Travel Contests: Week of November 5, 2014


This week’s travel contests include: Win a 22″ Wheeled Carry-on Duffel and 32″ Wheeled Duffel from Pathfinder Luggage! ( contest) Win a 12-day hiking adventure in New Zealand Win a 6-night trip for two to Portugal Win a trip to see polar bears in their natural habitat Win a trip for two to Dominica Win a […]

Travel Video of the Week: Polar Bear POV

Polar bears

The US Geological Survey created this unique video when they put a camera-equipped radio collar on a female polar bear in the Beaufort Sea in April 2014. This new type of camera technology was developed by videographer Adam Ravetch with the support of the World Wildlife Fund. The video, which is the first ever from […]

An Adventure Odyssey Through the Canadian Heartland, Part 2

Architectural rendering of Ice Sea Passage (Credit: Assiniboine Park Zoo)

This is the second installment in Dave Zuchowski’s series on discovering Canada’s lesser-known provinces by car. For more on the road less traveled, check out Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Part 2: More from Winnipeg On a visit to Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo, I discovered that the zoo is in the process of […]

Travel Contests: Week of June 26, 2013

Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

This week’s contests include: Win 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points Win a trip for four to the Riviera Maya Win a vacation for two to Italy Win a chance for two to take a polar-bear themed tour in Canada

12 Facts You Never Knew About Longyearbyen: The World’s Northernmost City

Longyearbyen's main street (Photo by Jennifer Dombrowski, who visited Svalbard)

The world’s northernmost city  – and Svalbard’s only town with more than a handful of inhabitants – Longyearbyen is the base for tourism in Svalbard. While you might get “island fever” (as the locals call it) and want to spend all of your time snow scootering across the glaciers and frozen fjords, spend some time […]

Our Polar Expedition: 4 Snowmobiles and the Possibility of Polar Bears

This sign warns of polar bears in Svalbard

Gjelder hele Svalbard. This sign stands on the outskirts of Longyearbyen and indicates this is the farthest it’s safe to go outside the settlement without a high-powered rifle for protection. In fact, the locals around town had been abuzz that polar bear paw prints had been spotted less than 1 kilometer from town. We would […]

Blueberries and Belugas in Northern Manitoba, Part 2


Continuing with my amazing adventure at Seal River Lodge, only this time, in addition to seeing Polar Bears up close, I was able to get into the water with friendly Beluga whales! And I cannot forget to mention that the meals at Seal River Lodge are really special. Breakfast and dinner are always served in […]

Polar Bear Adventure, Part 1


My mind was blown wide open the first time I saw a polar bear up close in the wild. Previous encounters had been in zoos where I had felt sorry that they had no space to roam, or worse, stuffed in museums with ferocious taxidermically altered mouths. Yes, the polar bear is the largest carnivore […]