All posts by Nicole Fisher

Following her mantra, “If you don’t try you will not know,” Nicole, an editorial intern at ShermansTravel, hopes to apply this attitude to her summer in New York City. Approaching her senior year at Syracuse University, Nicole studies magazine journalism. She has been to 25 states and hopes to complete the list some day with a cross-country road trip. Nicole’s perfect day includes a lounge chair, a white sandy beach and a warm (but not humid) atmosphere. Her dream destinations include Spain, Italy and Greece. Until she has the opportunity to travel she will focus on making it to all five boroughs of the city.
Afar Triangle Guide

Venture into the northeastern region of Ethiopia for 40 miles of steaming geysers, boiling cauldrons, and fiery lakes of lava. The Afar Triangle, sometimes referred to as the Afar Depression, is said to be the driest and hottest desert on Earth. Holding the record high average temperature for an inhabited... Read More

Valley of the Moon Guide

At 1.8 billion years old, this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Brazilian Highlands is the oldest rock formation on earth. The washed out grey rocks in the Vale da Lua, or Valley of the Moon, have been smoothed and shaped by the clear waters of the San Miguel River... Read More

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Fraser Island Guide

With a diverse landscape of rain forests, freshwater lakes, and beaches, Fraser Island off the cost of Australia, is the world’s largest sand island. Originally named “K’gari,” which means paradise in the local Aboriginal language, the island is located off the east coast of the continent and is 75... Read More

Cambodia, Oudong Mountain

Most people who visit Cambodia know about the temples at Angkor Wat, but if you’re looking for a lesser known temple complex, head over to Oudong Mountain. The town of Oudong served as the capital of Cambodia from 1618 and 1866 and is just 25 miles from the current capital, Phnom... Read More

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Behind-the-Scenes Theme Park Tours

For those intrepid travelers who aren’t satisfied by simply riding the rides at their favorite theme parks, there’s a whole new way to experience Disney, SeaWorld, and more. While these behind-the-scene tours have been around for some time, they’re always changing and revealing new secrets (but never quite giving... Read More

Mount Erebus Ice Towers

The odd duck of volcanoes, Mount Erebus’s permanent lava lake reaches temperatures of 1,826 degrees Fahrenheit, but is situated in one of the coldest places on Earth. The southern-most active volcano and second-highest summit on Antarctica’s Ross Island (at 12,448 feet), this volcano has been active since 1972. Though... Read More

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Keibul Lamjao Guide

Mats of dense aquatic grass in Loktak Lake create the appearance of a floating park in India’s Keibul Lamjao National Park. The 25 square-mile park, located about six miles from the Moriang Bazar in the Bishnupur district of Manipur, has a variety of different ecosystems. Sangai, a species of... Read More

Unexpected Facts About the Statue of Liberty

The Syracuse Arts Festival is much like any small town art fest – jewelry stands are bordered by art displays and an array of pottery pieces. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find demonstrations and talks about what goes in to make these masterpieces. I came across a six-foot-three bearded... Read More

Best Restaurants During NYC Rest. Week

New York City is home to some of the country’s best restaurants. But sometimes, getting a reservation or, well, paying for your meal are a bit out of reach. But lucky for those traveling to the city from now until August 16th, nearly 300 restaurants are offering three-course prix... Read More

Bailica Cistern, Istanbul

Found under the Eminönü district of Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is a 6th century underground chamber that features 336 marble columns, vaulted ceilings, and arched doorways, all made without a mold – incredible when you consider that it was built in 532CE. This is the place where 80,000 cubic meters... Read More

Fingal's Cave

What do Queen Victoria, Mendelssohn, and Pink Floyd have in common? If you guessed Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish island of Staffa, then you’re correct. Since it was found, “Uamb-Binn” – the Gaelic name for the cave, which translates as “Cave of Melody,” – has inspired artists and writers alike, having... Read More

Chelsea Market's Spices and Tease

In the heart of the Chelsea neighborhood sits the former National Biscuit Company factory. Though it’s the spot where the beloved Oreo cookie was invented, today the building bustles with Manhattan foodies exploring the urban food court complex. The 22-story industrial building has remnants of its factory past – Oreo... Read More

Petra, Jordan

Venture down a narrow gorge between two cliffs towering at 263 feet high and you’ll encounter the Lost City of Petra, Jordan. Petra was mostly unknown to the western world until it was “discovered” in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss traveler. The Nabataeans settled within the rose-colored... Read More

Ta Prohm Temple

You’ve heard of, or maybe even been to Angkor Wat. The massive Cambodian temple is engulfed in banyan roots and overrun with tourists. But stray a bit from the main attraction of the Angkor Complex, and you’ll stumble upon Ta Prohm Temple. The lesser known Bayon-style temple was built in... Read More

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igloo village kakslauttanen in finland

Spending a whole night stargazing sounds nice at first – until it gets cold, or the bugs come out. But, book a night in the Igloo Village in Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland and you can actually have a satisfying (and sheltered) night of watching the heavens. The village offers igloos... Read More