Foodies Will Love This Yucatan Snack

Exploring a new area is usually filled with great locations and fun activities, but one of the best things about traveling is the food! The Yucatan is also filled with some exotic and amazing food options, many of which come in huge portions and are a great treat while road tripping through the area.

Some of the most popular snacks are empanadas, which are tasty baked or fried pastries that are usually stuffed with meats, cheese or corn. Snack on this lovely pastry and take in the beautiful scenery around you.

Grizzly Bear Adventure in Alaska’s Inside Channel

Hop in a helicopter and see the amazing view of the Alaskan wilderness! Want to see grizzly bears up close? This is the way to do it.

Climb out of the helicopter at Admiralty Island, and get a fun lesson about bears from your local bear guide. This completely isolated wilderness allows you to view wildlife, birds and natural beauty while standing at the water’s edge.

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!

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.

Baglama Music in Turkey

Enjoy your Turkish coffee with some local entertainment by indulging in Baglama music! This unique style of music is completely popular in the region and a truly one of a kind experience!

Listen closely and enjoy the unusual instrument as well as the harmony it creates. Dine on delicious coffees and pastries with fresh, local ingredients for a fun entertainment-filled night in your Turkish travels.

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!

 

Balloon Adventures in Turkey!

Want to explore the wonderful country of Turkey in a whole new way? Then take to the skies and see the beautiful cityscape from a hot air balloon! Experience the adventure of watching these majestic balloons go up and then slowly rise into the sky for a once in a lifetime view of the city!

Also, get an inside look of a real family vacation to this exotic destination and see the great times and places you yourself and your family can visit as well!

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!

Next in Our Imagine Series: Morocco

Imagine…

Morocco!

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!