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The 10 Best Canoe Trips

For Your World Travel Bucket List

Mention the word “paddle” and you may get references to “being up the creek without one,” or memories of corporal punishment formerly handed out at Catholic schools.

 

But when I hear the word “paddle,” I conjure up different images– mist coming off the shore at dawn, the calls of a loon or a howler monkey reverberating throughout the surrounding wilderness, with the only human-made sound the “swish-plop” of a paddle as you propel your canoe or kayak along the river or across the lake.

 

Paddling introduced me to my first real travel adventure several decades ago in Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands, and I’ve been hooked on the hobby ever since. These are my picks for the Best Canoe Trips in the world, and I feel like I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg…

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New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians

 

The iconic Mardi Gras Indians are as inexorably linked to the annual New Orleans carnival celebration as beads, boobs and booze.

 

But beyond their sensational suits laced with gorgeous gems, fabulous feathers and impressively intricate beadwork lies a rich cultural history dating back nearly 300 years.

 

And, until fairly recently, this fascinating story was unknown to virtually everyone who lived outside NOLA’s tightly-knit “Black Masking Indian” community.

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Green Iguana Conservation Project

at San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Belize

 

[Editor’s Note: We’ve shot a ton of video footage in the 3 years since GGT took off. But we don’t post as many videos as we’d like because, frankly, editing them is a time-consuming process and we’re not especially good at it. This video marks the debut of new team member Kartikay Kini, and you’ll immediately notice the slick editing skills he brings to the table. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Kartik’s work this year, as we plan to step up our video game considerably! Please help us welcome him to the team.]

 

If you’ve ever fantasized about having a gaggle of iguanas frolicking all over you as if you were their own personal jungle gym, the Green Iguana Conservation Project in Belize is a dream come true. And if that’s not on your bucket list? Well, I’m afraid you simply don’t know what you’re missing.

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Responsible Dog Sledding

in Neris Regional Park, Lithuania

 

Raise your hand if you’d like to go dog sledding.

 

I imagine a wave of hands will fly up across the cyber-world, fingers stretching in the air. I mean, gliding across a frozen landscape, with no sound other than the dogs’ paws, muted by the snow as they reach top speed… who wouldn’t love the idea?

 

Great. But what about the dogs? Are they happy? Are they treated well? What is the difference between dog sledding and, say, riding elephants?

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The Mobile Carnival Museum Exterior

The Mobile Carnival Museum

& America’s First Mardi Gras

 

Held every year on the day before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, which falls on February 17 in 2015) in New Orleans is a cultural spectacle to behold, rivaled only by Carnival in Brazil and the Holi Festival of India.

 

But, as impressive as the Crescent City’s celebration of the historically French Catholic holiday is, America’s first Mardi Gras festivities were held in what is now known as Mobile, Alabama.

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