RESCUE A RED APE
Tour the northeastern section of Borneo, and visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, where swiflets’ nests are harvested for bird’s-nest soup and Pygmy elephants dot Kinabatangan River valley. Dive or snorkel on Lankayan Island and learn about efforts to protect wild red apes. 877-463-9756, ecotours.com
Take a look at the most comprehensive dive program in the Caribbean from Sandals Resorts. (There are more than 510 dive sites to choose from!)
No fish tales here. Islands' editor Eddy Patricelli goes fishing in Mentawai with a local.
Just off the coast of Indonesia, the Mentawai Islands are an exotic travel and surfing destination.
A journey aboard a 237-foot, 110-year-old tall ship brings one adventurer to a beach with water as clear and as bright as the sky.
What’s in a watch? You’d be surprised, or at least I am with the Sprout ST5500. The band is made from Tyvek, an eco-friendly fiber, so it’s biodegradable. But I wouldn’t dare compost it.
Just because January is over doesn't mean you can blow off those New Year's resolutions. At least one resort is happy to provide financial incentives for you to meal those pesky goals. The Westin Resort & Casino in Aruba is encouraging wellness year-round with a new "13 Resolutions for 2013" program. The year-long initiative offers guests 13 perks catered to the top 13 most commonly-broken resolutions. For example, looking to "unplug" more in 2013? Then you'll get a nice room credit if you turn in your cell phone to the front desk. Find out what other incentives await.
Lavish resorts. Infinity pools. If there’s such a thing as a complaint in the Maldives, it’s that my visits rarely allow much exploring or a chance to meet many locals. The resorts – and the scattered nature of the region’s 1,190 islands -- make staying put easy. Too easy. On my last trip, however, I discovered the Four Seasons Explorer, a luxury dive boat that carries 22 guests on 3-, 4-, and 7-night safaris through the archipelago.
They’re beer guys in New Zealand’s wine country. That might explain why Andy Deuchars and Brian Thiel, expats from California, have given the name “Paradox” to one of the pilsners made at their Renaissance Brewing Company. Or why they describe an ale with equal parts sensory effects and breakfast-buffet details: “Layers of biscuit, maple syrup, and hints of black currant and toast.” The combination works. Just like a winemaker (Andy, 45) partnering with a Mercedes mechanic (Brian, 43) to create beer 7,000 miles from home.
Our trip to New Zealand was all about expressing the shear scope of the landscape and the fantastic riding it offers. With a small population and virtually no trail access issues, the riding is almost limitless. Probably like it was fifty years ago in the U.S. We travelled throughout the South Island from Queenstown to the Craigieburn Forest, experiencing amazing singletrack and the laid back NZ lifestyle.
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