Alley covered with Street art in Melbourne, Australia

Things to do in and Around Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia, Wine Country

Australia is one of my favorite places to travel. It’s one of those places that I could actually see myself living. I’ve been lucky enough to visit three times, and during my last trip I found yet another city to love – Melbourne.

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

California Getaway to Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Taking advantage of our backyard is harder than it sounds, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are so many places to see and never enough vacation time.

This stretch of Northern California coast is loaded with spots we should be getting outside and taking advantage of like Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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Atop Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru’s Sacred Valley – It’s More Than Machu Picchu

Atop Machu Picchu in Peru

Say the words Machu Picchu, and even folks who have never been there, seem to get taken with a sense of excitement.

There’s a wow factor. Perched between the Andes and the Amazon, it’s a beautiful setting, with, one might say, a flair for the dramatic. And from the historical perspective many agree it’s the legacy of the Inca civilization. Exploring is fun, you will no doubt run into one of the nearly 20 resident llamas that not only seem to think nothing of all the visitors, but seem to have a knack for posing in pictures with them.

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tree swing on beach along Queen Charlotte Drive, New Zealand

Cruising New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

From steep cliffs and stunning coastline, to famous wine regions, New Zealand offers a colorful variety of surprises.

New Zealand doesn’t get the credit it deserves. As a vacation destination, most folks don’t have pre-conceived notions about any big ticket items, or automatic must-dos while there. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It just means that New Zealand good at keeping secrets.

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dome at Borealis Basecamp

Some of the Best Northern Lights Viewing is in Fairbanks, Alaska

Northern Lights viewed at Borealis Basecamp

When many people think of seeing the Aurora Borealis they also envision frigid locations – thinking that being cold and seeing the Northern Lights go hand in hand. The good news is, you don’t have to always have winter weather. In Fairbanks, Alaska there are some amazing spots to take in the show, without needing snow.

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