Author Archive for Matt Holmes

Where to find Africa's best safari guides

Where to find Africa’s best safari guides

Even among African safari guides, Zimbabwean guides are considered the best on the continent. Of course, all safari guides are well-trained and knowledgeable, but Zimbabwe’s training to be a “Pro Guide,” is the most demanding and extensive on the continent. Typically, the licensing process and education takes about four years to complete! So, anyone interested […]

5 reasons why it’s time to visit the Azores

5 reasons why it’s time to visit the Azores

Just a few years ago, the Azores started appearing in a handful of publications and articles with titles like, “remote islands that no one knows about” and “Europe’s Best Kept Secret.” Many people, especially North Americans could not point out this archipelago on a map. But for those in the know, the thought of a […]

How water has shaped Norwegian culture

How water has shaped Norwegian culture

We all know that water sustains life. But for Norwegians, whose population is concentrated along the coasts where the famous fjords dramatically cut into the landscape, water has literally shaped their culture. It’s in their heritage—Vikings, after all, were incredibly successful seafarers. They colonized as far away as Greenland and the country of Georgia navigating […]

Spain: have it your way

Spain: have it your way

Spain is home to emerald hills, charming red-roofed hamlets, and pristine white villages, not to mention an abundance of wine, olives, cheeses, and culinary delicacies unique to each region. While the interior of the country has much to offer in its own right, we have found the most inspiring scenery and cultural treasures in the […]

What is ema datse? A guide to Bhutanese food

What is ema datse? A guide to Bhutanese food

Bhutan’s culinary tradition is heavily influenced by Tibet, and with a diverse climate, the country is suitable for growing all sorts of crops. While the 5-star hotels (Taj, Le Meridien, Amankora, Uma) offer gourmet experiences, once outside of their restaurants, when eating more authentic, everyday dishes, you’ll find much less of a variety. Bhutan’s traditional […]

8 of the best destinations for October and November

8 of the best destinations for October and November

We know from experience that travelers often begin planning their trip 4-6 months in advance, which means that at this point in the year, people are thinking about their fall adventures. October and November are really great months to travel. Families with school-age kids are home, and there aren’t any college students on spring break. […]

Alpine cheese and wine around Mont Blanc

Alpine cheese and wine around Mont Blanc

What do you get when three countries with some of the best culinary traditions in the world converge in one area? A gastronomic region of immense proportions. While the area around Mont Blanc spanning France, Italy, and Switzerland is known for big cheese names such as Gruyere and Fontina, there are many smaller cheesemakers that […]

Peru's Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: what to know before you go

Peru’s Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: what to know before you go

The Sacred Valley of Peru is a feast for the senses—colorful woven fabrics, mountains that soar skyward with little warning (or foothills), an ancient culture full of innovation, and a contemporary cuisine that has emerged from traditional crops, international influence, and creative playfulness among the country’s best chefs. From elevation headaches to photogenic llamas, here’s what […]

What to eat in Japan

What to eat in Japan

Simple. Tidy. Fresh. These are the three adjectives we would use to describe Japanese cuisine. While many countries in Asia use a plethora of spices in their food, the Japanese prefer less complicated flavors, allowing the main ingredients and a few seasonings (commonly soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger) to speak for themselves. Even in a […]

Iceland versus Norway

Iceland versus Norway

These two Nordic countries share some characteristics including dramatic landscapes, Viking history, and beautiful trails. But once you scratch the surface, each is distinctively unique. Iceland is wildly popular (for good reason), while Norway—still a bit under the radar—is more recently becoming the regional darling. Can’t decide which trip is for you? Maybe you’re intrigued […]

5 alternatives for average vacations

5 alternatives for average vacations

We suspect that you, like us, are not interested in average vacations. You want to travel in a way that shakes things up and is good for your mind, body, and soul. You have an adventurous spirit. You favor uncommon places and experiences. As more people travel and places become ever-more connected, touristy, and Instagramed, it can […]

8 of the best destinations for April and May

8 of the best destinations for April and May

There are some places where Spring is the best time of year to visit. Maybe the landscape is popping with color, maybe it’s the should seasons when few other travelers share the trails and towns. Perhaps the weather is near-ideal for being active outdoors. Sometimes it’s all of the above—a perfect triad. Whatever the reason, […]

5 of the world's best destinations for a digital detox

5 of the world’s best destinations for a digital detox

Having mini computers in our pockets is one of the amazing things about the age in which we live. Information about anything is literally at our fingertips, and it’s never been easier to connect with friends and family. Not to mention, you can plan your travel adventures from wherever you are! But in this fast-paced […]

7 reasons why Portugal is a must-visit foodie destination

7 reasons why Portugal is a must-visit foodie destination

As with many global cuisines, Portuguese cuisine has evolved over time and has adopted flavors and recipes from around the world. The country was a major player during the Age of Exploration, colonizing in South America, India, Africa, and parts of southeast Asia and the Pacific. With each new land discovery, ships returned to the mainland […]

What to expect on your first small-group tour

What to expect on your first small-group tour

For those who have never joined a small-group, guided tour, there are often a lot of questions about what to expect and what benefits there are over planning a trip independently. For one thing, traveling with a reputable company (ask for past guest referrals) ensures that the hotels have been checked, activities have been vetted, […]

Iceland waterfall Boundless Journeys

5 top tips for a great transoceanic flight

Oh, the long-haul flight. You know it’ll be worth it when you arrive at your destination and start your adventure. But sometimes the thought of 7 to 16 hours on a plane is a bit overwhelming. Those of us who work in the travel industry have taken many of these flights and have happily learned […]