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4 Fun Places To Go For Breakfast in Austin

November 28, 2014 by  

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If you’ve ever been to Austin, you know the city for its laid-back vibe, which is why the idea of finding the best breakfasts in the capital of Texas might seem strange – who gets up that early, anyway? Austin restaurant owners know their city, too, which is why many of these Austin breakfast spots serve the most important meal of the day all day. Whether you’re looking for classic Texas breakfasts like migas or breakfast tacos, or more diverse fare from around the world, here are a few places you’re guaranteed to get a great start in Austin.

Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse

One of the original mainstays of South Austin, Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse serves up its vegetarian breakfasts all day long – your hangover is no longer an excuse for missing the day’s first meal. Enjoy Bouldin originals like the Potato Leek Omelet or a zucchini-filled take on local classic migas (eggs fried with sala, chese and tortilla strips), or choose tofu instead of eggs on any menu item for a delicious, cruelty-free spin on your favorite morning dish. Bouldin Creek also serves up some of the best iced toddy coffee in town – and refills are free here when…

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5 Temples Beyond Angkor Wat in Cambodia

November 28, 2014 by  

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buddhas The most famous temple in all of Cambodia is easily Angkor Wat, and it’s easy to see why: the 12th century temple is surrounded by picturesque rice paddies and features impressive towers, intricate carvings and stunning sanctuaries that feel like something out of an interactive “Indiana Jones” movie. Situated within a complex of roughly 200 temples in and around Siem Reap known as Angkor, this UNESCO Heritage Site is, unfortunately, regularly overrun with tourists. While it’s still worth a visit, there are plenty of other beautiful temples in Cambodia where you won’t feel like the other tourists are crowding your experience. Here are five Cambodian temples that receive a lot less love than Angkor Wat but are just as deserving.

1. Phnom Chissor

Located not far from the city of Phnom Penh, this small Hindu temple is impressive, and it was built at least 100 years before Angkor Wat. Set on a hill that provides exceptional views of green deltas and breathtaking rice fields, the elderly monks who live in Phnom Chissor are friendly and kind to visitors and the neighborhood children who occasionally run through the place.

2. Sambor Prei Kuk

The ancient kingdom of…

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What We Can Learn From Animals & Take Into The Real World…

November 28, 2014 by  

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When one envisions the perfect African Safari, images of the Big Five tickle the imagination, and for a good reason! The uncanny power of lions and leopards and their fascinating lives, leave us in awe. But behind the scenes a much larger force plays an invaluable role. They might not be as beautiful, majestic or nearly as large as these animals, but their role in the well being of a healthy ecosystem outweighs the Big Five ten fold. White backed Vultures IMG_0776 Werner Breedt 8 Trevor Ryan McCall-Peat “Hawk-eyed” is a byword for excellent vision and observation. “Vulture-eyed” gives new meaning to the word. These phenomenal birds are able to spot a three centimeter object at over a kilometre away. Vultures, like hyenas have been made out to be ‘evil’ for all the wrong reasons. Both feed on carrion or animals on the verge of dying – thereby classifying them as scavengers. They are perfectly adapted to perform these tasks with their exceptional eyesight (second to none), strong bills and ability to utilize thermals (a vortex of warm rising air) to soar high above the ground without expending too much energy in search of…

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Foodie Alert: Head to Tenerife For Mouth Watering Treats

November 28, 2014 by  

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  Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands, is famed for its sandy beaches and turquoise seas. Tourists flock to its shores for the year-round sunshine, and quick four-hour flight from London. I spent a very lovely Monday evening meeting the Tenerife tourism board at restaurant Hispania near Bank in central London. I expected to be impressed by the diversity of the island from hip bars to tranquil retreats, but was surprised to find the standard of food and drink so high. Tenerife We tried a whole selection of treats such as the trio of ‘mojo’ sauces with “papas de color” (small baked potatoes). The sauce was drizzled into the warm centre of the potato, which made a delicious starter. I also enjoyed the sweet potato crisps with intense and strong “almogrote” cheese paste. The canapés were paired with the crisp Altos de Trevejo sparkling wine. Tenerife wine I also tried several other wines from the Spanish Canary Islands. Humboldt 2012, a sweet white wine that was paired with the desert course, was my favourite. Grown in the traditional and long-established region of Tacoronte-Acentejo, the vineyards here are located…

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Historical Fredericton in New Brunswick Canada

November 28, 2014 by  

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“What? Why would you go to Fredericton?” – that seemed to be the most asked question when I told people we were flying in/out of Fredericton in New Brunswick Canada. Apparently people thought it was an odd choice – but then again – I love the odd choices. And this little provincial capital town seemed like a great place to start my Maritime travels with my parents. For a little community of 40,000 people – I was astonished by it’s hipness. This hip designation probably had a lot to do with the fact that there are multiple universities and colleges there and the whole community seemed to be progressive because of it. Fredericton Reinactment Situated along the St. John river the town had a number of things going for it – in fact in our two days there we ran out of time to do everything we wanted! The one thing that stood out to me more than anything was the energy of the city. From the food, to drinks, to culture, to history, to art – it felt that people were throwing themselves into all of it – locals and visitors. Fredericton… <a href=

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Escape To Sri Lanka For Solitude Time & Serenity

November 27, 2014 by  

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    I went backwards in time from fall to summer this week and crossed continents into Asia. I landed in Sri Lanka for my third time to attend a Travel Blogging Conference and to soak up a little warm weather before I entered back into the heart of winter for the holidays. The conference included a pre trip with 40 other awesome bloggers in which we were shuttled around to a few of the main sites and introduced to Sri Lankan cuisine and culture. Even though I felt like I spent the majority of my time on a bus getting from place to place I was able to also do some hiking at one of the many Unesco World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka, an elephant safari, boating, a village visit, and I even took a plane along the coast to do some aerial photography. It’s amazing how much you can pack in a short time here. This week reminded me of how much I’ve changed – I don’t know if it’s travel or age that has changed me. As every year goes by I realize that I like big crowds less and less and need more alone time…

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Exploring the Moldovita Monastery in Bucovina Romania

November 27, 2014 by  

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After a few days in Bucharest, I boarded a train heading north to Suceava and then on to the town of Campulung Moldovenesc where I stayed at the trendy Dor de Bucovina. I had read all about the Bucovina region and made it a priority to visit the UNESCO listed coloured monasteries here. I first headed to Moldovita Monastery. UNESCO listed Moldovita Monastery. UNESCO listed Moldovita Monastery. Moldovita is a grand complex on the top of a slight hill in the town of Moldovita. Getting here isn’t particularly easy since there is no public transport. This place is slightly less beaten than you expected it to be. In its untouristy charm the joys of Moldovita sparkle in the morning mist; it’s a sleeping giant. Moldovita Monastery, Romania. Moldovita Monastery, Romania. It’s best to hire a car or book a tour to get here. As I work on the move these days I was able to get a private tour organised which meant I could visit a load of the key sights in the region in one day including Cacica Salt Mine. Other tourists gather to admire… <a href=

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10 Reasons Why Colombia Needs To Make Your Bucket List

November 27, 2014 by  

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I recently had the opportunity to visit Colombia, traveling through Cartagena, Santa Marta, Tayrona National Park, Medellin and Bogota. At the end of my stay, I wasn’t ready to return home — the country had completely stolen my heart. Here’s why:

Salsa Dancing Everywhere

The one thing in the world that I love just as much as traveling is dancing. As the type of person who has trouble sitting still, I appreciate cultures that weave shaking their hips and twisting their feet into everything they do. Colombia is home to one of these cultures. While many places I stayed offers free salsa classes, going out to clubs allowed for easy opportunities to meet locals and have them help perfect your salsa. Even in sit-down restaurants I’d see people dancing salsa, and I loved working off my dinner by joining them. paragliding in medellin PARAGLIDING OVER MEDELLIN. NICE VIEW, HUH?

2. Adventure Abounds

If you enjoy getting active, there are many opportunities around Colombia. While from Cartagena I took a weekend trip to hammock camp, jungle hike and snorkel in Tayrona National Park, Medellin allowed me to try paragliding for the first time. In Bogota, I took a street…

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