Up And Coming International Vacation Spots

By Laurie Jo Miller Farr

We consulted with a travel expert regarding up-and-coming worldwide destinations. As founder of We Blog the World, an online luxury lifestyle website dedicated to transformative travel with more than one million followers, Renee Blodgett offered insights into a handful of top picks that touch on adventure, urban art and culture, oceans and islands.germany1 Up And Coming International Vacation Spots

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Germany: A Tale Of Two Cities

In 2017, Germany ushers in the next 500 years as it marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luthers Protestant Reformation. Music is key as the nation at the heart of Europe looks to tomorrow. If you havent been to Berlin since the 1989 fall of the wall, the transformation is nothing less than startling to the senses. Mighty cranes dot the Berlin skyline as the city re-builds and re-invents itself as a major cultural center. Eyes and ears are tuned in to Museum Island in the capital citys lively Mitte district where the beloved Berlin State Opera, an 18th century landmark, reopens after a seven-year restoration. Hop on a train for the 90-minute journey to handsome Hamburg, Germanys second-largest city. Wander across bridges over canals, along rows of restored red brick warehouses to reach Elbphilharmonie, the citys striking new concert hall and symbol of the city. Built atop a historic warehouse, it balances elements of design and purpose, with views and programming that have already outpaced visits to the legendary Neuschwanstein Castle. Ease of travel is boosted by Air Berlins launch of new nonstop routes from San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as increased service from New York and Miami.

Related: 5 Must-Visit U.S. Destinations For History BuffsArgentina: Beyond Buenos Aires

Surprisingly, Latin America is often overlooked, considering the advantages of the southern hemispheres reverse seasonality and nearly zero jet lag for travelers from the USA. Outside of Buenos Aires, less is known about Argentinas diversity, natural beauty and ecotourism. Outdoor enthusiasts will be blown away by majestic Andes skiing in June through October, plus mountain climbing, trekking, kayaking, 44 safari and hydro-speed adventure options. Journey to protected areas where you can see wildlife and birdlife in their natural environments. Immerse yourself by learning how to herd cattle and ride across the Argentinian plains, combine BBQ or empanadas cooking classes with Spanish lessons, attend a tango dance class, or go sports fishing in freshwater streams and rivers. Experience a national park, greatly varied in terrain from the north to the south, with jungles, deserts, lakes, and forests. For a detour worth the effort, dont miss Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian border, the worlds largest waterfalls system. Argentina offers so many diverse choices, you could take several trips and still be aching for more.

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Philippines: Tropical Paradise

Cebu Province is a tropical paradise that combines pristine beaches, cultural attractions, plus the best mangoes in the world. Unlike so many other islands that have become more built up and overcrowded, Cebu Island and its 150-plus surrounding islands havent lost their magic at all. Pack hiking boots and bathing suits to explore Olango Island’s Wildlife Sanctuary and on to the untouched volcanic Camotes with their abundant palm-lined beaches. See the crystal clear turquoise waters of Bantayan and the secluded bays of Malapascua and Mactan, where exquisite diving earns it the nickname “Diving Mecca of the South.” There’s also a sunken island off the west coast of Cebu, which makes a great bucket list item for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Not a water baby? Cebu has lively markets, bars, and eateries as well as many cultural sites, monuments, basilicas, temples, and museums.

Madagascar: Everything Unexpected

Looking for something more remote? Madagascar is on the tip of everyones tongue at blogger conventions and travel trade showcases. Its one of those untouched gems, like Mozambique was 15 years ago and Cuba was less than 10 years ago. For travelers who want to experience adventure, take a break from more traditional destinations. And if you feel comfortable with exploring the unknown, Madagascar is a viable off-the-beaten path choice brimming with natural beauty. Situated off the eastern coast of Africa, the island nation is comparable to the size of France but with 3,000 miles of coastline. Imagine: Five percent of all known animal and plant species on earth can only be found on Madagascar. If you’re into hiking through astonishing natural environment, you’ll find plenty of diverse terrain, taking you from rainforest to desert within 200 miles. See sandstone formations in Isalo National Park, the geysers of Analavory, and rare, ancient trees lining a dirt road known as Avenue of the Baobabs in the Menabe region.

Agile2016 is Coming!

hands-people-woman-meeting-largeThis is where the Agile tribes meet.

Agile2016 is swiftly approaching. I’ll be there in Atlanta doing a couple of talks this year. If you are going to be there you should definitely come check them out:

Self experimentation: Radical Continuous LearningIntroduction to Agile Leadership: Recognizing and Removing Impediments

The Self-experimentation workshop is something that I originally developed a few years ago for XP2013. It is very hands-on, each attendee contributing their own experience to the workshop. To date it has been very popular. Some attendees have described it as one of the most invigorating talks they have ever attended. That’s pretty high praise its probably my all-time favorite workshop.

If you are interested in getting a bit of a sneak preview of what this self experimentation stuff is all about, you can check out the experiments that I have run on the onestandardman blog. There is also background material here and here.

On the impediments front, there is a lot of material that you will find right here in this blog. For example there is this, and this and this. And then of course there is The Little Book of Impediments. There will be copies of the book at the bookstore for purchase at the conference. Catch me and I’ll be happy to sign one.

There will also be an Agile Management Conference meetup that will be held in the Open Jam area (time date at the conference is TBD check the Open Jam Board) so please join us for that if you are interested.

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New Addition Coming in Feburary!

Hello friends!!!  Its me, Kris!  Its been quite some time since I last posted, almost 4 months!  Things have been busy over here and I have some exciting news to share!  My husband and I will be expecting our first child next year a baby boy!!!  Christian Ryan will be making his appearance in Febuary 2015.  We cant wait to meet the little guy!


Special thanks to my mom for the announcement picture!  Stay tuned for baby updates and news on the nursery, cant wait to share all the details!



Sneaker Con coming to DC

Good news sneaker fans Sneaker Con will be coming to DC on Saturday April 2nd.  This marks the first time that Sneaker Con will travel outside the state of New York.  We are excited for this event and cant wait to attend.  Just as a side note the Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan drawings in this ad shows how dreadful sports in general have been here in DC over the past several years.

SNEAKER CON WASHINGTON DCSaturday April 2nd, 2011 12pm to 7pm

D.C. VENUE:1333 H Street NEWashington, DC 20002

McMaster: North Korea ‘coming to a head’

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WASHINGTON Saying this problem is coming to a head, national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said Sunday all of our options are on the table, undergoing refinement and further development in reaction to the North Korean nuclear program.

But he emphasized the US hopes not to use military force.

The President has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons. And so were working together with our allies and partners, and with the Chinese leadership, to develop a range of options, McMaster told ABCs This Week.

He said the National Security Council is collaborating with the Pentagon and the State Department, and intelligence agencies are working on providing options and have them ready for President Donald Trump if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues.

McMaster said it is the consensus of the US, along with allies in the region, that this problem is coming to a head. And so its time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully.

He added, In the coming weeks, months, I think theres a great opportunity for all of us to take action short of armed conflict so we can avoid the worst.

McMaster was speaking hours after US and South Korean defense officials told CNN that an attempted missile launch by North Korea failed. His comments echo those of a White House official earlier this month, who said the clock has now run out, and all options are on the table in regard to the rogue nation.

The attempted launch occurred a day after the regime of Kim Jong Un showed off a bevy of new missiles and launchers at a large-scale military parade on its most important holiday.

The national security adviser said the latest failed test fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime.

South Korean and US intelligence officials are trying to determine what type of missile was used Sunday, but initial reports said it could be a medium-range missile, according to a White House foreign policy adviser.

Asked by reporters Sunday about the US response to the test, the foreign policy adviser cited previous missile failures by North Korea.

Its a failed test follows another failed test. So really, no need to reinforce their failure. Weve got options. Weve got a range of options both militarily, diplomatic, economic and others a wide array of tools at the disposal for the president should he choose to use them.

If they took the time and energy to launch a missile and fail, we dont need to expend any resources against that, the foreign policy adviser said.

The US has recently leaned on China North Koreas main ally to apply pressure to Pyongyang to curtail its nuclear ambitions. Trump held a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month and has hoped to use trade as a negotiating tool for Xis cooperation on North Korea.

The Trump administration has touted some successes on that front in the past week, including the suspension of coal shipments from North Korea to China. Overall imports from North Korea to China, however, have increased.

Asked if he was confident that China will pressure North Korea in a meaningful way, McMaster replied, Well see what happens.

Not only did they establish a very warm relationship, but since that time, theyve worked together on other issues, McMaster said, referring to Trump and Xi. On North Korea, they worked together. But they worked together as well in connection with the response to the mass murder on the part of the Assad regime in connection with the UN vote.

McMaster praised Chinas decision to abstain last week from a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syrias recent chemical weapons attack, calling it a courageous move. Russia vetoed the resolution.

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