snorkeling Sites in East Indonesia

East Indonesia is a premier spot for divers and snorkelers thanks to its rich marine biodiversity and vibrant coral reefs. The region is made up of various islands, each offering unique diving and snorkeling experiences such as Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua. With a mix of traditional communities and modern cities, the region stands out as a gem for those seeking underwater adventures. Let us explore the reasons why East Indonesia has gained a reputation as being a top destination for diving and snorkeling.

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Costs Associated with a Uganda Safari

Costs Associated with a Uganda Safari

Uganda is home to many national parks and is of course renowned for its primate diversity which includes mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. The country’s diverse ecosystems, including rainforests, savannahs, and wetlands also help support over 1,000 bird species. If you’ve been curious to know more about planning a Uganda safari, find out why you need to book one today and what you can expect in terms of the costs associated with taking one of life’s most rewarding safaris.

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Glacier Hiking in New Zealand: Ultimate Guide & Tips

Glacier Hiking in New Zealand: Ultimate Guide & Tips

Glacier hiking offers a more adventurous spin on traditional hiking and can be done on every continent except for Australia. Whether you love nature, a physical challenge, or simply being outdoors, glacier hiking is a great way to feed your sense of adventure. New Zealand is home to some of the most stunning glacier landscapes in the world, and there are over 3,000 of them to choose from by some estimates, making it one of the top places to begin with glacier hiking.

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Wildlife You Can Expect to See in Botswana

Wildlife You Can Expect to See in Botswana

A landlocked country in Southern Africa surrounded by Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia, Botswana offers some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

With its vast, sparsely populated wilderness areas, Botswana is an incredible place to see wildlife in their natural habitats, and is home to a number of unique and diverse ecosystems, each with its own set of species.

From the Okavango Delta, with elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, and over 500 species of birds, to Chobe National Park, which is one of the largest national parks in Africa and is famous for its large elephant population, Botswana is a fantastic safari option.

And the country has taken great strides in conserving its natural resources; Botswana has a low human population density, and the government has implemented policies that prioritize conservation over exploitation. As a result, the wildlife you see is protected and preserved for future generations.

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7 Best Things To Do in Banff National Park

7 Best Things To Do in Banff National Park

Banff National Park is the most visited national park in Canada and one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I’m going to share with you the 7 best things to do here, including hikes, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, wildlife, and a fantastic road trip on Icefields Parkway considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time visitor or have been to Banff already; this is an excellent place to start planning your itinerary. I’ve enjoyed these activities several times during my decade living close to Banff National Park because every season offers different views and experiences.

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4 Cities with the Best Air Quality in the USA

4 Cities with the Best Air Quality in the USA

It’s no secret that pollution is 100% the fault of our society. From water to land to air, we have polluted the most essential resources this planet provides us to survive.

While both countries and individuals alike are working to better the environment and our effect on it, you may not want to wait to experience better quality resources.

Whether you are looking for somewhere to vacation or to relocate entirely to a place where our environmental impact is more heavily considered, these are the cities with the best air quality in the USA.

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Nature Tourists Can Have a Wild Time Too: Wildlife to See in Cancun

Nature Tourists Can Have a Wild Time Too: Wildlife to See in Cancun

Cancun is known for it’s wild vacations; typically for its tequila-feuled days, and dancing on table tops by night; the nightlife and party resorts have long drawn crowds looking for a loose time.

Though for those who aren’t sleeping off a hangover during the day, Mexico’s biggest party destination is an ecotourism delight; surrounded by lush parks, verdant jungles, and waters teeming with life, Cancun is a fantastic base for encountering actual wildlife.

Part of the Riviera Maya / Yucatán Peninsula, prolific for mammals, repitiles and amphibians, Cancun has a rich variety of animals which live throughout its surrounding jungles, savannahs, coral reefs, and coastal lagoons. From turtles nesting on the white sand beaches, to iguanas sunbathing on the rocks, and whale sharks swimming offshore, you might think of Cancun as a party destination, but nature tourists can have a wild time too!

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Seven Amazing Animals You Can Spot on Safari in Tanzania

Seven Amazing Animals You Can Spot on Safari in Tanzania

If you’re looking to observe African wildlife in the wild, it’s hard to beat Tanzania in terms of its sheer numbers and variety of animals.

Home to more than three dozen national parks and game reserves, Tanzania is said to boast a fifth of Africa’s large mammal population. The country is of course home to big name destinations like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro as well as national parks like Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Tarangire, and the Mahale Mountains.

You have the chance of seeing every iconic African animal in Tanzania including the Big Five, the big cats, hippos, crocodiles, and all kinds of antelope species. You can even seek out reserves that are home to African wild dogs and chimpanzees.

The country’s control of poaching has enabled its wildlife to flourish and with so many animals on offer it’s hard to put a spotlight on just a few. That being said, here are seven animals that are often on every safari-lover’s bucket list.

For the best chance of spotting wildlife, I recommend traveling during the dry season which runs from roughly June to October or attempt to time your visit during the Great Wildebeest Migration.

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5 Best Camping Destinations in Thailand

5 Best Camping Destinations in Thailand

Thailand is known for being a popular, cheap backpacker destination offering up everything from wild full moon parties and delicious street food to ancient temples and exotic wildlife.

However, one thing that often gets overlooked in Thailand is camping, most likely due to the fact that many accommodation options such as hotels and backpacker hostels can be booked quite affordably.

Come see why a Thailand camping experience in one of the country’s national parks or reserves may just be the Thailand travel experience you’re after to escape the big popular cities and find a bit more peace and seclusion in the wilderness of Southeast Asia.

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How to Plan a Horse-Riding Holiday that’s Fun for Non-Equestrian Partners

How to Plan a Horse-Riding Holiday that’s Fun for Non-Equestrian Partners

While it may seem almost impossible not to fall in love with horses, not everyone’s always eager to book a horse riding holiday or tour. If you’re an avid equestrian looking to combine your love of horses and travel but find you’re having a bit of difficulty convincing your partner or best friend to tag along, there are thankfully a number of options for planning a horse riding trip that will appeal to even non-horse enthusiasts.

There are many reasons why people may not be eager to get in a saddle. Some may have a fear of horses or at least falling off one, had a bad experience in the past, or simply have never been around horses and are unsure of what is all involved with horseback riding.

Thankfully, there are a number of thrilling horse experiences available all around the world that can cater to a wide range of personalities and interests. Whether your partner is into sports, history, wildlife, or simply spending time in awe-inspiring landscapes, there is guaranteed to be a horse riding experienced that will appeal to even the fussiest of travelers.

If you’re ready to get back in the saddle and encourage your partner to as well, here are some ideas for planning a horse riding holiday that may turn you both into avid globe “trotters”.

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5 Best Travel Destinations to Visit in New Zealand

5 Best Travel Destinations to Visit in New Zealand

Currently with no active community transmission of Covid in the entire country, pretty much anywhere in New Zealand is an ideal spot for a holiday. And with any luck, international travel to New Zealand may still be on the cards late 2021 or early next year.

For now, planes to NZ may be as flightless as their adorable kiwi birds but when tourism does kick off again, here are the best places to visit across the nation’s North and South Island.

Regarded as the Adventure Capital of the World with endless natural wonders, New Zealand is firmly at the top of most travellers’ wish list. From hobbits and glow-worms to winter skiing and surfing along pristine beaches, New Zealand can be as relaxing or adventurous as you wish it to be.

Create an itinerary that revolves around hiking in the wilderness along famous treks like the Milford Track or stick to the cities and dine on delicious seafood while learning about New Zealand’s Māori culture and natural history through its world-class museums.

While it’s difficult to narrow down the country’s top destinations and attractions with so many places offering sheer beauty and adventure in sustainable ways, these are some of the best travel destinations you should check out on your next New Zealand adventure.

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Essential Items to Pack for a Multi-Day Hiking Trip

Essential Items to Pack for a Multi-Day Hiking Trip

When it comes to low-impact, low-intensity exercise, nothing beats hiking. Not only can hiking offer a wide range of physical health benefits, but simply being out in nature can also do wonders for your mental health. Hiking is something that nearly anyone can take up, as you can customize your treks to be as arduous or easy-going as you wish.

While simply going for a short hike in a nearby park or reserve doesn’t require much if any planning, those looking to take their hikes to the next level by planning a multi-day trek in the wilderness will be required to do a bit of preparation.

If you’re a beginner hiker who’s decided that trekking in the great outdoors beats the monotony of using a treadmill, you may have considered challenging yourself even further by planning your first multi-day trek.

The first step to planning a multi-day hike is to research your trail choices to make sure you’re selecting one that matches your current fitness level. The next step is making sure you pack all the essential items to ensure your comfort and safety. Here are my top recommendations for items every multi-day trekker should carry with them.

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Most Beautiful and Unique Campsites in Europe

Most Beautiful and Unique Campsites in Europe

We often picture camping as simply pitching a tent in the middle of the woods somewhere, but many of today’s European campsites offer a whole lot more.

Whether you do indeed enjoy roughing it a bit in the wild or are looking for more of a glamping type experience possibly along the Mediterranean with no lack of amenities, there’s a campsite to suit any personality.

From camping on a nearly deserted English island or high in the Swiss Alps to not even having to camp in the great outdoors at all, Europe offers the chance to enjoy some pretty crazy campsites. Here’s a look at some of the most notably beautiful and rather unique campsites worth a visit.

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Beginner Safety Tips and Top Locations for Your First Scuba Adventure

Beginner Safety Tips and Top Locations for Your First Scuba Adventure

If you’re thinking about getting your feet wet in the world of scuba diving, it can be tough for beginners to know where to start. Your first challenge is understanding the types of certification you need, and then choosing dive sites that are suitable.

While you may be lured by the many incredible scuba diving sites that show up in your Insta feed, not all dive sites are suitable for beginner divers. Some sites are also much more rewarding in terms of guaranteed marine life along with safe and pleasant diving conditions.

Whether you’re in search of wrecks or reefs, planning your first scuba diving vacation can be quite exciting. Not only will you most likely be heading off to some exotic location, you will also be entering a whole new world.

As a new scuba diver who has recently learned to scuba dive with PADI, SSI, or NAUI, it’s important to realize you will be restricted in terms of what dive sites you will be able to visit as a first timer.

While you may wish to visit that dive site on an Attenborough documentary, it may not make an ideal choice for your first dive or you may simply not have the adequate level of certification that the destination requires.

To better help you get started in the world of scuba diving, I’ve offered a few safety tips, advice for choosing a location for your first dive, and a few of the top scuba diving destinations for beginners around the world.

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Trends in Sustainable Travel Gear

Trends in Sustainable Travel Gear

They say travelers should take only photos and leave only footprints, but it may just be our footprints that are doing the most harm to our planet.

Most of us are now aware of our carbon footprint, which is the total amount of greenhouse gases each of us generates. Sadly, our carbon footprints tend to be more damaging when we travel.

While most of us put a lot of time and effort into carefully packing for our vacations in terms of saving on weight and space and only carrying things we’ll actually need, few of us are conscious of how environmentally friendly our travel gear is.

One of the best ways to become a sustainable traveler is to start thinking about what products you take with you traveling. There are now countless eco-friendly travel products on the market made by companies that use organic or recycled materials and in some cases even donate a percentage of their profits to earth-saving initiatives.

After researching sustainable products, you’ll soon discover that items like sunglasses, hats, and suitcases are now being made from recycled materials, and can result in a huge reduction in waste. Here are some great sustainable travel gear items you should think about.

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The Most Beautiful Places in Antarctica

The Ultimate Polar Region Bucket List

There are few places left in the world that you can truly call pristine, but that’s just what our Polar Regions offer. They are surprisingly havens for wildlife, and a range of small group tours journey to remote destinations like Greenland and Spitsbergen in the north as well as Antarctica in the south.

Whether you’ve always wanted to witness a vivid aurora or be bathed in 24 hours of sunshine, the world’s Polar Regions offer adventures unlike any other. From walruses and polar bears in the north to elephant seals and penguins in the south, our Polar Regions abound with rare and endangered wildlife.

In addition to witnessing almost unimaginable landscapes and wildlife, there are many epic activities on offer including dog sledding, hiking on ice sheets, mountain biking in Greenland, and kayaking or taking a polar plunge in the icy waters off Antarctica.

So grab your parka because Quark Expeditions, the leader in polar adventures, is ready to help you choose from some of the top Polar Region bucket list adventures.

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Wild Camping in Botswana – a Camping Safari Without Fences

Wild Camping in Botswana – a Camping Safari Without Fences

Have you ever considered camping without fences on a safari in the most remote areas of Botswana, sharing the same space with wild animals like lions, hippos and hyenas?

Does it sound like an adventure of a lifetime, or is it a little too much of an adventure?

Over 10 days I went on a self-drive remote camping safari in Botswana, driving my 4×4 deep in the bush, carrying everything I needed in my truck – a portable kitchen, 2 spare tires, a toolbox, a tent on top, my camera and tons of excitement. Here’s how you can do it too!

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The Natural and Relaxing Side to Ibiza (Travel Guide!)

The Natural and Relaxing Side to Ibiza (Travel Guide!)

It remains to be seen if and how the pandemic will affect Ibiza’s upcoming summer clubbing season which runs from roughly the end of May through early October. Most people think of packed nightclubs and giant beach crowds when they think of Ibiza, which doesn’t exactly adhere to the whole social distancing concept.

Thankfully, Ibiza is much more than parties and music. There’s a natural and relaxing side to the island which may now be just what travelers need for planning a stay in Ibiza.

Ibiza is home to many protected natural areas including natural parks like Ses Salines and Amunts as well as the Ses Feixes Wetlands which attracts a great deal of birdlife. There are secret coves to explore, deserted beaches to seek out, and hiking trails to help you get off the beaten trail.

Sections of the island are also historically significant such as the Renaissance walls of Ibiza City’s Old Town and the remnants of early Phoenician settlements. Parts of Ibiza are actually recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of their significance.

Experience the Ibiza you may not have known as I introduce you to some of the island’s relaxing natural locations where you’ll be far removed from the pulsating beats puts out by DJs which will allow you to actually tune in to your own heartbeat.

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Solar Generators: A More Eco-Friendly Backup Energy Source For Those Who RV

Solar Generators: A More Eco-Friendly Backup Energy Source For Those Who RV

Do you enjoy traveling around the country via RV? Do you like going for a quick weekend getaway without having to worry about paying for a hotel room or boarding your pets?

Traveling around the country in your RV is a great way to let loose and explore. But while this may sound expensive and gas guzzling, there are plenty of ways you can decrease your costs as well as your carbon footprint.

Specifically, by using solar generators as your backup energy source. These days solar generators are powerful, portable, and specifically designed for clean energy. Most are also silent, so there’s no noise pollution either!

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Top 5 Things to do in Dominica

Top 5 Things to do in Dominica

Whether you’re arriving in Dominica by cruise ship, commercial plane, or private jet, this volcanic, rainforest-covered island offers up plenty of ways to simply kick back and relax. It’s Dominica’s adventure scene, however, which makes this a truly unique and rewarding Caribbean holiday.

There’s no shortage of beautiful islands to choose from in the Caribbean, but one gem that is often overlooked in the Windward Islands group is Dominica. Remarkably different than other nearby islands both in terms of culture and natural landscapes, Dominica is finally starting to gain attention as the next hot ecotourism destination.

Having been a filming location for Pirates of the Caribbean, you too can partake in your own exciting adventures including jungle jeep safaris, scuba diving, rowboat river journeys, river tubing, and horseback riding both on the beach and actually in the sea.

Two-thirds of Dominica is covered in rainforest, much of this untouched land home to national parks filled with waterfalls, hot springs, and other natural wonders. While narrowing down the best things to experience in Dominica definitely isn’t easy, here are my top five things not to miss on your next Dominica getaway.

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