Favorite Places: La Palma, Canary Islands

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Today’s favorite place is from Ariane Colenbrander of Vancouverscape.com

Ariane’s Favorite Place: La Palma, Canary Islands

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Why She Loves La Palma

“The sheer lack of light pollution, coupled with the delicious locally caught and grown food, outgoing locals, winding roads that lead you to the top of the world and back down again, and black sandy beaches. My husband and I went the year before we married (’99), and had a casita to ourselves. The surrounding vegetation (including our own banana plantation) made for an especially unique vacation.”
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Favorite Places | Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Today’s favorite place is from Justine Williams from Dancing Traveller

Justine’s Favorite Place: Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Why She Loves Mauna Kea

“No place else in the world can you go and see the sky and the stars so clear, as if you could reach out and grab them. 9,000 feet up, you can park in the visitors centre parking lot and jump from telescope to telescope as professionals tell you about the specific stars you can see through their lenses. The constant shooting stars make you feel like you’re a little farther from earth and closer to the heavens.”
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Favorite Places: Begur, Spain

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Today’s favorite place is from Cacinda “Cindy” Maloney from Points and Travel

Cindy’s Favorite Place: Begur, Spain

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Why She Loves Begur

“When I dream of a vacation, I dream of an adventure in foreign lands, I think of medieval towns and walled cities, old churches and towers, and fortresses and castles and this area of the Costa Brava has them all! It is romantic and around every corner there is a great view. The people are relaxed and act as if they have no cares in the world. Driving along the Costa Brava will change you.”
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Favorite Places: Sibuyan Island, Philippines

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Today’s favorite place is from Dhie Rey from Island Girl Traveller

Dhie’s Favorite Place: Sibuyan Island, Philippines

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Why She Loves Sibuyan Island

“This is the place i grew up. It is so peaceful and until now not much on the tourist map with very few visitors.The people are always smiling and quietly enjoying life. There are three small towns and a few villages on an island with mountains, rivers, about 34 waterfalls, jungle,mangroves, rice fields and of course the ocean with its Coral Reef teeming with fish. A true island paradise.”
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Help bring Camino Wear to life (& get an awesome addition to your closet while your at it)

“Because purposeful wandering is the opposite of being lost.”

Camino Wear

See those awesome t-shirts above?  You can help bring them to life by supporting your fellow travelers and their dream to  make a line of clothing and accessories that celebrate walking, travel and adventure: Camino Wear! Camino Wear is the creation of Evi and Heli who met in 2012 while walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I love seeing projects related to travel come to life, I love it even more when someone’s travels inspire a project and this is just that type of project.

Camino Wear Indiegogo Campaign from Evi on Vimeo.

If funded, their first line of clothing will be heavily inspired by the Camino de Santiago.  I love the concepts behind the first two t-shirt designs: Don’t Stop Walking – a reminder to never stop walking, wandering or moving forward and Vino Camino – a design that celebrates the comradery and connections that you develop while walking and while traveling.  And did I mention the cute underwear designs?  Camino Wear would make an awesome addition to any travel lover’s closet! (more…)

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Favorite Places: Adana, Turkey

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Today’s favorite place is from Stacey from Glued to my Crafts

Stacey’s Favorite Place: Adana, Turkey

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Why She Loves Adana

“We were stationed at Incirlik Air Force Base, Turkey for two years. The base is right outside Adana, Turkey. Not only do I recommend Adana for traveling, but I also recommend seeing all parts of Turkey. Their culture is so much different than our culture in the USA. The hospitality is definitely better and some areas are breath-taking.”
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Has Traveling Ever Made You Cry?

Travel Truths is an ongoing question series for travel lovers. I ask and answer a travel related question and invite you to answer the question on your blog or on in the comments below. Travel is more then just destinations and experiences, it is a metaphor for life, a state of being, something the heart longs for. Join me as we explore the depths of our relationships with exploration and travel.

Has Travel Ever Made You Cry?

One of the amazing things about travel is that it opens you up.  Things touch you, you notice little things, you are taken out of your comfort zone, sometimes it makes it easier to be who you truly are and feel what you truly feel without all the constraints of what is familiar around you.  We all know that travel makes you smile, has it ever made you cry?

My Answer:

I hate crying in public.  I even hide my tears in the darkness of a movie theater, but when I cried in France I thought I was safe, I thought no one had seen me.  I was standing alone in Van Gogh’s room at the Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy and I was just overwhelmed.  Van Gogh had stood where I was standing, he had been there, lived there, painted there.  The view from his window was obstructed with bars which seemed like a tangible reminder of his suffering.  The halls I had walked through he had wandered through.  Suddenly everything I had learned in my art history classes became very real. I don’t know how to explain it, but it would probably be like the equivalent of a music fan getting to touch the keys of a piano that Beethovan played.  All my appreciation welled up and the braniac side of me subsided.  I understood more than I had before that moment, I understood his art in a deeper way that would never have happened if I had not seen where he had lived.  (more…)

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Favorite Places: Fort Collins, Colorado

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Today’s favorite place is from Valerie Miller

Valerie’s Favorite Place: Fort Collins, Colorado

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Why She Loves Fort Collins

“Fort Collins is a quiet town located roughly 50 miles north of Denver, CO. Fort Collins has may trails and parks located throughout the city as well as near Horsetooth reservoir (just West of the city). The weather in Fort Collins has four seasons, with summer temperatures averaging in the low 80’s, foliage in the fall is absolutely beautiful with yellows, reds, and oranges. Winter is quite mild.”
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Favorite Places: Delhi, India

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Today’s favorite place is from Darcey Wunker of Adventures in India

Darcey’s Favorite Place: Delhi India

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Why She Loves Delhi

“Delhi has been around for centuries in various forms, from Indraprastha to Lutyens’ Delhi, and there is something for everyone. If you are interested in religion, there are Catholic churches and Baha’i houses of worship; if you are love food, you can sample Mughal cuisine and Old Delhi’s famous sweets. History, architecture, culture, and shopping experiences abound. There’s no place like Delhi!”
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Favorite Places: Hatteras, North Carolina

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Today’s favorite place is from Dawn Chitwood of http://ashevillevas.com

Dawn’s Favorite Place: Hatteras, North Carolina

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Why She Loves Hatteras

“Cape Hatteras offers beautiful uncrowded beaches with a rich history and a quaint fisherman’s village atmosphere. Also known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, this little spit of land 20 some odd miles off the coast of NC is the most unique beach resort area I have had the privilege of getting to know. It is well known for its many water activities including surfing, kite boarding, diving & more.”
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