Barreling down Nevada Highway 374 toward Death Valley National Park and a lemon drop of a sun, it occurred to me that the principal allure of the desert is that nothing quite normal survives there. Take the Goldwell Open Air Museum down the highway, just outside Beatty, Nevada. Here, on a lonely stretch of private land, for no particular reason, rest half a...
Whether it’s the Sahara in Africa, the Gobi in China, or another world-famous desert, you realize just how big the world is when you’re standing in the middle of a desert surrounded by miles and miles of open land. The opportunity to trek to a desert, for most people, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While you may get caught up in...
If you are travelling to Switzerland, consider yourself very lucky. Switzerland is a beautiful country to visit, and will stay engrained in your memory forever. You will see magnificent mountains and peaceful lakes. Switzerland is a country with splendour absolutely everywhere you look. Secondly, you will need to know the tipping etiquette for this country. Most services include a “service”...
Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold at your own pace on hiking trails that meander through the rolling chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Trails originally blazed by paws, hooves, and yucca-thatched moccasins now connect us to cultural as well as natural wonders. The western frontier of Griffith Park offers hikers amazingly close encounters with the Sign, which...
Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun — what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches...
Number of passengers Ocean: Up to 6,296 (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas). River: Up to 190 (on Viking River Cruises).   Destinations Ocean: Remote islands like Tahiti, major Mediterranean ports, far reaches of the globe (the North Pole region, for example). River: Inland cities and towns most oceangoing ships can’t get close to (like Luxor, Egypt, and Budapest).   Excursions Ocean: From ATV jungle treks to Zodiac boat trips to ice floes in Antarctica. River: Small-scale walking...
For travelers looking to experience an exotic beach location, Brazil is a great destination. The largest country in South America is known for great soccer players, tropical rainforests, beautiful women, and beautiful beaches. Those who travel to the beaches in Brazil will also find charm in the vibrant music and dance culture, the excellent cuisine, and large festivals like Carnival. Here...
Although all-inclusive resorts are less popular in the United States than Mexico or Caribbean islands, there are some available for travelers who want to simplify their vacation. From Hawaii to New Hampshire, these hotels have all-inclusive packages available so you don't have to think too hard about what you'll be eating for meals. Note that all-inclusive packages in the...
If you fly Emirates Airlines, you will empty out of the plane into the elegant, modern Terminal 3 at Dubai airport. It is large, efficient and very comfortable. You may have a little wait at immigration, less if you have a passport with a microchip and you are willing to register at the “smart gate”. It takes very little...
The Sahara Desert is, without question, our favourite region of Morocco. It may look as if there’s nothing but sand and sky but there’s a surprising number of things to do in the Sahara Desert. Any anyway, what more do you want from a desert? If you’re preparing for a trip to Morocco and the Sahara isn’t on your...

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