One of my favorite magazines is National Geographic Traveler. I look forward to getting it every month in print (yes, I still am responsible for killing a few trees!). But you can opt for the digital version for just $10 a year…and even if you are not able to travel physically very much, the writing is so wonderful that I know you will feel as if you are!
The October 2015 issue has a cool article called “101 Reasons to Travel Now”, by Amy Alipio and Jennifer Barger. The photography alone is worth a look. I want to share some of my favorites with you, ok? if you want to read the entire article, pick up a copy at your nearest newsstand, or get the online version as soon as possible.
I believe that travel brings us to a place that is at the same time magical and earthly. It helps me to imagine the world and it’s people in unity. And curiosity is satisfied every time I experience a new place on earth. Come with me for a short journey and “see” parts of our amazing planet. (I will share the number as in the article…but just a few to pique your interest!)
1. “Magical Moroccan Camel Ride” There’s something spiritual about overnighting in a Berber camp and riding on the back of a camel. It’s always been on my list of “must do”s, and the Erg Chebbi (which means “sand sea”) must be incredibly beautiful at sunset.
2. “Scotland’s Own Route 66” Since Scotland was the home of my great grandfather Robert Laidlaw Rae, there is something very special for me there. This is a journey of some 500 miles of amazing hillsides, castles and seaside villages. I am not sure I would drive it all, but that just sounds heavenly to me!
8. “Will work for Wine” Ahhh, wine! Yes, I love it. Wouldn’t it be a blast to have a working vacation in Australia’s Barossa Valley WWOOFing? That stands for the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Let’s go!
19. “Coolest Passport” If you are hiking the trail called Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in France and Spain, you can collect inked stamps on your “Pilgrim’s Record” at inns, churches and tourist offices. That sounds like fun, and a beautiful way to see the countryside and learn some of the history of the places.
28. “Climbing Huayna Picchu” This is the mountain backdrop for all those Machu Picchu pictures. it allows only 400 hikers a day, so book early. The views must be incredible!
36. “Epic Ski Pass” This is an amazing deal. For about the price of 7 daily lift tickets, be sure to buy this before the season starts. You can get unlimited access all year to 11 ski resorts in Colorado, California and Utah. Gosh, I wish I didn’t live in Ohio now.
49. “Maine Lobster” Growing up in New England, I didn’t care for this crustacean at all, but I sure loved the challenge of opening it for the rest of my family. Different story now! Mmmmmmm. There’s a family-run Young’s Lobster Pound in Belfast, Maine. They will steam your choice from the tank and you can sit on picnic tables with a view of Penobscot Bay. Heavenly!
71. “Antarctica” The bottom of the world is not an easy access, but how fascinating it would be to see the Gentoo penguins and Weddell seals in their natural habitat.
72. “Norway Fjords” The movie “Frozen” comes to mind, with it’s blue water, cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. The natural beauty in this place provides perhaps the most picturesque of travel itineraries.
74. “Rootsrated.com” This is cool. Type in your outdoor activity of choice. It will show you where you can do it at your destination!
83. “Sky Bike Built for Two” Ecuador has amazing ecological diversity. At Mashpi Lodge, you can ride a tandem “bike’ that hangs from a 656-foot-long cable above the cloud forest of the Andes Mountains. Really?