An award-winning travel journalist and veteran feature writer, Liz is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveler Magazine, books and blogs. Her work has also appeared in The Walrus, T+L, AARP, Zoomer, Toronto Life, In the Hills and Experience Magazine, among others.
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Forget the big tours. Here's what to do in Iceland if you're looking for a more authentic experience. As travel destinations go, Iceland is hot, so to speak, and for good reason: the country boasts 30 active volcanoes, milky-blue hot springs, elf-inhabited lava fields (or so many Icelanders believe), extraordinary scuba diving, and a landscape best described as a blend of the moon, the Arctic, and western Ireland.
In a nation defined by remote frontier and self-reliance, Western Australians embody perhaps the purest form of that bold Aussie DNA. Perth always makes lists of the Earth's most remote settlements. Still, while locals cherish their isolated roots, they’re also huge travellers—both abroad and at home. Western Australians put the “road” in "road trip." Here’s just a sampling of the best routes (long and short) that their wild wondrous region has to offer.
There are quite a few of us with Irish lineage in the hills of Headwaters. It’s a worthy pilgrimage that in the end deepened my connections to Irish roots here in Caledon. For those tempted to explore their Ulster heritage, here’s my quick list of some lesser-known must see, do, and stay tips.