Destinations, South America

Baños – At the end of the world

(The following is a guest post by Vibeke Johannessen,  from The Viking Abroad)


You have probably seen pictures of the swing at the end of the world.  That swing is in Baños, Ecuador. Did you know that Baños is named after the hot spring water baths? The full name of the city in spanish is Baños de Agua Santa or Holy Water Baths. In the last few of years this city got famous because of the Casa Del Arbol Swing. Baños can be considered the entrance to the Amazon. You will notice this by the lush landscape.


The swing can look terrifying and you might think it would be a big risk to take it, right? Don’t worry, you won’t fall of the earth!

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Destinations, North America

Banff on a Budget

(The following is a guest post by Kenzie Brooks,  from Kenzient Blog)


There is no question about it, Banff National Park is absolutely stunning. Everywhere you go you will come across amazing landscapes featuring mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. However, it all comes at a pretty hefty price.


Ever since Banff National Park was founded it has been a luxury destination. With some of the first hotels being luxury names like Fairmont (although back then they were owned by CP Rail), the only people that could afford to travel out west and to stay in these places had a lot of money. While traveling is much easier now and the prices aren’t quite as sky high, watching your budget can be a little tricky.


I’ve spent many years living and working here, and I thought I could share with you my top ten favourite budget friendly things to see and do in Banff National Park!


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Pokemon Please Go!

I have never really understood the craze of Pokemon Go. As my path has never crossed with a Pokemon-goer, it has never mattered to me that much.

Imagine my surprise whilst in the beautiful Frogner Park in Oslo whilst looking at the amazing but slightly strange sculptures, our paths collided!

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