How to Spend 48 Hours in Koh Samui

 Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Koh Samui deserves a spot on any Thailand island hopping itinerary. It’s home to a lush forest full of hidden waterfalls, beautiful sand-white beaches, tons of adventurous activities and an excellent party scene.

There’s something for everyone on Koh Samui. Whether you’re planning a tropical honeymoon or you’re backpacking around Southeast Asia, there are options for every type of traveler.

Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Koh Samui!

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Getting to Koh Samui

Ferry: The cheapest way to get to Koh Samui is to take a ferry from Surat Thani or one of the other nearby islands. Upon landing at the Surat Thani airport, you’ll hop on a bus that will take you out the ferry pier—keep in mind this boat + ferry journey is about 3 hours to your travel time...

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5 reasons to charter a private yacht for the best experience in the Galapagos

No two ways about it, the best way to experience the Galapagos is by chartering a private yacht. The Galapagos are an exciting and very unique location, unlike any other island archipelago in the world. One of the most exciting aspects of a private yacht charter experience, besides the fabulous natural life is that It is readily apparent, when fully immersed in the natural world of the Galapagos Islands, why Darwin developed his theory of evolution.

Galapagos

Galapagos

A private crewed yacht charter of the Galapagos means that you and only your group are the guests on board the chartered yacht. This is a private experience with no strangers on board...

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Namibia

Namibia is one of my favorite African countries. I’ve gone on two road trips through Namibia, and I have plans to go back a third time to venture further north to Etosha and up the Skeleton Coast.

On my first trip to Namibia, I organized a girls’ trip with one of my closest friends. We had an incredible adventure and stayed in some of Namibia’s most beautiful lodges. At Little Kulala, we watched the hot air balloons go up into the sky while we had breakfast. While staying at Wolwedans Dune Lodge, we went on a game drive, and I got to capture the iconic Oryx (a large antelope)!

On my second adventure, I went on a road trip with my friend, Travis. We stayed at the beautiful Spitzkoppe Lodge and visited the Erongo Wilderness, Swakopmund, Soussuvlei and Walvis Bay.

The highlight of that...

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Birding in Zambia

Not too long ago, a tale was recounted to me by someone who visited Zambia’s Kafue National Park. There they had heard the tale of a British birder with a life list that would rival the telephone directory in length. He did, however, have a few rare species left to see, and hoped to tick them off in Kafue.

Now the birder in question came to the park at a time of year when the wildlife was particularly abundant and active, and easy for guides and guests to spot. On his game drive, he came across a lion, and it was without doubt one of the best sightings of the year. And do you know what? The birder asked the guide to drive straight on. The birdlife of Kafue is so extraordinary, so unique, that even getting a close up view of a lion couldn’t compete!

Of course for most people, there’...

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Favorite whisk(e)y and golf course pairings in the British Isles

Both whiskey (or whisky, if you’re in Scotland) and golf got their starts in the British Isles, and it ends up, they pair well together. The long histories of the spirit and the sport mean any local place will have its own version of the story to tell, and you can get a lot of different flavors in the glass and on the green.

If you’re traveling in Ireland, Northern Ireland, or Scotland for one, you may as well plan to enjoy the other as well! Here are five of my favorite pairings of golf courses and distilleries in Great Britain and Ireland.

Glenmorangie and Royal Dornoch

Dornoch...

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The Best Festivals Around the World

Best Festivals

Best Festivals

One of the best ways to travel is to take part in a local festival. Whether it’s a massive musical event like Coachella or Tomorrowland, a cultural celebration like Mardi Gras or a holiday festival such as Dia de Los Muertos or Songkran, it’s a great way to meet people and learn more about the country you’re visiting.

Here’s my guide to some of the best festivals around the world!

  1. The Best Cultural Festivals
  2. The Best Music Festivals
  3. The Best Holiday Festivals

The Best Cultural Festivals Around the World

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Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) is a celebration of food and revelry before the first day of Lent. It’s a final party where you indulge as much as you like before forty days of fasting and abstinence.

The festivities go on ...

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Notre Dame Fire Interview

Notre Dame Fire

Notre Dame Fire

Last Updated on April 15, 2019

 

I did an interview with Paul Lasley of On Travel, on the American Forces Radio Network this afternoon to talk about the Cathedral of Notre Dame fire and a wider discussion of cathedrals and cultural preservation.

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13 Unique Places To Visit In Iceland

Take a journey through these unique places to visit in Iceland with the Adventographer.

Iceland has exploded in popularity as a tourist destination over the last few years.

Nowadays the tourists outnumber residents nearly 3:1 in the peak summer months. But even with this huge influx of tourists and the endless information available about the country online most visitors miss out on some of the most unique places in Iceland.

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Iceland

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In this post, rather than bore you with places everyone else is talking about, we’ll explore some of the best ‘off-the-beaten-path’ and unique places to visit in Iceland.

Let’s get started!

Hallgrimskirkja – Reykjavik

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best things to do in iceland Reykjavik

As Iceland’s tallest building and one of Reykjavik’s best-known landmarks, the Hallgrimskirkja church looms over the city Skyline...

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Visit Civil Rights Museum in Memphis

The National Civil Rights Museum is part of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jnr was assassinated on April 4, 1968 and it is a sombre yet essential must-see when you visit Memphis, in my opinion.

I first visited Memphis, and the museum, in 2013 before the current buildings opened, and the only place to visit then was a small exhibit across the road from the infamous motel in what was the boarding house that escaped convict, James Earl Ray, stayed in and from where he shot Dr King from the bathroom window.

Standing at that bathroom window, facing the still untouched room at the Lorraine Motel opposite with the cars still parked in front, is a macabre experience...

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7 unique places to stay in South Africa

South Africa is a heaven for visitors who like to find all types of holiday in one country. Doesn’t matter if you are looking for a great city trip, a safari, a desert retreat or whatever it is, South Africa can provide you with just that. Here’s a list of some unique places which you can enjoy in this rainbow nation.

Ellerman House

South Africa

South Africa

When you are included in the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List you know you’re doing it right. And at Ellerman House they have been doing so for many years. Located in Bantry Bay, one of the prime locations in Cape Town, this amazing villa from 1906 is everything you need when looking for a secluded and luxurious stay in one of the most amazing cities on this planet...

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