HoliDaze Archive

winter

Competitours: Unique Travel Adventures For Unique Travelers

Oh the times we had while traveling Europe...

After a decade of gallivanting around the globe, there is one undeniable fact that I have learned: Traveling without any adventure is not traveling — that is called commuting. True joy comes not from being a commuter but by being a traveler. It’s a simple choice of staying with the herd or getting off the … Read More

Iceland Off The Beaten Path Travel Guide

Road trip through the eastern region of Iceland

Iceland off the beaten path is a country like no other. Legendary Viking history. Intriguing culture and cuisine. Plus it is just far enough removed from its neighbors to make others curious about this island nation. Turns out that in addition to being breathtakingly beautiful, Iceland is overflowing with cool, quirky, unique and offbeat sights … Read More

Hel in Photos: Exploring Helsinki, Finland During Winter

Uspenski in Helsinki, Finland

Spend a few days exploring Helsinki and you’ll discover that the Finnish capital city is comprised of a beautiful yet eclectic collection of buildings. It is a place where Art Nouveau meets modern minimalism, with many historic buildings reminiscent of both Swedish or Russian styles of architecture….or both! I arrived early to explore the city … Read More

Off The Beaten Path Adventures in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Bicycling around Grindstone Lake, one of the dozen lakes in Ruidoso, New Mexico

Breathtaking natural beauty and captivating sunsets. Iconic landscapes and rich Native American history. Countless outdoor activities and adventures year-round, whethersummer or winter. Welcome to New Mexico, also known as The Land of Enchantment, and for good reason. No other state better captures the true essence of the American Southwest — and the best way to … Read More

First Impressions Of Finland: A Friendly But Puzzling Land

Aerial view of Oulanka National Park in Northern Finland

Finland is amazing. The country is gorgeous, its food delicious and its people polite and friendly. In many ways the entire country runs so smoothly (often solely on the honor system) that we can all learn from Finnish people. Things here just work. Flawlessly….Except for those few puzzling times when they don’t and you just … Read More

Aerial Photos Of Afghanistan

Aerial View of the Bamyan province of Afghanistan, famous for its skiing

I am obsessed with Afghanistan. It is a beautiful country full of people who are world-renowned for their hospitality. Unfortunately a few bastard terrorists are ruining the public image of this once normal country and forcing even proud, honest Afghans to reluctantly flee their homeland. Ever seen photos of Kabul in the 1960’s? It looked … Read More

Christmas in Colombia: The Colors Of El Alumbrado in Medellin

El Alumbrado in Medellin, Colombia

Ever spent Christmas in Colombia? Specifically Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring. This business city turned tourist hub may never be able to shake away the memories of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, but that’s okay. History builds character and the modern Medellin has become one of the safest (and most fun) cities in … Read More

Where My Dogs At!? Dogsledding in British Columbia, Canada

Dogsledding in Yellowknife, Canada

The late December snow and ice crunched almost rhythmically under our feet as we approached the isolated dog kennel nestled in the backwoods of Whistler, BC. Dusk was rapidly turning into dark, but the fleet of Alaskan huskies designated to pull our sled were bouncing with energy like it was high noon. “Don’t let them … Read More