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Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.

The line between travel and technology has just gotten a little thinner. With today's unveiling of the Google Art Project, art enthusiasts, teachers and travelers alike can universally access 17 of the world's best art museums, including New York's MOMA, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and France's Palace

Random musings about the week's most interesting travel articles... Wanna fly on a private jet? Well, if you have $1000 to spare, now you can. (Jaunted)  The happiness continues for the rescued Chilean Miners. They're heading to Disney World! (Huffington Post)Do you want to travel the world for 80 days for

Everyone knows that adventure sports are all the rage in New Zealand. But sometimes, life is best lived at a slower pace. Kayaking to Hahei's spectacular Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula is the perfect balance of both.***To contribute to the "Snapshot of the Week" feature, please review the submission

2010 turned out to be an incredibly liberating travel year for me. With a brief stint of unemployment came a robust time of opportunity, full of adventures and exciting destinations. Here are my top 10 places that I visited in the past 12 months… 10. Taupo,New Zealand Taupo itself isn’t the most

I can officially say that I hiked the bottom of the Grand Canyon. BACKGROUND After 13 months of planning, countless "prep" hikes, two flights and a 4 hour drive, we finally arrived to the Bright Angel trail head on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I have to say that when

The quest to complete my 55 Places continues... During my month-long trip to New Zealand, I was able to cross off my bucket list item #25, "Try not to lose my footing on a glacier", at Franz Josef Glacier on the west coast of the South Island. I had been fortunate

For the past 5 years or so, I've really yearned for some tangible time off to travel. One or two weeks just doesn't always cut it, especially if you want to go far, but quitting your job for the sake of travel never made much sense to me either (especially

After my fantastic relaxing break in the fall-drenched Queenstown, I was rested and off to complete the last leg of my journey. I took the InterCity bus from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier, an 8 hour bus ride that could have easily been done in 6 hours (because they stopped

Every summer when I was growing up, my parents would dutifully take me on trips to some of America’s finest national parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Glacier, the Grand Tetons, Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park… We’d go for two weeks and try to explore as much as possible, having fun

If you know me, you know I tend to stay on the safe side of the street; I don’t really seek out danger or adventure. But something has gotten into me, and I’ve fully embraced the adrenaline-filled activities that New Zealand is known for. Last Sunday, I went whitewater rafting

Day 1 – Auckland to Hahei Leaving Auckland we stopped at Mount Eden, a dormant volcano, for views of the city and the famous nearby Rugby stadium. We traveled through the Coromandel Peninsula to Hahei, a beach town most notable for its spectacular Cathedral Cove. As we made the drive to Hahei,

New Zealand is a country that’s known for being overwhelmingly welcoming to backpackers. With so many young people on their year-long sabbatical to Australia (aided by a working visa so they can work at orchards and farms or the random odd-job to further fund their travels) New Zealand is frequently