Featured Travel Blog: A New Life Wandering

This week, we’re putting a spotlight on one of our contributors named Mani. She writes a travel blog called A New Life Wandering, and she’s a Mexican who married an American after meeting in India. Cool, right?

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They now call the Portland area home, and share with their readers their unique observations about life’s simplicities through travel. Mani has a great perspective that is full of hope. Follow her blog, and her facebook page too!

http://anewlifewandering.com/

https://www.facebook.com/anewlifewandering

Buffalo City, Arkansas, USA

BlogPhoto_BuffaloCityThe White River and the Buffalo River are both in Buffalo City.

Little known fact about this area, but probably one of the coolest (ok give me at least Top 50… No? Dang.) things you’ve ever heard, the White and Buffalo rivers actually run together at Buffalo City.

The White River is f-f-f-freezing, and in the summer the Buffalo River feels like a hot bath.

SO, when you’re boating from one river to the next, you can put your hand in the water and actually feel the exact place where the rivers meet. It’s only a matter of seconds that it takes to go from a frost-bitten hand to one that feels like it’s melting.

So don’t miss it!

This place receives negative points for accessibility and an overwhelming number of gnats in the summer.

Enjoyment Score: 8/10

Submitted by krlinck

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Seattle is full of museums and galleries, great coffee, diverse food and surrounded by some of the most stunning views you will ever see. From kayaking on the Puget Sound, to Mount Rainier’s outline hovering over the skyline you are never far from something to do!

Enjoyment Score: 10/10

Submitted by Caitlin

Bilbao, Spain

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from Bilbao after hearing so-so comments from other travelers, but as always I went with an open mind. I got lucky with beautiful weather and ended up meeting some really nice locals, so I have to say it beat my expectations! The Guggenheim is really impressive, both the building and the exhibits I saw. Walking along the river lined with huge green trees you can’t help but be happy. Plenty of outdoor cafes to enjoy. Driving is tricky, the streets are a set of windy one-ways, but I managed! In the end I wished I had more time to spend there.

Enjoyment Score: 7/10

Submitted by awogoes

Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Nation, USA

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Monument Valley just has to rank in the top 5 natural places to visit in the United States.  It is a must see for anyone traveling the southwest.  Pay the fee to travel the 17 mile loop in the Navajo Tribal Park.  You won’t regret it.  Just make sure your auto has good shocks because it is a dirt road with plenty of bumps and ruts.

Enjoyment Score: 10/10

Submitted by Wandering Iris

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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I guess I am kinda biased since I live here in Melbourne.  But I’m a USA expat originally from sunny California.  The reasons why I love Melbourne:
1. Fabulous coffee.
2.  Great playgrounds for children.
3.  Amazing food.  Chin Chin located in the CBD is yummy.
4.  The cockatoo’s and parrots that fly by when you are walking around town.
5.  Great shopping.
6. It’s only a 20 minute car ride in any direction and you can see wild kangaroos and the rugged wild terrain.
7.  The people are friendly.
8.  It’s easy to get around without hoping in a car.  The public transportation such as a tram or a train are cheap and it’s easy to understand how the city is mapped out.
9.  Mornington Peninsula is beautiful place to go to getaway for the weekend.
10.  Bells Beach is a great place to go surfing.

Enjoyment Score: 10/10

Submitted by fromheretotherewithkids.com

Punta Arenas, Chile

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I am still not sure why I went to Punta Arenas! The city is big and felt lacking in any sense of vibe or culture. Walking around the town many places were shut down (not just for siesta hours), it just felt like there was no life to the place. I visited an old house that was converted into the Museo Regional Braun-Menéndez which was interesting enough. Puerto Natales up north held much more charm for me.

Enjoyment Score: 2/10

Submitted by awogoes

Vienna, Austria

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Vienna, Austria is a European city that should be in your “travel wish list” if it isn’t already. I loved this city, it is brimming with culture and arts. It is stunning to look at and it has plenty to explore and experience. From palaces with vast gardens, labyrinths, and fountains that date back to the Habsburg monarchs, to the colorful, artsy and whimsical building inspired by Hundertwasser. Food, music and museums are a must-experience in this amazing city.

Enjoyment Score: 10/10

Submitted by Mani (A New Life Wandering)