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I’m a big dreamer with a wild sense of adventure.  I normally dream so big that people who don’t know me well think I’m kidding, when, in reality, I’m 100% serious.  That being said, I’ve always wanted to road trip from coast to coast of the US, stopping to see all the national parks along the way and visiting other sights spontaneously.  A good friend and I have talked and dreamed about it for years, but we decided that this is our summer to do it.  We’ve been spending hours on the Internet trying to plan out details for our road trip that hopefully will happen next month. In the process of planning numerous road trips prior to this one (but certainly nowhere near the distance of a cross-country drive), I’ve collected dozens of helpful travel apps and websites.  I have found these certain websites are essential for planning the perfect road trip. My planning/thought process generally starts with giggling over unrealistic destinations on Pinterest, but then starting to move towards more realistic goals and making note of them in a Google Doc.  Google Docs are THE BEST for planning anything in collaboration with other people – in my case, a...
We’ve all heard of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, but did you know there are more than 1,800 established National Parks worldwide? From Malaysia to Madagascar there’s a little piece of God’s country dotted all over the place! Here are 9 National Parks you’ve probably never heard of, but should definitely pay a visit to. 1)      Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia – The world’s oldest desert – Namib – is considered Namibia’s top tourist attraction and is home to all sorts of creature like hyenas, jackals and snakes. 2)      Hingol National Park, Pakistan – This is Pakistan’s largest park nestled among the Hungol Valley cliffs. It boasts something for every explorer, from arid semi-deserts to subtropical forests. 3)      Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica – This smaller park is home to boat loads of species – roughly 300 mammals and birds. You can also enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking. 4)      Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia – Plitvice Lakes is the oldest established park in southeastern Europe – founded in 1949. There are 16 total lakes all famous for absolutely beautiful colors – from emerald green to charcoal gray. 5)      Altai Tavan Bogd National Park,...

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