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The Essential Itinerary: Chicago for the holidays

Chicago goes BIG for the holidays. Here are our picks for the best ways to celebrate the season on a weekend getaway to the Windy City.

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5 epic journeys for photography enthusiasts

Hone your skills on these five intimate experiences led by some of Canada’s top adventure photography pros 

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Is it safe to travel again?

Bucket Listed blogger Robin Esrock weighs in on risk and rewards

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The desert may seem like an unlikely cultural and biodiversity hotspot. But Arizona — from the deep-furrowed canyons in the north to the cactus-studded south, proves that arid is not the same as lifeless. Welcome to the state where water is liquid gold, continuously giving shape — and life — to the land.

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Orlando: One destination, two ways

For the kids and the kids at heart, two different ways to spend your stay in Orlando

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The insider’s guide to Curaçao’s rich culture and natural splendor

Where to eat, stay and play for sophisticated elegance or environmental connection in Curaçao

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How to pronounce Antigua (and other tales of the Caribbean island)

“It’s An-tee-guh, not An-tee-gwuh”

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A pastel-hued paradise

Warm up with these scenes from the Caribbean island chain

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Watching history unfold in Havana

The memories and trappings of Castro-era rule have by no means faded in Cuba, but Havana is looking to the future

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La nueva Cuba

A piece of speculative fiction on how the presence of “americanos” in Cuba could irrevocably change the Caribbean nation 

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8 great virtual vacations to take from your couch

With domestic and international tourism on hold for the foreseeable future, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to experience top Canadian and U.S. destinations without ever leaving home

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When it comes to volcano tourism, is the reward worth the risk?

In the wake of the sudden deadly eruption of New Zealand’s White Island volcano this week, explorer George Kourounis looks at why we’re drawn to active volcanoes — and how to explore them safely

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Five essential things to do in San Francisco

If you're short on time but big on fun, make sure to take in one of these must-do activities in the City by the Bay

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Discovering downtown Phoenix, Arizona

There's lots of life in this desert city

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In search of wild horses in the Sonoran Desert

A chance to spot these beautiful creatures in the wild awaits at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, just a short drive from Phoenix, Arizona

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Left: Kate Harris after a day of gritty riding on the Silk Road in 2011. Right: Harris' travel memoir, Lands of Lost Borders, is published today. (Photo: Melissa Yule)

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Cycling the Silk Road

Canadian writer and explorer Kate Harris' debut travel memoir recounts her journey along the historic trade route 

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The vintage charm of Fujifilm’s newest instant camera

The Instax Square SQ6 offers a surprising number of features to create images with a nostalgic feel

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Savouring Cuban culture in Camaguey, Holguin and Santiago

From enjoying a family-style meal in a "paladar" to retracing the history of the revolution, a visit to eastern Cuba is a must for authentic culture-seekers

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Exploring Hilton Head Island

Why February on Hilton Head Island is for lovers — of natural history and cultural heritage

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Ringing in the lunar new year, Taiwan-style

Neil Ever Osborne gets into the line of fire at the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival

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Traveling back in Greek time to Hydra

Dazzlingly whitewashed villas and houses with bright blue shutters and fiery red window box geraniums climb the hillsides sloping up from Hydra’s horseshoe-shaped harbour

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Exploring the origins of skiing in China’s Altai Mountains

A Canadian ski-touring legend reminisces about snow-bound cultural connections made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and mounting political tensions

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A lofty lookout onto the ‘end of the world’ at Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Perched on a ridge overlooking the Beagle Channel on the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego, this Argentinian hotel brings you close to nature—and its bounty. (King crab, anyone?)

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A 7-step spa experience at The Ritual at Sky Lagoon

Inspired by the traditions of Icelandic bathing culture

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Exclusive Q&A with Long Way Up’s Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, stars of Apple TV+’s new series Long Way Up, on electric travel, sustainability and where they’re headed after the pandemic

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The road to Imintji

Travelling western Australia’s infamous Gibb River Road leads to glorious outback landscapes and telling insights into the nation’s First Peoples

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A wild ride through northern Patagonia, Argentina

A packing trip on horseback brings an international group of women together at the top of the world

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Retreat to the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C.

The Beach Club in Charleston’s historic Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is a slice of Lowcountry luxury in the South

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An epic road trip through Norway’s Western Fiords

Discover hidden hotels, hearty local cuisine and out-of-this-world landscapes on a nine-day self-guided tour of Norway’s network of National Scenic Routes 

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Circumnavigating Manhattan by kayak

One island, 49 kilometres, 10 hours: This epic tour of New York City’s most populous borough is a marathon of sights and sounds — and dangers

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Waking up in Pyongyang

In May 2018, writer and comedian Michael Palin travelled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to make a documentary about life in the most secretive nation on earth. The following is an excerpt from the journal he kept, which is now available as a book, North Korea Journal. 

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Following in the footsteps of pilgrims on Tuscany’s Via Francigena

Our writer falls under the spell of the Tuscan countryside on an eight-day walking tour with Exodus Travels

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What it’s like to sail around Antarctica with One Ocean Expeditions

As another southern summer approaches, here’s a look back at six awesome things that happened on the maiden Antarctic voyage of the RCGS Resolute

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8 things to see in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Discover the “Paris of South America” on our ultimate walking tour of Recoleta and Retiro 

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A gorilla safari with a difference in Uganda

In the mountains of Uganda, gorilla-safari tourism is helping the displaced Batwa people find a place they can call their own

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The Local Life: Clapham, London

A local shares his favourite places to eat, drink and play in the southwest London neighbourhood

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The B&B that brings a taste of Italy to Rwanda

How an Italian expat in Rwanda created a successful B&B that caters to tourists and locals alike

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A journey through Ireland’s borderlands

A road trip along the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland reveals a land of myth and legend that somehow remains one of the island’s best-kept secrets

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Embracing the “free air life” in Finnmark, Norway

Friluftsliv means ‘free air life’ in Norwegian, and there is perhaps no purer expression of it than spring skiing in Finnmark — especially when you sail to the slopes

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Celebrating cowboy culture in Nevada

Inside the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an annual celebration of the West in words and music

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Five unique geothermal hot springs to visit in Iceland

From a five-star luxury spa atop a lava flow to a volcanic crater lake filled with mineral-rich blue water, here are the best ways to experience Iceland at its source

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Living history on England’s South Coast

A three-day road trip along the Dorset coast offers fossils, fish and chips and Roman ruins

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Racing the Route du Rhum

A look at the legendary sailing race from France to Guadeloupe as it celebrates its 40th year

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New commemorative park opens at Vimy Ridge

The Vimy Foundation Centennial Park provides a home for 100 repatriated ‘Vimy Oaks’ and is intended to be a space for reflection on the decisive battle

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Mountain biking in Morocco

Euan Wilson of mountain bike travel company H+I Adventures on what makes a two-wheeled adventure in Morocco so special  

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Why a jet ski tour is a Key West must-do

There’s no better way to experience Key West’s second-biggest claim to fame, after its sunsets: its incredible water

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Rum, vanilla and pearls: Discovering French Polynesia’s treasures

There’s nowhere better than the islands of Raiatea and Taha’a to get to know the uses and yields of French Polynesia’s rich natural environment

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“Oh Dubai. I do not understand you.”

A culinary tour of the emirate known for its ‘seven star’ luxury bewitches and bewilders a Canadian novelist 

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Five perfect pairings to enjoy in Greater Williamsburg, Virginia

Your guide to exploring the sights, tastes and history of Greater Williamsburg

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Gear Review: Handpresso Pump

The hand-operated espresso machine seems like a good idea — until you use it

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Five Scottish towns worth a day trip from Edinburgh

These five towns steeped in Scottish history are all less than an hour by train from the capital

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Editors’ picks: Our top travel experiences of 2017

Can Geo editors reveal their favourite destinations and travel experiences from the past year to help inspire your next adventure in Canada and beyond

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