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.”

Rachel’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Istanbul

About Rachel

Rachel IlanRachel Simpson is a Canadian Interaction Designer living in Munich, Germany. She’s a community-involved ultrageek, interested in concepts like selfreliance and open source models as applied to other things. Things like education, design and business, for example. She likes rock climbing and Dr. Who.

Find Rachel at http://www.rachelilansimpson.com/ and @rilan

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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.

A designated International Dark Sky Place is one that has sufficient lighting management, offers public access to the night sky and has created an outreach program to educate and celebrate the value of protecting the night sky.  (And of course it is beautifully dark)  The IDA reviews and approves applications for these designations.

I don’t know about you, but I love stars.  I grew up in a city so I never saw many. Whenever I do have a chance to see a truly dark night sky I am moved beyond words.  I would love to spend the night where the mystery & beauty of a star filled sky surrounds me.



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.”

Cynthia’s Favorite Things to Do and See at the Sabi Sands Game Reserve

  • The thrill of seeing the Big Five – Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Rhino and Leopard
  • Listening to natural music, lions roaring, the grunting of the hippos, the gentle murmuring of elephants, buffalo mooing, the hooting of an owl and the spine chilling laughter of the hyena
  • Taking a walking safari so that you can also look for the Little Five, learn about the vegetation and experience the adrenalin rush of spying on an elephant or rhino
  • Making a list of the hundreds of birds
  • Relaxing around a warm fire, reminiscing about the day’s activities. The silence….the stars….

About Cynthia

Cynthia SimpsonI am a fun loving woman who loves to explore new destinations and experiences. My philosophy in life is “Have suitcase, will travel” and I like to drag my family and friends along with me to share in the joy.

sabiFind Cynthia at http://www.hapidayz.com/ and @cynthiahapidayz

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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.”

The Vacation Wanderer’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Thailand

About The Vacation Wanderer

24740_1366513238263_3780085_n-Version-2 I have had the chance to travel quite a bit, especially the last seven years. Working overseas has helped make that a possibility. My first long trip was a five week excursion via Eurail having quit my job and take advantage of a really cheap round trip flight to the UK.

Find The Vacation Wanderer at http://www.thevacationwanderer.com/ and @thevacawanderer


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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.”

Natalie’s Favorite Things to Do and See in Northeast Turkey

About Natalie

turkish-travel I am author of the Turkish Travel blog. Can normally be spotted wandering around museums or conversing with the locals in a disastrous attempt to learn Turkish. When I am not traveling or writing, then I am normally indulging my addiction to lemon meringue pie.

Find Nicole at http://turkishtravelblog.com/ & @turkishtravel


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