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Words: Len Rutledge    Images: Phensri Rutledge With geysers, grizzlies, an impressive grand canyon, and great mud pools, Yellowstone National Park in America’s west is dramatic, imposing and at times overwhelming. The world’s first national park, established in 1872, is a wonderful blend of land, water, forest, grassland, wildlife and geothermal features. It challenges your senses and stirs your soul. Old Faithful The first expedition to reach here returned with accounts that were rebuffed by magazine editors and politicians...

The Humpback Whale Come-Back: An Amazing Success Story We have been protecting the Humpback Whale since the 1970s, and many conservationists are understandably very happy with the results, which has effectively removed the species from the endangered list in 9 separate global locations. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOA) has confirmed that the numbers of Humpbacks have increased sufficiently to remove them from the endangered list in 9 locations. Complex Intelligence These majestic creatures can migrate...

Money, food and the weather are some of the biggest reasons behind family fallouts while away, new research has revealed. The study, conducted by cruise agent Bolsover Cruise Club, surveyed 1000 UK adults and examined the most common reasons behind holiday spats, as well as the optimum length of time we could spend away with our loved ones before bickering was likely to set in. The results showed that despite their many positives, holidaying with our friends and family can be a rather stressful affair, especially...

Words; Len Rutledge   Images: Phensri Rutledge If you ever doubted the power of social media, you need to visit Page, Arizona, USA. There are two attractions nearby that were hardly known by anyone other than locals twenty years ago. Then came Instagram, and Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend have become internationally known tourist attractions that everyone visiting the western USA wants to see. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon on Navajo Indian land. It has two separate, scenic sections; Upper Antelope Canyon...

Insta-worthy dream holiday without having to pack your bags! Holidays are one of the best ways to tick off those outstanding items on your bucket list. The holiday provides us with the opportunity to do those ‘once in a lifetime’ things that we dream about in our day-to-day, a chance to live those exhilarating experiences and collect those unforgettable memories. But what if you didn’t have to wait for a big, expensive holiday to a far-flung destination to do all the things on your list? What if you could do those same incredible...

Words: Len Rutledge Images: Phensri Rutledge White swans, a low-flying vintage aircraft, colourful boats, and a seven hundred-year-old bridge battle for my attention as I gaze out across the still waters of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland. In the end, the bridge wins. The Kapellbrücke is a covered wooden footbridge with more than 100 17th-century pictures hanging from the roof rafters. It is my lasting image of Lucerne. For a city of only 75,000 Lucerne punches way above its weight in terms of visitor appeal. It’s almost too...

Air travel is taxing on the body even on the best of days. What happens to your well-being onboard an airplane isn’t always pretty. A combination of cramped spaces, pressure changes, low-humidity, and higher exposure to germs make it much easier to fall ill while you’re on the move. Travelers on long-haul flights may experience strange sensations, dehydration, and difficulty falling asleep — a recipe for vacation disaster. So before you navigate through the TSA Checkpoint and hop aboard your next marathon flight, learn some...

Words: Len Rutledge  Images: Phensri Rutledge The little nostalgic steam engine huffs and puffs its way up the steep track as we leave the lakeside village of St. Wolfgang in Austria. We are bound for the Schafberg Mountain and our carriage is full of expectant and excited people. The joy of travelling in toy mountain trains is unexplainable in words but we all feel it. This is a real adventure. The steepest, steam cog-railway in Austria has been ascending this mountain since 1893. It takes 35 minutes to reach the summit, climbing...

Indonesia is known to be one of the most beautiful and diverse places on earth. Although it has many features worthy of visiting, the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Indonesia as a travel destination is Bali. Bali is an island that has everything: sandy beaches, mighty volcanoes, rainforests, beautiful rice terraces, amazing culture and friendly, smiling people that are truly happy to have you as their guests. Yes, Bali is the perfect destination to visit. But there are some things you need to know before you pack your...

Tokyo, an exotic oriental oasis known for its modern skyline, ancient (literally) history and vibrant culture. When planning a trip to such a locale, it’s overwhelming to decide what to take in during your stay. It has enough restaurants, stores and attractions to keep you busy for weeks, but which should you take in? Look no further than this list of a few of Tokyo’s must-see amenities. Food When you think of Japanese food, you might assume it’s all variations on sushi and nothing more. You couldn’t be more wrong. Tokyo’s cuisine...