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World Travel Region - At a Glance

World Travel Region - At a Glance, Travelers Update South America - Lively, Cosmopolitan & Wild South America is the ultimate place to visit if you want to experience the extremes of nature and culture. For example, the mountain-fresh lakes, wide deserts, and bustling Euro-style cities of Argentina offer wide diversity in one country. The passionate, mystic, rhythmic dances of Brazil will draw you into the partying streets...

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Wales touring vacation deals - $2,699: "Wales, Land of Song" 9-day tour

Wales touring vacation deals - $2,699: "Wales, Land of Song" 9-day tour, Travelers Update 10 days/9 nights Wales - The hills are alive, both with singing and the second oldest language spoken in Europe! Here, you’ll find the preservation of an ancient Celtic culture and you’ll also discover the tell tale signs of invaders such as the Romans and Normans in spectacular castles, settlements and reminders of the industrial age. On this tour you'll see the fantastic...

Dive Travel Guide and Dive Packing Preparation

Dive Travel Guide and Dive Packing Preparation, Travelers Update The surface of the planet is 71 percent water and scattered with hot dive spots like the Red Sea, the great barrier reefs of Belize and Australia and Sipadan, off Borneo. You can find kaleidoscopic tropical reefs, ice dive in Rocky Mountain lakes and the very subzero waters of Antarctica, explore deep freshwater caves in Florida's Ocala region, and "muck dive" (skimming silty-...

Diving In Belize - Long Caye: An Island To Yourself

Diving At Belize - Long Caye: An Island To Yourself, Belize The skiff bounces across the whitecapped-water at a healthy fifteen knots, leaving port city Dangriga’s fishing boats bobbing in the wake. Where you’re going there are no airports, no hair dryers and certainly no computers. It’s called Long Caye, 35 miles off the coast of mainland Belize, and the only electricity you’ll use is from the batteries in your Walkman. But that’s...

Wreck diving At Canada - Halifax, NS

Wreck diving At Canada - Halifax, NS, Canada Reefs start to look pretty much the same, says Gene Peterson of Atlantic Divers, an outfitter that leads dive trips to wreck sites all along the Atlantic seaboard. "But wreck diving is historic—all ships tell a story." From New York’s Long Island to New Jersey’s Cape May, there are some 5,000 documented wrecks to explore, whether you’re into 18th-century galleons or WWII ships...

Diving In Costa Rica - Cocos Island - Live Aboard Boat

Diving At Costa Rica - Cocos Island - Live Aboard Boat, Costa Rica The only facilities on Cocos Island (a national marine park since 1978, 300 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica) are two houses for park rangers and some rest areas for visitors. A liveaboard boat trip is the only way to dive the teeming waters here. Cocos Island, the second largest uninhabited island in the world, is remote: You fly to Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose,...

Diving In Indonesia - Tukangbesi, Sulawesi: Dazzling Abundance Of Sea Life

Diving At Indonesia - Tukangbesi, Sulawesi: Dazzling Abundance Of Sea Life "There are pygmy seahorses in 30 feet of water—I don’t believe it!" dive master Jenny Collister remembers thinking on her first Tukangbesi dive. And from that moment on, the show never stopped. In just a few feet of water, you see Picasso triggers, anemone fish and countless other species. A hundred feet from the shore is an underwater canyon with a wall that drops 100 feet to...

Diving In Tanzania -Mafia Island: Pristine Reefs

Diving At Tanzania -Mafia Island: Pristine Reefs, Tanzania Declared a marine park in the mid 1990s, the island’s reefs are intact. The fact that it’s a mini-odyssey just getting there (you take a so-called regularly scheduled flight from Dar es Salaam) and that it’s a malaria hotspot have helped, too. Underwater, deadly lionfish are all over the place, puffing up their feathery fins as you approach their territory. Divers will find...

Bike Travel Guide and Bike Packing Preparation

Bike Travel Guide and Bike Packing Preparation, Travelers Update All angst is immediately forgotten as you tip your wheel downward and descend in a euphoric rush of diving turns, exotic plant life and vigorous waves to baffled farmers. A gaggle of grinning children surround you at the bottom. As they walk with you to the local hostel, you ask if they can lead you to other trails in the morning. Mountain bikes are perhaps the ultimate land-...

Biking In Bolivia - The Andes, Total Miles: 140

Biking At Bolivia - The Andes, Total Miles: 140, Travelers Update You’re on a mountain bike, rocketing down from a thin-aired pass high in the Andes when you see it. Where the valley floor broadens, a mountainside rises like a wall for a near vertical mile into a savage cluster of 17,000-foot, shark-tooth summits—and carved up its face is a trail. You stop and stare. It is a horrible, magnificent etching, cutting back and forth upon itself...

Biking In Canada - Fernie, BC: Technical and Untapped Mountain Biking

Biking At Canada - Fernie, BC: Technical and Untapped Mountain Biking, Canada A rising, though still relatively unknown, star in the mountain bike universe, Fernie, BC, is a dream destination for hardcore mountain bikers—even if most of them don’t know about it yet. Well-endowed with the technical backwoods riding British Columbia is famous for, what sets Fernie apart is its magnificent mountain setting and wealth of supersteep singletrack. A historic,...

Biking In Mongolia - Khangai Mountains: Yaks, Yurts and Steppe

Biking At Mongolia - Khangai Mountains: Yaks, Yurts and Steppe, Travelers Update One of the most remote and least developed countries in the world, Mongolia is emerging as a new frontier in mountain bike touring. Of the country’s 30,000 miles of road, only 3 percent are paved. The remaining 97 percent carve across unspoiled mountain ranges, high desert steppes, and past the yurt encampments of a nomadic Buddhist people whose culture has changed little in...

Biking In New Zealand - North and South Islands: Huge Mountains With Lake and Ocean Views

Even before The Lord of the Rings cinematically revealed the beauty of its high country to the world, New Zealand was quietly becoming known as one of the planet’s premier mountain biking destinations. This reputation is due primarily to what the movie didn’t show—a magnificent network of single track and Jeep roads that webs across the country’s mountains and coast. Both the...

Biking In USA - Downieville, CA: Total Miles: 80+

Biking At USA - Downieville, CA: Total Miles: 80+, Travelers Update A century and a half ago, the gold rush carried a whirlwind of prospectors into the wooded mountains of northern California. They took all the gold they could find before they disappeared, but mountain bikers will tell you they left something even more valuable: unending singletrack. They also created the town of Downieville, which today serves as a launching pad for journeys...

Biking In USA - Moab, Utah: Total Miles: 120

Biking At USA - Moab, Utah: Total Miles: 120, Travelers Update It’s the most overexposed name in mountain biking for a reason: Moab has some of the best riding in some of the most mind-bending countryside on the planet. Deep in the belly of Canyonlands National Park is The Maze, one of the most remote and beautiful crevasses of the greater Moab region. A five-day trip through ruddy ravines and craggy rock formations traverses rough jeep...