Tag Archives: Beaches

What to Do and See in Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa City Center

The Ukraine was Country #44 for me. My first stop was in Odessa, called the Pearl of the Black Sea. I’d been given several expectations of cheap prices, beautiful girls and an International culture. All were true, and so much more. I had organized to get toured around the city, but a fiasco with my email prevented me from finalizing …

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Follow in My Footsteps: The Santa Cruz That Isn’t on Google Maps

Santa Cruz Beaches

Most people think of California or Tenerife when they think of Santa Cruz. If you Google the Santa Cruz in Portugal, you’ll get the town on Madeira Island. Yet there’s another one. Just an hour north of Lisbon is Santa Cruz, an idyllic stretch of sandy beaches, oceanside cafes and boutique hotels. Santa Cruz is also home to the annual …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Fish, Funiculars and 100-Foot Waves in Nazaré

Selfie in Sitio, Nazare

My week in Portugal was primarily about best surfing locations. It’s been years since I was on a board, and I wasn’t quite ready to surf the waves in Nazaré, which can get over 100-feet high in the winter! Everything else I found the town was simply wonderful. Nazaré was the first stop on my tour of central Portugal. Taking a …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Spending a Week in Central Portugal

Press Tour in Central Portugal (2)

For my 45th country, I teamed up with Visit Portugal and Centro de Portugal to explore the best surf spots and historic towns in central Portugal. Guided by the energetic Jose of Madomis Tours and Joao of Naturexperience, I learned how to surf (again), saw the location of the highest-ever surfed wave (78 feet!), strolled through beautiful villages, slept in amazing …

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Explore the Isle of Lewis and Harris to See Scotland’s Best

Luskentyre on Lewis and Harris

Back in May this year, I explored the Isle of Lewis and Harris on the Haggis Adventures Hebridean Hopper Tour. While the Isle of Skye remains my favorite place in the world, the Isle of Lewis and Harris isn’t far behind. It’s the biggest island in the British Isles outside the two main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and …

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