May 2011

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When booking a Kenya and Tanzania safari, there are a wealth of excellent locations to explore the endemic flora and fauna, but one of the most underrated destinations for nature travelers in East Africa is Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania.

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Galapagos Islands cruises allow adventurers the opportunity to observe some of the most impressive and unique animal species on the planet. While the entire archipelago has been celebrated for its rich biodiversity, recent years have seen a select group of travelers choosing to explore the southernmost landmass, Española Island, to bear witness to the location's final stages of evolution.

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Part of the allure of international nature travel is the ability to see new and interesting species of animals not commonly found back home. Yet while some travelers may have an eye for birds or be in love with larger mammals, others fancy themselves as amateur entomologists and prefer to study the intricacies of the endemic insect populations.

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It is the last night in the islands for IE Galapagos Islands cruise guest and journalist Julie Hatfield. Read more about her time on North Seymour Island.

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Our friends at MedjetAssist have put together these handy tips for ensuring your trip through airport security goes fast. Don’t forget, transportation security officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. If the metal detector alarms when you pass through, you’ll be required to undergo additional screening -- including hand-wand and pat-down inspections.

Items that might set off the metal detector include:

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While there are certainly a number of modern attractions to take in when in Egypt, most of vacationers making their way across the North African deserts or on a Nile cruise are interested in its historical sites. Those hoping to explore the mysteries of the ancient capital of Memphis will definitely want to drop in on its famed necropolis, Sakkara.

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Vacationers from across the globe book Galapagos Islands cruises to see the archipelago's famed wildlife, which includes some of the most fascinating and approachable creatures on the planet. That distinction extends to the seas surrounding the South American island chain, and some of the region's most interesting marine life can be found in the waters of Black Turtle Cove.

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The New 7 Wonders of the World began as a global campaign to recognize human achievement and protect the planet's man-made wonders. After more than 100 million people around the world cast their vote, the rose-red city of Petra, Jordan has been recognized as one of man’s greatest accomplishments.

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While travelers love to explore exotic lands, there are certain aspects of foreign cultures that largely remain mysterious to outside visitors. Egypt, for example, is a land rich in history and culture that features a wealth of offerings that must be seen to be properly described. Yet while individuals have written long-winded explanations of proper Egyptian decorum, many travelers remain ignorant on the appropriate tipping etiquette.

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While many factors motivate nature travel, you can typically separate adventurers into two groups: those hoping to glimpse a unique foreign culture and those seeking to spot rare and exotic wildlife. Fortunately for travelers heading to Borneo, the state of Sarawak has plenty of both.

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Few locations in the world allow as many opportunities to be wowed by the power and majesty of the natural world as the East Africa's Uganda. The “Pearl of Africa” is home to a vast array of natural treasures and an impressive biodiversity, much of which can be seen in Murchison Falls National Park.

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While many adventurers book nature travel to experience the world, a large number of travelers are interested in expanding their birding “life list.” While birders spend much of their time researching the behavior patterns and physical characteristics of their avian infatuation, many remain clueless when it comes time to take a photo of their feathered friends. Fortunately, there are a few ways to ensure that your photos of the majestic icterine warbler or a resplendent quetzal (pictured) come out perfectly.

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It’s a highlight of any Galapagos Islands cruise experience — standing just steps from comical male blue-footed boobies as the honk, sway, whistle and dance their way to a mate. But it turns out that dancing ability may not be all it tales to impress a female.

According to a group of Spanish and Mexican researchers, the intense blue hue of the male bird’s feet is actually an external indicator of age and fitness for breeding.

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The increasing popularity of nature travel is making it possible for curious explorers to discover the world's most beautiful — and off the beaten path — sights and sounds. For adventurers making their way to the recently “opened” nation of Laos – the country has only been opened to tourism for about a decade, the ideal destination for natural beauty is undoubtedly the Bolaven Plateau.

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When one's nature travel plans lead them to Tanzania, a safari is almost certainly on their mind. Some travelers also devote time during their Kenya and Tanzania safari taking in landmarks that dot the nation. For vacationers who want to marvel at both the local wildlife and natural wonders of Tanzania, a stop at Olduvai Gorge is a must.

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One advantage to International Expeditions' location along Alabama’s Cahaba River is that we see so much wildlife. This hooded warbler had to be rescued by our own nature travel planner Charlie Weaver when it was injured after running into an office window. After a few minutes, this warbler was back in the wild. But the experience made us wonder what we can do to help birds steer clear of reflective windows. Here are a few tips we found from wildlife experts.

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An Amazon cruise allows travelers to glimpse a number of unique and beautiful animals during their excursion, but that is a perk not solely reserved for the river proper. The 1,200-mile long Rio Ucayali is one of the many offshoots of the complex river system, and offers a wealth of wildlife both along its shores and in its waters.