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DRIFT Travel Fall/Holiday 2018

Whether your winter getaway includes a white sandy beach, the Australian outback or hyper urban art scenes, this issue of DRIFT is dedicated to the nouveau traveler. Come along on the journey as we discover ancient lands and modern destinations.

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TRAVEL MAGAZINE

AUSSIE ADVENTURES

FROM CIVILIZED SYDNEY TO THE AUDACIOUS OUTBACK

BERLIN, GERMANY

A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

WINTER IN BELIZE

EXPLORING THE ADVENTURE COAST

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

TOP 10 RETAIL THERAPY DESTINATIONS

HOLIDAY 2018

COME ALONG ON THE JOURNEY at DRIFTTRAVEL.COM


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$190... Roundtrip.

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Travel More. Spend Less.


INSIDE this issue

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

4 48 hours down under.

WISH YOU WERE HERE

10 Ten bucket list destinations.

16 TRAVEL LIGHT

Mens on trend packable attire.

18 SIX MUST-DO’S

Australia six ways from Sunday.

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TRAVEL MAGAZINE

24 TRAVEL GEAR

Trending gadgets and stuff.

28 BERLIN, GERMANY

An urban photographic journey.

40 TUSCAN SUN

Traveling to Follonico, Italy.

ZERO WASTE TRAVEL

56 Yellowstone wildlife safari.

AUSSIE ADVENTURES

FROM CIVILIZED SYDNEY TO THE AUDACIOUS OUTBACK

BERLIN, GERMANY

A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY

WINTER IN BELIZE

EXPLORING THE ADVENTURE COAST

HOLIDAY SHOPPING

TOP 10 RETAIL THERAPY DESTINATIONS

HOLIDAY 2018

COME ALONG ON THE JOURNEY at DRIFTTRAVEL.COM

44 HAWAIIAN FIREHawaii’s

Capturing the Kilauea volcano.

52 BELIZE

Get away to the adventure coast.

60 NEW ZEALAND

Spectacular off the grid locations.

66 RETAIL THERAPY

Holiday shopping around the world.

Whether your winter getaway

includes a white sandy beach, the

Australian outback or hyper urban

art scenes, this issue of DRIFT is

dedicated to the nouveau traveler.

Come along on the journey as

we discover ancient lands and

modern destinations.

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48HOURS IN...

SYDNEY

AUSTRALIA

BY: STEVE DRAKE

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Where to Stay

Swissôtel Sydney

swissotel.com/sydney

Located right in the heart of

Sydney’s downtown, close to the

Sydney Opera House and the lush

Botanical Gardens the Swissôtel

Sydney is close to many of the sight

and sounds you will want to take

in. This luxury five-star hotel offers

369 rooms and suits that are fresh

and modern. The hotel’s Signature

Skyline rooms and suites, all boast

breathtaking views stretching from

the Sydney business district all the

way to the Blue Mountains.

If you are looking for a little

pampering, regenerate, refresh

and reward yourself with some

well-earned rest and relaxation at

Swissôtel Sydney’s Spa and Sport.

Enjoy a carefully crafted range of

signature face and body treatments.

Are cocktails more your fashion,

then make sure to stop by

the Crossroads Bar. This reintroduction

to the classic hotel bar

can accommodate large groups or

couples looking for a cozy corner.

Another option is to order the

in-room bar and “Build Your Own

Cocktail”.

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Where to Eat

The dining choices in Sydney are almost endless, but on

this trip I want to find something a little different. These

two fit the bill perfectly.

Alibi Bar & Kitchen

alibibar.com.au

Night 1 - I headed to the Woolloomooloo district to

try out a new plant-base restaurant call Alibi. Located

within the Ovolo Hotel, Alibi offers an incredible menu

created by plant-based chef Matthew Kenney. Kenney’s

food philosophy is simple, “clean eating need never

compromise on taste”

This evening started with one of their signature

cocktails, The Godfather Thompson. A mix of

Laphroaig 10-year-old scotch whiskey, barrel aged

whiskey bitters, angostura bitters, orange and liquid

nitrogen. Wait for the liquid nitrogen to evaporate, then

pour the mixture in to your glass. Very tasty.

As a true carnivore I wasn’t sure what to expect from

a planet-based menu. But fear not, these dishes are

amazing. Full of flavor, texture and well seasoned. If

fact after only a few bites I forgot for a moment that

there was no meat. My favorites, Kimchi Dumplings

and the Lasagna.

Vegetarian or not, you must give Alibi a try while

staying in Sydney.

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Spice Alley

spicealley.com.au

Spice Alley is tucked out of the way behind the

Kensington Street lane way in the Chippendale district.

This street food meets lane way open air food court

takes you on a culinary journey through a variety of

Asian cuisine. Dine on Singaporean dishes at Alex Lee

Kitchen, Bang Luck Thai Street Food, Old Jim Kee’s

Malaysian spices and Cantonese street food from Hong

Kong Diner and that will just get you started. But before

you dig in, venture on down the street to Handpicked

Cellar Door and grab a bottle of your preferred wine.

For me, nothing pairs better with Beef Rendang and

Roti than a Margaret River Merlot.

Also, make sure you place an order at Shanghai

Dumpling Bar. This new addition to the Spice Alley

group prepares some of the most delicious dumpling I’ve

eaten. Handmade in unique flavored pastry including

pumpkin, spinach and beetroot these dumplings can be

cooked potsticker style or boiled. Either way, you will

leave wanting more.

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What to Do

Top of the list for most people, the Sydney Opera

House. I was no different, and the best way to view

this landmark is from what is one of the most beautiful

harbors in the world. Head down to Circular Quay,

there you will find dozens of harbor cruise boats. Or if

you want something more person try Sydney Harbour

Boat Tours (sydneyharbourboattours.com). They offer

3-hour harbor cruises, or you can charter the boat for

the day. With a day charter you can tour the harbor,

stop for a catered lunch on a secluded beach and then

watch the sunset with champaign and canapés.

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In for a little adventure, try the Bridge Climb and get an

amazing 360 degree view of Sydney. The Royal Botanic

Garden, Sydney Opera House, Hyde Park, Australian

Museum and Art Gallery of New South Wales all within

walking distance and well worth the short stroll.

Don’t forget the famous Bondi Beach. Just a short cab

ride from downtown this beach is an incredible. If your

up for a swim stop by the Bondi Icebergs POOL and

do a few laps in what is likely the most photographed

pool in the world. For those not splashing around in

the ocean, Bondi Beach has lots of shops and restaurant,

something for everyone.

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10 Adventures That

Go Beyond the

Average Bucket List

BY: CHOY TEH

Whether you saw the Northern Lights in Iceland long before it became all the rage; to walking the historic Camino de

Santiago in Spain; or taking in the sunrise at Angkor Wat, figuring out where to head next can be a challenge. Get away

from the heavy traffic in well-trodden destinations and instead, discover a whole new world of adventures that truly go

beyond the beaten path. From traversing the rain forests of Borneo, to discovering the complex history of Macedonia,

here are 10 experiences by Exodus Travels that will fulfill the seasoned traveler’s passion for discovery and adventure.

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1Egypt: Nile Cruise: Egypt is making a

comeback and if you want to experience

the beauty of ancient stories, well-preserved

monuments and an infinite number of

antiquities with few tourists around - the time to

go is now. Take in classic historical sites such as the

Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple Complex in

the Valley of the Kings, before a relaxing journey

along the Nile on a cruise boat from Luxor to

discover the spectacular Edfu and Kom Ombo

temples. Disembark and sail on a traditional Felluca

for awe-inspiring views of Aswan and Cleopatra’s

unfinished obelisk.

2Peru: The Lost City of Choquequirao:

Escape the crowds on this challenging,

unusual walk through Peru’s mountainous

region. This varied trek lead travelers

up steep paths through dense cloud forests, over

spectacular scenic passes and along ancient Inca

paths to Vilcabamba’s best kept secret; the lost Inca

city of Choquequirao. Machu Picchu may draw the

crowds, but Choquequirao is larger, untouched and

very secluded. Much of the city is still unexcavated,

but the stonework that has stood the test of time

include ritual baths and temples dedicated to the sun,

moon and the earth spirit.

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3Belize: Jungle & Coast Adventure:

Belize takes its motto to heart; no shirt,

no shoes, no problem! This laid-back

country with a lively soul is filled with

a complex history and a vibrant local culture.

Take a trip down below to a ‘Mayan underworld’

cave system, and swim in sapphire sinkholes.

Put on your snorkels to discover a myriad of

underwater life. On this trip, cross over into

Guatemala to visit two of the world’s most

impressive Mayan ruins, Tikal and Uaxactun.

Visit the small laid back town of San Ignacio,

which was once only accessible by boat, to get

a glimpse of the diverse life and culture that is

specifically unique to Belize.

4Malaysia: Trekking Borneo & Beyond:

Borneo is home to some of the most

diverse and beautiful wildlife in the

whole of South East Asia. Start with a

visit to majestic Mt Kinabalu, before heading

to the pristine Danum Valley. A nature lover’s

paradise, whose beauty and animals are equaled

only by Sarawak and the World Heritage Mulu

National Park with its immense cave system and

the oldest rain forest in the world. Come face to

face with Orang-utans at the Sepilok Sanctuary,

stay at a bamboo longhouse in Sabah on a tea

plantation, and finish the trip relaxing at the

beach for a chance to spot the elusive Irrawaddy

dolphins.

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5Uzbekistan: Uncover the Silk Road: This

journey to the heart of Central Asia will

take you back to a time across the centuries.

Explore the city of Bukhara, which is home

to 900 monuments, jeweled colored domes and

fascinating Islamic architecture. One of the city’s

great landmarks is the Kalyan minaret, known as the

death tower, where apparently many an unfaithful

wife met a dreadful end. Spend a night in the desert

by staying in a traditional Yurt camp and be regaled

stories of the local culture by Kazakh nomads. Travel

to Samarkand, the jewel of the ancient and modern

Silk Road, and still a major trade center of textiles,

carpets and works of art in this fascinating country.

6Madagascar: Wildlife Paradise: The wildlife

of Madagascar is one of the island’s main

attractions, and its chief superstar is

undoubtedly the lemur with over 70 species

spread throughout. Quite a number of the native

animals cannot be found anywhere else in the

world, such as the Grandidier Mongoose, Appert’s

Greenbull and the Crested Ibis. There’s a chance to

see the rare Indri, the largest lemur in Andasibele,

while in the cloud forest of Ranomafana National

Park, catch a glimpse of the elusive rare Golden

Bamboo and Greater Bamboo Lemurs. Madagascar

also boasts some glorious coastlines, so relax on

their white powdery beaches, go snorkeling or a take

simple stroll on the sand.

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7Macedonia: Cultural Journey: A lesserdiscovered

cousin of the Balkans,

Macedonia has an intense history where

influences from the East and West collide. It

is famous for ancient civilizations, UNESCO world

heritage monasteries and the vibrant cities of Sofia

and Skopje. Ottomans, Communists and Romans

left their mark during their occupation, which

subsequently imprinted many contrasts across the

cultural landscape of this country. This Baltic state is

also rich in nature with a multitude of national parks,

waterfalls, and famous wine regions, and travelers

will sample locally grown Macedonian wine in the

city of Tikvesh. Foodies will also enjoy discovering

the coffee culture in Bitola, and the role it has had on

the city in the last few centuries.

8Italy: Walking the Francigena Way: AAs

trail tourism increases in popularity, The

Francigena Way should be next on your list

to conquer. This historical journey has been

walked by thousands of pilgrims, and was once the

route from Canterbury to Rome. It begins in the

beautiful city of Orvieto, before walking through

Tuscia Laziale, an agricultural region of fields, olive

groves and volcanic lakes. Following the ancient

Via Cassia, pass through beautiful villages such

as Montefiascone, also known as the city of Popes

and for its fine wine. Many medieval cities and

monasteries fill this path, including thick forests of

oaks, abbey ruins, and secluded communities. The

journey ends in the Eternal City of Rome.

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9West Greenland: Discover Disko Bay: Polar

expeditions have grown in popularity over

the years, as people want to see glaciers

and icebergs in all their glory. This arctic

expedition takes a unique spin as it also journeys

into local Inuit communities living on the western

coast of Greenland. Travelers have the opportunity

to delve into the local culture within the icy seas. No

journey in Greenland would be complete without a

visit to the impressive Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO

World Heritage Site. There’s a vast amount of Arctic

wildlife on this route, and the best whale watching

can be done on Disko Island, as its surrounding

waters are home to the humpback, fin, and minke

whales.

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Sudan: Desert Explorer: An

underrated destination compared

to other African nations, Sudan

is slowing gaining momentum as

an unchartered destination to visit. It has vast red

deserts and believe it or not, a large number of

ancient pyramids. Built by the rulers of the Kushite

kingdoms, they are smaller compared to Egyptian

pyramids and are extremely well preserved. The best

part is, there are hardly any tourists around so your

chances of taking an unobstructed photograph of a

pyramid is extremely high. Explore the Temple of

Soleb, and capture images of colonial style railway

stations still reminiscent of British architecture in

the middle of the desert. On top of that, camp under

the stars and visit Nubian villages in this out of the

way itinerary.

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The Beauty of Australia

BY: GRANT CHARLESWORTH

Australia is blessed with hundreds of picture postcard scenes

and Instagram worthy lookouts. If you want to avoid the

crowds however, and see some of Australia’s most beautiful

places, you need to look a bit beyond the icons.

Here are 6 of my favorites...

Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island

Situated on the beautiful and laid back Fraser Island just off

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is Lake Mackenzie. A perched

fresh water lake, it boasts crystal clear water and sparkling

white sands. It is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Fraser Island is accessible by ferry from Rainbow Beach

and the nearby township of Hervey bay. Fraser Island is a

popular four wheel drive and recreation destination and

is Australia’s biggest sand island. Personally I love Fraser

Island and I have visited there often. I actually began my

career as a guide on Fraser Island driving day tours from

the nearby town of Noosa. The best time to visit Lake

Mackenzie is before 12pm or after 3pm as it can get quite

busy. And you must dive down and see the small turtles

swimming close to the sandy bottom.

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Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Along Tasmania’s North East coast is The Bay of Fires. Dominated by

sandy white beaches, aqua blue water and huge granite boulders the region

is simply stunning. The granite boulders are covered in Orange lichen

giving a sharp contrast to the surrounding area. You can walk for miles

along secluded beaches free of people giving you the feeling that you are

the only one there. I lived in Launceston in the northern part of Tasmania

for 3 years so I visited this region frequently. On your way to or from

the Bay of Fires you should stop in at the Bakery at the small village of

Campbelltown. Australia is well known for its meat pies and the pies from

this small bakery are certainly up there with the best in Australia. You can

access The bay of Fires via the nearby town of St Helens. If you are feeling

adventurous try the 4 day walk.

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Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast

The Glass House Mountains are a group of awe inspiring hills that rise

abruptly from the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane.

The mountains were actually named by Captain James Cook as he sailed

past in them in 1770 as their sheer sides gave an appearance of an English

Glass House. The mountains are actually part of a volcanic plug and are

now heritage listed as they are so significant to the local area. The views

from the top are incredible and best viewing times are at sunrise. The

pick is the scenic lookout within the Beerburrum State Forest or if you are

feeling more adventurous you can explore one of the many local walking

tracks. I have actually completed the walk to the top of Mount Ngungun.

This walk is not for the feint hearted and literally goes straight up the side

of Mount Ngungun for about half a mile. The other technicality is that I

completed the walk in complete darkness as I climbed to see the sunrise.

At any time of the day the walk is absolutely worth it but if you are not

completely confident in negotiating rocky slopes I would recommend

climbing this section during the daylight hours.


Jervis Bay, South Coast of NSW

Situated on the South Coast of New South Wales, around a stunningly

scenic 2.5 hour drive from Sydney along the aptly named Great Scenic

Way is Jervis Bay. Famous for its glacier white sand and clear turquoise

water, Jervis Bay is a favorite for locals. Unspoiled coastal and country

villages feature local produce and arts and craft markets, boutique shops

and galleries. This place was a favorite for some of my family members who

have been visiting for well over 20 years. I have often joined them with my

kids in tow and I must say this is a simply stunning and family friendly

destination. If you walk down to the edge of the St George Basin at dusk you

can often see the strange phenomenon of what looks like kangaroos hopping

on water. Kangaroos go down to shore line to snack on the abundant

seaweed that washes ashore. Often they may be standing in a couple inches

of water some meters off the dry land. So when startled they hop off and

give the impression of hopping on water as they make their way through

the shallow water. The area is also teeming with other wildlife including

kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and wombats as well as resident dolphins

within Jervis Bay itself. Huskisson or Sussex Inlet are the stand out towns

to stay and feature great cafes, restaurants, country pubs and a vast range of

accommodation options. Nearby you can also visit the well known areas of

Kangaroo Valley, Kiama and Mollymook.

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Karijini National Park, Western Australia

The second largest but most spectacular National Park in Western Australia

is the Karijini National Park. Located in the Hamersley Ranges of the

Pilbara region, the park is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn

and 600 miles North West of Perth. Karijini is well known for its eye

catching geological features and rich deep outback colors. Immerse

yourself amongst the ancient geological formations and you suddenly feel

awestruck at the red layered cliffs that line the spectacular gorges eroded

by nature over billions of years. I made the trek to the Pilbara a few years

ago and the long drive in at some stages felt like we were never going to

arrive. But once we did the travel time in was never in question. It was

a hot day and we headed straight to the Spa Pool, a natural rock pool to

swim. To say this was one of the most amazing places that I have swum is

an understatement. And pictures just don’t do it justice, you have got to get

there. This part of Australia is quite hard to access and wont suit everyone

but it is in incredibly beautiful and worth the effort. The National Park and

surrounding area is nothing like anything I have experienced ever before.

The Pilbara’s gum trees, termite mounds and expansive plains give way to

picturesque gorges, refreshing waterfalls and the emerald waterholes.


Zebedee Springs, The Kimberley

Zebedee Springs are located in the El Questro Wilderness Park, in the

Kimberly Region of Western Australia. Zebedee Springs are a number of

natural thermal springs that sit at the base of sheer sandstone cliffs and

are constantly heated at around 36 degrees Celsius or around 100 degrees

Fahrenheit. The Kimberly is on many people’s bucket list of things to do and

see while in Australia but visitation is very low. There are many ways to see

and experience the Kimberly and I had the incredible pleasure of driving

along The Gibb River Road from Kununurra to Derby some years ago. To

really engage with the destination, driving the Gibb River Road is by far

and away the best way to go. I was able to visit Zebedee Springs which were

quite hard to find but once located very easy to get to. The best time to go is

before 12pm and pack some drinks and snacks and stay a while. The springs

are often closed for sole use of guests staying at El Questro in the afternoon.

You will discover a pure oasis in the middle of a dry desert region as you

take the short walk from the nearby car park. Sit back and relax and take

in the contrasting lush tropical rain forest. Not easy to find or get too but it

wouldn’t be special if it was.

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HOT NEW TRAVEL PRODUCTS

TRAVEL GEAR

BY: RUSS WALSH

CARE AIR

Wireless Tethering System.

The Case Air connects and transfers images instantly from

your camera to a phone, tablet or computer. Control

advanced camera settings including focus points, exposure

settings, bracketing, time-lapse, and more. View your

images on a larger screen to check critical focus and

composition, or use Live View or movie mode for realtime

capture to share and collaborate as you create.

The travel photographer will love the control found in the Case

Remote App for time-lapse frames and bracketing exposures.

The app functions are well thought out and easy to navigate.

Considering the small size and affordable price, the Case Air

should be a “must have” in every camera bag.

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DRIFTER

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My first thought of Berlin was a war-torn city with a divided past. That may be its legacy but not the

present reality. Creative – architecturally, artistically, and musically best describes Berlin today.

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Berlin

a photographic journey

Featured Photographer:

Scott Baker

A born wanderer…Scott has been to 5 of the

7 continents with southern Utah being his

favorite place! His mission, to inspire people

to travel by sharing images and info about

places he has visited.

Website: scottbakerphotography.com

Instagram: @scottbakerphotos

Equipment: Canon EOS 5DS, EF 24-70mm and

EF 70-200mm lenses

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I have visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe several

times; yet, I return again and again. I am always struck by its

simplistic beauty and historical significance.

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Street art can be found throughout

Berlin, especially the Kreuzberg

area. Home to creative types, the

reminder is everywhere. No visit

to Berlin is complete without

experiencing this one-of-a-kind

neighborhood.

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Perhaps the most famous mural

depicts Soviet leader Brezhnev and

East German President Honecker

in full embrace. Painted by Dmitri

Wrubel, the slogan reads, “My God

Help me to Survive this Deadly Love.”


Art in Berlin is taken to a completely different level, literally! World famous artists create largescale

masterpieces throughout the city. The skyline is ever changing with new installations.

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This nondescript alley near the Hackescher Market is home to lively bars and colorful

graffiti. Seats are often hard to find but there’s ample room to stroll and admire the art.

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Berlin likely has the largest number

of iconic buildings by the world’s most

prominent architects. Along with street

art and sculptures, electronic music,

and graphic design firms, Berlin is

undoubtedly Europe’s creative capital.

The central train station personifies the

essence of Berlin. With its light-filled

contemporary design, colorful visual

displays, and boundless energy.

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Built in 1957, the House of World Cultures stands the test of

time as an architectural marvel. The Henry Moore sculpture

in the reflective pool was too much to pass up for this

architecture-loving photographer.

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Berlin is often recognized for its music and art scene; however, contemporary

architecture clearly plays a major role in defining the city. Even government

buildings are noteworthy for their design.

The Berlin Cathedral was partially destroyed in World War II. The re-built cathedral and other

buildings in the Museum Island area are a reminder of Berlin’s pre-war architectural glory.

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Molecule Man, by Jonathan Borofsky, is a 100 foot tall (30

meters) sculpture rising out of the Spree River. Art abounds in

the most unexpected locations – even the river!

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Berlin’s electronic music scene is universally recognized;

however, talented musicians perform all genres of music on

street corners, train stations, and many other gathering places.

Love that battery-powered megaphone!

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Follonico

under the Tuscan Sun

BY: GARY KILBY

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Follonico is a unique country

house offering an authentic and

relaxed Tuscan experience. For

those who want to escape the

rush, take a slower journey into

the heart of Southern Tuscany. Six

beautifully restored suites have

been created with utmost respect

for the history and environment

surrounding Follonico.

Each morning, delicious,

seasonal ingredients are lovingly

harvested from Follonico’s land.

Fresh veggies are gathered from

the kitchen garden, organic

eggs collected from the freerange

hens and ducks (...well,

sometimes they strike and we

need to find alternatives) and

home-baked sourdough bread is

served warm, straight from the

farmhouse kitchen.

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The hillside where Follonico

gently rests has been transformed

over time into an enchanting

natural environment for guests

to enjoy. Abundant borders of

lavenders and aromatic plants

give the garden a touch of

romance, whilst climbing roses,

jasmines and honeysuckles

clamber along ancient stone walls

and fill the air with the heady

scents of Tuscany. Terracotta pots

are planted with Michaelmas

daisies, sedums and lilies. Natural

borders of rosemary and sage

sweep across the land, gently

dividing the surrounding gardens

into al fresco rooms.

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Enjoy the many secluded corners

of the gardens where you can

relax with a good book or watch

the sunset over the hills and

valleys of Montepulciano. Savor a

glass of Brunello under the shade

of a Wisteria laden pergola or

simply spend a lazy day under the

gentle warmth of the Tuscan sun.

follonico.com

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VOLCANO

BY: MIKE PEREA

Mike Perea is a travel and landscape

photographer that loves to tell

the stories of the beautiful places

around the world through dramatic

and impactful imagery.

Equipment: Nikon D850 and various

Nikon lenses.

Website: mikepereaphotography.com

Instagram: @mikepereaphotography

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In early May, Hawaii’s

Kilauea volcano began

erupting, dramatically

spewing out lava bombs,

spurting huge plumes of

ash and volcanic smog,

and oozing out so much

lava. Mike Perea was

there to capture this event

came away with some very

compelling images.


Lava enters the ocean in Kapoho Bay, creating brand new land. This is exactly

how the Hawaiian Islands were created. Violent, destructive, yet very beautiful.

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Steam from the 2000 degree lava meeting the ocean

separates, revealing the molten lava below.

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Lava enters the ocean, creating steam and littoral explosions that

sometimes reached hundreds of feet high.

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An entire neighborhood was once right here. Now, all

that is left is small islands of houses and trees.


Fissure 8 Neighborhood - The sight of looking down from the helicopter and seeing

houses and trees surrounding an erupting volcano is something I’ll never forget.

As the lava enters the ocean from the Kilauea eruption, steam rises

2000ft into the air, creating pyrocumulus clouds.

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The lava river splits in two, making its way 8 miles from fissure 8, down

to what used to be Kapoho Bay.

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This shot here really puts into perspective the size

of the lava channel, which in places is 1000ft wide.

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BY: AMANDA SOUFI

Sometimes you just need to get away. Whatever your reason for needing to hit a hard-stop on

your daily hustle there is a destination that can help you reconnect with nature while offering

endless adventure with a beautiful backdrop. Welcome to Belize.

Boasting the title of the “adventure coast,” Belize sits on the 560-kilometre long Mesoamerican

reef, offering some of the best snorkeling, diving and swimming spots anywhere in the world.

With such amazing marine secrets to be explored there is no better way to spend your time in

Belize than aboard your own private luxury yacht, bringing the ocean right to your doorstep. The

Moorings have put together their list of top reasons to vacation in Belize.

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For a small country Belize is home

to a surprising amount of different

species of animals. Your best bet

for checking out those native to the

country is at The Belize Zoo and

Tropical Education Center, where

you can spot jaguars, tapirs, howler

monkeys and many more that have

either been rehabilitated, orphaned,

rescued, or born at the zoo. Want

a truly unique experience? Sail

over to Gales Point where local

guides will show you the best

spots to observe manatees and the

Hawksbill turtles, two of Belize’s

most endangered species.

Get back to

nature with

a once in

a lifetime

getaway

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Stretch out your sea legs and

learn about ancient cultures

with a day trip to one of Belize’s

numerous Mayan ruins. Once

known as the epicenter of Maya

civilization, Belize offers the highest

concentration of archaeological

sites in Mesoamerica including

Altun Ha, Xunantunich and

Lamanai. Explore the Sacred

temples, pyramids and other ancient

structures amongst luscious jungle

backdrops.

Whether you’re an experienced

diver or a first-time snorkeler you

will be astonished at the sheer

amount of activity “under the sea.”

The Belize barrier Reef System is

a UNESCO World Heritage Site

and for good reason. Comprised

of seven protected areas this reef is

home to over 500 different species

of tropical fish, along with whale

sharks and manatees. With many of

the best spots being reachable only

by boat you can enjoy easy access

whenever you like.

Belize offers a unique fusion of

Caribbean chill with Central

American flair. Drop anchor at the

small island of Caye Caulker and

you will discover a village full of

brightly colored houses and friendly

faces. Take in the unique artisan

shops, reggae music and enjoy

fresh lobster at one of the local

restaurants.

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It’s easy to forget when you have

endless things to see and do on

vacation to sit back, take it easy and

just enjoy yourself. It doesn’t matter

if you opt for a bareboat, skippered

or fully crewed charter experience

you can tailor your vacation to be

exactly what you need. Whether you

prefer to chill out on the pristine,

white-sand beaches, hop off the

deck to explore under the sea, or

just sit back and read a book with

a cocktail in hand, chartering in

Belize offers you the perfect chance

to reconnect with nature and take

some time for yourself.

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Zero Waste Travel

BY: JILLIAN DICKENS

Eco-conscious guests can join a waste-free

Yellowstone wildlife safari in 2019

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Natural Habitat Adventures is

spearheading the world’s first zero

waste trip—a travel-industry first.

On the July 6-12, 2019 departure

of Safari America: Yellowstone

Country, 14 travelers will join this

pioneering endeavor in which

Nat Hab’s goal is to divert (refuse,

recycle, compost, upcycle, or reuse)

99 percent or more of all

waste produced as part of Nat Hab

sponsored trip operations.*

With the World’s First Zero Waste

Adventure, Nat Hab aims to fit all

waste produced on the trip into a

single small container at the end,

nearly eliminating the need to

send any materials to a landfill or

incinerator.

Trip leaders will encourage

travelers to refuse potential

waste whenever possible, such

as declining disposable straws or

individually packaged condiments,

minimizing the waste they produce

along the route while in vehicles,

lodges and camps throughout the

Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The company has devised various

strategies to limit trash: providing

travelers with a zero waste toolkit

that includes personal reusable

items such as water bottles,

mugs, cutlery and tote bags;

transporting packed meals in

reusable containers; recycling

single-use packaging, including

hard-to-recycle items through

TerraCycle; composting napkins

and biodegradable food waste;

and buying food in bulk. Waste

reduction begins even before the

trip starts, with travelers receiving

digital versions of all pre-trip

materials, including forms to

complete and the daily itinerary.

While realizing this zero waste

goal won’t be easy, Nat Hab is

committed to setting a new

standard for the travel industry. By

demonstrating that it is possible

to operate a zero waste adventure,

the company hopes to motivate

other operators to improve their

own waste management practices

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and pursue similar innovations. Nat

Hab also expects to learn lessons the

company can apply across its other

trips in destinations worldwide.

“One way we’re dedicated to

protecting the planet is to inspire

the travel industry to become

more sustainable,” said Natural

Habitat Adventures Founder &

President Ben Bressler. “Our goal

is to continually raise the bar on

conservation, and our first zero waste

adventure will show that it’s possible

to reduce our environmental impact

while providing an exceptional

experience for our guests.”

Nat Hab wants its zero waste ethos

to extend beyond the trip itself. By

inspiring its travelers and partners to

make conscious choices about waste

in their everyday lives and business

practices, Nat Hab aims to create

a long-lasting ripple effect. Given

that the average American produces

4.4 pounds of trash per day, Nat

Hab recognizes there’s much room

for improvement. When travelers

witness the effectiveness of waste

reduction on vacation, they

learn how to reduce or eliminate

disposables at home, too.

“We encourage the travel industry to

follow Nat Hab’s lead to mitigate its

impact, protect the earth’s precious

natural resources, and educate

travelers about how they can do

their part,” said Jim Sano, World

Wildlife Fund Vice President, Travel

& Conservation.

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This groundbreaking project is the

latest endeavor to further Nat Hab’s

legacy of leadership in ecotourism.

In 2007, it became the world’s first

carbon-neutral travel company.

Nat Hab’s carbon offset program

has offset more than 34.5 million

pounds of CO2 emissions generated

on its global nature adventures.

The company is also dedicated to

eliminating single-use plastic water

bottles and straws on all its trips.

Since 2014, Nat Hab has provided

travelers with refillable stainless steel

water bottles, replacing disposable

plastic bottles across all operations.

And it is currently achieving major

strides in reducing the use of plastic

straws. By August 2018, 67 percent

of Nat Hab trips were plastic-strawfree,

and the company is on target to

eradicate plastic straws from at least

90 percent of its trips by the end of

the year, with a goal of eliminating

them entirely in 2019.

Natural Habitat Adventures is

the conservation travel partner of

World Wildlife Fund, a relationship

formed in 2003 that has since

provided more than $4 million in

contributions to WWF from Nat

Hab.

To learn more about zero waste

adventure, visit nathab.com

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Off The Grid In New Zealand

BY: PAUL HOLMAN

Drop your phone, ditch the tablet, and enjoy the

peace of being tech-free in these out-of-the-way New

Zealand destinations. At these spectacular off-the-grid

locales, you can surround yourself with nature and the

incredible embrace of silence.

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The most comfortable way to be fully wrapped up in nature, a PurePod is

pretty special – and this is a full-on opportunity to immerse yourself. The

"pods" are made entirely from glass, and this includes floors and ceilings.

While they don't have television or Internet coverage, they do feature the

most advanced environmentally friendly tech available for the generation of

power and disposal of waste. PurePods (purepods.com) are integrated into

the breathtaking natural environments they inhabit (there are four locations

around the Christchurch region) and feature views of the sea, mountains,

rivers and the glorious southern night sky.

Peas in a Glass Pod

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The pristine Mackenzie Country offers unimpeded views of the glorious

southern night sky. SkyScape (skyscape.co.nz) at Omahau Hill Station

offers visitors the opportunity to soak up the stars in a SkyBed – a recessed,

ground-level bed underneath a roof of glass. Meanwhile, outside there's a

2m-long bath crafted from steel and cedar and fed by a nearby freshwater

spring. Enjoy the scrub- and tussock-strewn landscape by day, and when

darkness falls, watch the universe unfold in all of its star-studded glory.

Sky's the Limit

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Hours from anywhere, Wilderness Lodge (wildernesslodge.co.nz/newzealand)

is situated on the banks of Lake Moeraki, in the heart of the

South Island's World Heritage-listed Te Wahipounamu area. It's wilderness

accommodation with all the comforts you require, including spa baths and

private decks. You can walk on the beach, soak up the stillness of the lake, or

enjoy guided tours of the ancient forests that surround the site. There's also a

restaurant on site with an outlook as good as the food.

Wild at Heart

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With no road access and accessible only by aerial cable car or river

boat), The Flying Fox (theflyingfox.co.nz), near Whanganui, is ideal for

unplugging. Located on the mighty Whanganui River, there is a range

of accommodation options to suit all tastes. The Whanganui River is a

mystical and magical place, rich in both Maori and European history, and

it's extremely meditative to watch the deep green waters flow by. There's not

much else to do here apart from walking through the bush and soaking up

the scenery, but that's the joy of the place.

Flying High

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Island Life

Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf is a hidden gem just 30 minutes

by plane from Auckland. Mount St. Paul Estate (mountstpaulestate.co.nz)

is set on more than 40ha of pristine native bush and features a range of

accommodation options and excellent food. The island has bush, beach, hot

springs and mountains, and also offers great surf. All of the rooms on the

estate have central heating, plus elevated views over the nearby sea.

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FOR THOSE WHO LOVE TO SHOP

10

Top Fashion

Destinations

PARIS

The city of love has long been regarded as a fashion capital of the world, from the exclusive runways of Paris Fashion

Week to the designer clad stores along the exquisite Champs-Élysées. But there is more to this glamorous city

than expensive labels. Venture to one of Paris’ pop-up fashion markets to get style advice from some of the chicest

Parisians in town.

Where to stay: Stay in the heart of Paris at La Clef Louvre, located opposite the Comédie-Française and just a short

walk from the Louvre Museum and Jardin des Tuileries. Once you’re done with the shopping scene, check out the

fine art museums and delicious food options in the area.

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BOOKING.COM STYLE AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN COWAN

“There are so many incredible fashion capitals, the most dominant for me are

Dubai, Las Vegas and Rome. Dubai has an extreme sense of opulence that is envied

on globally. Las Vegas is the ultimate place to have fun and Rome is super chic and

refined, and the style there represents that to a tee,” - “I think it’s fun to visit places

outside the traditional style capitals, some of these cities are up and coming, and

totally experimental, so it’s a fun environment to sample new style personally.”

NEW YORK CITY

Whether you are on the hunt for a vintage treasure or avant-garde designer merchandise, New York City (NYC) is

the place to be. Aside from the invite-only catwalks during New York Fashion Week, this city is home to some of the

world’s most famous and largest department stores: Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Barneys and Saks. For something a little

different, take a stroll along Lower East Side (previously dubbed the bargain district) and stop by vintage stores and

flea markets for a spot of savvy shopping. Nolita is the place to see and to be seen for high fashion at high prices, or

stop by the open air Green Flea Market for a vintage gem.

Where to stay: Located within walking distance from the iconic Soho, Greenwich Village and Union Square

neighborhoods are the trendy East Village Apartments. After hitting the shops, book tickets to the theatre, go

sightseeing or visit a fine art museum.

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LONDON

London’s unique allure is impossible to define and is a playground for fashionistas and shopaholics. From the

hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus offering every style of shop and brand you can think of, the quirky market stores

of Camden, to the premium boutiques and designer labels along the exclusive King’s Road in Chelsea. There is

something to suit everyone’s style — and budget.

Where to stay: No1 The Mansions By Mansley are self-catering and fancy apartments situated in the luxurious

borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Guests will love this home away from home stay. After you’ve hit the streets of

London for shopping, other top things to do in the capital include sightseeing, learning about London’s history and

visiting the theatre.

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MILAN

If there’s one city that’s worthy of the fashion capital crown it’s Milan, home to the prestigious Milan Fashion Week.

The perfect place for fashionistas, Milan is the capital of Italian and international fashion. The Quadrilatero d’Oro

(known as the golden rectangle) is home to some of the world’s most luxurious boutiques. Walk one of the most

expensive and prestigious streets in the world, Via Monte Napoleone, or opt for the bustling trade fair of Milano

Unica.

Where to stay: Located in Milan’s city center, with the Milan Fashion District a short walk away, is the charming

Moscova Luxury B&B, featuring airy bedrooms, a shared lounge and kitchen. Besides shopping, Milan is also highly

endorsed by Booking.com travelers for its cathedrals, ancient landmarks and city walks.

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TOKYO

Similar to the studded skyscraper skyline, Tokyo fashion is on another level. The challenge to any shopper in Tokyo

is knowing where to look. Shibuya is Tokyo’s liveliest shopping neighborhood from fashion boutiques to department

stores. Harajuku is the place to be for vibrant street style, with its fashionably kawaii and eccentric charm. Dubbed as

Tokyo’s Champs-Élysées, Omotesando Avenue oozes luxury dedicated to designer fashion, or for something a little

different Nihonbashi is home to generations-old department stores and specialty shops.

Where to stay: A trip to Tokyo is incomplete without a traditional Ryokan stay. The Miyabiyado Takemine features

modern Japanese décor in the heart of Tokyo. In addition to its vibrant fashion scene, Booking.com travelers love

Tokyo for its friendly locals, culture and convenient public transport.

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DUBAI

It’s no surprise that Dubai is on the list of fashion hot spots. The Dubai Shopping Mall is home to over a thousand

stores, a spectacular four-story waterfall, a huge aquarium and even an Olympic sized ice rink. This mini-city houses

brands from across Europe and the US and holds the first Bloomingdales outside the US. The Bur Dubai Souk is

famous for its collection of colorful fabrics and textiles and the surrounding streets are full of tailoring and sari

shops. In addition to the stores, Dubai is famous for its shopping festivals, such as the Dubai Shopping Festival for

the entirety of January every year, attracting thousands of shoppers from around the world.

Where to stay: Feel like royalty with a stay at the JA Oasis Beach Tower Apartments. Situated on Dubai’s famous The

Walk on Jumeirah Beach Residence just steps away from Jumeirah Beach, with endless shopping, dining and leisure

facilities. Once you’ve hit the shops check out Dubai’s beautiful beaches, tasty food and vibrant nightlife as endorsed

by Booking.com travelers.

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BARCELONA

The shopping scene in Barcelona is diverse, from high-street fashion, exclusive one-of-a-kind designs to colorful

and authentic Spanish apparel. Travelers will love Barcelona’s shopping line, one of Europe’s largest retail areas (five

kilometers long to be exact). Top hot spots include Mercat La Boqueria, the colors and atmosphere are what brings

this market to life and La Maquinista, the most recent addition to Barcelona’s many shopping malls. When visiting a

destination for its fashion and style appeal, global travelers revealed key criteria includes a cool food scene (52%), so

it’s no wonder Barcelona makes the list with their delicious al fresco tapas scene.

Where to stay: La Casa Gran B&B is a traditional bed and breakfast, ideally located a short walk away from Passeig

de Gràcia and Gaudi's La Pedrera. Other top reasons to visit Barcelona, as endorsed by Booking.com travelers,

include sightseeing, food and beaches.

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LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles (LA) has long been the hub and home of A-list stars and the most dazzling of parties such as the Oscars,

making a name for itself in the fashion world. Check out the Fashion District in Downtown LA for wholesalers and

designers, Melrose Avenue for fabulous boutiques and the iconic Rodeo Drive for the finest of fashion labels.

Where to stay: Experience world-class service at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, situated in Beverly Hills and just

a short drive from Rodeo Drive. Once you’ve hit the shops, check out the beaches, art museums and array of

restaurants that this city has to offer.

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LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas has always been the destination for bringing out people’s wild sides, with the famous saying, “what happens

in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” So why not embrace this free spirit attitude to your style? The Forum Shops at Caesars is

arguably one of the largest and elaborate malls along the Strip, or head to Las Vegas North Premium Outlets for savvy

shopping. When visiting a destination for its fashion and style appeal, global travelers revealed key criteria includes

great nightlife (40%) which is unavoidable in this city that never sleeps.

Where to stay: Signature Rental by Owner Direct are set in the Las Vegas strip just 750 yards from Crystals Shopping

Center. After spending the day shopping, relax in your hot tub and fluffy bathrobe. Booking.com travelers’ top

endorsements for Las Vegas include entertainment, gambling and people watching.

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ROME

The designer powerhouses Versace, Armani and Prada have upheld the reputation of Italian fashion for decades.

Rome, Italy’s so-called ‘eternal city’ may no longer be in the shadow of Milan. Offering everything from haute

couture to flea markets. Via Condotti is the place for high fashion, or aspirational window shopping. Via del Corso

is good for high-street staples and Porta Portese is one of the largest flea markets in Europe, open every Sunday from

7am until 1pm. When visiting a destination for its fashion and style appeal, global travelers revealed key criteria

includes stunning architecture (44%) and you can’t help but stop and stare at every turn exploring the incredible

streets of Rome.

Where to stay: The Bricks Rome is a stylish hostel with rooms that feature balconies (perfect for taking those fashionforward

selfies), a shared large outdoor terrace with sun loungers, a lounge and private bathrooms. Booking.com

travelers’ top endorsements for Rome are sightseeing, history and food.

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SUBTLE CRYSTAL JEWELRY FOR THE MODERN BOHÈME

VANCOUVER, CANADA

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