Australia: Two Weeks in the Northern Territory

If I were to poll a bunch of strangers (or at least a group of people who don’t hear me talk about Australia all the time) to name five icons in Australia, chances are Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) would come in the top three, right behind Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. In…

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Wild Swimming

DISCOVERING THE BEST SWIMMING HOLES IN WASHINGTON STATE I’d never swam in anything but cow ponds and chlorine pools before this spring of 2014. Then I moved to Washington, and through my lucky friendships with naturalists, I’ve dived into more lakes and rivers than exist in my entire home state of Nebraska. I’ve taken the…

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5 Wildflower Hikes Worth Wandering this Spring

Break free from your house or hotel this spring to explore Cascadia as it crawls out of its winter cocoon. From pink sweet peas in the Columbia Gorge, to bright paintbrush in the Olympic Mountains and purple mountain aster on Mt. Hood, the wildflowers welcome hikers to the area starting in April at the lower…

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Leschi-Lake Dell

Seattle’s Best Secret Viewpoints

By Linnea Westerlind   Seattle is famous for its views. From spots around the city you can take in vistas of the snow-dusted Olympic Mountains and sparkling Puget Sound or watch boat traffic on Lake Union with the gorgeous Seattle skyline in the background. With more than 400 public parks, Seattle has plenty of lesser-known…

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Bondi Beach by James Horan; Destination NSW

A Perfect Day at Bondi Beach

By Seamus Hogg                                                                                   Header photo of Bondi Beach by James Horan, Destination NSW Plane sleep isn’t…

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australia coast

Australian Wine & Wildlife – A Special Blend

By Kassie McKnight Back in 1957, Adelaide winemaker Max Schubert presented a port wine known as The Grange to Senior Management at the Penfolds headquarters in Sydney. They were not impressed to put it mildly. Undeterred, Max continued to produce the port in secret, squirreling away bottles to share with family and friends. He knew…

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Six Can’t-Miss Food and Drink Experiences in Sydney

Australian cuisine is a bit of a blank slate. Dining down under conjures fuzzy images of something vaguely British, maybe an exotic meat like kangaroo, some shrimp on the grill, and of course stellar wine. But this lack of a culinary stereotype gives Australian food some flexibility. It lets chefs, farmers, and makers around the…

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Wildflowers on Hurricane Ridge

This Mother’s Day, Don’t Send Your Mom Flowers. Send Her to the Wildflowers.

By Hilary Byrnes Another May, means another Mother’s Day. But this year don’t settle for the same old gift. Instead of sending your mom flowers for Mother’s Day, send her to the flowers. The wildflowers of the west coast can make anyone smile, and their spring and summer blooms are just waiting for your arrival. While…

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Koala baby

Everything You Know About Koalas Is Wrong!

Other than kangaroos, koalas are Australia’s most iconic animal. And for good reason. They’re disarmingly cute and impressively lazy. But what do you really know about koala bears? For starters, they’re not bears at all, but marsupials, which is why you should read this post! Brush up on your koala knowledge and impress your friends…

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How Traveling to the Happiest Country on Earth Inspired Me to Live Like a Norwegian

By Kirsten Gardner If you’re feeling blue, a trip to Norway may cure what ails you. According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, Norway is currently home to the ‘happiest people on the planet.’ And indeed, it seems there’s little to worry about in this far north kingdom. Healthcare is universal, and though not free for…

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