5 Thrills for Adventure Junkies
on the New River Gorge

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Who needs Disneyland when West Virginia has plenty of nature-made thrills along the New River Gorge National River. Now considered the adventure-sports capital of the eastern United States, folks come from all over to enjoy everything from white-water rafting within its deep canyons to rock climbing from its highest cliffs. Here are just a few ofRead more

Rap jumping in the urban jungle

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This adrenaline rush will get your Spidey senses tingling [flagallery gid=6] My heart is pounding and my palms are sweating as I step to the open window on the 17th floor window of Hotel Presidente in the center of La Paz, Bolivia. Under any other circumstances, I would be enjoying the incredible views over theRead more

Travel Quote of the Week

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“No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.” Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960) was a folklorist and writer whose work fell into obscurity until Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, led a revival beginning in the 1970s. Now she’s considered one of the pre-eminent writers of 20th CenturyRead more

Travel Inspiration: Palau

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It doesn’t take much for an exotic destination to demand my attention, but seldom can I pinpoint the moment it starts to get under my skin enough to exacerbate my travel itch (an incurable chronic condition). Thanks to writer Jacqueline Detwiler, my bucket list has gotten even longer. The island of Palau started beckoning theRead more

Open season for aurora hunting

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Aurora Borealis in September? “Absolutely,” says Alaska-based photographer Ronn Murray. “Based on my experience and other pretty hard evidence, the equinoxes produce some of the strongest auroras. We get great shows in late September and its a great time to visit Alaska, because the weather hasn’t gotten really cold yet.” Murray began chasing the NorthernRead more

Stay safe while traveling solo

It was a typical Sunday morning. My husband, Chris, and I sat down to read the newspaper and one headline screamed at us: “U.S. Tourist Killed in Istanbul.” In January, Sarai Sierra, a blossoming photographer, was killed by a blow to the head while traveling alone in Turkey. Her body, tucked into a hidden cornerRead more

How to die in 20 seconds or less

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a.k.a. A Near Miss on the Nile Deep breath. I was suddenly under water with bodies coming down on top of me. I am not sure how I managed to stay calm in all the chaos, but it was crucial to surviving. There were five of us in the same boat; a raft to beRead more

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