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Summer is the perfect time

to explore some crazy places you’ve never been. And what’s better than going out into the wilderness and spending some quality time with Mother Nature? If you’re feeling adventurous, here are some places you might want to take a trip to this summer.

Alaska

Alaska just might be the top wilderness destination in the USA. It offers camping for every sort of explorer, whether you prefer to be in a camper or cabin or out in a tent in the middle of nowhere. Alaska also has some of the best hunting and fishing you’ll find anywhere, as well as avid boating and ATV industries.

If you want something pretty unique to Alaska, sign up to get the dog sledding experience. You can be pulled through the forest yourself, talk to Iditarod racers and hear all about what they went through and see how the dogs are trained. Plus, there’s basically a guarantee that you’ll get to pet some adorable puppies. Who’d want to miss out on that?

Montana

Montana is a great place to really explore what the Wild West of the US has to offer. Bozeman and the surrounding area is a go-to spot for rock climbing. It’s also a popular hunting and camping destination and it offers some seriously awesome whitewater rafting. A Google search of Montana whitewater rafting turns up multiple rafting companies with 5-star ratings.

If you really want to experience the Wild West, consider taking a working-ranch vacation. It’s a step up from the usual dude ranch vacation, giving you a truly personalized experience as the only guests on the ranch. You help with the work of ranch life and in return have local guides for excursions to explore the true western wilderness.

Costa Rica

There’s an entire planned trip for Costa Rica called the Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer. And it actually highlights some of the best parts about this place. Stay right in the middle of the rainforest and go to some of the more remote places in the country for a truly wild experience away from the crowds.

Hiking is one of the best ways to see Costa Rica. You can get more up close and personal with nature and see things that you definitely can’t see while driving. The best way to explore this country is to be in the middle of the rainforest, in a truly unique climate seeing animals and sights you can’t get anywhere else.

Connecticut

While it may not be the first place you think of when you hear wilderness, the Connecticut state park system is pretty amazing. You can stay in one of their rustic log cabins. While they have sturdy shelter, they don’t have kitchens or bathrooms, so you can rough it without having to sleep in a tent. Try staying at Lake Waramaug State Park or Hammonasset Beach State Park. Both of these have rustic cabin living and ample trees and wildlife, but they also have water to explore. The Lake is a picturesque spot for kayaking and the beach at Hammonasset lets you enjoy Long Island Sound.

Northern California

California may be famous for Hollywood, but its northern parts are more famous for something else—giant redwood trees. The Redwood National and state parks are some of the most popular, offering four developed campgrounds for you to stay in, or backcountry places you can hike to if you want a more remote location.

There are multiple other parks to explore these gorgeous forests, too. Though it’s thankfully no longer allowed, it used to be popular to cut a hole in these trees so cars could drive through, and some still survive. There’s also a petrified redwood forest at the north end of Napa Valley, so you can experience a different kind of forest.

Chile

Chile is almost entirely covered by mountains, making it the perfect place for an adventure. It’s home to the famous Patagonia, home of one of the world’s few temperate rainforests. Yendegaia National Park is a 95,000-acre former cattle ranch that became a national park a few years ago. It’s another area that shouldn’t be missed.

Chile is another popular spot for whitewater rafting and kayaking, as well as hiking. It’s also popular for mountain biking, horse trekking, and fly-fishing, too. One of the most interesting things to do in Chile is climb. With so many mountains, there are endless possibilities. Not feeling mountains? You can try climbing a volcano instead. That’s something for your bucket list.

The world is a wonderful place and it’s time to start discovering what it has to offer! Head into the wilderness this summer and explore.

Kacey Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us and a frequent contributor to followsummer.  You can follow Kacey on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Two glorious Spring weeks touring England,  mostly the southwest starting in Reigate, with day trips into London, hiking on the North Downs Way, onto Bath, Cornwall, Dartmoor, Exeter, Devonshire, Dartmouth and finally back to London for some galleries, shopping, plays, and dinners out with good friends.

Enjoy an early Spring in England! Summer, believe it or not, is just around the corner!

It's the weekend

and we are finishing itinerary planning and starting the first 'pack' for our 10-day trip to Sicily next week. Have you been? Tell us your favourite Sicilian memories in the comment section below. And where are you traveling to this summer?  Start your planning with Kacey Bradley's  What Summer Travel Looks Like for 2017. And have a look at our own  Ten Places You Should Really Visit This Summer for a more international perspective.  In the meantime enjoy this spring weekend and get caught up on current travel trends and news. #TravelWell!

6 Epic Destinations With Long (Really Long) Summer Days

Get close enough to the Arctic Circle in the summer and you can experience the midnight sun, so-called because the sun sets after the clock strikes 12 a.m. (if it sets at all). There’s plenty to do and even more to see, whether you’re a city person or prefer the wild outdoors. Either way, pack your sunscreen and sunglasses and head to one of these six destinations.

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Air Transat adds Tampa, San Juan flights for winter 2017-18

Air Transat’s winter 2017-18 flight program covers 36 sun destinations from 22 Canadian cities plus an ever-expanding lineup of European destinations.New destinations for the winter – Tampa, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico – will be available from Toronto and Montreal.

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Air Canada Leaving Aeroplan.Launching New Loyalty Program in 2020 

In a shocking announcement, Air Canada said that it will end the airline’s exclusive contract with Aeroplan provider, Aimia, and go it alone, launching a new program in 2020. “Strengthening Air Canada’s customer relationships” and being able to “deliver a more consistent end-to-end customer experience” were cited as reasons for the decision.

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U.S. Electronics Ban Likely to Extend to Flights From Europe

Two weeks after sources revealed that the U.S. government was considering expanding the electronic device ban to U.S.-bound flights traveling from the U.K., European security officials have informed the Daily Beast that the ban will soon include all flights from Europe to the U.S.

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When you think about Paris,

which followsummer does ALOT, you probably think about the Eiffel Tower, Bateaux Mouches rides on the Seine or perhaps un café or demi-litre of white wine in cozy, cobbled pavement cafés –the usual, touristy things to do in Paris. Why not wander away from the 'usual suspects' and explore some of the more unusual things to do in Paris, experiencing a taste of what local Parisians enjoy every day. Here are 10 followsummer recommendations:

A Paris Education

Never been to Paris, or been numerous times? Either way, a visit to the Musée Carnavalet is a must. The Musée documents the history of Paris from its beginnings through modern times and will give the Paris neophyte an incredibly interesting and insightful overview of the entire history of le Capital. When your education lesson is finished, stroll over to the newly re-opened Musée National Picasso-Paris to discover some of the artist’s finest works.

High Tea “À la FRANÇAISE”

at the Four Seasons George V:  Ahhh the simple joys of a wonderful cup of tea, served in the splendour of  the Four Seasons George V, located mere steps from the Champs-Elysées. Don't let the address throw you off your quest for a little pampering and experiencing luxe Paris. Make your reservation, shine your shoes, put on a jacket or perhaps a hat, and enjoy this truly unique experience in style.Cheer yourself with a tall flute of champagne (Tête de Cuvée), and finish with a sumptuous, in-house made macaroon. Pop by La Galerie between 3-6 for afternoon tea while enjoying the light and sure fingers of the house pianist.  As you savour your experience, take in the elegance of the magnificent Flemish tapestries, and ornate clocks, originally made for the Palace Versailles. Spoil your luxe in Four Seasons serenity with their renowned service, opulent surroundings and white glove attention.

Fashion Loyalty & Royalty

A visit to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, is a must for fashion lovers, no matter what’s on. This tour of the Yves Saint Laurent studio in Paris gives you a behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest names in fashion history. The Fondation conserves 5,000 garments, 1,000 rive gauche models, 15,000 accessories and 35,000 sketches, all bearing witness to the fashion icon’s creativity.

Lunch (or dinner) with a View:

The 56st floor of the Tour Montparnasse offers designer and interior architect Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance's recently re-imagined Ciel de Paris' jaw-dropping views (whatever the weather) of the Eiffel Tower and the street plan of the Paris of today after Haussmann re-imagined it. Take in the view with a coupe of Deutz Blanc de Blancs Champagne and savour a fabulous lunch by Chef Christophe Marchais,  the decadent desserts (ohh those Parisians LOVE their dessert!) of Pastry Chef Baptiste Methivier and the incredible view.

Florals to Brighten Your Stay

To live like a Parisian while stopping to smell the flowers, a stroll and amble through the Art Nouveau pavilions (C 1900) plant stalls is a must. In the Île de la Cité’s Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II, experience exotic orchids, all manner of florals, plants and shrubs. On Sundays, the market converts into the Marché aux Oiseaux, where locals shop for their summer gardens and winter tables.

Off the beaten path

and definitely worth a visit are the wander-ful Les Passages couverts de Paris. Many have fallen into neglect, but are certainly worth a stroll through to view the unique shops, wine bars, petits-restos, and libraries anciens that were originally designed to give nineteenth-century Parisians protection from mud and horse-drawn vehicles. There is an extensive network that runs from the rue St-Marc which includes Les Passages des Panoramas all the way up to le Passage Verdeau on the rue de Faubourg Montmartre. Keep your eyes open as their entrances are easy to miss and many are closed nights and on Sundays.

Window Shopping along Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the Marais

You’ll find great ‘au courant’ Parisian designs to ogle while window shopping throughout the city, then make the comparison (and much cheaper) purchase at Printemps, Galeries Lafayette or perhaps Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. Finish your window shop/stroll at the somewhat touristy Place des Vosges, Paris’ first ‘urban planning’ project, and one of the last remaining vistas of what the Paris of old looked like. Worth a visit and a fine place to people watch from the park.

Get away

from the Grand Museums of Paris with visits to several ‘musées insolites’ (unusual) including Musée du Quai Branly for indigenous art (we totally enjoyed the exhibit 'Tatouers, Tatoués' which later transferred to Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum in April 2016), Musée Jacquemart-André for ‘Frick/Family-Style, private collection viewing, le Musée de la Magie,  le Musée du Vin,  le Musée du Perfume (also known as the Fragonard Musée du Parfum), and followsummer’s favorite, the Musée Arts-Forains with a focus on the Belle Epoque. Once inside, watch for le Théatre du Merveilleux and le Salon Vénitien.

Life Less Ordinary

Spend some time with the joggers and lunch time office workers enjoying their takeaway brown bags on Paris’ original older sister version of New York’s High Line, the Promenade of Le Viaduc des Arts. Starting in the Faubourg St-Antoine, stroll the elevated entire length and enjoy some classic Paris views before circling back at street level, stop and shop the many ateliers and shops nestled underneath the rose-coloured archways.

Enjoy the open markets

at the top and bottom ends of le Canal St Martin where you will find fresh fish, produce, wonderful cheeses, beautiful flowers, (expertly arranged in gorgeous bouquets 'while you wait' by a handsome Frenchman) to brick-a-brac and consignment clothing. Linger over coffee, lunch or 'une coupe de champagne' in one of the charming little cafés that ring the covered canal.

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It's all about getting off that well-worn, tourist path and exploring some of the hidden delights of one of followsummer's favorite cities in the world.

 Paris well, my friends!