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The 5 most stunning natural wonders in South America

1. Perito Moreno, Argentina Witness one of the most spectacular glacial formations in the world by taking a 45-minute boat cruise up close to the 200-foot south glacial wall. Then walk along the footbridge in front of the glacier for panoramic views of the sublime landscape. 2. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador Explore the sights and wildlife […]

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The 5 most stunning natural wonders in Australia

1. The Great Barrier Reef Snorkel among the fish and coral gardens of the outer Great Barrier Reef. With over 24 brand new locations to choose from, you can enjoy a tailored itinerary based on the weather conditions. The destinations will be chosen from sites on Flynn and Milne reef or further north at Norman […]

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The 5 most stunning natural wonders in North America

1. Grand Canyon Whether you see it from above by helicopter, below by boat, or choose to tour its hiking trails by foot, Arizona’s Grand Canyon is one of North America’s most breathtaking sights. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how it came to be! 2. The Rocky Mountains: Banff & Jasper National Parks This one-way […]

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The 7 most stunning natural wonders in Asia

1. Zhangye Danxia Landform, China 2. The Chocolate Hills, the Philippines 3. Gobi Desert Mongolia 4. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam   5. Son Doong Cave, Vietnam 6. Lenticular Clouds on Mount Fuji, Japan 7. Mount Everest

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The 5 most stunning natural wonders in Europe

1. Aurora Borealis

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The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colors across the Icelandic Arctic sky. See if you can spot them for yourself on this 3-hour tour from Reykjavik.

2. Giant’s Causeway

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Admire the stunning beauty of County Antrim on the drive from Belfast to the Giant’s Causeway – which is often described as the 8th wonder of the world. Explore the Causeway’s rocky formations and learn about the site at the new visitor center.

3. Plitvice Lakes

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Spend a full day exploring Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in inland Croatia. Drive through the picturesque hinterland to your destination and enjoy sightseeing at the upper and lower lakes by foot, boat, and tram.

4. Meteora, Greece

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Learn about the legend of the Oracle of Delphi on a 2-day tour to the ancient sanctuary, departing from Athens. Continue to the stunning rock formations and historic monasteries of Meteora.

5. Matterhorn

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The 5 most stunning natural wonders in Africa

1. Victoria Falls

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See one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls, deemed the largest waterfall in the world, on a 3-day, 2-night excursion. Tour the area and learn why the local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya:” the Smoke that Thunders.

2. Ngorongoro Crater

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Enjoy a full-day tour from Karatu that takes you on a safari in the Ngorongoro Crater. During the game drive in the caldera you’ll be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards and the rare black rhino.

3. Mount Kilimanjaro

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Experience a miracle of nature and see the great migration in the endless plains of the Serengeti. Get up close to animals in the wild on a 5-day safari to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

4. The Nile River

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Experience this special trip and visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum.

5. Red Sea Reef

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10 New Year’s travel resolutions for you to keep this year!

Every year we wrack our brains over ideas for how to make the coming year the best one yet. Often we invent complicated and elaborate plans to transform ourselves. Or we phone it in with something vague like “eat less chocolate.” But travel is inherently a wonderful and transformative experience worthy of any resolution which just takes a bit of planning, know-how, and help. That’s what we’re here for!

So here are some inspiring ways to make this a year of travel and experience. All doable!

1. Get a passport

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sean hobson @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Just having one will open the door to the world. Remove that hesitation and put yourself on the next plane!

2. Experience another culture

Traditional dancing, yes please!

Traditional dancing, yes please!

The world is a colorful, diverse place and people are proud to share their heritage. Even if you don’t leave the country, you can still learn a thing or two by visiting neighborhoods you normally wouldn’t.

3. Get outside more

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

City breaks are lovely, but most cities are right on the footsteps of some downright incredible nature. National Parks are stunning and Europe is full of charming villages nestled into mountains. Asia astounds with its terraced wide, open rice paddies and Africa with its grassy savannahs.

4. Be more active

Why not go kayaking?

Why not go kayaking?

Is easier than it sounds. Go for a walk in a new city with a new friend. Stay in the center of town so you’re forced to walk. Go biking! All of these are great ways to travel and stay moving.

5. Learn some new recipes

Greek specialties.

Greek specialties.

Food is a base element of all cultures and is a wonderful way to come together and exchange company. So next trip, why not try something like a cooking course or gourmet tour? You’d be surprised at the origins of most food: they’re often just as revealing as history themselves (I’m looking at you hearty German, comfort food).

6. Be a bit spontaneous

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Loren Kerns @ flickr (CC by 2.0)

The best experiences are sometimes the ones we least expect. Book a flight, a tour, or something random (scroll and click!) and see where you end up. This one is for those who want to get out of their comfort zone a bit.

7. Leave your fears behind

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Eric Chan @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Afraid of heights? Hate big crowds? Dive in! Try something like bungee jumping or a hot air balloon flight. The best way to deal with a phobia is to confront it head on.

8. Go somewhere with an empty suitcase

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Robert Sheie @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

And challenge yourself to bring back one item from wherever you’re headed that encapsulates the entire experience. Sketches of dramatic cityscapes or even just a bottle opener after a long night out will make the trip stand out that much more!

9. Travel with a theme

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Moyan Brenn @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Sometimes we need to see the world through a more focused lens: doing so allows us to dive deeper into a topic and have more authentic experiences. For example, focusing on the architecture of a city can often reveal hidden sights and experiences – like abandoned subway stations or the everyday habits of its residents.

10. Do some good

Tree planting

Tree planting

Did you know you can participate in or help organize volunteer trips? Combine your own passion for a cause with seeing something new. Even if you can’t afford to leave the country, there’s always something at home you can do that will feel like stepping into a new experience.