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The Ultimate Trip to Tanzania

The Ultimate Trip to Tanzania

Easily one of the best months of my life was spent traveling through Tanzania. The culture, the scenery, the people. It was an incredible experience. My ultimate trip to Tanzania was split into three sections: a safari through the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, a summit hike on Mt. Kilimanjaro and some beach time on Zanzibar. For those of you who don’t know your geography, Tanzania is located in East Africa, directly south of Kenya and Uganda.  Tanzania’s Eastern border runs up against the Indian Ocean. To the east of the mainland is a cluter of islands in the Indian Ocean which makes up Zanzibar. As I mentioned, the first part of my ultimate trip to Tanzania was spent on a safari. The Serengeti is considered one of the ten natural wonders of the world. After my short week spent watching the great animals that call the Serengeti home, I can see why it is considered a natural wonder. This place was incredible! I was there in January, which was right when all of...

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Local Craft Tours | Discover Seattle Craft Distilleries

Local Craft Tours | Discover Seattle Craft Distilleries

It wasn’t very long ago that going on a distillery tour in Seattle wasn’t even possible. A law passed in 2008 finally allowed craft distilleries to open up tasting rooms and sell their liquor. Since that time, distilleries have been popping up all over Washington. This new and growing industry brings a lot of curiosity, which is where Local Craft Tours come into play. As the premier distilling tour in Seattle, Local Craft Tours is not just a great way to taste your way through the city but also a fun way to learn about the growing craft distillery industry in Seattle. Local Craft Tours offers a few different distillery tours (and they all sound like a blast), but I recently went on the Speakeasy Distillery Tour. This two and a half hour tour starts in downtown Seattle with stops at three different distilleries. On our tour, we visited Sound Spirits Distillery, Fremont Mischief and Letterpress Distilling. Depending on when you go on the Speakeasy Distillery Tour, you may...

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Bodø, Norway | A Trip North of the Arctic Circle

Bodø, Norway | A Trip North of the Arctic Circle

Bodø, Norway is a little out-of-the-way — located just north of the Arctic Circle — but it’s spectacular. Bodø is the capital of Nordland County and it sits right on a peninsula in the Norwegian Sea. It’s a town with less than 50,000 people, but it’s the largest community in the region. I honestly only wanted to go to Bodø so I could say I’ve traveled north of the Arctic Circle. I’m sure the people who live in Bodø see their fair share of tourists just like me. I’m thankful I did it though, not only because I can I say I’ve experienced the Arctic Circle, but also because Bodø is an extremely beautiful community and worth a visit. I traveled to Bodø during November and was expecting to see a lot of snow (since it’s above the Arctic Circle). At the time I visited Bodø, I was studying abroad in Hamar, Norway (about 675 miles south of Bodø), which already had snow on the ground. But, while I was in  Bodø, I didn’t see one drop of snow. It was,...

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Snowshoeing at Mount Baker

Snowshoeing at Mount Baker

Located just outside of Bellingham, Mount Baker is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle and it’s perfect for winter sports. While it takes a little longer to get there from Seattle compared other mountains in the area, the drive is well worth it. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And, as one of the snowiest places in the world, going snowshoeing at Mount Baker is a great way to spend a winter day. If you’ve never been snowshoeing, don’t worry. It’s not that difficult. If you can walk and hike, then you can snowshoe. You also don’t need to own snowshoes to go snowshoeing at Mount Baker. Bellingham is very outdoorsy (as is much of the Pacific Northwest), so it’s not hard to find a place to rent snowshoes. I always rent my snowshoes at Glacier Ski Shop which is located in Glacier (about a half hour from the top of Mount Baker), right along Mount Baker Highway. To get to Mount Baker you have to take (you guessed it) Mount Baker Highway,...

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Seattle CityPASS | The Best Deal in Town

Seattle CityPASS | The Best Deal in Town

Let’s get right to it. You’re here right now because you’re looking to save money on your trip to Seattle. Well, you came to the right place. We have the answer for you — it’s the Seattle CityPASS. The Seattle CityPASS gives you admission (at 45% savings per ticket booklet) to six of the city’s top attractions: the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture and your choice of Woodland Park Zoo or The Museum of Flight. While the booklet saves you money on all of these attractions (a HUGE perk), our favorite part of the Seattle CityPASS is that it gives you an excuse to go out and explore this awesomely-cool city. Whether you’re visiting as a tourist, or you’re a local who hasn’t fully explored Seattle, the CityPASS is a perfect opportunity to see what this place has to offer. Not only do you save money by buying a Seattle CityPASS (<<< buy now), but you can also skip the ticket...

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