Favorite Places: Istanbul, Turkey

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Today’s favorite place is from Rachel Ilan of rachelilansimpson.com

Rachel’s Favorite Place: Istanbul, Turkey

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Why She Loves Istanbul

“Istanbul is defined by it’s location. It bridges Europe and Asia, and so brings together the chaotic sensory assault of the East with the accessibility of the West. This city is unlike any other. You’ll see artsy youngsters brushing up against conservative religious families, you’ll be overwhelmed with the hospitality of the people and taken by the sheer variety of the food.”
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Bucket List Brainstorm #2: Stay In An International Dark Sky Place

Bucket List Brainstorm: Stay in an international dark sky place
Photo Source: JustinJensen

Quick Facts About International Dark Sky Place:

Best for: Star Gazers, Wanna-be Astronomers, and UFO searchers

Difficulty Level: Easy – not all dark sky places allow you to stay overnight but per the designation rules all dark sky places must offer access

Where to do it: Around the World – communitiesparks, & reserves

What’s an International Dark Sky Place?
The International Dark Sky Places Program is an amazing program that promotes the preservation of night skies.  Light pollution can cause sky glow and glare, thus diminishing the natural dark, star filled night sky.  The IDA promotes both protection and restoration of dark sky environments for the enjoyment of future generations. (more…)

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Favorite Places: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

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Today’s favorite place is from Cynthia Simpson of HapiDayz

Cynthia’s Favorite Place: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

Leopard at Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Why She Loves Sabi Sands Game Reserve

“The Sabi Sands Reserve which adjoins the famous Kruger National Park is one of my most favorite places in South Africa. This is where I go to see all the “cats” – lions roaring, leopards calling their young and gorgeous cheetahs. Here, you can watch the “Big Five” in their natural habitat and also take time to look for the little  five….. Listen to the sounds of the bush, also to the silence and wonder at the amazing stars. All emotions are met, adrenalin, fear, amazement, love, joy….truly a place to touch your soul.”
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Favorite Places: Thailand

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Today’s favorite place is from the Vacation Wanderer

The Vacation Wanderer’s Favorite Place: Thailand

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Why He Loves it

“Thailand has just about anything you would love to see, eat, or experience especially if you are a Westerner. From the beautiful seacoasts and beaches, to the jungles, to the mountains, Thailand has it all. Ride and elephant, pick a fresh banana from a tree, swim in turquoise colored water, or just experience the friendliness of the Thai people. Thailand: The Land of Smiles.” (more…)

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Favorite Places: Northeast Turkey

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Today’s favorite place is from Natalie Sayin of Turkish Travel Blog

Natalie’s Favorite Place: Northeast of Turkey

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Why She Loves it

“Belonging to the Black sea region, the north east of Turkey is miles and miles of green pastures, cultured people, delicious food and landscapes that I am truly blessed to have seen with my own eyes.” (more…)

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Favorite Places – Cagliari, Sardinia

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Today’s favorite place is from Nicole Jewell of Pass the Ham?

Nicole’s Favorite Place: Cagliari, Sardinia

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Why She Loves it

“Sardinia is one of those Mediterranean islands that sounds familiar to most, but it’s not one of those popular places you’ll find on those obnoxious mustsee island lists. It’s the second largest island in the Mediterranean, but its low-key profile keeps the masses away.” (more…)

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Favorite Places: Beijing, China

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Today’s favorite place is from Juliann of browsingtheatlas.com

Juliann’s Favorite Place: Beijing, China

china-020Why She Loves it

“It may seem cliche, but standing on top of the Great Wall of China was one of the highlights of my life. I was completely awed by it, and still pinch myself that I was actually there. In addition, Beijing has dozens of other sites to explore, both historic and new. Culture is around every busy, crazy, colorful corner. I spent 10 days there and can’t wait to go back. I don’t say that often.” (more…)

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Favorite Places: Taiwan

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Today’s favorite place is from Kristin Addis of Be My Travel Muse

Kristin’s Favorite Place: Taiwan

TaipeiWhy She Loves it

“Many people travel to Asia, but few stop by Taiwan. This island is full of  friendly people, amazing food, and beautiful landscape. Taipei is a beautiful  mixing of East and West, and the rest of the island offers beautiful beaches  in the South, winding canyons in the middle, and beautiful, mystical lakes.” (more…)

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Favorite Places: Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

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Today’s favorite place is from Darlene Jones of Em and Yves

Darlene’s Favorite Place: Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

darlene2Why She Loves it

“Picture yourself standing in the vehicle and looking out around you – all 360 degrees of country side with no buildings, no  telephone lines, no signs of  humans at all. The driver turns off the motor and complete silence engulfs  you. “Look,” someone whispers. There, just a few feet away from the vehicle,  you see a lioness nursing her cubs. She flips over and the cubs, firmly  attached, flip with her.” (more…)

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