Ocean Beach, California • Marshmallow Fight!

The 4th of July is a major American holiday. For those of us lucky enough to live near water – that’s exactly where you’ll find us. The beach, river or lake is where we’ll be. Cut off shorts, sandy toes, and of course stars and stripes characterize this holiday. California has no shortage of activities…

Brooklyn, NYC • A Secret Skyline Spot

New York City has a million-dollar skyline and for that reason, most places you can go to enjoy said skyline cost you almost a million dollars per drink. Well, not quite, but you get the picture, they’re expensive! Head to any rooftop bar in Manhattan or Brooklyn and you’re easily looking at $20 USD for…

Bogotá, Colombia • See the City by Bike

Although Bogotá is basically safe for tourists in this day and age, there are still some areas of town that you probably shouldn’t visit, at least not without a local guide. But with Bogota Bike Tours, you can see several zones of the city, learn about the tumultuous history of Colombia, sample some local dishes, and even…

Hội An, Vietnam • Old Town of Character, Charm and History

I came to Hội An after a quick stop over in Hue. It is pretty easy to catch an open-tour bus (they run all day, once every hour). It took me about 4 hours and cost 10$AUD. The centre of this lovely destination is very small and pedestrianized, so you will find yourself walking around most…

Oaxaca • Mexico’s Petrified Waterfalls

Hierve el Agua, the calcified waterfalls southwest of Oaxaca City and southeast of Mitla are not only a gorgeous sight but also make for an engrossing geology lesson. Mineral water dribbling over the cliff edge for thousands of years has created mineral formations that look like huge frozen waterfalls. There are currently two that you can…

Koh Rong Samloen, Cambodia • A Peaceful Getaway Destination

Koh Rong Samloem is an island 18 km off the coast of Cambodia. The closest port is Sihanoukiville and the island can be reached from this port in about 45 minutes. Currently many tour operators offer trips to the island. I took the company called Koh Rong Island Travel, which runs twice daily from and…

Banguio, Philippines • Bury Your Bad Mood

If you feel bad, negative, or gloomy, this is the time to take a stroll into the Cemetery of Negativism (or Lost Cemetery), in Banguio, Philippines. It is situated at Camp John Hay.  Established by the base’s command general John Hightower in the 1980’s, it is a place where negative thoughts are buried, together with bad…

Metelkova, Slovenia • Ljubljana’s Most Original ‘Hood

This tip comes from our Italian Explorer Alessio Amato Metelkova is a self-declared “autonomous cultural zone” located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a small European country born in 1991 after Yugoslavia collapsed.  It used to be the Slovenian headquarters of the Yugoslav National Army. The area consists of seven buildings. Inside, you may find several clubs…

Paro, Bhutan • Unbelievable Way of Life

Bhutan isn’t a top ten destination, but maybe it’s better that way. Nature and religion mixes with daily life. Buddhism is not only a practice, but a way of approaching our world, and I am sure that the word “stress” is not used nearly as much as in the Western world. Even if no one…

Cyprus • A Hotel Fit For a Queen

Cyprus, located at the most eastern part of the Mediterranean may be a bit of a mystery to some. It sits right under Turkey and just above Egypt and Israel. However, with its amazing beaches, truly fabulous hotels and resorts it’s definitely one to hit up if you get a chance. Last week we were…

Cecima, Italy • A Farm on Top of the Hill

When we first arrived to this place, a bunch of people were paragliding down the beautiful Piedmontese hills;like eagles flying in the skies, it all looked very peaceful. The farm is on top of a hill, and right next to an observatory. Later on, I learned from a good friend that the place is well…