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Archive for December, 2011

2011 Best Travel Moments

It’s not yet the end of the year, but I’m not going anywhere until early in 2012 and there’s a rare speck of dust on my suitcase. I may as well summarize my travel year now. While there were definitely some strange aspects to my 2011, I made new friends (some of whom are the [...]

My Passports With Purpose Shopping List

There are only a few days left in the 2011 Passports With Purpose fundraiser. We’re halfway to our goal of raising $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read. If you haven’t tried to win one of the amazing prizes travel bloggers have secured while, at the same time, donating as little [...]

Win Two Nights at the Aruba Marriott Resort

How much do you know about aloe? It happens to be one of Aruba’s top exported products, and I’ve got a couple of bottles of Aruba Aloe after sun lotion squirreled away in a drawer for those days when I forget to reapply my sunscreen. But why settle for a tube of lotion when you [...]

Beware the Kākā

An hour from downtown Wellington, Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s most successful nature reserves and is a model for wildlife and flora conservation. Since 1897, the island has been used as a bird sanctuary, where the region’s rich birdlife can recover in safety from years of being threatened by mammals introduced to the [...]