Egypt: Live Like a Local

The Food of Papua New Guinea 🇵🇬

Join Kelley Ferro as she explorers the food of Papua New Guinea! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ Live like a Local in Papua New Guinea USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro Join me as I discover what the locals eat on a food tour of this wild country. Custom tour itinerary provided by Swain Destinations. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro 🔸 http://www.kelleyferro.com/

Papua New Guinea: Country Profile

Explore this remote part of the world with me as I go from Papua New Guinea's mountainous Highlands to the Karawari River and Sepik in the Lowlands. With few roads, we took a charter plane between locations on the most remote experience of my life! Live like a Local in Papua New Guinea: USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted & produced by Kelley Ferro

Cool Lodges of Papua New Guinea

The lodges in PNG are more than just hotels--they are your basis for experiencing the country and interacting with the locals. Sustainable and true to their environments, each one that I stayed on my experience with Swain Destinations had a unique personality and shaped my journey. Live like a Local in Papua New Guinea: USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted & produced by Kelley Ferro

Papua New Guinea: The Lowlands & Sepik region

We visited the Lowlands, an area of PNG located along the Karawari River. This region is known as the Sepik and we were exposed to local life along the river. Custom tour itinerary provided by Swain Destinations. Live like a Local in Papua New Guinea: USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted & produced by Kelley Ferro

Papua New Guinea: The Highlands

Let's travel to Papua New Guinea! Explore the tribes of Tari, the famous Birds of Paradise and all the adventure of the Highlands. Live like a Local in Papua New Guinea: USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted & produced by Kelley Ferro Custom tour itinerary provided by Swain Destinations.

My Papua New Guinea Experience

Check out this quick video shot on GoPro and edited with Quik Stories to showcase my life-changing trip to Papua New Guinea. From the Karawari River up to the Highlands and Tari and over to Mt Hagen with its famed market--I met some of the most incredible locals and had the greatest experience.

The Food of South Africa

USTOA Travel Together Video Series The Food & Wine of South Africa on tour with Swain Destinations Food is a big part of my travels at least, and when I was heading off to South Africa, I was giddy with excitement as I knew this country was home to a burgeoning food scene and world renowned wines. My tour with Swain Destinations made sure that we had access to the best of the best--the highest quality dishes handcrafted while in Kruger National Park, incredible wines right from the source in the Cape Winelands and meals at some of the best restaurants in Cape Town. Eat & drink up!

This is South Africa: Overview

USTOA Travel Together Video Series This stunning country needs no introduction: unparalleled game reserves, a burgeoning food scene, incredible cities and a remarkable history--South Africa is a transportive place that has to be visited to be believed.

Luxury in South Africa

USTOA Travel Together Video Series The Luxury Experience with Swain Destinations in South Africa From the second you get off the plane throughout the whole experience, USTOA member Swain Destinations, makes sure that comfort is on the menu. You don't have to think while on tour--you can sit back and enjoy world renowned hotels, sip famed wines, taste gourmet meals and leave all the stress out of travel. From Singita Castleton in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve to the One & Only in Capetown, you experience only the best.

Local Access in South Africa

USTOA Travel Together Video Series: Access to the Locals Having experiences with the local make your trip that much more meaningful and that is why it's amazing when a tour will allow you to see places, meet people and have experiences you couldn't have otherwise. Visiting a township, meeting local craftswomen and trying local street food were all on the itinerary and more--and that's why my trip to South Africa was truly memorable.

Choose Your Own Adventure in South Africa

USTOA Travel Together Video Series Freedom to have your Experience while on tour with Swain Destinations You might think that being a tour means a strict schedule, group activities all the time and no chance to choose what you do. Well, that's not the case on tours with United States Tour Operator Members. My trip to South Africa with Swain Destination proved that the ultimate goal of the tour was for us to have our own best possible trip--so we added in more things, had spontaneous roadside stops and had some time for rest. It truly felt like our own trip, just a bit easier & better!

Conservation in South Africa: On Tour with USTOA

USTOA Travel Together Environmental Consciousness on Tour We travelers know that the reason we travel to destinations is because of the beautiful, well preserved environment. That is why it is important to travel with hotels, restaurants and tour operators that think about their footprint on the environment and do their best to help their surroundings. Swain Tours, a USTOA member, makes sure to only use hotel & activity partners that have conservation as a priority. See all the instances of conservation in South Africa.

The Food of Egypt

USTOA Live Like a Local Series: Exploring Egypt's Local Cuisine with Abercrombie & Kent I was thinking a lot about temples & pyramids when I was heading to Egypt but what I didn't expect was how great the food was! Largely vegetarian, I had the most light and chewy bread, soft & fluffy falafel and surprisingly tasty savory koshary, made with chickpeas & lentils. And the hummus--WOW. From our gourmet restaurants to street food, Egypt's food is exoctically delicious!

Cruising the Nile River

USTOA Live Like a Local Series Cruising the Nile with Abercrombie & Kent The Nile is one of the most incredible places that I've ever seen and getting to experience while on board a luxury cruise with USTOA member Abercrombie & Kent, was a personal highlight of my visit to Egypt. You could see the heart of Egypt from the deck and jump on & off at various important stops, like the Temple of Dendara, Valley of the Kings as well as Karnak and Luxor Temples.

Shopping in Egypt's Local Markets

USTOA Live Like a Local Series with Abercrombie & Kent The tombs aren't the only Egyptian places full of treasures--one of my favorite parts of the journey was getting to stop at markets & workshops to discover the local crafts, jewels and spices. Luxor Market, a rug cooperative and Giza's market were a sensory overload and I had to take more than a few treasures home with me.

Kelley's Egypt with Abercrombie & Kent

USTOA Travel Together One of the most storied histories in the world, Egypt has long been a popular destination for it's history, it's culture and of course, it's amazing pyramids & temples. Egypt needs to be on every person's bucket list--see why this country changed me.

Hanging Out with Egypt's Locals

USTOA Live Like a Local Series: Access to the Locals with Abercrombie & Kent in Egypt For me the best part of travel is getting to learn about a new place through it's people. I was amazed at how USTOA member Abercrombie & Kent agreed with that sentiment and made sure that we had many opportunities to meet & interact with true locals. Communicating with them and sharing laughs, foods and stories is truly the magic of travel.

Egyptologists: The Best Guides

USTOA Live Like a Loca: Abercrombie & Kent's Egyptologists It made all the difference that we had extremely bright Egyptologists with us at every site. They made sure to explain all the important parts in a way that was easy to understand and they never tired of all our questions. I learned so much more on this trip than I ever learned in school because of their skills. It truly makes the Egyptian experience come to life.

China Travel Guide: Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai 🇨🇳

Check out this travel guide to China from Kelley Ferro! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ What to do, see, eat and experience in these vibrant Chinese cities. I had a whirlwind week in China with Wendy Wu Tours and I experienced so much in this exciting, ancient and modern country. From the skyscrapers of Shanghai, to biking the old wall of Xi'an, to seeing the Terra Cotta Warriors up close and exploring the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall—China was full of life changing moments. Here's a glimpse into what we did on our tour through this amazing country. Live like...

My Bucket List for China

China has certainly always been on my bucket list and I was thrilled to get to experience the country with Wendy Wu Tours. I toured 3 cities and found each to be filled with world wonders and bucket list sites. Check out my favorite spots in China—including the Great Wall! Live like a Local in China with Kelley Ferro: USTOA Travel Together Series featuring Wendy Wu Tours & Visit China Now

The Food of China

On our journey with Wendy Wu Tours, we ate some of the best of the best of China's exciting foods. From a variety of types of noodles (my favorite being "biang biang") to soups, dumplings, hot pot and all sorts of street snacks, eating in China was an adventure. We toured the markets and saw the food come from the source. What was my best meal? Peking duck of course! Live like a Local in China with Kelley Ferro: USTOA Travel Together Series featuring Wendy Wu Tours & Visit China Now

Millennials Share the Modern Side of China

Just as China is so ancient, it is also so futuristic and advanced. In Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing, the three cities that I visited on my experience with Wendy Wu Tours, I met up with many young locals and learned a lot about what it was like to live in modern China. From head sprouts, children laws to street dancing--I was able to get a real look at the country today through these honest, Chinese millennials. Live like a Local in China with Kelley Ferro: USTOA Travel Together Series featuring Wendy Wu Tours & Visit China Now

Exploring Ancient China: Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai

I recently explored China and I was blown away by how China's rich history is still very much alive and in full focus today. Bejing & Xi'an both had neighborhoods where I felt like I was stepping back in time. Take a trip through history with me in this episode where we see the terracotta warriors, the hutongs of Beijing and the Great Wall! Live like a Local in China with Kelley Ferro: USTOA Travel Together Series featuring Wendy Wu Tours & Visit China Now

The Food of Croatia

USTOA Live Like a Local Series OH the food. You will want to eat everything in this country and you should. The food is divine—from Istrian's truffles, wines, olive oils and honeys, to the freshest fish straight from the sea in the islands and top end restaurants of Split. I devoured this country and was all the better for it.

Exploring Croatia By Bike, Boat & Foot

USTOA Live Like a Local Series By bike, by foot, by boat or by car, there's so much to explore in Croatia. Join me in our Croatia adventure.

How to have An Active Vacation in Croatia: BIKING

USTOA Live Like a Local Series My trip to Croatia with VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations allowed me to enjoy all the joys of traveling, while being active at the same time. There are few things more gratifying than being your own transportation and gliding a bike over hills and valleys on the stunning Dalmatian Islands is hard to beat.

Croatia's Local Products

USTOA Live Like a Local Series Croatia is fertile--it's countryside is ripe with fruits, vegetables, grapes and olives, it's forest filled with wild game and truffles and its seas teeming with the freshest fish. The islands boast stone used to build the palaces of the royals. Enjoy the local delights of Croatia with me.

Croatia: Meeting the Locals

USTOA Live Like a Local Series Croatia is fertile--it's countryside is ripe with fruits, vegetables, grapes and olives, it's forest filled with wild game and truffles and its seas teeming with the freshest fish. The islands boast stone used to build the palaces of the royals. Enjoy the local delights of Croatia with me.

The Local Side of Cartagena, Colombia

USTOA Live Like a Local A Colonial coastal city with history, culture and personality in spades, it's easy to fall in love with Cartagena. What really makes it stand apart is it's amazing local culture & tradition so come dive right in with me!

The Food of Cartagena

Food plays an integral role in the local life of Cartagena and I got a crash course in local cuisine from a chef. We explored the gritty and fascinating Bazurto Market, had a cooking lesson and then I hit up the old city to sample all the international flavors that come together to make Colombian cuisine. From the series: USTOA Live Like a Local in Cartagena

Shopping the streets of Cartagena

USTOA Live Like a Local The streets of Cartagena are filled with crafts and local treasures, it's easy to get your shopping on. Don't miss Las Bovedas--a former prison that is now converted into shops with local crafts, souvenirs coffees and more.

Daytrips in Cartagena

USTOA Live Like a Loca There's plenty to do in the city but sometimes, you need a little R&R. I discovered that it's easy to find incredible beaches like the ones in Manzanillo as well as jawdropping natural paradises on the Rosario Islands.

Dance Partying in Cartagena

USTOA Live Like a Local When in Cartagena, we dance! Come check out the local party atmosphere of this incredible city--from salsa lessons to party buses to dance halls--Cartagena knows how to heat up the night.

Culture of Bahia, Brazil

Bahia is a Brazilian state with an identity all it's own. Salvador, it's capital, has been the central port and thus a melting pot of this fusion culture. We explore the dance, the food, the art, the culture, and the charming towns through the people on this USTOA and Adventure.com experience. Live like a Local in Brazil with Kelley Ferro USTOA Travel Together Series

The Food of Brazil: Bahia & Rio de Janeiro

The culture of Brazil translates directly its food—each dish has a history, story and purpose. I loved the rich feijoada, the crispy acaraje, decadent churrascarias and of course, refreshing acai. We bit into the food of Bahia checking out top eats in Salvador & Lencois and then we went on a food BINGE in Rio De Janeiro. YUM. Don't miss the caipirinhas either--they might be my favorite cocktail ever. Live like a Local in Brazil with Kelley Ferro: USTOA Travel Together

Kelley becomes a Local in Brazil

I get local all over this country, from Salvador to Lencois to Rio de Janeiro. Whether I am spelunking caves, snorkeling in grottos, learning capoeira, drinking caipirinhas or climbing Corcovado, I experience only what the locals love in their country. Live Like a Local in Brazil with Kelley Ferro USTOA Travel Together Series

Adventure in Bahia, Brazil

I strapped on my sneakers and dove headfirst into all the adventurous activities of Bahia in the Chapada Diamantina National Park--from snorkeling in underground caves, ziplining off cliffs, hiking up mountains and swimming in grottos--this state of Brazil has so much going for the intrepid traveler. Our homebase was Lencois for 4 action packed days. Check out my favorites! Live like a Local in Brazil with Kelley Ferro USTOA Travel Together

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is as beautiful as it is cultural, and on our tour, we explored its peaks, beaches, historic neighborhoods, favelas and everything in between. Live Like a Local in Brazil with Kelley Ferro USTOA Travel Together

City Life in Saxony, Germany: Dresden, Leipzig, Gorlitz 🏙

Join Kelley Ferro as she explorers Saxony, Germany! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ Live like a Local: Saxony, Germany USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro We visited several of Saxony's cities and each had it's own personality. Dresden, the capital was historic and beautiful. Leipzig was young, hip and artsy and Gorlitz was charming and quaint. Experience Saxony's cities with us. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro 🔸 http://www.kelleyferro.com/

The Food Of Saxony

Live like a Local: Saxony, Germany USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro Giant steins of beer, massive pretzels and pork knuckles the size of your head--Saxony has the large German beer garden fare. However, Saxony also has fine dining, with Michelin starred restaurants and fine German rieslings. We sampled a little bit of all to discover Saxony's food culture.

Country Life in Saxony

Live like a Local: Saxony, Germany USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro The cities were really picturesque but it wasn't till I explored outside of the towns that I was truly blown away by Saxony's beauty. Impossibly green, rolling hills, wildflower fields and lazy rivers—I can see why Saxony is popular for it's hiking, biking and outdoor pursuits. The Bastei Rocks was a particular highlight.

Overview of Saxony

Live like a Local: Saxony, Germany USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro This artistic, historic and stunningly beautiful Free State of Germany offers so much to see, do & eat in such a small area. From the Porsche factory to the Bastei Rocks, to the home of the nutcracker, Saxony surprised me at every turn

Saxony's Famous Arts & Culture

Live like a Local: Saxony, Germany USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro This Free State of Germany is known throughout the world for its music, literature, art and architecture. From world famous composers, authors and artists, Saxony is brimming with spectacular arts & culture.

The Food of Peru 🍊

USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ Live like a Local: Peru YUM! I loved the food of Peru. It was healthy, fresh, local and just delicious. In Lima we had the best local ceviche and even learned how to make it. In the Andes, we dined on local river fish and all sorts of locally grown vegetables. The fruits of the country are the true stars though--many come from the Amazon & the exotic tastes blew me away! ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro 🔸 http://www.kelleyferro.com/

Loving Lima: Travel Guide to Peru's Capital City 🏙

Live like a local with Kelley's travel guide to Lima, Peru! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ Live like a Local: Peru USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro Lima has the beach, the cliffs, the history, the energy and the passion. I loved our stay in the neighborhoods of Miraflores & Barranco. The city is definitely an exciting place and it's only getting better and better. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro 🔸 http://www.kelleyferro.com/

Peru: Country Profile

Live like a Local: Peru USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro You have the vibrant city of Lima, the bright green, snow capped Andes, the desert plains of the Nazca Lines, the Amazon and of course, Machu Picchu. Peru has so many different sides, I needed more time to experience them all. Here's a glimpse into my time in Peru.

Peru's Andes & Machu Picchu

Live like a Local: Peru USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro Home to ancient history, local indigenous communities and so much art & culture, the Andes are a must on your visit to Peru.

Luxury in Peru

Live like a Local: Peru USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro If you want to travel in style, Travcoa, the luxury tour operator is for you. Every detail is planned out so you can just focus on enjoying the best food, sumptuous hotels, easy transportation and the best access to all of Peru's gems.

CUBA: Art & Architecture

Live like a Local: Cuba USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro It felt like Havana was a city of artists and around every cobbled street corner was an artistic delight. From modern sculpture, to historic refurbished cars to an up & coming industrial art collective, Havana places much love and appreciation on art & architecture in life.

CUBA: Art & Architecture

Live like a Local: Cuba USTOA's Travel Together Series hosted by Kelley Ferro It felt like Havana was a city of artists and around every cobbled street corner was an artistic delight. From modern sculpture, to historic refurbished cars to an up & coming industrial art collective, Havana places much love and appreciation on art & architecture in life.

Local Life in Cuba

I’ve been intrigued by Cuba ever since I could remember, mostly because my dad was always playing Cuban records around the house. And as I grew up to be a travel journalist, my fascination with this musical, vibrant island nation only increased. Finally, I was given my chance to see Cuba for myself. We based ourselves in Havana for a whirlwind 48 tour of the city. The best part was all of our experiences were taken from recommendations from locals. Cuba Travel Services facilitated these interaction so we could meet several locals each day, ask questions and get to know Havana through their eyes. This video should give you a...

Night Markets of Taiwan Guide 🌜

Check out this guide to the night markets of Taiwan from Kelley Ferro! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ USTOA's Live Like a Local Series My first Night Market in Taipei was overwhelming, sensational and addictive. I was enthralled by stall after stall of the exotic foods, wild clothing and the buzzing energy of the streets. Shillin & Ning Xia are MUST-STOPS in Taiwan—see why. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro 🔸 http://www.kelleyferro.com/

Food of Taiwan Guide 🍜

Check out this guide to the food of Taiwan from Kelley Ferro! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ USTOA's Live Like a Local Series This lush island nation has so much variety in fresh local products, it's no surprise that the food is outstanding! From street food to gourmet, famous food chains to home cooked meals, we dive into Taiwan's food culture. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro 🔸 http://www.kelleyferro.com/

Taiwan Overview

USTOA's Live Like a Local Series For such a small island nation, Taiwan has so much to see, do, eat and experience. From Taipei to Hualian, city to country, hyper crowded to hyper local—we explored it all, with the locals as our guide.

The Countryside of Taiwan

USTOA's Live Like a Local Series Though the city's are exciting, nothing beats the vivid green and bright blue of Taiwan's rolling countryside. From Jiofen to Hualian—each small town in the Northern Taiwan countryside was not only stunning, but they each had their own charm. When you go to Taiwan, make sure to get outside of the cities.

Taiwan's Vibrant Culture

USTOA's Live Like a Local Series I'd never been to Asia and stepping into the Taiwanese culture was thrilling, disorienting, embracing and shocking—I loved every minute of it. The Taiwanese Culture amazes—in custom, religious, attitude and lifestyle—and it was beautiful to see and experience.

Ritual & Ceremony in Taiwan

USTOA's Live Like a Local Series The Taiwanese culture is based on ritual and ceremony on my tour, I was able to dive right in to the local customs—from meeting a local calligrapher to praying at Longshan Temple to participating in a tea ceremony.

Local Life in Australia's Outback

USTOA Travel Together: Learn from Australia's Locals The Aborigines are the oldest still living culture in the world and it was an honor to get to meet many of the locals residing in the Northern Territory. I was able to learn about "Bush Tucker" or food in the wild, dot painting and more about how their people have lived in the harsh Outback for thousands of years.

Australia Northern Territory Overview

USTOA Travel Together: Explore Australia's Outback The Northern Territory is the "Red Heart" of Australia, located in the center, this landscape is ruggedly beautiful and pre-historic feeling. I take you to UNESCO World Heritage sites, like Uluru, and I camp in Kings Canyon, the most remote place I've ever been. From Camel treks to 4 wheeling, to walks with local Aboriginal guides, the Northern Territory is like a different planet. And it's wonderful.

Landscape of Australia's Northern Territory

USTOA Travel Together: Landscape of The Northern Territory Never before have I been as awestruck by the scenery the moment I stepped off the plane. I was literally blinded by the bright sun on the red earth--the landscape was rugged, dry and just incredible. Hiking up the red faced cliffs, hurtling through the thorny brush on quads and ambling past reptiles with Uluru in the distance on camels, the landscape of the Northern Territory left the biggest impact on me. Must do: Experience the vibrant stars at the Earth Sanctuary's educational dinner. Wow.

The Food of the Outback

USTOA Travel Together: The Food of the Northern Territory A rough landscape requires hearty food--and that's just what we got in the stunning Northern Territory. From campfire "damper" to hunks of meat over an open flame, to some more refined local specialities including Kangaroo, we chowed down throughout the Outback.

Adventure in The Outback

USTOA Travel Together: Adventure in The Outback The Northern Territory is built for adventure and almost everything we did involved some sort of mini-adventurous activity. We hiked the mountains of Kings Canyon and 4 Wheeled through the valleys, dodging camels. We even rode domesticated camels through the bush at sunset with Uluru glowing in the background. Not to mention, we got up-close and personal with some of the Northern Territory's "friendly" wildlife. The Outback is not for the faint of heart. 🙂

Wild Wildlife in The Outback

USTOA Travel Together: Wildlife in The Northern Territory We all know that Australia has some of the world's deadliest animals, but I didn't expect to see them when I was there! Don't worry, it was all controlled at the Reptile Center with "Snake Hunter" Rex. I was so impressed to learn how all the Outback's animals, from kangaroos to horny devils to komodo dragons to pythons, have adapted to survive in this climate. And from what I experienced, they co-exist well with humans. The Dingos surely sang me to sleep when I was camping!

Bucket List: Seeing the Polar Bears

USTOA Live Like a Local Seeing the polar bears in person, in their natural habitat, is nothing like I can ever describe. Our adventure with tour operator Tauck, took us up to Churchill, Manitoba--the most remote place that I've ever been. However, Polar Bears seem to find it quite easily. Our tundra vehicles kept us warm and not only did we see Polar Bears, we interacted with them. Just watch!

Bucket List: Seeing the Polar Bears

USTOA Live Like a Local Seeing the polar bears in person, in their natural habitat, is nothing like I can ever describe. Our adventure with tour operator Tauck, took us up to Churchill, Manitoba--the most remote place that I've ever been. However, Polar Bears seem to find it quite easily. Our tundra vehicles kept us warm and not only did we see Polar Bears, we interacted with them. Just watch!

Food on the Tundra

USTOA Live Like a Local Series Churchill, Manitoba is located up near the Arctic and it's only accessible by plane or train. So you might think in the winter, the food couldn't be that fresh. Actually, fresh foods are flown up daily to weekly and our tour with Tauck made sure we had the freshest greens and veggies up North. Also, the local game like elk, bison and venison as well as the arctic char are some of the world's best. Eat up to keep warm in this gorgeously chilly landscape.

Luxury on the Tundra

USTOA Live Like a Local Series Yes, it might have been below zero outside, but our tour with Tauck made sure that we were comfortable--even out on the open tundra. Not only were our accommodations at the Lazy Bear Lodge charming & cozy, our days spent out looking for polar bears were just as comfortable on board heated, spacious tundra vehicles. Private charter buses & planes only heightened the ease of getting around and all the extras made this tour a cut above!

Polar Bears, Dogsleds & Local Fun in Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba is the province right in the center of Canada and it offers so much diversity, from the cultural offerings of it's capital city of Winnipeg, to it's dedication to preservation of the local native peoples & animals (POLAR BEARS!) up North in Churchill. Traveling here with Tauck opened my eyes to the founding of North America and the people that made it what it is today. And seeing the polar bears is a once in a lifetime experience!

Luxury on the Tundra: Teaser

Tauck, a USTOA member, makes sure you live the luxe life, even in negative 20 degrees!

Meet the Locals of Churchill

You'd think the weather of Churchill would dampen your spirits, but the locals that I met there were so warm, friendly and full of life, they made the snow covered city so welcoming. I met Myrtle, a Dené storyteller who spoke of how her people came & developed Churchill and the trading routes and I also met Wally, who started the cozy Lazy Bear Lodge. Dave Daley runs a dogsledding company and I've never had a more serene experience gliding over the snow and learning how he trains his animals. These are the faces of Churchill that I won't soon forget!

Our Local Guides

USTOA Live Like a Local Series To me, the people that you meet on a trip can make a good experience, great. On a group tour it is even more important to have great guides and on our tour with Tauck, we had some of the kindest, most knowledgeable, funny & flexible guides that ensure that our trip was educational, smoothly run and most of all, FUN!