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7 Cultural Treasures of the World

No exploration of a new destination is complete without interacting with and learning about the culture. Culture affects the landscape and vice versa. For us, a well-rounded, fulfilling journey means balancing time in nature with unique cultural encounters. Here are 7 of our favorite cultural treasures of the world:  It’s impossible to describe the full… Read More »

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Some Like it Hot (tub)

I love the water. One could even say, I live for the water. Not only is my house on a pond, but I often swim before work, kayak and canoe with my dogs, and usually plan personal trips to include being in, on, or near some type of water. One of the most tranquil and relaxing… Read More »

7 Cultural Treasures of the World

No exploration of a new destination is complete without interacting with and learning about the culture. Culture affects the landscape and vice versa. For us, a well-rounded, fulfilling journey means balancing time in nature with unique cultural encounters. Here are 7 of our favorite cultural treasures of the world: It’s impossible to describe the full… Read More »

Our Favorite Adventure Books 2.0

After our very first Temporary Armchair Traveler email with a few of our favorite books about adventure and other cultures, not only did we come up with more, but a few of our guests shared their recommendations, as well. Here’s our next round if you’ve finished the last batch or are practicing tsundoku and need a few… Read More »

Elephants on Botswana Custom Tour

7 unusual animals you've probably never heard of

As the person in the office who boasts the most pets (3 dogs and a cat), it came as no surprise to my co-workers that I wanted to write a post on animals. There are so many unusual animals out there in the world, I’ve picked out a few that just made me happy to know… Read More »

Video: Japan's Nakasendo Trail

The Nakasendo trail is a historic inn-to-inn walking route that linked Kyoto to Tokyo during Japan’s feudal period. It was the ‘road through the mountains’ (as opposed to the Tokaido route which traveled the Pacific coast) traveled by feudal lords and their retinues, samurai, merchants, and travelers. We spend a few nights in the vibrant… Read More »

There's No App For This...

In this digital age, it’s easy to be an armchair traveler—browsing travel magazines on an iPad, scrolling through photos on social media, trying to market through themarketingheaven.com, or reading a blog on the newest undiscovered destination. But nothing replaces actually being there and experiencing a new culture, landscape, or activity! An app can’t leave you breathless… Read More »

8 Places to Go in October & November

October and November are great months to travel. It’s the shoulder season in many places, which means there are fewer crowds. These months also offer fabulous hiking weather—it’s not as hot as summer, but still warm enough (with the exception of Iceland!). Plus, there is usually plenty of sunshine and a refreshing breeze.  Tanzania in October The… Read More »

Top 6 Destinations for 2019

The internet is awash with lists for 2019 – from “New Year, New You” healthy living plans to the latest interior design trends. Our favorites, of course, are those that highlight the best travel experiences and most exciting emerging destinations. Recently, our staff narrowed down our own Top 5 Destinations for 2019. Read on to… Read More »

What to do in Tokyo

There is so much to do and see in Japan’s vibrant and bustling capital that you could easily spend a solid week or two and not take it all in. Here are our suggestions to get you started. Tokyo is a very large city, and while public transportation is the most efficient method of travel,… Read More »

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