Destinations

Samoa: A Tropical Paradise With a Rare View of the Moon

Lalomanu Beach, island of Upolu. (Joyce MacPhee)
Lalomanu Beach, island of Upolu. (Joyce MacPhee)

Samoa. The word rolls off the tongue easily, like a gentle tropical breeze. This tiny country halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii spans less than...




  • The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, built in the late 1800s by a local tycoon. (Courtesy of Omni Mount Washington Resort)

    Late Summer Magic in New England

    New England is world-famous for its spectacular autumn scenery, and for that reason many choose to visit this northeastern U.S. region during the fall. Often... Read more

  • View from Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, home to popular beaches like Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach. (Courtesy Round Hill Hotel and Villas)

    Jamaica: Why ‘Ya Mon’ Brings You Back for More

    Known as the happiest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica is world-famous for much of what we take for granted today, like Bob Marley and jerk... Read more

  • Hehuan mountain taken at 3,200 metres, on the highest road in Taiwan. (Song Bilong/Epoch Times)

    Indulging in Taiwan: Third Time’s a Charm

    Last summer, I went to visit Taiwan for the third time, and really enjoyed the homey feeling of this beautiful island. People say third time... Read more

  • The Yehliu Geopark in Taiwan has become a popular tourist destination due to its variety of otherworldly rock formations; however, human contact and natural elements have put some of the structures at risk. (AOL Screenshot)

    Bizarre Rocky Landscape at Taiwanese Park Seems to Belong to Another Planet (Video)

    Northern Taiwan’s Yehliu Geopark features an almost otherworldly landscape of rocks and other natural formations. The narrow, approximately one-mile-long stretch contains mushroom, ginger, and other... Read more

  • A hot air balloon drifts above wildebeest on Tanzania's Serengeti Plain. (Barbara Angelakis)

    An Unforgettable Tanzanian Safari

    Tanzania is a country of abundant natural beauty situated on the east coast of Africa. It boasts an amazing seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 16... Read more

  • Summer 2014, Pontoosuc Lake, Lanesborough. (Ogden Gigli)

    The Berkshires: Hitting the High Notes for Fitness and Culture

    The Berkshires in western Massachusetts, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Boston, are picture-perfect with rolling hills and leafy knolls. It’s no wonder the Gilded Age’s high... Read more

  • Xiuguluan River (Rafting)

    The Wonders of Taiwan’s East Coast

    Though Taiwan is an island country only somewhat larger than the state of Maryland, its mountains and history make for a land of variety, be... Read more

  • Sidi Bou Said. (Mohammed Reza Amirinia)

    Tunisia: A Historical Treasure Trove

    Editor’s note: Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom all advise exercising a high degree of caution if travelling to Tunisia due to the... Read more

  • The fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace perched on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria.   (Anisha Sreddy/Public Domain)

    Bavaria: Fairy-Tale Castles and BMW World

    I’m not sure what I expected when I boarded my Lufthansa flight from Ottawa to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. Sure, images of fairy-tale castles flanked by... Read more

  • Zimbabwe 2016 Elephants2

    Zimbabwe: Culture, Natural Beauty, and Man-Made Wonders

    Rhodesia, named after British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes and once dubbed “The Jewel of Africa,” is no more. In its place is Zimbabwe, a land-locked... Read more

  • Edinburgh Castle and part of the Old Town. (Kim Traynor/Public Domain)

    Scenes From Scotland: Edinburgh and North Berwick

    I’ve been to Scotland several times and my visits have often coincided with the playing of golf’s oldest major event, The Open Championship. Amazingly, this... Read more

  • Many fabulous and important objects have been found inside of caves, but few of them can rival the truly gargantuan crystals resting beneath a mine in Naica, Mexico. (AOL Screenshot)

    Mexico’s Cave of Crystals is Otherworldly (Video)

    Many fabulous and important objects have been found inside of caves, but few of them can rival the truly gargantuan crystals resting beneath a mine... Read more

  • The Spa, La Costa (Susan James)

    Carlsbad: Southern California’s Spa Central

    Spas and spa culture are an integral part of the local scene in laid-back Southern California. Located in the heart of a desert, SoCal’s zeitgeist... Read more

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    Paradise Found on Isabela Island

    When the speedboat reached the port of Isabela Island, the largest of the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, an inner peace came over me. As the... Read more

  • Serenity in Retiro Park. (Mitchell Jordan

    The Many Faces of Madrid

    Unlike some cities, the Spanish capital of Madrid doesn’t smack you over the head with what it has to offer. This is not to say... Read more

  • A view of Dual Mountains and Alta Lake at Whistler in the summer. (Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane)

    Whistler: A Recreation Destination for Every Season

    Suddenly, the hulking mountain looked like a lair for mythical winged creatures. The misty blue islands seemed to be floating freely in the placid grey waters... Read more

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