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      6 Unique Safaris You Can Try Around The World

      Bengal Tiger spotted on safari in India

      If lions and giraffes are the first things that come to mind when you think of a safari, you’re not alone. Head outside of Africa for wildlife viewing that is absolutely magnificent. From high up in India's Himalayas to the vast wilderness of Sweden's Laplands, here are 6 unique safaris you can try around the world.


      1. Baffin Island & High Arctic Discovery, Canada
      Travel to the remote area of Baffin Island to experience the "great migration" of the Northwest Passage. Staying on the floe edge in safari-inspired, tented camps, you can explore a remote part of the Arctic which very few people ever get to see. Sail through dramatic landscapes and look out for polar bears, narwhals, belugas and the endangered bowhead whale.

      Best Time To Visit: June during the period of 24 hour daylight. 


      2. Galapagos Safari Camp, Ecuador
      Visit one of the most natural destinations on the planet. Galapagos Island is home to an unmatched abundance of wildlife and otherworldly volcanic landscapes. Watch sea lions frolic along the coast, marine iguanas lounge in the sun, and snorkel with hammerheads, green turtles, manta rays, and more. 

      Galápagos Safari Camp is the ideal eco-luxe launchpad for exploring them: 10 teak-floored tents and a sweeping ocean-view lodge sit subtly in dense jungle where passionate staff expertly craft once-in-a-lifetime excursions to ensure you’ll experience the best that the Galápagos’ has to offer. (photo via Wildlife Worldwide)

      Best Time To Visit: December to May.


      3. Desert Safari Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      After you've had your fill of the glitzy shopping malls and towering skyscrapers of Dubai, head to the desert for a stark contrast. See 
      Arabian gazelles, lizards, Arabian red foxes, the straight-horned Arabian oryx and falcons. Transport via Range Rover to your desert oasis for a gourmet meal before you retire to your magical private luxury camp. Visit remote desert gems like a migratory bird lake and take in stunning views of the desert. Watch the Flaming Sands of Arabia fire show or an impressive falconry demonstration over sunset canape's. 

      Best Time To Visit: November to March.

      Ranthambore National Park, India

      4. Ranthambore National Park, India
      Traveling to India, the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and the Amber Fort, Varanasi and the Ganges may be the top attractions that come to mind. Surely you should add seeing a Royal Bengal Tiger in the wild to that list!  
      Ranthambore is one of the biggest national parks in Northern India, located about 130 km from Jaipur on the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

      The park is famous for its tigers and tiger preservation, but you can spot many other animals there, amongst them: leopards, hyenas, sambar deer, macaques, jackals, sloth bears, wild boar, flying foxes, and porcupines. 

      Book your safari ahead of time directly with Ranthambore National Park Service (the 6 seat jeep is recommended) or GeoEx also offers a Taj to Tiger trip incorporating the UNESCO-listed Kaziranga National Park in Assam, which boasts not only the world’s highest density of Bengals, but also wild Asiatic water buffalo, Ganges river dolphins, and two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinoceroses (photo via 
      Aditya Singh/Thinkstock)

      Best Time To Visit: Ranthambore is open to visitors October 1st to June 30th. 

      South Georgia and Antartica Penguin Safari
      5. South Georgia and Antarctic Peninsula: Penguin Safari, Antartica
      Begin your journey in the in the world’s most southerly city, Ushuaia where you can explore the mountains of Patagonia or relax over a handcrafted hot chocolate at a café in town.

      Set sail for South Georgia Island where you will witness massive albatross and pintado petrel swoop and soar around the ship. Beaches teeming with king penguins and elephant seals will greet you on this rarely visited island. You will also have a chance to visit abandoned whaling stations and learn the stories of inhabitants who called this island home before stepping foot onto Antartica.

      Once you arrive to Antartica get ready to witness a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation, and at the next moment a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea. Try excursions like Zodiac cruising, a visit to historical sites, sea kayaking or jump into the icy waters for the polar plunge. Expect to see plenty of penguins and keep a lookout for Antarctic whales, such as the minke. (photo via Travel Wild)

      Best Time To Visit: November through January

      The hyacinth macaw is just one of the hundreds of spectacular species found in the Pantanal
      6. Brazil Pantanal and Amazon Wildlife Safari, Brazil
      Instead of savannas and bush there are tropical forest and jungle where rare and lesser-known creatures thrive. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime journey into one of the world's most enriching destinations for wildlife viewing. Encounter caimans, Brazilian tapirs, maned wolves, capybaras, marmosets, giant river otters, masked titi monkeys, and, of course, the elusive jaguar. Explore the winding Pantanal wetlands by canoe and make yourself at home within a floating lodge in the heart of the Amazon. (photo via Uwe Bergwitz / Shutterstock)

      Best Time To Visit: June through October

       




      Get Travel Ready With Graydon Skincare

      Get Travel Ready With Graydon Skincare

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      Please join skincare expert and founder of Graydon Skincare, Graydon Moffat with Helene Clarkson, fashion designer and founder of heleneclarkson for an evening that you absolutely won't want to miss!

       

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      Look and feel healthier with this ultra-refreshing mineral-infused facial mist. Its nutrient replenishing formula helps refresh, tone, and hydrate the skin while helping with redness and inflammation. It's the ultimate mid flight pick me up!

       

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      Formulated with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, retinol, peptides, and collagen, Graydon's Fullmoon Serum helps to combat comprehensive signs of aging, and protect you from pollution while traveling.

       

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       Blended with deeply nourishing superfoods, this luxurious oil-based serum offers your face a rich source of antioxidants to help calm inflammation and reduce stress, while helping to brighten your complexion and hydrate skin. Perfect after a day in the sun!

       

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      Skin Stuff is an unscented solution for people with reactive skin. Its light and invisible texture helps support suppleness, while combating moisture loss.

       

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      Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
      Location: 565 Mount Pleasant Rd. Toronto, ON M4S 2M5
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      Don't miss this opportunity to be a trailblazer in a new, innovative community that’s empowering women and get a chance to win a $20,000 Dream Vacation!

       

      What is Wengage?

      Wengage is a free social connection app, exclusively for women, to find company in the very moment they want to go out. This may be when travelling for business or pleasure, or in their own city.

       

      With the Wengage app, you can immediately see if another woman in your area wants to meet for coffee in 30 minutes, check out a gallery opening tonight or go for a run along the waterfront.

       

      Wengage is authentic and informative. Get real reviews of venues and attractions from a woman's point of view - from Wengage users like you, plus a team of trusted influencers. 

       

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      Join Wengage and be a part of this exciting launch! The app, launching in Summer 2019, is being developed by Canadian tech company, Myconxn Limited. A company that’s also woman-founded.

       

      With Wengage, you've got company to go out.

      Date: June 15, 2019
      Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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      Travel: The Best Mother-Daughter Getaways Around the World From The Blonde Abroad

      Travel: The Best Mother-Daughter Getaways Around the World From The Blonde Abroad

      Want to plan something special for your mom? She deserves it! Skip the flowers — it’s time for an upgrade! After everything she’s done for you, make this the year that you treat her to a special getaway.

      From a cooking class in Barcelona to wine tasting in California, to a yoga retreat in Bali, there are endless options to pamper the special woman in your life.

      Here are The Blond Abroad's all-time favorite mother-daughter getaways around the world!

      Wine Tasting

      Napa Valley: Is there any better way to bond with Mom than spending time over a bottle of wine? Napa Valley is the ultimate spot for giggling over glasses and finding your new favorite wine.

      South Africa: I am totally head over heels for my new home country and its incredible wine region. My mom and I took a wine safari up Table Mountain, and it was such a great experience. Be sure to check out Stellenbosch too– it’s easily one of the world’s best wine regions

      Temecula: I couldn’t leave out my hometown! Full of family-owned wineries, Temecula Valley is one of Southern California’s best-hidden gems. You can find more than fifty wine varietals in a laid-back and fun environment.

      Croatia: One of the most underrated areas of Europe, Croatia has incredible wine and flawless beaches. If you are looking for sun, fun, and vineyards, get to the coastal region of Istria.

      Read More: The Best Wine Regions in the World

       


      Enjoy Afternoon Tea

      London: Afternoon tea in London has been a tradition since the nineteenth century, and there is an endless array of amazing places to go for cucumber sandwiches and a proper English cuppa. From five-star hotels to quaint cafés, London has it all.

      Bangkok: When you think of Thailand, afternoon tea probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but there are some incredible internationally themed afternoon teas around the city. Think Moroccan tea with French macarons.

      Sydney: Have you ever seen a ten-page tea menu before? Welcome to Sydney! This is the perfect city for a mother-daughter getaway. Look out over the harbor, sip the finest exotic teas, and nibble at a scone.

      Dubai: Dubai is the ultimate luxe city. Go for afternoon tea on top of the world. In the world’s tallest atrium at the Skyview Bar in the Burj Al Arab, you’ll have the view of a lifetime.

      Madrid: Go for a Spanglish-style afternoon tea at any one of the cafés dotting the city. You can easily pass a lazy afternoon listening to Spanish guitar and sipping tea in one of the city’s many lush gardens. Check out my Madrid guide here!

      Read More: Where to Find the Best Afternoon Tea in London

       

      Plan a Spa Day

      Bali: Does your mom work hard? Then she deserves an escape to Bali! This tropical paradise is definitely one of my fave spots on the planet to indulge and treat myself.

      Québec: There’s nothing like working up a sweat during a long day out on the Canadian ski slopes and then unwinding in a world-class spa like the Scandinave Spa in Mont-Tremblant.

      Cancun: For a cheap and cheery spa break that’s just a quick flight from the United States, this is the place to go. And, while you can find great prices in Cancun, there are also five-star spas that will make you feel like a pampered goddess.

      Palm Springs: California is full of amazing spas, but few can compete with Palm Springs. With natural healing mineral waters and a stunning mountain backdrop, the city is full of yoga retreats and luxury resort spas.

      Take a Cooking Class

      Chiang Mai: Whenever I travel, I make it a priority to check out the local food. It’s especially fun in Asia because the local food is often very different from what you find at Asian restaurants across the Western world. Thailand is one place that’s worth visiting for the food alone, and Chiang Mai is a perfect spot to find some cooking tips.

      Tokyo: Did you know that it takes ten years to become a proper sushi chef in Japan? You and your mom can learn a trick or two from these guys! I took a cooking class with Traveling Spoon, where locals teach you traditional dishes and show you the way through the markets– it was such a cool experience!

      Barcelona: Get a local guide to take you through the vibrant markets of Barcelona, teach you the secrets of Spanish cooking, and show you why food is at the heart of Spanish culture.

      Tuscany: Who doesn’t love Italian food? Forget about ripping open a bag of dried noodles and dumping on a jar of sauce. It’s time to learn how to cook like an Italian grandma.

      New Orleans: Think American food is boring? Then you’ve never been to New Orleans! This city is a world unto itself with a culture and culinary scene unlike anywhere else.

      Go Camping

      Iceland: Traveling Iceland in a camper van is definitely one of my best travel memories, and I’d love to do it again with my mom. This breathtaking country has a natural beauty incomparable to any other place you’ve visited.

      US National Parks: The United States is full of so many amazing national parks, like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. When you’re from the United States, it’s easy to forget how geographically diverse and dynamic the country is. Take your mom for a camping adventure to fall in love with your homeland all over again.

      British Columbia: Our neighbors to the north have so much to offer. From the vivacious cityscape of Vancouver to the spectacular mountains of Whistler, this province has it all. Enjoy a fun city break, and then pitch a tent in the mountains.

      Galapagos: A nature lover’s dream come true, the Galapagos Islands deserve a place on every traveler’s bucket list. Far away from it all and without all of the distractions of modern life, this is an ideal spot to reconnect with your mom.

      Go Scuba Diving

      Indonesia: Did you know that Indonesia is made up of more than 17,500 islands? It’s a beach lover’s paradise, and the beauty of Indonesia isn’t limited to its shores. Once you’ve dived beneath the surface, you’ll see a whole other world.

      Oahu: I don’t need to tell you that the Hawaii Islands are awesome. If you can pull yourself away from the beauty above sea level, do it; the sea life is truly unforgettable.

      Bimini Islands: Just fifty miles from Miami, the crystal clear waters off of the Bimini Islands are the best spots in the Bahamas to go diving. Whether your mom loves diving or is thinking about taking the plunge for the first time, she’ll love it.

      Maldives: On top of having some of the best beaches on the planet, the Maldives has incredible diving. You’ll see whale sharks everywhere, and there are turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. Watch my diving video here!

      Belize: A massive sinkhole off of the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is widely considered to be the world’s greatest spot for scuba diving. I stayed at Hamanasi Dive Resort and it was the perfect divers’ oasis.

      Read More: Best Places to Scuba Dive Around the World

      Hit the Beach

      Brazil: Brazil is home to some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! Plan a getaway for Florianopolis.

      San Diego: Maybe I’m a bit biased toward my hometown, but I think the beaches of San Diego can hold their own among the top coastlines in the world.

      Costa Rica: With lush rainforests, dramatic volcanoes, and picture-perfect beaches, Costa Rica is a dream beach vacation.

      Bahamas: What could be a better way to treat your mom than a Caribbean beach getaway? Head to the Bahamas for a guaranteed good time and an unforgettable bonding experience.

      British Virgin Islands: With perfect weather year-round, the British Virgin Islands is another place in the Caribbean that you have to see.

      French Polynesia: From Tahiti to Bora Bora, French Polynesia is absolutely heavenly. Go beach hopping, and make memories with Mom that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

      Take a Yoga Class

      Bali: On top of having dream beaches, Bali is one of the best spots in the world to go on a yoga retreat. Whether you are an old pro or a total newbie, you’ll have an incredible time.

      India: Home of yoga, India is a must-see for any yogi. Take Mom to the southern city of Mysuru for a yoga retreat that she will never forget.

      Costa Rica: It’s not all about the beaches! Costa Rica is also a top stop for mastering your headstand while looking out onto paradise.

      California: Famous for its yoga retreats and new age vibe, Ojai is famous for its yoga sessions and the Ojai Music Festival in June.

      Shopping

      Los Angeles: Whether you want to go thrift shopping or hit up the ultraluxe stores of Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles is the place to go for a Mom-and-me shopping day.

      Dubai: A mecca for shoppers, Dubai is the place where you can buy anything and everything. Grab some gold from the vending machine, and check out some of the most ostentatious sites in the world.

      Paris: Is there anything chicer than a shopping trip to Paris? Treat your mom to some haute couture and a few selfies on the Champs-Élysée.

      London: Another European favorite, London is the place to go for fun shopping. Get Mom a souvenir from Harrods, and then shop on Oxford Street until you drop.


      All writing is from The Blonde Abroad