Less than an hour outside Las Vegas is a wonderful world of geologic history, natural colors, miles of hiking trails and great places to cool off on a hot summer day.
To many people the chance to get dolled up or skivvied down while throwing away money and drinking until you can’t feel your face is an exciting turn of events not to be missed. As a woman who spent many a weekend in Las Vegas as a 20-something this scenario has lost its luster. But that won’t ever stop me from visiting Las Vegas. I still like to throw a little money down a slot machine and enjoy a good show but my real love for this area now lies in what is just beyond the shimmering lights and staggering folks on the strip.
I’m talking about nature and there is a whole lot of it, outside Vegas. Just pick a direction and enjoy something beautiful. If you have just one extra day in Las Vegas here are some great places to explore, so grab your sense of direction and get going.
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Over the years Andrew and I have spent a small fortune on cameras and gear for shooting my Youtube episodes and taking pictures. I have personally gone through many cameras, Gopros, tripods and microphones. Some things I have loved and some things I have hated. Many things broke due to cheap parts like my old lightweight tripod, or our Sennheiser shotgun mic that rarely ever lasted for more than 5 minutes. Sometimes gear is broken due to user error, like the time my camera strap came untied and my telephoto lens smashed on the concrete in Yosemite or the time our first drone took a swim in the Pacific Ocean. Through all my experiences in different countries, different climates, weather and situations I have come to love certain pieces.
Here is a list of the gear I currently own. This is also a guide for those trying to up their game in the photography or video realm and those looking for great gear for guerilla style shooting.
Sintra is located 30 kilometers from the bustling city of Lisbon. Known for many romantic moments of architecture from the 19th century it is also home to several of Portugal's Royal palaces and was dedicated as a World Heritage City by UNESCO for the very reason.
Visiting Sintra and the colorful hill top palace of Pena National Palace has become a very popular day trip out of Lisbon.
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. Part of Spain they lie just a few hundred miles from the coast of Africa. Arriving into the Tenerife North Airport and driving south, my first thoughts in the early evening dusk was that I just landed on an island that could have doubled as an open pit mind. Barren and ugly with lots of dirt, rocks and covered banana farms were all I could see from the freeway. I worried that my experience here would be unpleasant. I couldn't have been more wrong.
I was invited to the island for a conference on sustainability in travel by Biosphere Tourism and the city council of Arona. Arona is a district that has been certified as a global sustainable destination. As the mayors office, people and tourism department have worked hard to make the communities within Arona as in tune with nature as possible.
I had two days of conferences and one full day to explore. A short window to see a rather large island but if there is one thing I'm good at, its cramming in a lot of activities into a short time.
For many; there isn’t much better than a tantalizing weekend sipping wines, exploring vineyards and indulging in enriching cuisine. As a wine enthusiast it is easy to strictly think about the taste and quality of the grapes that go into our favorite wines. What if you knew that the wines you drank were grown sustainably on organic farms, and the food you ate was sourced from mere footsteps away. More wine growers are making the leap to be sustainable and Sonoma County is leading the way.
If you are unfamiliar with Sonoma County, it is one of the premier wine regions in Northern California. Located next to Napa Valley, Sonoma has almost twice as many vineyards and a plethora of other things to do. As a wine region it is known for its amazing chardonnays, sparkling wines, pinot noir’s and red blends. Sonoma blended seamlessly with nature, runs along the Russian River. Following the Wine road you can start on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, wind your way through Redwood forests, kayak down the Russian River, stay in a solar powered B & B, eat locally farm raised foods and sip on a delectable selection of organic wines.
Sonoma County recently announced their commitment to become the first 100% sustainable wine region in America by 2019. Already 60% of the Sonoma vineyard acres have been certified sustainable as well as 40 wineries themselves.