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Outdoor Adventure Getaway to Quebec City…

Quebec City

Quebec is friendly, quaint, and an outdoor traveler’s bucket list destination.

Bring your walking or hiking shoes, as the best way to explore Quebec City is by foot.

With various hills and two natural levels due to its location on the cliffs of the St. Lawrence, there are over thirty staircases. The largest staircase in Quebec City and my personal favorite is Cap Blanc with nearly 400 stairs, which is a great workout for locals and athletic visitors alike; however, most are less strenuous and with fewer stairs.

Regardless a trip to Quebec is good for your legs with no good excuse for skipping dessert or that extra glass of wine…

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Tapping Adventure in Finger Lakes, New York…

Finger Lakes

As a Finger Lakes first-timer, the area must have known that I, too, was a small town storyteller, welcoming me with open arms and eager to share their stories along with some sips.

Armed with just enough pre-trip research and a map, I gravitated towards my first line of business in any new place, getting the lay of the land…

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Out of My Comfort Zone and onto a New Zealand Road Trip…

New Zealand Road Trip

With our eighth backward lurch and frantic pull on the emergency parking break, I was beginning to worry.

It was as if we were constantly riding to the top of the big hill of a roller coaster but never getting to enjoy the thrilling downward plunge! Somehow I had found myself sitting in a gigantic campervan halfway around the world.

My husband Mike was in the driver’s seat attempting to learn how to drive a stick shift vehicle (left handed!) on the treacherous “hills” of New Zealand.

While it had certainly sounded like a fun adventure two months earlier when we decided to take a career break to travel the world, as my knuckles turned whiter and we constantly stalled on the same hill, I started to think that we had bitten off more than we could chew…

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A Motor-Flight Through France by Edith Wharton

This travel story is an excerpt from A Motor-Flight Through France by Edith Wharton.

The motor-car has restored the romance of travel.

Freeing us from all the compulsions and contacts of the railway, the bondage to fixed hours and the beaten track, the approach to each town through the area of ugliness and desolation created by the railway itself, it has given us back the wonder, the adventure and the novelty which enlivened the way of our posting grandparents. Above all these recovered pleasures must be ranked the delight of taking a town unawares, stealing on it by back ways and unchronicled paths, and surprising in it some intimate aspect of past time, some silhouette hidden for half a century or more by the ugly mask of railway embankments and the iron bulk of a huge station. Then the villages that we missed and yearned for from the windows of the train—the unseen villages have been given back to us!—and nowhere could the importance of the recovery have been more delightfully exemplified than on a May afternoon in the Pas-de-Calais, as we climbed the long ascent beyond Boulogne on the road to Arras.

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Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak

This travel story is an excerpt from Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of Papua New Guinea by Kira Salak.

I left Tahiti behind, still hearing Cocos words, You always go, non?

The plane rose and I watched the shores of French Polynesia fade to a spread of blue ocean. The fragrance of Tahiti seemed to linger on my skin, in my hair, like a memory that couldnt be washed away.

A flight attendant handed me an Air New Zealand survey. One of the questions asked: “How do you generally prefer to travel?”

I smiled to myself as I checked the box, “Independently, without prior arrangements.” A lifetime summed up.

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