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12 April 2014

KENYA: Best Things To See and Do

The 11th destination featured on the #wanderlustseries is:
KENYA!

I have to admit, choosing a "K" destination was somewhat difficult for me.  On one hand you have Kentucky and Kansas, and the other you have Kauai and Korea.  Since I have previously been to Kauai (and it was absolutely a dream come true, but therefore not wanderlusting about it), and have no real desire to travel to either of the Koreas, Kenya it is!

Turkana women in traditional dress - Kenya

After some research, I've learned that, along with the Galapagos, Kenya is also a nature lover's dream.  From nature reserves to safaris to marine national parks, there is so much wildlife to be discovered.  Plus, the beaches are kinda nice too... think I know where I'm headed next ;)

So where is Kenya located anyways?

  

Kenya is located in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, lying on the equator.  It borders are Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.  The Indian Ocean is located to the south-east of the country.

Top Things to See and Do:


Maasai Mara


Giraffe in Maasai Mara

Nairobi National Park


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Lake Nakuru


Flamingos - Lake Nakuru


Tsavo East National Park


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Giraffe Center


Giraffe center, Nairobi

Diani Beach


Diani Beach Kenya


Watamu Marine National Park


Malindi, Watamu & the Coast

Great Rift Valley


Great Rift Valley

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11 April 2014

JAMAICA: Best Things to See and Do

The 10th destination (wow 10 already!?) on the #wanderlustseries is:
JAMAICA!

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So where is Jamaica located anyways?



Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea, closest to Cuba and Haiti.

Best Things to See and Do:

Swim with Dolphins


Dolphins!


Montego Bay


Montego Bay

Rum Tour


Appleton Rum Tour

Hang out and cliff jump at Ricks Cafe


ricks cafe negril jamaica cliff diving dinning restaurant bar club

Relax on the beach


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Explore Kingston


Kingston

Snorkel


Snorkeling Excursion

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10 April 2014

INDONESIA: Best Things to See and Do

The 9th destination on the #wanderlustseries is:
INDONESIA!


Kuta Beach - Kuta (Bali - Indonesia)

Indonesia is one of those SE Asian counties I could see myself spending a lot of time in. With so many things to do in Indonesia, I'd have to pull myself off my beach chair and start moving!  The country does in fact consist of over 18,000 islands >> pretty crazy if you ask me!  It's the largest and most varied archipelago on Earth, spanning almost 2 million square kilometers!  The larger islands include Java, Borneo, Papua, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, although most of islands are still uninhabited.  And with 90 active volcanoes within it's borders, there's always something going on!


So where exactly is Indonesia?

  

Indonesia is situated between mainland Asia and Australia, spreading out across the equator.


Top Things to See and Do:

Take a trek through the rainforest in Borneo


Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii)

Relax and rejuvenate on Bali


Meditation


Hike up an active or dormant volcano


Arriving at the Rinjani crater rim


Learn how to free dive in Amed


free dive


Visit Komodo National Park


Komodo National Park


Go surfing -- or learn how to!


Surf - Seminyak Beach - Bali island - Indonesia - July 2008


Party at a bar in Kuta


Bintang Beer



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09 April 2014

HONDURAS: Best Things to See and Do

The 7th destination on the #wanderlustseries is:
HONDURAS!


Ever since I first stepped foot onto Central America in Belize, I just knew I would be back soon. Having already discussed Costa Rica (as my "C" destination for the challenge), it was appropriate that I follow through with my new love for Central America and choose Honduras for "H"! Honduras boasts clear turquoise waters, lush jungles, fascinating ancient ruins, and pristine beaches, making it a very vibrant country! And the people are said to be extra friendly as well >> The warmth of Honduran hospitality is something you'll never forget once you visit!

So where is Honduras located?!

  

Honduras is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Honduras has an area of 43,278 sq miles - 112,492 km2, making it a bit larger than the state of Virginia.


Roatan Butterfly Garden


Roatan Butterfly Garden, Honduras

Go Diving


Diving in Roatan, Honduras

Cayos Cochinos


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Tegucigalpa (capital)


Blue Skies over Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Pico Bonito National Park


Pico-Bonito


Utila



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Guamilito


Gallitos de Casa del Sol

Copan Ruins


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08 April 2014

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Best Things to See and Do

The 7th destination on the #wanderlustseries are the:
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS!
A place I am longing to go so baldy!

image via Flickr CC // gladner
The Galápagos Islands are a nature lovers absolute dream come true. With over dozens and dozens of native species endemic to the area, it's impossible to leave without feeling a sense of awe. The unique environment, consisting of 18 main islands, 3 smaller islands, and 107 rocks and islets, really does have that WOW factor everyone who's been talks about. Here you can find giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, too many birds to list, as well as snorkel and dive with sea lions, turtles, hammerhead sharks, and schools of rainbow colored fish. And that's only whats on the top of my head.  Being an avid animal lover myself, this little chain of volcanic islands is at the top of my bucket list.  Plus, you can't leave before viewing the famous blue-footed boobie!

So where are the Galapagos Islands located?

  

The archipelago is located 575 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the country to which it belongs.  The islands are located in both the northern and southern hemispheres, just around the equator.


Top Things to See and Do:


Relax on Isabela Island


Isabela Island, the largest island of the Galapagos, is also one of the youngest islands. It is home to the largest number of wild tortoises, and penguins, cormorants, marine iguanas, boobies, pelicans and Sally Lightfootcrabs can also be found here as well. The beaches are absolutely gorgeous, with it's turquoise sea, and the west coast is the best place in the Galapagos for viewing whales and dolphins. And even better, it's shaped like a sea horse!

Isabela Island


Charles Darwin Research Centre


Located on Santa Cruz Island, scientists (both Ecuadorian and foreign) constantly work on research projects for the preservation of the Galapagos ecosystems. The research station was established in 1964, and visitors can nice stroll through and view tortoises, land iguanas, birds and flora. The giant tortoise breeding program is not to be missed!

Land Iguana, Darwin Research Center 11/05/08

Hike the Sierra Negra volcano



The Sierra Negra is one of the primary volcanos that helped form the famous Isabella Island, which last erupted in 2005. Hike up the caldera and around to the lava flows, which are absolutely stunning. Once you get to the top, the views are breathtaking. If you're spending some time on Isabella Island and don't mind getting a bit tired and muddy, this is the activity for you!

Hiking Sierra Negra Volcano

Tortuga Bay


Tortuga Bay is home to thousands of marine iguanas.

Galápagos Marine Iguana


Sail around on a luxurious catamaran


Tagus Cove

See Giant Tortoises


Villamil - Isabela island - Darwin Station



Go bird-watching 


Blue-footed Boobie


Snorkel with sea lions, turtles, and penguins


Because why not?!
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Look out for crabs


Sally Lightfootcrabs are strikingly beautiful, and can be found on numerous islands throughout the Galapagos.

Galapagos Crab

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