25 photos to inspire you to visit Iceland by sea
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by Liz
2M ago
It was exactly ten years since my first visit to Iceland when I returned last summer with Adventure Canada. And let me tell you, it couldn’t be more different. To visit Iceland by sea is an extraordinary and unique way to travel here. Iceland was only beginning to boom on the tourism map a decade ago. It was still pretty chill. Instagram was still new, and Iceland had yet to dominate it. I went with girlfriends, including a friend from Iceland, and we did a loop road trip. It was so much fun. It was also one of my first jobs as a full-time travel blogger, so it meant so much to me.  This ..read more
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Arctic Iceland – visiting the island of birds on Grímsey
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by Liz
3M ago
I never thought I’d say this, but I found a bird I hate.  It was a moody, beautiful day when we landed on Grímsey on our Iceland Circumnavigation expedition trip. A little island 40 kilometers north of Iceland, the only part of Iceland that sits within the Arctic Circle at 66° North. The rest of Iceland sits just below the Arctic Circle.  This is probably the main draw card for those visiting Grímsey, but I’m just here for nature and the birds. I also love visiting off-the-beaten-path locations, and in a country as popular as Iceland, those can be hard to find. Rest assured, Gríms ..read more
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10 things that surprised me about the Faroe Islands
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by Liz
3M ago
I have this quirky thing about me that sometimes I intentionally don’t research too much into places I’m visiting for the first time. Sometimes, I’ll do light research or planning, but I love surprises. This started with my work in photography. I tried really hard to develop my eye and style of shooting. This led to me intentionally avoiding images of places I was visiting beforehand so as not to copy or become too honed in on getting that one shot. Weird, I know. But I’m a weird person. Go with it.  The pleasure of stumbling upon a magical place with little to no expectations is one of m ..read more
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Penguins you might meet in Antarctica
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by Liz
3M ago
In less than three weeks, I will depart for Antarctica, my first stint as an expedition team member with Intrepid Travel and Chimu Adventures. I’m ridiculously excited (more here about joining me down on the White Continent). It will be my fifth Antarctic trip and 14th polar adventure. I guess it’s safe to say I’m hooked, haha. The history! The adventure! The wildlife! The penguins! Let’s be honest here: I’m definitely most excited for the penguins of Antarctica. A total bird nerd at heart, I love all of the seabirds in the Antarctic and Subantarctic. The light-mantled sooty albatross is a par ..read more
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25 photos to inspire you to visit the Faroe Islands
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by Liz
3M ago
It’s been *quite* a while since I’ve visited a verrrry Instagrammy spot or a new country. Hello Faroe Islands! We called in here on the North Atlantic Saga with Adventure Canada, spending nearly a week in the Faroes; every single day was extraordinary. I don’t think I’m far off of the mark when I say that the Faroe Islands weren’t on many people’s radars until Instagram blew it up a few years ago. Staggering green sea cliffs, wild landscapes, cute sheep, and puffins made for easy storytelling in images and videos. It takes real effort to capture ugly photos here. It was the new Iceland. N ..read more
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Walking the iconic Rakiura Track: New Zealand’s most underrated Great Walk
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by Liz
3M ago
I’ve made it no secret over the years that I love Rakiura/Stewart Island. It’s my happy place.  While we didn’t get off on the best footing (my first visit was when I discovered a pod of stranded pilot whales), it hasn’t deterred me. I love it here. There’s something special about New Zealand’s third island. It doesn’t boast the same mind-blowing scenery of the Alps or volcanoes up north. But there is a quiet beauty about Rakiura that only those discerning enough will see.  Its intense predator-free efforts combined with a lack of stoats and a lack of people means that Stewart Island ..read more
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Portraits of the iconic Shetland pony
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by Liz
4M ago
What do you think of when you hear Shetland? It better be ponies! Is anything more iconic than those fat little ponies with big round bellies, shaggy fringes, and tiny short legs? Nope. And you just know they have such a personality.  While exploring Scotland with Adventure Canada on their Scotland Slowly trip in June, visiting the Shetland Islands was one of the stops I was looking forward to the most. It’s been a long time since I was last in Scotland, and back then, my budget only extended to happy hour pub crawls and public buses – getting out to the remote Scottish Isles wasn’t even ..read more
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30 photos to inspire you to visit the Scottish Isles
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by Liz
7M ago
It was a sunny and hot 30°C when I hopped off the plane in Glasgow. I hadn’t packed for this. Scotland is not meant to be this toasty. My first trip back to Europe from New Zealand since the pandemic was long but worth it. I can’t believe I used to fly this route all the time without batting an eye! With winter behind me and my feet itching to embark on this new adventure, I quickly got over my jetlag before boarding the Ocean Endeavour – my new home for the next few months. My dream of working on expedition ships was finally happening with Adventure Canada for the northern summer. I would be ..read more
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5 tips for embracing mindful travel
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by Liz
7M ago
Growing up, I didn’t travel much. And by much, I mean not at all. My mom was a single mom for a good chunk of my childhood. I have great memories of going to Virginia Beach in the summertime, but that was about it. But I have had the travel bug since I was little, and I can still remember plowing through copies of National Geographic my mom had kept on shelves in our guest bedroom upstairs.  Infinitely curious; I was always trying to figure out when I would get the chance to explore these places for myself one day. When I had the chance to study abroad in Spain during university at the te ..read more
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8 ways Antarctica might unexpectedly change your life
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by Liz
9M ago
People talk a lot about the transformative power of travel. It definitely rings true for me. Whenever I’ve turned to travel during tumultuous periods of my life, it’s saved me in a way. Travel has a way of putting things into perspective. Often it realigns the things that really matter in your head.  Travel, by its very nature, sparks joy. I mean, that’s why we go, isn’t it? We’re seeking something. With over 100 countries and all seven continents under my belt, I can safely say that travel can and will change your life – if you let it. And is there anything more joyful than stumbling acr ..read more
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