Nestled between a turquoise lagoon and the Caribbean Sea on Jamaica’s north coast is the luxurious, yet casually chic GoldenEye Hotel. Once a three-bedroom home to former spy turned novelist, 007 author Ian Fleming, the three villas have expanded to 11 beach-front cottages and six lagoon suites. Sigh, the ultimate in island rustic luxury, this hotel boasts two foodie-approved restaurants, Bizot Bar and Gazebo, a saltwater and freshwater pool and spa. For the more adventurous type, the hotel offers snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, an excursion on a glass bottom boat to the sea the bucolic wonder of the area’s reefs, sailing,…

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What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about traveling to Egypt? Pyramids, hieroglyphs, ancient archeological sites, and ruins of course. But now, you can have a whole other reason to travel to the region. A glorious oasis from another era, situated in a white limestone mountain in the Siwa Oasis, an urban oasis in the heart of Egypt’s Western Desert between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Great Sand Sea, lies one of the world’s most remote hotels; Adrére Amellal: Desert Ecolodge. Because of the Siwa Oasis’ remote location, a distinctive and unique cultural preservation has occurred here.…

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Thinking about backpacking through Patagonia? Nah, okay. Even if it wasn’t on your bucket list of places to visit, this dope eco-camp, that makes camping look glamorous just may change your mind. Scene set: A brilliant night, cloudless, with stars, and constellations gleaming above. Awe-inspiring snow capped granite mountains, lush greenery, and pristine waterways surround you. Nestled in this unearthly wilderness is EcoCamp Patagonia, an award-winning sustainable lodge in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Here, you can appreciate nature up close and personal while still basking in luxurious amenities like polar fleece sheets, woolen blankets, feather quilts, gourmet…

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Shame on me. After living in the Chicagoland area for the past year and some change, I hadn’t taken advantage of all the beautiful city of Chicago has to offer, why? Because I was stuck in the burbs. You see, I’m a city girl born and bred, but after moving to the burbs of the burbs, mind you where I live is like the King of the Burbs — I fell into the comfortableness of the quiet life. That’s cool and all, but my boyfriend and I decided that we would no longer be stuck in the suburban cycle. On…

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Guadeloupe is the island you never knew you wanted to visit. When approaching the island in the plane, it’s as if it has risen out of a sparkly turquoise ocean, a mirage beach bucolic waiting you to explore. The island is a gorgeous, yet, slightly underdeveloped Caribbean Island (a part of the Lesser Antilles) and is a French “department” that has been largely undiscovered by American tourists. Why? Up until Norwegian Airlines introduced direct flights from the states, Guadeloupe has been a secret holiday getaway for the French. But let me be honest and break down the brass tax. This…

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