Destinations

Destinations

We have been to over 40 countries and have seen the bulk of Central America and the Caribbean. In the future I will be focusing on exploring more of Asia and the Middle East.

Dog Sledding Near the North Pole

This was hands down the most exhilarating part of our trip to Svalbard. A day of dog sledding, with the reward at the end being entering an ice cave. I was pleasantly surprised to...

24 Hours of Daylight in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Longyearbyen is charming and offers a lot of history. The town is named after John M. Longyear, an American businessman who began mining operations in 1906. While officially part of Norway, Svalbard is a...

Exploring Glaciers Near the North Pole

We booked a day trip from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to visit a Russian village along with some stunning glaciers. Never did I imagine that I would eat a barbeque while approaching glaciers. The stunning beauty cannot...

Exploring the Pitons of St. Lucia

St.Lucia had been on my to do list for more than a decade. The Pitons are the most iconic mountain range in the Caribbean, and I was looking forward to experiencing these mountains first...

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is the most famous of the National Parks in Utah. We came here after visiting the sensational Zion National Park, and the equally beautiful Capitol Reef National Park. To visit you can...

Capitol Reef National Park, a Must Visit in Utah

I had just spent 2 full days at Zion national Park, which was the adventure I was most anticipating on my trip to Utah. I expected the best to be behind me, and on...

Zion National Park, in Utah

The best way to access Zion National Park, is to fly into Las Vegas, Nevada and to then drive to Springdale, Utah. This is what we did, and it's an easy three hour drive. ...

Great Wall of China – Jinshanling Section

I had the pleasure of visiting 3 sections of the Great Wall of China. Jinshanling was by far my favorite, I was also blessed with perfect weather, and almost no tourists to share the wall...

Discovering Monaco

I recently spent a week in Monaco, and prior to visiting everyone I had spoken to raved about the country. Since the goal of my visit was to learn about Monaco as I intended to...

Visiting a Tribe in Embera Village – Panama

Panama is renowned for its ancient tribes living in pristine jungles. The problem is to visit these tribes you need to take a tour, as finding them on your own can be difficult. I completely...

Smuggling a Video Out of North Korea

After returning from the DMZ we were scheduled to visit the war museum. This is the pride and joy of the DPRK, as this is where they collect the spoils of victory to showcase...

Visiting Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

I’m usually apprehensive about visiting animal sanctuaries, as too many road-size zoos call themselves sanctuaries to make a quick dollar. As soon as I set foot at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, which is located halfway...

Visiting the DMZ and a public library, in North Korea

To access the DMZ from Pyongyang entails several hours of driving on a large 10 lane highway that often only has one vehicle on the highway. The highway is large to impress outsiders, but...

Exploring Pyongyang, North Korea

When visiting Pyongyang, expect endless propaganda on how each monument is the result of the genius of the Kim Jong-Un family dynasty. Each fantastical story is so far-fetched, that the story escapes you before...

Arriving to North Korea

Air Koryo, the national airline of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) is the only airline that flies to North Korea. As soon as you board the plane you enter the twilight zone....

Exploring Little Cayman, in the Cayman Islands

Little Cayman is popular for diving, but you never hear anything about it outside of the diving industry. We decided to stay there for a long weekend to experience its offerings. We stayed at...

Dandong, China – The Gateway to North Korea

My adventure in Dandong, China started with a train ride from the capital of North Korea, Pyonyang. It took approximately three hours in the train to arrive to the border of China. It took...

Spotting Blue Balls in Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Tanzania has so many beautiful national parks, including the world famous Serengeti. One park that is often overlooked is Lake Manyaria. While this park is smaller in size, it still protect 330 km2 (130 sq...

Petra, Jordan – A Life Changing Experience

It was my first trip to the Middle-East, I had no idea what to expect, and what a way to start that adventure but by visiting Petra. Petra is a world-famous archaeological site that...

Lebanon Caves – Jeitta Grotto

I have seen caves all over the world. A few months before visiting the Jeita Grotte I had seen the newly opened caves in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands which up until then were the...

Discover Saba – Magic in the Caribbean

If you ever visit the Eastern Caribbean Island of St. Martin you should allow 2 to 3 days to visit Saba, which is a Dutch Island that is 52.1 KMs from St. Martin. The...

Visiting Iceland in Winter

I have a confession to make, I really dislike the cold. Having spent a significant portion of my life in Northern Canada, I now do everything possible to avoid vacationing anywhere cold. Hence, it...

Cascais, Portugal a Charming Seaside City

Portugal is often overlooked and overshadowed by Spain, and this is quite a shame. Portugal has many things to offer. I had the opportunity to tour the country and I spent time in the...

Hiking the “Great Ocean Walk” in Victoria, Australia

Australia has a 243 km (151) mile stretch of highway in the Southern part of the state of Victoria that is a National Heritage Site called the “The Great Ocean Road”. This is a...

Relaxing in the Blue Mountains, Jamaica

A downside of living in the Cayman Islands is that I always miss the mountains. There are few areas in the Caribbean with proper mountains where I can get my mountain fix. Fortunately, the...

Volunteering with Leatherback Sea Turtles in Trinidad

I was looking for somewhere to volunteer with rehabilitating or tagging sea turtles. Some of the options included Costa Rica, and Mexico, but I really wanted to go somewhere that I would not normally...

The Aftermath of a Volcano Eruption in Java, Indonesia

It’s not often that you get to visit the aftermath of a volcano explosion. In late 2010, Mount Merapi in Java, Indonesia erupted several times. The first eruption was the largest since the 1870s. Over...

Khao Sok National Park – Thailand’s Treasure

When most people think of Thailand, the ocean comes to mind with picturesque Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands. While these areas are stunning people should not overlook inland Thailand. Khao Sok National Park is...

St. Martin – European Charm in the Caribbean

St. Martin is one of the most balanced islands in the Caribbean. This balance is due to the fact that there are two countries on this small charming island. Saint Martin the Northern half...

Singapore – Suffocating in Regulations

I’ll admit it I broke a law the very first day I arrived in Singapore. We flew in from Malaysia early in the morning which meant we had the rest of the day to...

Pico Bonito National Park – Raw Undisturbed Jungle

I’ve only been to Honduras once and it was to visit Pico Bonito National Park for a long weekend. This is a relatively large park at 564.30 km2 (217.88 sq mi) in size. It’s...

Hacienda Baru – Animal Viewing Paradise

I’ve been to Costa Rica dozens of times as I do business there and I needed a break from work. I wanted to find an easy to access network of hiking trails in an area...

El Yunque National Forest – A Rainforest Paradise

We had to transit in Puerto Rico after getting married in the British Virgin Islands. We decided to make a mini-vacation out of this. My expectations were low as I heard mixed opinions about Puerto Rico. Nonetheless,...

Orangutans in Diapers at the Bukit Meran Sanctuary

We live in a world where animals are under assault. This is especially true in Malaysia where orangutans are losing vast tracts of rain-forest to make way for palm oil plantations. This loss of...

An Animal Lovers Caribbean Dream

Barbados is an animal lover’s paradise. Green monkeys which were brought over in the 17th century live throughout the island. The best place to see these green monkeys is at the Barbados Wildlife Reserve, a...

Bruges – A Must Visit in Belgium

Belgium is one of those countries that never crosses your mind when contemplating visiting Europe. It’s forgotten since it doesn’t have the best weather, and there are not that many attractions. It’s also overshadowed...

Robben Island – A History not to be Forgotten

South Africa teems with racial tensions that are the results of decades of apartheid control. Apartheid was the political and social system used by a white minority to control a black majority from 1948...

Panama City – A Perfect Weekend Getaway

Panama City is an interesting place. I have a hate/love relationship with the city. The traffic is a nightmare and is by far the worse that I have seen in Central America and is...

Belize – Mayan Ruins, Cave Tubing, and More.

Belize is a stunning country that has a shocking number of things to offer considering its small size. It’s an English country which makes it easier to visit for those who fear the language...

Antigua Offers Stunning Views in Every Direction

I went to visit a friend who was renting a house on the West Coast of Antigua in the neighborhood of Jolly Harbour. The house was situated on Jolly Beach, it's a beach with...

Spectacular Small Towns and Cities in France

Everyone seems to love Paris, which I find ironic as I find that France has a lot more to offer than this iconic city. I also find that the people in France were much...

Surrounded by Dozens of Sharks in Paradise

I had to visit the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas for a four day conference. It was my first time in the Bahamas but there was one thing that excited me about the prospect...

Not Impressed – My Least Favorite Caribbean Island

I had a difficult time thinking of what to write about the Dominican Republic. I’ve visited the country twice; the first time was to inspect the Island with the idea of possibly relocating there....

Great Caves in Grand Cayman

  Having lived in the Cayman Islands since 2008 it can be easy for me to become jaded with the offerings on Grand Cayman. The beaches are stunning, the sun is always shining, but for...

Lucerne, Switzerland – Picturesque Perfection

Lucerne (Luzern), Switzerland is one of the most picturesque little towns that I have encountered.  This town sits on Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by a panoramic mountain range. The focal point of the...

Barcelona an Electric City

  Barcelona is known for its art and architecture.  It's also a city that never sleeps. The late-night culture here is vastly different than what I experienced growing up in Canada. People eat late, and...

Reasons the Vatican Failed to Impress Me

When in Rome it feels a bit foolish not to visit Vatican City. After all, its officially a country with its own separate government. It’s a trove of ancient artifacts and art. It’s home...

Amalfi Coast – Italy’s Majestic UNESCO Coastline

The Amalfi Coast is Europe’s answer to the California’s Pacific Coast Highway, or to Australia’s Great Ocean Road. It’s a stunning scenic coastal road that is 69 kilometers (43 mi) long. This is also...

Havana – The Jewel of the Caribbean

As a Canadian I always find it interesting how fascinated most Americans are with the idea of visiting Cuba. Havana is a quick forty-minute flight from my home in the Cayman Islands so it...

Exploring the Amazon from Iquitos, Peru

  This was a destination unlike any that I have ever visited. I flew in to Lima, which Is the capital of Peru, and from there a small hopper plane to Iquitos. Iquitos is an interesting...

Why Glacier National Park, Montana Should be on your Bucket List

There are 58 National Parks in the United States. Most people have visited or have Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite on their bucket lists. While all of the above parks are nice one of the...

Amazing Stawamus Chief hike in Squamish, British Columbia

I lived in Alberta and British Columbia for the first 28 years of my life. When trying to think of an amazing hike it was difficult to choose from the 100s of trails that I...