Favorite Places: Fort Collins, Colorado

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Today’s favorite place is from Valerie Miller

Valerie’s Favorite Place: Fort Collins, Colorado

Clydesdales in Fort Collins Colorado

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

Delhi India

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

Hatteras Beach North Carolina

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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Favorite Places: Moorea, French Polynesia

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Today’s favorite place is from Andrea Travillian of http://www.takeasmartstep.com/

Andrea’s Favorite Place: Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea French Polynesia

Why She Loves Moorea, French Polynesia

“This amazingly beautiful place is in the middle of nowhere! The beach is fantastic, the weather is fabulous, the food was great (though a bit pricey since it is in the middle of nowhere) and overall relaxation is your number one concern. If you can pay extra for the over the water rooms – makes the trip even more amazing and beautiful!”
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Line Camp Cabin: How a One Room Cabin in the Ozarks with No Electricity or Running Water Stole My Heart

Line Camp Cabin

I don’t know how to write this post.  I truly don’t.  I want to tell you about my trip to Rock Eddy Bluff Farm in a way that will make you want to pack your bags and hit the road right now.  Because you should go there, you really should.  It will awaken something inside of you that you have long forgotten about and  show you  all the things we miss as we rush around in this ever busy world of ours.

Line Camp Cabin

But how am I going to express the beauty that is walking away from the modern world for a while, letting go of modern conveniences like electricity and running water in exchange for a peace that comes with being somewhere where you can hear the sound of your own heartbeat if you dare to listen closely enough?  How can I describe how the glow of a kerosene lamp makes everything feel warm and safe and how peaceful it is to fall asleep smelling the sweet scent of wood burning in an iron stove, wafting it’s way into your dreams? (more…)

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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

Istanbul Turkey

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

Natalie-Sayin
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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