Svartifoss Waterfall in Winter

Svartifoss Waterfall in Winter, photo by Andreas Tille via Creative Commons

 10 Incredible Iceland Waterfalls

 

Iceland takes your breath away. There’s inspiring scenery, extraordinary landscapes and astounding natural wonders seemingly everywhere you look. Majestic glaciers grind their way through cracked lava fields, gushing geysers explode with a powerful force, glittering ice caps pierce the sky, and wondrous waterfalls present themselves at every turn.

 

Putting together a list of the best waterfalls in Iceland is not an easy task. The country is full of so many magnificent falls, and each one seems more superb than the last. There are glacial falls (which originate from melt water from glaciers across the country), golden falls, and those which plummet through canyons onto black sand beaches. There are Waterfalls of the Gods, “Black Falls,” and the largest and most powerful waterfalls in all of Europe.

 

If there’s one thing I can guarantee about your trip to Iceland, it’s that you’ll leave the country determined to return. Our only regret during our trip through this phenomenally beautiful country was that we had not allocated more time to chasing waterfalls. Thus our list of the top 10 falls are split into those we visited and those we are heading back to Iceland to visit in the future.

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Palm Fruit

Palm Fruit, photo by Eoghan Rice via Creative Commons

Palm Oil Threatens Palawan Philippines

(and the Planet)

 

For anyone worried about what GMOs are doing to our agricultural system and how Monsanto is patenting plants across the planet, there’s another dangerous devil on the horizon. Plantation palm oil has been around for years, but its evils largely go unnoticed by the average consumer.

 

If you’ve not gotten the dirty details on palm oil yet, then buckle up for a bumpy ride we all need to take. Because the palm oil industry is not only endangering Palawan Philippines (named the Best Island in the World in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers), but the health of our entire planet.

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Panoramic photo of Santorini, Greece from the Mediterranean Sea

Panoramic of Santorini from the Mediterranean Sea

20 Gorgeous Santorini Greece Pictures 

 

Don’t let the title fool you: This is really a tale of two cities; of how you can have the best of times and the worst of times in the same destination; and how what we experience when we travel has as much to do with expectation and context as it does with research and planning.

 

Our story begins– as many travel tales do– with a dream. For 20 years Mary harbored romantic fantasies of island-hopping the classic Greece you typically see in guidebooks, or on Rick Steves’ Europe. Santorini, with its stunning coastline and striking blue-and-white domed churches, was the epitome of her idyllic aspirations.

 

So when TBEX invited us to speak about Branding For Bloggers at their conference in Athens, I made it my mission to make Mary’s dream come true. Lo and behold, through a series of fortuitous circumstances, we were actually able to visit Santorini twice during our 16 days in Greece…

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5 weird foods the french consider delicacies

5 Weird Foods

the French Consider Delicacies

 

My delectable dish might be your nightmare. Things I would walk a mile for are things you might like to dump in the garbage. What to me is ecstasy could be your ordeal.

 

And that’s precisely what makes different foods so exciting– the discovery, the knowledge that you are about to push beyond your comfort zone and the anticipation of doing so.

 

The French are known for their adventurous cuisine and for eating most anything that moves as well as every imaginable part of an animal. The following five weird foods are adored by the French, yet often detested by everyone else.

 

Let me bet on this: There’s probably a food here you love. And there’s probably at least one you wouldn’t dare try, ever…

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Beach Chairs at Hamanasi Dive Resort, Belize

Beach at Hamanasi Resort, Belize

 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the stories we tell when we travel. Not just “we” in the sense of travel writers and bloggers, but human beings in general.

 

We use our cameras and mobile devices to capture snapshots of us at our idealistic best, every hair in place, smiling just so, capturing moments in which we’re “living the dream” (to quote a popular blogger cliché). It’s easy for other people to look at these photos in envy, jealous of our perfect lives and wishing they could have just a taste of the bounty we’ve been blessed with.

 

But while pictures like the one above may be worth a thousand words, they rarely tell the full story.

 

Usually I want to travel. Our trip to Belize was a rare case where I desperately needed to get away. Our end-of-year deadlines had been brutal, leaving me exhausted to the core after weeks of 12-hour days. My father passed away unexpectedly the day after Christmas, just before his 68th birthday, and his memorial service left me wrestling with a complex cauldron of emotions over the fact that I’ve been estranged from my immediate family for over two years.

 

By the time I got to Belize– a place I’d dreamed of visiting for 15 years– I was beyond tapped out on a physical, mental and emotional level. I was so exhausted, we nearly canceled our first day’s tour of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (home to the world’s largest concentration of jaguars). After the second day– when I was knocked into a reef by another Scuba diver who didn’t see me beneath him, got severe leg cramps during our second dive and ultimately got seasick after my ascent– I literally broke down.

 

Honestly, it was the best thing that could have happened to me.

 

You won’t see any photos of me getting sick over the side of the boat. You won’t see pictures of the ugly scar I got from scraping my elbow on the reef.  And you won’t see any shots of the tears I wept when I finally let go and acknowledged that I just wasn’t able to handle all of the myriad things that had been piled upon my plate.

 

The photo you see above, of the beach at Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, doesn’t tell any of these stories. But that’s not the point of this post. This shot– taken after our dive, a refreshing dip in the resort pool, and a snack to settle my stomach– is incredibly symbolic for me.

 

This dream-like image of peace and serenity represents promise and possibility, specifically the goals that Mary and I have been working towards the last four years. There’s a chair for me, Mary and my daughter to sit in and gaze out on the gorgeous surroundings, with our dog Huckleberry at our feet. There are no laptops, phones, deadlines or other obligations to be met. Just time and space, shade from the midday sun, and remarkable natural beauty everywhere you look.

 

Of course, that’s not the reality behind this image: In truth, I was nauseous, sweaty and at the end of my emotional rope, trying to force myself to be OK at a time when I was decidedly not OK. I was simply trying to get a few quick shots of this beautiful beach before moving on to our next adventure. But it’s representative of the dream that I aspire to– the dream that we push ourselves to our limits to in an effort to achieve.

 

And I know deep in my heart that, by the next time we visit this beautiful beach in Belize, that dream will have become real…  –Bret Love

 

Our trip to Belize was sponsored by San Ignacio Resort Hotel & the Belize Tourism Board, but we will never compromise our obligation to our readers. Our opinions remain our own.

 

If you enjoyed our photo from Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, you might also like:

TAHITI Photo Gallery

BERMUDA Photo Gallery

COSTA RICA WILDLIFE Photo Gallery

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS BIRDS Photo Gallery

SANIBEL ISLAND WILDLIFE Photo Gallery

 

 

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