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World's most instagrammed forests

About a third of the world’s landmass is covered in forest. And in addition to providing important stuff like the oxygen we breathe and habitats for wild animals, they also make for some downright jaw-dropping photographs. From the towering redwoods of California to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the trees covering our planet can be our most beautiful sites when captured correctly. We took a look at’s study of the 15 most-Instagrammed forests in the world and found some of ...
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Why Colombia Travel is Best as a Solo Adventure (+ tips for staying safe)

After going on quite a few solo trips, I thought I had solo travel nailed. I felt comfortable going to many countries on my own and had traveled solo in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America. So, when the idea of Colombia travel hit my radar as a great destination for a solo trip, I didn’t hesitate to start planning. Hiking in Cocora the mountains in the Coffee Triangle Then the questions started coming and my friends and family expressed consistent concer...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Colombia, Netflix, Argentina, South America, Medellin, Latin America, Destinations, Bogota, Sergio, Colombia Travel, Cartagena, Don, Juan, Cartagena Colombia

Our Offbeat Travel List: 13 Destinations You’re Not Considering…But Should

There is certainly no shortage of “Hot Travel Destinations” or “Best Places to Visit in 2020” lists circulating these days. But, we find that most of these lists include many of the usual or well-known travel destinations. As we field questions about our own favorite destinations, most memorable experiences and where we recommend people to travel, we thought we’d add a twist to the traditional travel destination lists and share some offbeat, unusual, lesser-known or unconventional destinations t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, Africa, Georgia, Turkey, Iran, Ukraine, Colombia, Afghanistan, Unesco, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Brazil

10 Amazing Countries you Should Visit

Today, we’re sharing this guest post contribution from Matt Kepnes, the man behind the popular travel website Nomadic Matt. We used to contribute family travel articles for his website a few years ago – read our post about the common excuses people use to avoid family travel. When we started this travel blog 11 years ago, Matt was early in his nomadic adventures. Now, over 10 years later, he has released a new book, Ten Years a Nomad, that reflects on his adventures around the world and his qu...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Sweden, Australia, France, Germany, Boston, Colombia, Thailand, New York Times, Paris, New Zealand, Tokyo, Iceland, Costa Rica, Namibia

Our Offbeat Travel List: 11 Destinations You’re Not Considering…But Should

There is certainly no shortage of “Hot Travel Destinations” or “Best Places to Visit in 2019” lists circulating these days. But, we find that most of these lists include many of the usual or well-known travel destinations. As we field questions about our own favorite destinations, most memorable experiences and where we recommend people to travel, we thought we’d add a twist to the traditional travel destination lists and share some unusual, lesser-known or unconventional destinations that might...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Africa, Georgia, Turkey, Iran, Colombia, Afghanistan, Unesco, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Kyrgyzstan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Miami, South America

Experiential Luxury Travel – My Top 2017 Moments

The term “experiential luxury travel” has actually been around for a long time; in fact one of the companies mentioned in this post first made the term popular. Lately though this style has taken on a new life of its own and it’s not just popular, it has quickly became the de facto way in which many luxury travelers prefer to see the world. For me personally though the definition has two different aspects. There are some travel experiences, some entire trips even, that are so exceptional they b...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Florida, Washington, Southeast Asia, Spain, Rome, Colombia, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Antarctica, Myanmar, Miami, Mallorca, Usaid, Kennedy

Cocora Valley

Another view from the viewpoint in Salento village.
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Cocora Valley

From the viewpoint in Salento you get this beautiful morning view into the Cocora Valley
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9 Experiences I’m Thankful For This Year

It seems impossible, but 2017 is quickly winding down. For me, it’ll seem even more extreme as I’m traveling for two weeks in December, which means these last couple weeks of November are almost the last ones I’ll spend at home this year. While it’s flown by, 2017 has been a mostly good year, albeit with some ups and downs. Looking forward, I hope that 2018 is a little more transformative, with some exciting personal and professional changes. Before I get started on all that though, I thought I’...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Berlin, Spain, Rome, Colombia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, East Coast, Bangkok, Usaid, Seville, Bay, Gabriel García Márquez, Top Travel Tips

12 Of My Favorite Instagram Photos & Stories From 2017 (So Far)

Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms and it’s one I always use when I travel. It enables me to share stories and images in a way I don’t do anywhere else, so today I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorites from 2017 so far. I’ve also included the narrative that accompanied each one, so please pardon me if the comments may be dated in some cases. Also, all photos are iPhone only since I shared them during the trip. Enjoy! Colombia Believe it or not but it’s not everyday I’m...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Germany, Spain, Rome, Colombia, Unesco, Canada, Ireland, Innsbruck, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Alps, Nova Scotia, Nice

Cocora valley trek

Another view into the Cocora valley where we went into the fores
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In the Cocora Valley

In the beginning of our Cocora Valley trail
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Cocora Valley 1

This is the entrance into the hiking trail in Cocora Valley.Others will follow
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Cocora Valley

On the uphill platform in Salento we had a rainy view into the neighboring Cocora Valley, where we...
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8 Random UNESCO Sites For Your Bucket List

While I never make it the focus of my travels, if there’s an opportunity for me to visit a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, I always make sure I stop. In 1972 the UN, through the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, began recognizing important sites around the world that they consider vital in order to maintain the cultural and natural heritage we have all inherited. Even though I haven’t even scratched the surface of visiting the more than 1,000 sites in every corner of the planet, I have been to q...
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My 7 Favorite Experiences Exploring Colombia

I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to finally visit Colombia – I was sure I’d love it well before my visit there a few months ago. Thankfully, my travel instincts were correct and my week exploring the country with the travel company Monograms was a fun and engaging experience. Visiting three different regions of the country, I saw and experienced a lot from the tropical weather of Cartagena to the mystical palms deep in the coffee growing region. Looking back at it though, I thought I’d...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Thailand, Unesco, South America, Alex, Havana, West Indies, Destinations, Bogota, Gabriel García Márquez, San Juan, Monograms, Cartagena, Fernando Botero, La Candelaria

Favorite Moments Exploring The Coffee Growing Region of Colombia

The only thing I knew about Colombia’s coffee growing region before visiting was that I expected to find some pretty great coffee. Aside from that, the region was a mystery to me, which as a traveler can be exciting. What transformed my few days in the area though was the great advice provided by my Monograms Local Host and his suggestions on how to spend my time exploring the region. Traveling around Colombia with Monograms, the hosts were a key benefit ; their local knowledge transformed my jo...
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Five Takeaways From My First Trip To Colombia

For years I’d seen images of Colombia from fellow travelers. Colorful small towns, massive cities teeming with energy and still other, more relaxed retreats all piqued my interest a long time ago. Due to the vagaries of life though, it wasn’t until very recently that I finally was able to visit this increasingly popular South American country. I have a lot to say about my week spent touring the country with Monograms travel, but I want to start by sharing my first impressions and key takeaways f...
Tags: Travel, Google, Colombia, Thailand, South America, Caribbean, Unesco World Heritage Site, Destinations, Bogota, Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena, Cocora Valley, Bogota Cartagena

Instagram Highlights: Colombia in 7 Photos

One of the first things I do after every trip is to look back through photos posted not only on Instagram, but those many iPhone pictures that I haven’t had time to post to Instagram quite yet. Downloading and editing photos from my Nikon takes a while, so this is a fun way I think to quickly get a sense of the travel experience. I traveled to Colombia with Monograms, a unique company that I will soon be critiquing. They specialize though in letting independent travelers be independent travelers...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Colombia, Unesco, South America, Nikon, Havana, West Indies, Bogota, Gabriel García Márquez, San Juan, Cartagena, Fernando Botero, La Candelaria, Botero, Cocora Valley

Colombia - The Jewel of South America, Part 2

In the months before I went to Colombia on tour, I was reading a book called Salt. Did you know that salt was the most precious commodity since almost the existence of mankind? Salt linked every city, every country, and every tribe for thousands of years before the birth of Christ and thousands of years after. Salt still carries the cache of being the most valued commodity in the world. So I was thrilled to visit a salt mine in Colombia known as Zipaquira Salt Cathedral in the mountains north o...
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An Experiential Travel Guide to Colombia: 25 Ideas to Get You Started

By Daniel NollWhen readers ask, “I’m traveling to Colombia. What should I do? Where should I go?” We’re left wondering how we’ll keep it short.Because the country is so huge and diverse and serves so many different styles of travel, the answer is: it really depends on what you’re after. To help (us and you), we created this experiential guide to travel in Colombia. It follows the sequence of our three weeks in the country. For any particular entry, maybe you like the image, perhaps the activi...
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