The Great Barrier Reef – Cairns, Australia

Travel Recommendations: Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Length of Stay

If you are like anyone else visiting Cairns, you are going there for the reef and hopefully you are SCUBA certified. Spend at least 3 full days. This will give you time to coordinate diving trips to the reef and maybe stay on a liveaboard so you can do some night dives. If you are diving, don’t forget to build in a few extra days to decompress so you don’t get the bends...

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The Harbor City – Sydney, Australia

Travel Recommendations: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Length of Stay

I would recommend a minimum of three full days to visit Sydney. This will allow you to check out the city and the attractions. You can also do a day trip out to nearby sites like Manly Beach and Bondi Beach.

Transportation

There are plenty of options (trains, buses, ferries, and light rail) for public transit in the city. Take the opportunity to also walk around and visit the local...

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Torres del Paine – Patagonia, Chile

Travel Recommendations: Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Length of Stay

At least three full days.

Transportation

You are on your own here; there is no public transit and no taxi service.

Lodging

There are several lodging options. You can "rough it" and backpack in a camp or reserve a spot at a camping park, or you can stay at a ranch-style hotel, regular hotel, or resort. I do...

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Hotel or Vacation Rental

We have more accessibility to lodging than we have ever before. With phone applications you can easily search and reserve the ideal place to stay while on our vacation. The question has come up for me, Hotel or Rental through AirBnB/Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO)?

I have stayed at both a hotel and rented an apartment. However, there are always pros and cons to staying at either type of lodging. To help decide where to stay on your next adventure, I have added what I like and dislike...

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