Florida • Kayak in Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is home to one of the most stunning arrays of wildlife and plant species in the world. When you visit the national park, you might encounter a manatee, crocodile, alligator, roseate spoonbill, or the highly endangered Florida panther. You might see pine, cypress, or mangrove trees. One of the best ways to…

Iceland • A Hidden Hotpot

This tip comes from Greg Buzulencia at ViaHero.  Laugarvallalaug‏ is a true oasis in the middle of nowhere, if you’re lucky enough to find it. Close to the ruins of a deserted farm there is a geothermal stream that flows into a warm little waterfall, falling into a small pond at the bottom of it.  There…

Canary Islands • Quiet & Beautiful Playa de la Tejita

Come to Playa de la Tejita, on the south coast of the island of Tenerife, if you would like to escape the masses flocking to the beaches found on the opposite side of la Montaña Roja. The sand here is finer and softer, the water is a bit cleaner and clearer in my opinion, and the…

Canary Islands • Hiking a Volcanic Peak in Tenerife

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, and you don’t mind your shoes turning pink, why not hike to the top of this volcanic peak, planted right on the southern coast of Tenerife? Montaña Roja is only 171 meters tall, however, I won’t lie – this hike is a workout. It’s quite steep and trickier than it looks. Be prepared…

Cabo de Gata, Spain • For True Nature Lovers 

Cabo de Gata is a natural park close to Almeria, in southern Spain. Beautiful and uncontainable beaches, quiet atmosphere (apart from August, when tourism reaches more or less every spot of the earth) and nature surround the joy of taking a road trip to this place. To have a car is a useful tip for…

Reykjadalur Valley, Iceland • Hike to the Hot Springs

This tip comes from our Boston based Explorer Paige Sullivan. Located 45 minutes from Reykjavik, this natural hot springs is a must! If you drive to the town of Hveragerði and hike about a mile through the Reykjadalur valley, you are rewarded with beautiful views and the bubbly, steamy, natural hot springs. Reykjadalur directly translates…

Page, Arizona • Canyons by Kayak

While most people come to Page, AZ to see the Antelope Canyon, there is more to see and do around the area. One of the thing you can do is going on a kayak tour by Kayak Powell. Kayak Powell offers a wide variety of guided kayak tours including a Lone Rock Canyon Morning Tour…

Glen Nevis, Scotland • Easy Access to Another World

Glen Nevis is the neighbouring glen to Ben Nevis, Scotland‘s highest mountain. Or translated into more easily understood language, it is the river valley that sits below the mountain. And it is so beautiful and other-worldly that it amazes even the most experienced and well-travelled walkers. To get there, you drive north from the town…

Muzinë, Albania • The Blue Eye: A Natural Phenomenon

Syri i Kalter means “the blue eye” in Albanian, but it is not the name of a painting, an artwork, or a film. It is neither the name of a monster, but what it truly is, a marvel of nature, leaves you astonished as a divine apparition does. On the Western slope of  Mali i…

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…

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…

Faroe Islands – A Northern Paradise

The Faroe Islands are a unbelievable and uncontaminated world, well known by bird-watching lovers, but hidden to the rest of the population. There are 18 islands, separated by narrow sounds or fjords. Although they are really close to one another, these islands offer a large variety of traditions, landscapes, culture, and sights. The Faroe Islands are divided…