Monthly Archives: December 2017

App for Adventurers

What was once “off the beaten path” adventure travel (ie. Machu Picchu, Galapagos, etc.) has now become “relatively” commonplace for first world travelers. But the world still retains many spectacular secret treasures—and adventurers seeking to “discover” them may be interested in checking out a new app called “Hidden Place”. Hidden Place, a newly available Canadian app, is “listing the globe’s best kept secrets for adventurers”. As seasoned travelers, co-founders Jonathon Taillefer and Jonathon Léveillé came up with the idea for the app out of their own desire to share with others the exceptional, unknown places they visit. In the six months since its release, the app has become a “must-have tool for backpackers”.  For each spot listed, itineraries, pictures, descriptions, and reviews are available.   In coming weeks, Hidden Place will be updated to include a version that can be used without WIFI in order to access the application anywhere and anytime. And in order to preserve the magic of these hidden places and avoid the problem of “exposure”, the app’s “cool-down mode” temporarily removes popular spots from their lists.  For more info, you can check out the app here:
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Warm Weather Escapes

Here in New England it's starting to get chilly.  Perhaps it's time to start checking out some warm weather escapes? Here are a few destinations to consider: Caye Caulker -- a tiny island off the coast of Belize.  Very laid back and easy going.  No roads or cars, just bikes and a few motorized golf carts.  Good access to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve- some of the best snorkeling and diving ever.  I stayed at a VRBO but there are a few small hotels. Grenada -- also very laid back.  Terrible roads but the "buses" (overly crowded minivans) are cheap and frequent.  Some beautiful beaches and lovely, warm people. My favorite hotel was a small property in the north called Petite Anse. St. Lucia -- gorgeous, mountainous island - a little bit of Hawaii in the Caribbean.  I stayed at St. James Morgan Bay - my first experience at an all-inclusive and it was a good one. Also, while the regular rates tend to be a bit steep, they often have sales. Otherwise, I'd also recommend Calabash Cove or Ladera- a stay at either or both would be very special. Great locations for honeymooners. [caption id="attachment_2736" align="alignleft" width="225"] St. Lucia[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2737" align="alignright" width="225"] Grenada[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2735" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Caye Caulker[/caption]
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