Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos and personal opinions focusing on less known travel destinations. This is where you can also learn about culture, history, food and more, and hopefully get inspired, informed and engaged. I am an award-winning travel writer and passionate photographer living in Southern California. Growing up, Read More
I have a love affair with Kauai. Of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is arguably the most diverse: white sand beaches, lush tropical forests, friendly rivers, rugged coasts, breathtaking canyons and beautiful waterfalls. Although each island in the chain has its own unique charm, if you like all things green, flowers and seclusion and love to hike, you are going to fall in love with this island too. Because the island’s landscape is so varied, Kauai activities are very diverse as well and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
The most enjoyed of the Kauai activities is swimming. After all, that’s the main reason we all go to a tropical island. Kauai is a paradise of incredible beaches, enjoying over 50 miles of sandy shores. Each beach has its own unique qualities. Some are great for snorkeling and scuba diving. Others are great for swimming, or surfing, but all are beautiful, friendly and can be equally enjoyed by those who visit them.
Snorkeling in Kauai is lots of fun and easy to do. Most snorkel spots can be accessed from the beaches and are well protected from the waves by large reefs. The best spots are at Anini Beach, Ke’e Beach and Tunnels Beach on the North Shore. Here you will swim with big Green Sea Turtles and lots of tropical fish. Read More
Guest post authored by Dan Greene
Africa is a widely diverse continent, with desert terrain and sites of archaic and historical relevance dotted throughout roaming landscapes. Today, we’re going to take a look at six countries you need to visit at some point in your lives.
What better spot to kick off our list than with one of the most easily recognisable independent states in the continent. The hosts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup have come a long way economically in recent years, and now stand out as a primary destination for tourists.
From the one-of-a-kind Table Mountain on the outskirts of Cape Town, to the world renowned Kruger National Park, there’s no end of fantastic adventures to sink your teeth into when it comes to an excursion to this diverse and multi-cultural nation. Read More
The world is filled with so many spectacular places that one lifetime would not be enough to visit all of them. Most of us will probably never be able to visit everything that this world has to offer, but it’s worth trying. If we can brag about seeing the most famous sites, we should consider ourselves more fortunate than 75% of the world population. Visiting these spectacular places can be a deeply moving and valuable experience. So get your bucket lists ready because here are 10 of the most spectacular places on our planet:
1. Great Barrier ReefThe Great Barrier Reef includes over 900 islands and 2,900 separate reefs. It’s the largest formation created by living organisms and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. No wonder that it’s considered one of the seven wanders of the world. The best way to experience the Great Barrier Reef and see some of the most vibrant fish, coral and marine life, is either by snorkeling or scuba diving. Read More