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How You Can Skip The Chairlifts Lines & Ride the Backcountry

WARNING: You should always carry an avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe when traveling in avalanche terrain and know how to use them. Backcountry travel requires an acceptance of the risks involved (avalanches are not the only danger) and implies a willingness to take responsibility for educating oneself about these dangers and ways to mitigate them. We recommend that backcountry travelers take an AIARE Level One class or the equivalent, and practice the skills they learn there regularly with their partners. While resort skiing is fun, backcountry skiing is a great…

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5 North American Castles That Are Open to Hosting Weddings and Events

Biltmore Estate

Castles induce the perfect nostalgia: of sweet childhood memories spent flipping through storybooks and seeing princes and princesses, of verdant estates and imposing architecture sequestered from the world with moats and drawbridges. Even though the predominant reign of monarchies in North America is fairly nonexistent, this doesn’t mean these charming fortresses do not exist! Matter of fact, there are plenty of places around the country that are certified castles, and are even open to hosting your dream events! And who knows? If you fall in love, some of these castles…

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Perfect Pubs in Ireland!

Ireland is full of mystery and romance. The ancient ruins and buildings still standing (and being used to this day!), the old mysterious castles and monasteries – they will all get your imagination flowing and you’ll yearn to get out there and explore. Pubs are an inseparable part of Irish culture and history. Weary travelers let their feet carry them to the nearest watering hole – an important part of the Irish experience. This is not just an excuse that you might present to an overbearing travel partner. Irish pubs…

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Why You Should Try Mountain Biking

Trying a new sport for the first time is always intimidating. In general, we like things we’re familiar with – things we’re comfortable with. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine, or worse, a rut. But trying a new sport, especially one like mountain biking is the perfect way to challenge yourself, get a little bit out of your comfort zone, and learn some new skills. So whether you’ve never considered mountain biking before, or maybe you gave it a try a long time ago, now is the perfect…

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Finding Romance on the Shores of Loreto, Mexico

Lantern ceremony at villa del palmar in loreto, mexico

Ashley, my features editor at Pure Wander, recently went on a colorful and sultry trip to Loreto, Mexico. She shares her experience below! Is there anything more romantic than walking hand-in-hand on a private beach next as colors burst overhead during the sunset? Pinks, yellows and oranges paint the sky until the sun almost disappears, then purple hues arrive and slowly fade to black. But the beauty doesn’t end there—so many stars appear that you’re sure the Million Star Resort nickname is apropos. Villa del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico whispers…

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5 Types of Unique Safari Tours in Tanzania

Although many people may never have thought of visiting Tanzania on holiday, anyone who takes the plunge and comes to this beautiful destination will discover that it is an exotic and exciting place to experience a thrilling safari adventure. Want to know a bit more about Africa on whole? Here’s a great list of African countries, maps and more. The safari vacation is one of the most popular types of holiday, and is a bucket list experience for many. Anyone who is planning the perfect safari holiday should consider Tanzania…

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Why Tokyo is the Ultimate City to Travel Solo

busy tokyo with guy backback via flickr

Traveling solo is an incredibly liberating experience that allows you to explore the world at your own pace and in your own unique way. Not only does it alleviate any potential for clashes in travel plans between you and fellow travelers, but it’s an experience that allows you to step outside of your comfort zone as fight or flight kicks in. Whilst most of Southeast Asia is well-trodden by the soles of feet and solo travelers seem to take it in their stride, Japan remains a mystery to many. It’s…

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London Expat Living: A Look at TV in the UK

netflix and humax eileen cotter wright

Christian steps in today to give his thoughts on London Expat living – particularly the TV situation! I’m constantly being asked, either at work or by family and friends, if I’ve seen the latest episode of something – or if I’ve started watching some cool new series.  It’s important – not only for entertainment – but because it can help you stay in-sync with events back home.  For example, I get my US political news from John Oliver! As an expat, trying to maintain this link to your homeland can…

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Parks, Paintball and Pedal-Powered Tours: Outdoor Activities in London

Despite the occasional occurrence of winter-like weather, the chilly season is behind us expats and Londoners, and it’s time to embrace springtime. With such an abundance of sights and attractions, London is a goldmine for outdoor activities – from bike tours to paintball – the capital is your oyster. While London most definitely has a certain sense of charm during winter, it’s safe to say that the warmth of spring and the opportunity to enjoy London’s diverse outdoor activities is very much welcome. You may prefer to keep it simple…

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A Wellness Guide to South Goa

Goa is often portrayed as one big party, but that’s far from the real truth of this gorgeous coastal region of India. Only about 400 km away from Mumbai, full of endless beaches, great seaside cafes, outdoor active pursuits and palm trees. As one of the best located coastlines of India, the hotels in Goa tend to be beachside, offering fantastic seaside resorts and luxurious beach huts. The Majesty of the South Goa Coast The warm Arabian Sea welcomes you to relax and unwind. Goa is mostly divided into two…

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