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“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.” -Roy M. Goodman

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”

“Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”

“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

“The journey not the arrival matters.” – T.S. Eliot

“Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”

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Denali: On Land Before My Alaska Cruise

Midnight check-in in Anchorage: The world is quiet, yet I’m filled with anticipation for the start of my Alaska Land+Sea Journey. All I want is a good night’s sleep, and I get that before I head downstairs for the bus to whisk me and the other Holland America Line guests away to meet the McKinley…

If you’re looking to take an Alaska Land+Sea Journey, the 15 options range from nine to 18 days and are in two distinct series with cruise-first or land-first choices: Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journeys and Denali Land+Sea Journeys. Each Land+Sea Journey combines a three-, four- or seven-night cruise with a one-, two- or three-night stay at Denali National Park. Guests are immersed in Alaska history and culture with visits to places such as Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon; Fairbanks, Alaska, the gateway to the Arctic; and Alaska’s five-star Alyeska Resort. Check out the 2019 options on Holland America Line’s website.

 

via Denali: On Land Before My Alaska Cruise — Cubby’s Cruises

This New Megayacht Will Take You on the Greenest Galapagos Trip Ever — Robb Report

The luxurious MV Theory is sailing—and preserving—one of the planet’s most delicate habitats.

A bird darts below, his tuxedoed, bottle-shaped body slicing through the cobalt water. “Penguin!” someone shouts. He soars up in great arcs around the snorkelers, chasing fish glinting bright as new dimes against the rocks’ green algae.

Every Galápagos traveler has some breathless eureka moment like this: their first hammerhead shark, a blue-footed booby’s high-stepping mating dance, or clearing the trail for a giant tortoise, so old it might have born during the Civil War. But not every visitor gets to explore the World Heritage site in high style with Ecoventura’s new MV Theory, the greenest megayacht in the archipelago’s fleet.

This 142-foot, 10-cabin beauty offers charters and regular sailings: add on a VIP package for private transfers and tours, plus a sunset Zodiac ride with the captain. The chic minimalist décor allows the wildlife and haunting beauty of the rugged volcanic islands to hold center stage. Expect panoramic views, rainfall showers, and the option for king beds, along with the hospitality, fine dining, and distinctive character of a Relais & Châteaux member.

via This New Megayacht Will Take You on the Greenest Galapagos Trip Ever — Robb Report

How This Art-World Duo Went from White-Wall Galleries to Creating Scotland’s Most Elaborate Hotel

Iwan and Manuela Wirth’s latest offers an eclectic mix of eye-catching curiosities.

via How This Art-World Duo Went from White-Wall Galleries to Creating Scotland’s Most Elaborate Hotel — Robb Report

If you’re not yet convinced that maximalism is back, Iwan and Manuela Wirth are about to change your mind. Switzerland’s art-dealing power duo is giving the white-walled minimalist look of their Hauser & Wirth galleries a break and pivoting hard into the delightful world of color—and clutter—with their Scottish Highlands hotel, Fife Arms (thefifearms.com).

 The Wirths first made their talent for eccentric country estates known a few years ago when they opened their six-room Durslade Farmhouse on the edge of the sleepy English village of Bruton. Their latest foray into hospitality (a soft opening was underway when Robb Report visited in December) lies within the heavy stone walls of the old Duke of Fife’s coaching inn, in the small Cairngorms town of Braemar. It’s an evolution of the couple’s penchant for the peculiar, where empty walls are anathema and every nook and cranny is crammed with eye candy: here, a stuffed stag perched atop a plinth; there, one of Picasso’s Musketeer paintings; overhead, an 1874 watercolor by Queen Victoria depicting the head of a deer shot by her Scottish attendant John Brown.