This is the Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand

By Nomadic Matt

I’ve left pieces of my heart in many places around the world: New York, Paris, Stockholm, and Hong Kong to name a few. But no place has a bigger piece than Thailand. It was my home for a long time (and in many ways still is). No amount of time there is long enough, and any amount of time away is too long. Whenever I miss it, I head to a Thai restaurant, shock the staff by speaking Thai, enjoy a quick conversation with them, and eat my weight in food.But I always leave disappointed.

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12 Hidden Gems to Find in India

India is rich in travel gems. You can visit the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, boat down the River Ganges and tour the slums in Mumbai and yet India has so much more to offer just round the next corner (well, a bus/train/plane ride away).

If you want to get off the beaten track and explore the best-kept secrets of India we’ve unearthed 12 hidden gems you should definitely go out your way to find. We admit, some of them aren’t that easy to get to (cue rickety train rides and trekking on foot) but they’re all well worth the journey and after all, that’s kind of the point. Continue reading

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Top 5 Things to do on Manitoulin Island

Up until recently, Dave and I have been lacking in our Ontario travels. We aren’t sure why we always looked outside our country for adventure, but we’re glad that we finally opened our eyes to everything our home province has to offer. Lately, we’ve often said “it took  traveling the world to make us finally appreciate our own backyard.” It’s been an amazing adventure spending the summer exploring Ontario and one of the highlights was checking out the sights on Manitoulin Island.manitoulin island sunsetLocated on Georgian Bay in Lake Huron,  it’s the largest freshwater island in the world. Just think of exploring 2766 km2 (1167 square miles) of pristine landscape. Part of the Niagara Escarpment, Manitoulin Island offers some amazing nature experiences, and here are our top picks for what you can’t miss.

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FLYING ON THE WILD WINGS OF ALASKA

Flying Safari with Ultima Thule Lodge - Alaska

The best way to explore a vast and almost inaccessible national park in Alaska is to hop on a bush plane and fly along.

My rendezvous with the wilderness is somewhere in a forgotten corner of Alaska, around six in the evening. That is, as long as the weather holds. It’s the end of June and the sun never sets in the evening. “Park alongside the log cabin and wait, but stay away from the stretch of ground beside the car park.” were the instructions in the email. I am in tiny Chitina, population 150 people. Continue reading

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An open air museum in Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey 1


Imagine that you are standing in front of a giant earth pyramid with gaping holes in it that look like windows and doors to a nether world. Now pan your head from left to right and see yourself surrounded by these tall pillars and cones that seemed to have mushroomed everywhere around you. The holes in them look larger as they open into a world which was once homes and hiding places, churches and caves where monks once lived.  I am in Goreme in Cappadocia and this is what they call an open air museum.

Goreme Open air museum , Cappadocia, Turkey

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The coast of California: a magnificent seven

The Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the most scenic drives on the planet, a natural challenger to such famous jaw-droppers as Australia’s Great Ocean Drive between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Here are just seven of its pageant of wonders…

Big Sur

Big Sur

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Welcome to Transylvania

Transylvania

We were haring across the countryside, to swipe a phrase from Renata Adler’s novel Pitch Dark, traveling cross-country along back roads threaded through rows of sentinel beech trees, past dromedary hillsides and fields whose freshly furrowed soil was so deliciously black and loamy you were tempted to leap out of the car and scoop up a bowl. Some friends and I were headed into Transylvania, a little-visited swath of continental Europe in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains, terra incognita except, of course, as a fantasy place familiar to the legions of readers and moviegoers who make the obvious instant association with the invincible Prince of Darkness and box-office ka-ching!: Dracula.

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