The Quickest Route to the HIMALAYAS

For many intrepid world travelers, trekking the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest ranks as one of the more common, if unattainable, ‘bucket list’ goals. Scaling even the base of the world’s highest peak takes months of planning while potentially costing thousands of dollars and several weeks or months of hard-earned vacation time. In short, it’s a romantic and certainly thrilling notion … [Read more...]

Go Big: Inspired Adventures in ALASKA

Cynthia Kane explores Alaska's vast, rugged terrain navigating rivers and epic trails in America's Last Frontier “Inspired by greatness” is a phrase I’ve come across all my life. A phrase that when I first heard it -- I was inspired to find the source. Since then, I’ve traveled around the world and seen beautiful sites that have marked me, and I’ve hiked in locations where the views have … [Read more...]

Ruffing It: Traveling with PETS

Win a Kimpton Hotel stay and copy of author and pet travel expert Kelly E. Carter's new book, a road map for traveling with four-legged friends   Respected journalist and New York Times best-selling author, Kelly E. Carter, has written for various publications such a People, USA TODAY, Elite Traveler, Departures, and others. For the past 10 years, she’s jetted around the globe … [Read more...]

Surf in Style in LAGUNA NIGUEL

It’s endless summer at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with their guided surfing experiences   “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.” Who knows how many surfboards these Beach Boys lyrics have helped to sell over the decades. But one thing that’s absolutely certain is that through the years, California has firmly established itself as the most iconic wave-seeking … [Read more...]

Tracking Tigers in NEPAL’S Royal Bardia National Park

Author Suzan Crane explores a pristine corner of Nepal in search of the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. It’s been several hours and we remain camouflaged under a thick forest canopy on the banks of the Karnali river in western Nepal’s remote Royal Bardia National Park. But for the melodious chatter of the area’s prolific birdlife of nearly 500 species, we’re enveloped by a symphony of silence, a … [Read more...]

Australia By Air: KIRKHOPE AVIATION

For the best views from above, take a bespoke Air Tour with Australia’s most experienced pilots in a comfy private jet.  Kirkhope Aviation began their flying adventures in the mid ‘70s taking intrepid travelers on trips into outback Australia. Over the years, these outback air adventures became a passion and the company began specializing in tours around Australia, particularly the Kimberley and … [Read more...]

EPIC PASS, Epic Deal

Vail Resorts offers sweet deal on multi-mountain pass for the ultimate 2014-2015 ski and snowboarding season. The magic of skiing in April arrives with late season powder dumps followed by warm bluebird days. Skiers can ditch their heavy coats, schuss the slopes and hang out après on the sun-kissed decks with icy beers in hand. But even as the season winds down, the time to start planning … [Read more...]

Finding Serenity On The Shores Of LAKE MALAWI, Africa

Suzan Crane explores idyllic beach resorts along East Africa's serene Lake Malawi. There are few places left on Earth that remain serene and untouched -- synced with nature and rich in local culture allowing us to disconnect from  the world as we know it. The coast of Lake Malawi is one such place. And as any discriminating traveler knows, the thrill of unearthing such a halcyon destination … [Read more...]

NOTED Places: Store Your Favorite Places With This Cool Travel App

Writer Alex Ota discovers a new app to track travels, suggestions and create ideal trips. As avid travelers, we all go through the same routine—we hungrily devour the latest issues of Travel + Leisure, Sunset or Outside, earmarking destinations as we read about prospective destinations. Or, we watch the travel channel, furiously scribbling notes about the exotic locales being covered, wanting … [Read more...]

Diving with Whale Sharks in ISLA MUJERES, Mexico

Kinga Philipps takes a solo adventure off the coast of Cancun to Isla Mujures and finds unspoiled beaches, transparent water and epic dives surrounded by whale sharks and manta rays.  What better place for a solo sojourn than the turquoise waters of the Caribbean and a place called Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women. It was my eat, pray, love of sorts. Except, instead of pasta, I indulged in … [Read more...]