North America

Far less popular than its ritzy neighbour Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park makes for an excellent one day diversion from the main Rockies sights. A single 100 kilometre road in the shape of a superhero lightning bolt cuts through the centre of Kootenay National Park highlighting superb mountain vistas, glacial lakes, roaring rivers, wildlife, hiking trails and hot springs.From Banff ....Continue Reading >>
Fringed by Australian eucalyptus (gum) trees, the lake (replete with elegant swans) reflects the classical domed Roman rotunda with its curved colonnades (called the Palace of Fine Arts) and represents one of the most idyllic and relaxing locations in San Francisco. Initially built as a highlight of San Francisco's 1915 Exposition to celebrate the city's recovery from the devastating 1906 earthquake, ....Continue Reading >>
by John MillerChristmas markets, also known as Christkindlesmarkt or Weihnachtsmarkt, depending which part of Germany or Austria you’re hailing from, aren’t just about market stalls and shopping in the run up to Christmas. Going back to medieval times - when people would travel to find festive cheer in the bright Christmas lights, bustling street stalls and delicious snacks to pass the winter ....Continue Reading >>
Jasper the Bear is the friendly and jolly 2+ metre statue and mascot of the northern Rockies town and national park of the same name. Surrounded by stunning mountain and lake scenery (including Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Spirit Island and the mysterious Medicine Lake that disappears every autumn/fall). Though based on a 1948 cartoon character, Jasper is a thoroughly modern bear with an active ....Continue Reading >>
by Garrett McKayWhether it’s your first trip to the US or one of many, Los Angeles makes a perfect destination. As one of the largest cities in the U.S., close to and full of famous, one-of-a-kind attractions, Los Angeles has much to offer people traveling alone, with a loved one or with the entire family. Before you go, brush up on what you can expect when you get there, where you might ....Continue Reading >>
Spectacular Pigeon Point Lighthouse has been guarding the south side of San Francisco Bay since 1871, named after the unfortunate Carrier Pigeon that wrecked some years earlier. Looking resplendent with a carpet of wildflowersin spring, the lighthouse is a highlight of any drive down the Californian coastline south of San Francisco - one of the best drives in the United States. The nearby keepers' ....Continue Reading >>
The aptly named Canada Goose is a popular sight throughout the Canadian Rockies. This one near Banff keeps a watchful eye on an enthusiastic photographer.Banff Vacations ....Continue Reading >>
After a fun-filled but dusty and tiring day riding quad-bikes around Kings Creek Station and exploring the wondrous panoramas of Kings Canyon, the idea of camping in the middle of the outback may alarm some. However my Northern Territory Checklist itinerary listed glamorous camping or glamping (is that a horrible word or is it just me?) at Kings Creek Wilderness Lodge.Any concerns are removed ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Amandine LaurentClose your eyes and think about Jamaica: what do you imagine? Reggae music? Usain Bolt? Beach resorts?For most people, Jamaica has long conjured up images of beach paradise, and while the tropical climate is one of the main attractions, there are a whole host of other fantastic reasons to visit. Sitting at the centre of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica oozes charm and ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Lara NicotraMexico is a popular destination for tourists from around the world, and its popularity is well-earned. The country boasts beautiful landscapes, stunning beaches, rich historical sites and authentically delicious food, among other things. One of the other major benefits to Mexico is that it's affordable. Travelers from other parts of the world can enjoy the favorable ....Continue Reading >>

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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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