An Adventure to Sian Ka’an

Want a truly unique travel experience? Try an adventure to the protected biosphere of Sian Ka’an just west of Tulum in Mexico! This tropical paradise encompasses both ocean and jungle for a wonderful journey through nature that is a must-see for travelers.

Walk along the wooden walkways through the forests, surrounded by trees and bamboos and climb up into the trees for a fantastic view of the ocean!

Stonehenge in Scotland

Want to see a unique sight in Scotland? See the first Stonehenge on Scotland’s Orkney Islands! These massive stone pillars tower over you and stand out amongst the rolling hills and lakes of the Scottish countryside.

This particular site predates Stonehenge by about one thousand years, so it’s a fun experience! The massive stones are not set up like Stonehenge so the experience is completely new and different. Check out Orkney Tours for a great guided tour of the area.

Adventures in Sri Lanka

Ever wanted to travel to Sri Lanka? This lush paradise is filled with activities and wonderful sights for any and all ages. See the tea plantations in the highlands, learn to surf on the beach, or help some sea turtles make it to the water! Enjoy fresh and fruity drinks as well as homemade bread and treats sold almost anywhere. Ride a local train or hop in a buggy for a bumpy ride through the streets with a smile on your face.

Yucatan Peninsula Roadtrip

Ready for a fun road trip through the Yucatan paradise? Fly to Cancun and see the Yucatan by car and all the interesting sights and places this unique landscape has to offer. Head north to the coast to ride bikes on the beach and catch a sunset with a tropical drink in your hand. Then go inland for jungle landscapes, wildlife, and a wild ride you will never forget.

See a piece of history and climb the Mayan ruins in Coba, and descend down into a hidden cavern for a fun swim. See the sights of Tulum and grab a hammock by the sea to soak in the rays and the view. Experience all the wonders of eastern Mexico with this fun road trip!

Bike Adventure in Oslo

Have some time to spare is Oslo? Try seeing this fabulous city by bike! Hop on a bicycle and explore the wonders and beauty of Oslo from two wheels. Take a one a kind guided bike tour to see the gorgeous gardens or the unique features of the city from someone who knows it best.

Or simply hop on and bike around at your own pace, stopping whenever you like. Visit a fun museum or take a walk along the river, and see all the beauty Oslo has to offer!

Sleep in the Trees of the Adirondacks

It’s not every day you get to sleep in a treehouse. In this case, you don’t even need to leave the United States, as there is a beautiful, one of a kind treehouse nestled right in with the Adirondacks. Complete with kitchen, bathroom, spiral staircase and amazing wood accents, this palace in the sky is like no other!

This treehouse was actually built by an artisanal furniture designer and is completely pet-friendly. Take in the sweeping forest views from skylight windows and the wide open air porches. Or cook a delicious meal in the spacious outdoor kitchen, complete with a paved walkway around the property.

Glamping in New York

Ever wanted to just get away for a weekend? Away from the noise, the city, work and just be able to breathe in the great outdoors? Glamping is the best vacation for you! Spend a weekend in the wilderness in style! With a tricked out super sturdy tent, complete with commode, furnace, comfy bed and more.

Spend your nights under the bright lights of the stars and roast some food under a campfire. This is camping in style. You can even bring your pets with you to enjoy the great outdoors!

 

Tropical Hideout Bar on Khai Island

What’s better than being in the tropics? Find a lovely bar in the tropics! Swim right up to this hidden away bar on Khai  Island, for a one of a kind experience.

Have a nice drink and relax just inches from crystal blue waters! Swim right up to the step, grab onto the handrail and greet the helpful bartenders with a smile!

Next in Our Imagine Series: Morocco

Imagine…

you hear the muezzin’s call to prayer, you can almost smell the ginger.  You are lured down the sloping Tala’a Kbiraf  into the crumbling medina, deep in the heart of Fez.

The mayhem of this Moroccan souk quickly swallows you.  It’s a teeming and twisting warren where tables of goat heads and homemade soap are crammed alongside crates of chickens whose squawks compete with the clang of artisan tools from the ceramic studio.   Mules laden with gas tanks plow through the narrowing pathways, as shouting schoolboys careen between them, their backpacks swinging. You melt into a stream of humanity between djellaba-clad mothers and shopkeepers, and, alongside your Berber guide, you begin to market.

Today you are on a journey to learn the art of tagine cooking.  The market’s scents of rosewater and white artichokes fresh from the earth envelope you as you sort through quince and test aubergines for ripeness.  You select a chicken from the feathered flurry of the pen, then gratefully accept the vendor’s offer to deftly slice the neck and de-feather it for you in the nearby boiling pot.

Wafting scents of fiery cumin and warm cinnamon draw you to the neighboring stall where you weigh out grams of spices to create your own Ras el Hanout, a blend translated as Top of the Shelf that will be the secret to your delectable tagine.   Back at your guide’s Ottoman-style home, called a riad, you chop and sauté all your new ingredients and the kitchen fills with an exotic aroma.  You know that this dish will be unlike any beef stew you have ever made.

And then there’s the khobz, or flat bread.   You knead the dough, but in an ancient neighborhood where homes rarely had their own ovens, you take your tray out into the bustling medina, to the nearby community oven.  For a few dirhams, the baker shoves your bread into the wood-fired oven, to bake next to your neighbors’ cookies.

During your week in Fez, you mingle with bidders at the rug auction and meet with a seamstress to have a caftan custom made.  You sip steaming mint tea as your foot taps to the alluring beat of a drum circle, and you treat yourself to a steam bath in the communal hammam.

You have practically become a local!

That was a trip of a lifetime!”, you say.   “Let’s do it again next year!”

If Morocco is not your dream destination, then join me next month for a sail through the Galapagos Islands.

Til then,

Rare Finds Travel Design

…sometimes rustic, often luxurious, but always unique!

 

The Famous Azulejos of Portugal

One of the wonderful adventures of Europe is being immersed in the history and architecture that surrounds you. One of the great ways to learn about this history is by exploring the famous azulejos (tiles) in the city of Porto in Portugal.

This city is famous for its tile work, including across the facades of buildings and train stations. These colorful tiles are also manufactured here and exploring those factories is an experience like no other! Learn all about the wonderful textile history of the area and see some amazing colors!