Nestled beside the banks of Lake Wakatipu’s crystal clear waters and the scenic The Remarkables mountains, Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the most popular four-season tourist destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s south island, the city is home to just over 30,000 residents. Although the population may seem a bit small, don’t let that fool you. According to the city’s official tourism website, Queenstown plays host to about 1.9 million visitors each year. From downhill skiing to golf, art museums to nightlife, there is something for everybody in Queenstown.
Although the size of the park alone is impressive, Kruger National Park’s biggest draw is that it is home to Africa’s “Big 5” – the lion, African elephant, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and the leopard. The term Big 5 was coined by big game hunters, as these 5 animals are the most difficult to hunt via foot. Rather than hunting these creatures, you can enroll in any number of safari tours and see them from the comfort (and relative safety) of a jeep. If you are a little more adventurous, you also have the option of getting up close and personal with the second largest land mammal in the world by taking a walking rhinocerous tour. [Read more…]
Finding restaurants whose menus don’t revolve around meat can be a difficult task if you are a vegetarian or vegan traveler. This is especially true as you travel to some of the poorer countries in the Caribbean and South America. While the culinary traditions of many of these countries are great for fish lovers, strict vegan and vegetarian diners often have a little more difficulty finding a hot dining spot in these pescatarian paradises. Yet, with a little bit of research, you can find excellent vegan and vegetarian dining as well.
El Huerto restaurant in Santiago is a great spot for vegan and vegetarian diners visiting Chile’s capital city. With dreams of creating a gathering place for music, art, and tasty healthy food, owners Jose Filman and Nicole Mintz opened the restaurant in 1980. Since then, El Huerto – which means “The Garden” in Spanish – has been known for its healthy foods, relaxed atmosphere, nice wine list, and the occasional live musical entertainment. The food is natural and so is the décor, with fruit and flowers gracing the all wood surroundings. [Read more…]
Not to fret. Just because you don’t love crowds doesn’t mean that you can’t find great skiing elsewhere. In fact, some of the best skiing in the U.S. can be found in some of the least discovered locations. Here is our list of 5 of the best ski resorts that you may not have heard about. [Read more…]
This week, the Russian city of Sochi will open its doors to all of the world as the games of the 22nd Winter Olympiad begin. The Russian resort city is the first subtropical city to host the winter games, yet all the buzz has been about security concerns and stray dogs. Lost in all of the bad press lies a jewel of a city just waiting to be discovered. [Read more…]