Category: Travel

Arenal Volcano ~ Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano ~ Costa Rica

~ Positioned within Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands, the Arenal Volcano is an unavoidable presence while traveling within this part of the country. It is tall and imposing and has a reputation that precedes itself. Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place […]

20 Epic Tree Houses from Around The World

20 Epic Tree Houses from Around The World

~ by Matt Hershberger Humans have always felt at home in the trees. It is, after all, where we came from a long, long time ago. But even in the modern age, trees play a very important role in our lives. People who live near trees are known to have better physical and mental health, […]

Travelling Makes You Smarter ~

Travelling Makes You Smarter ~

~ By : Monique Abrams Travel is something most all of us want to do, but only a few of us actually do. Resources, time and responsibility keep us from it, but if you learned the multiple benefits of taking a vacation, you might acquire the motivation to find a way to take a trip! […]

20 Reasons New Zealand is the Ultimate Adventure Destination

20 Reasons New Zealand is the Ultimate Adventure Destination

~ by Liz Carlson FEW COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD pack more into as compact an area as New Zealand. From Jurassic Park rainforests to 12,000ft mountains, neon-blue lakes to white-sand beaches — all within a day’s drive of each other — it’s hard to find a place with more varied landscapes or easier spots to […]

8 of New Mexico’s Most Spectacular Hikes ~

8 of New Mexico’s Most Spectacular Hikes ~

Photo: Bureau of Land Management ~ by Jim O’Donnell 1. Yapashi Ruins Trail Distance: 6 miles one way Rating: Difficult More info: Bandelier National Monument 700 years ago, the Pajarito Plateau northwest of Santa Fe was a densely inhabited beehive of towns and villages. Today, the ancestral Puebloan peoples live in the nearby Rio Grande […]

America’s 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns ~

America’s 20 Coolest Outdoor Towns ~

Ingredients: water + terrain + culture = good times. Photo: Michael Dorausch by Matador Team THIS LIST COULD EASILY HAVE 100 PLACES. The US simply has so many canyons and rivers and slopes, so much coastline, all of it with rad little towns along the way. So putting together this list, we narrowed it down […]

5 Mind Blowing Underwater Cities ~

5 Mind Blowing Underwater Cities ~

~ There’s no doubt we’ve all heard of the legend of Atlantis, the ancient, once great city that was lost when the ocean submerged it. To this day the legendary city has yet to be found (or proven to have ever existed) yet over the years many other underwater cities have been found, each of them just […]

Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rainforest

Lost City Discovered in the Honduran Rainforest

~ In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.   Photograph by Dave Yoder, National Geographic By Douglas Preston Photographs by Dave Yoder An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never […]

Brazil ~ Rio de Janeiro

Brazil ~ Rio de Janeiro

~ Beaches In Rio de Janeiro The beaches in Rio de Janeiro are one of the major reasons that people love to visit here. The second largest city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro has over fifty miles of beach shoreline. These Brazil beaches are for those who are beach enthusiasts, this offers many activities as […]

Yosemite's 10 Best Easy Hikes ~ Maximizing Your Scenery Per Footstep

Yosemite’s 10 Best Easy Hikes ~ Maximizing Your Scenery Per Footstep

~ What’s the good of a breathtaking view if you’re already out of breath? It’s hard to enjoy yourself when you’re so worked that you’re setting off other people’s heart monitors. There’s something to be said for journeys that yield up their treasures easily, so for the pleasure of scenery cognoscenti everywhere, here are the […]

Bodhi Surf  & Yoga Camp ~  Costa Rica - Uvita

Bodhi Surf & Yoga Camp ~ Costa Rica – Uvita

Whales Tail Uvita, Costa-Rica ~ Welcome to Bodhi Surf School, a full service yoga and surf camp that specializes in providing one-of-a-kind vacation experiences. We are located in Bahia Ballena – Uvita in the south Pacific of Costa Rica, a gorgeous and still pristine region where you are likely to see animals in their natural habitat […]

Cadiz Spain ~  Andalucia

Cadiz Spain ~ Andalucia

~  CADIZ is among the oldest settlements in Spain, founded about 1100 BC by the Phoenicians and one of the country’s principal ports ever since. Its greatest period, however, and the era from which the central part of town takes most of its present appearance, was the eighteenth century. Then, with the silting up of […]

Best Places to Stay and See The Northern Lights ~

Best Places to Stay and See The Northern Lights ~

The Lyngen Lodge, located on the Lyngen Fjord, set off by the characteristic fluorescent green glow of the aurora borealis (Photograph by Graham Austick) If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for […]

3 Lessons from Traveling ~ That Lead to Everyday Happiness

3 Lessons from Traveling ~ That Lead to Everyday Happiness

~ “Remember that happiness is a way of travel—not a destination.” ~Roy M. Goodman   By Ehren Prudhel “Remember that happiness is a way of travel—not a destination.” ~Roy M. Goodman After graduating from college I took off to explore Europe for four months with one of my best friends. We backpacked through fourteen different […]

The Goddess Sophia ~

The Goddess Sophia ~

~ “The metaphorical shape of future beliefs will be determined by the needs of the people who live in that future. We are working towards better integration of the sexes and that cannot come about until the spiritual values are given justice. The Goddess Sophia’s androgeneity and her intensive repertoire of metaphors exemplifies her availability […]

The Maldives ~

The Maldives ~

Maldives, Farid Khousainov Culture The islands of Maldives appear in-between the trading route of the Indian Ocean. Thus settlers, and visitors from neighbouring regions and around the world have come in contact with the islands for as long as history has been recorded. Such is the to-and-fro flow of people and their cultures, that a […]

The Goddesses of The Four Directions ~

The Goddesses of The Four Directions ~

By Goddess Celebrations ~ East, South, West, North     Each one is equally beautiful, powerful and necessary.   The Goddess of the east is beautiful and young, full of vibrant life energy with flowers in her hair. She is the mother of all growing things. She loves and nurtures all of nature, like earth […]

5 Fantastic and Gorgeous Meditation Retreats Around the World

5 Fantastic and Gorgeous Meditation Retreats Around the World

~ Here are some of our favorite places where you can clear the mind amid stunning scenery.   By Elizabeth Nicholas Meditation is credited with helping with everything from high blood pressure to depression, and while you can meditate pretty much anyplace, it’s awfully nice if that place happens to be in a stunning remote […]

Dream Vacations ~ Five Unspoiled Surf Destinations

Dream Vacations ~ Five Unspoiled Surf Destinations

~ Sometimes you wanna go where nobody knows your name! ~ by Gillian Telling Black’s Beach, San Diego There are a few reasons Black’s is so popular with surfers: it’s in a totally secluded stretch beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines (getting there, by way of a quiet trail, takes about 20 minutes), the water […]

Swim with Divine Dolphins & Whales ~ Costa Rica

Swim with Divine Dolphins & Whales ~ Costa Rica

~ Swimming with Wild Dolphins & Whales with Sierra Goodman and  Divine Dolphin The Divine Dolphin’s Dolphin and Whale tours have been featured on Animal Planet, Travel Channel, BBC with Steve Backshall, Discovery Channel, Jeff Corwin Experience, Destination Wildlife, in Vegetarian Times Magazine and more. Since 1987 The Divine Dolphin has been offering the amazing life changing opportunity […]

Pura Tanah Lot ~ Bali Indonesia

Pura Tanah Lot ~ Bali Indonesia

~   One of Bali’s most important sea temples, Pura Tanah Lot (“Temple of Land in the Middle of the Sea”) is a spectacular sight, especially at sunset.   Tanah Lot Temple or Pura Tanah Lot in Balinese language is located in the coastal side of Beraban in Kediri, a sub district in Tabanan. It […]

About Lemuria and Telos ~

About Lemuria and Telos ~

The Lemurian Age took place approximately between the years 4,500,000 BC to about 12,000 years ago. Until the sinking of the continents of Lemuria and later of Atlantis, there were seven major continents on this planet. The lands belonging to the gigantic continent of Lemuria included lands now under the Pacific Ocean as well as […]

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia ~ Sacred Sites

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia ~ Sacred Sites

  Lake Titicaca is a beautiful and much-venerated sacred lake that lies on the border between Peru and Bolivia, near Copacabana. According to Incan mythology, it was from Lake Titicaca that the creator god Viracoca rose up to create the sun, moon, stars, and first human beings. Recently, a large temple was discovered submerged in […]

Cinque Terre Coastal Walking Adventure ~ Italy

Cinque Terre Coastal Walking Adventure ~ Italy

Cinque Terre is quite possibly the most beautiful coastal walk in Europe, on the most magnificent part of the Italian Riviera. The Cinque Terreare five coastal, medieval villages in the province of La Spezia: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of a […]

Quilalea Island ~ Mozambique

Quilalea Island ~ Mozambique

  An aerial view of the uninhabited Quilalea Island in the Indian Ocean. Photo: Courtesy of Azura Retreats   The Next Big Destination: Quilalea Island is a private island in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the northeaster coast of Mozambique. The archipelago is studded with fishing settlements that turned into Arab trading posts — though most […]

Easter Island Archaeology Project digs up Island's Secrets

Easter Island Archaeology Project digs up Island’s Secrets

  New photographs reveal what lies beneath the surface of Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world — the carved bodies of the island’s 887 famous guardians. Most people think of the 63-square-mile Pacific island’s silent stone sentinels as simple heads. But the heads all have bodies — and a backstory […]

Sacred Sites ~ Giant Buddha of Leshan

Sacred Sites ~ Giant Buddha of Leshan

The massive Giant Buddha of Leshan. Photo David Schroeter. The Giant Buddha of Leshan (aka Dafo) is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, carved out of a cliff face by an 8th-century monk in southern Szechuan province. The Giant Buddha overlooks the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers and faces the […]

Sacred Sites ~ Borobudur, Indonesia

Sacred Sites ~ Borobudur, Indonesia

One of many Buddha statues at Borobudur. Photo Susan Catherine. Borobudur, a Buddhist stupa in the Mahayana tradition, is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Located on the Indonesian island of Java, 40 km (25mi) northwest of Yogyakarta, Borobudur was built around 750 AD. The magnificent temple is a three-dimensional mandala (diagram of the […]

Palenque, Mexico ~ Mayan Sites

Palenque, Mexico ~ Mayan Sites

The monumental ruins of Palenque. Photo Luis Reyes-Galind Surrounded by a dense jungle forest in a dramatic mountain setting, Palenque is widely regarded as the most atmospheric and impressive of Mexico’s Mayan ruins. Palenque’s monumental stone temples are famed for their architectural sophistication and fine sculptures, and are made even more interesting by the detailed […]

Girls Get Away Hawaii ~ Surf ~ Spa ~ Yoga

Girls Get Away Hawaii ~ Surf ~ Spa ~ Yoga

Got a Blue Crush? Catch a wave at surf camp this year by Ann Abel Want to add a little excitement to your next beach vacation? Why not trade the lounge chair and best-seller for a surfboard? All-women surf-spa-yoga packages have cropped up in wave-riding destinations all over the globe in the past decade, but […]

Where To Find Shangri La?

Where To Find Shangri La?

Blog: Around The World On The Toilet By: Nick It might be one of the most overused cliches in the travel universe but the idea of a kingdom deep in the Himalaya’s inspired by James Hilton’s classic Lost Horizon has thousands of backpackers and jet setters alike grabbing their warm coats and hiking boots in […]

Kuan Yin ~ The Beloved Goddess

Kuan Yin ~ The Beloved Goddess

The goddess Kuan Yin is a symbol, not only of the Chinese assimilation of Buddhism, but also of the many hued flavor of karuna, expressed through the softer wisdom of a woman. She is a pointer to the re-emergence of the goddess and the gender transformation of Avalokiteshvara in China represents perhaps a universal imperative, […]