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Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica’s smallest National Park. Yet, the 3-square mile park is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. A mix of stunning landscapes and biodiverse wildlife make Manuel Antonio a truly special stretch of land. I’m not much of a “beach person.”

I usually prefer the company of mountains and snow to sun and sand. But one day in Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park was enough to change my mind.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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Home to over 3.5 million people, the bustling metropolis of Nairobi is one of the largest cities in Africa. While great food, beautiful music, unique art and culture are abundant in Nairobi, no one travels to the East African capitol without dipping their toes in the natural wonders that surround it. I spent a month exploring some of Kenya’s greatest natural treasures including Aberdare National Park, Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate National Park among others.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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There’s no better time to travel to Mexico City than Dia de los Muertos. From intimate traditional graveyard ceremonies to vibrant city-wide celebrations, spending autumn in Mexico’s capital is a cultural experience like no other.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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Iconic architecture, delicious cuisine, a bustling nightlife and a long tradition of rebellious individuality are defining traits of Catalunya’s capital city. Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities among tourists, and for good reason. Barcelona has something for everyone — from the hip backpacker to the swanky business traveler, to the vacationing family. There’s an endless itinerary of diverse experiences waiting for you in Barcelona.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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Warm weather, sandy beaches and one of the most cycling-friendly environments in the word — that’s Valencia in a nutshell. Take in the architectural wonder of the City of Arts and Sciences and expand the bounds of your mind. Search for a quiet spot to have a cocktail along the always crowded Valencia beach. Then, kickoff the night with a pitcher of fresh sangría and the largest plate of paella you can find.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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I only spent a short time in Spain’s Alicanté province and most of that time was spent lounging on the beautiful beaches of the costa blanca. Even so, I was able to capture a bit of footage from El Campello beach and Torrevieja’s famous laguna rosada. Spain’s pink lake is the most mystical and surreal landscape I’ve ever seen in person.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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Around 2500 years ago, Greece was the educational and cultural center of the western world. As an initial testing ground for modern democracy, Greece churned out great thinkers, great warriors and great politicians.

Today the small European country has far retreated from its imperial past. But littered around the fertile grasslands and broken coastlines are constant reminders of an epic past. Greece played a key role in the spawn and spread of western ideas. Whether you’re interested in history, philosophy, mathematics, science or architecture, you’ll find scholarly inspiration amongst Mediterranean bliss.

The semester I spent in Greece was the first time in my life I had ever stepped outside of the US. To this day, I credit my decision to study abroad with facilitating and nurturing my passion for travel and cultural exploration. As anyone who has studied abroad will probably tell you, immersing yourself in a foreign land can have huge impact on your social and intrapersonal development. But in my opinion, a semester or two in Greece can offer an even richer experience than alternative study abroad programs. …


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The human race has always walked a tightrope.

We tread a fine line that separates the ingenious from the absurd and the courageous from the outright reckless.

The decrepit footpath of Spain’s El Caminito del Rey floats like a broken chain of islands in the sky. The jagged mosaic of steel and concrete is precariously tacked onto the vertical cliff faces of El Chorro canyon. Clinging thousands of feet over the teal waters of Río Guadalhorce, the remnants of the old “king’s little path” is as much a testament to human bravery as it is a monument to our foolishness.


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Nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is the majestic Kingdom of Granada. Much like the other cities in Andalusia, Granada boasts an eclectic mix of old world European and North African influence, and a modern metropolitan flavor that draws in visitors by the hundreds of thousands.

History and culture buffs will flock to its numerous heritage sites, cathedrals, museums and of course, the Alhambra. Thrill seekers need only venture a short distance outside the city to find themselves in a sportsman’s paradise. The Sierra Nevada is Spain’s natural playground, offering rafting, kayaking, swimming, cycling and paragliding in the warmer months, and skiing and in the winter.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.


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When I arrived in Málaga Spain last summer, I had to make a choice. Stay in the lively metropolis, or head out into the Andalusian back country for a thrilling hike. El Caminito del Rey (the king’s little path) was once considered the world’s most dangerous hike. The walkway was repaired and recommissioned by the Spanish government in 2015 and now hosts hundreds of hikers per day. And while the path is no longer considered dangerous, it’s still worth a day trip for tourists and hikers of all levels. The views of El Chorro gorge are some of the most stunning you’ll see in all of Spain.

Originally published at Breaking Abroad.

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Breaking Abroad

Cameron Whitlock - I write about my misadventures at home and abroad. Follow me for honest tales, tips and guides to some of the most fantastic places on earth.

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