All posts by Will McGough

Will McGough is a writer focused on all types of travel, from swimming with pigs to parties in ice hotels. He is inspired by the spectrum of ways in which people live their lives in the different parts of the world. He enjoys the idea of waking up every day to new opportunities, new landscapes, and the new feelings that the former inevitably evoke. He doesn't discriminate: Massages, wine tasting, sailing, skydiving, and bed-and-breakfasts are all equally inviting. He writes daily about his travels on his blog, Wake and Wander.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines
Chocolate Hills/Flickr/shankar s.

The island of Bohol — located south of Cebu in the Philippines — is rich in relaxed beach communities, coral reefs, and rainforest landscape. The island is, at present, mostly a backpacker’s hangout due to its limited access, requiring a series of flights and/or ferries to reach. But that... Read More

Savonet Plantation House, Curacao
Savonet Plantation/iStock

Curacao is known for its unique mix of cultures — African, Dutch, Latin American, and Caribbean — and its incredible diving. The capital, Willemstad, has a busy cruise ship port while the dry, desert-like terrain on the east coast is lined with beach and dive resorts. For the most... Read More

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Holualoa Inn, Hawaii Island
Holualoa Inn

Everyone usually ends up on Hawaii Island at least once in their lifetime, whether for the beaches or the water or the volcanoes. And chances are, big resorts are what first come to mind when it’s time to look for lodging — but this list might just change that.... Read More

Hawaii Island is one of most ecologically diverse islands in the world, home to dozens of microclimates and nearly every ecosystem found on the planet. Each and every one of them are fascinating, but our favorite is arguably the volcanic terrain. Good thing, then, that the island offers the chance... Read More

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Parks Canada/R. Bray

To many visitors, Jasper National Park in southwestern Alberta, Canada may live in the shadow of the more accessible Banff — but it’s precisely the remoteness that makes Jasper a special place to visit. Whether you’re a casual walker or an avid hiker, Jasper will impress with 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles)... Read More

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Flickr/Chi King

As a travel destination, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its most popular temple, Angkor Wat. Located a few miles from the city of Siem Reap, tourists from all over the world come here to walk through what’s left of the once-thriving Khmer Empire. Here are some tips for your... Read More

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santa cruz island - channel islands national park in california
Flickr/David Wan

The Channel Islands are a chain of five islands 25 miles off the coast of California, most dramatically visible from the shores of the central coast. Preserved collectively as a National Park, the islands are ripe outdoor recreation like hiking, kayaking, and camping. While it’s possible to stay on all five... Read More

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8 Canadian Parks (4 That You've Never Heard Of)
Flickr/Sheila Sund — Banff National Park

National Park season is about to kick off, and with gas prices low across the country, a road trip to your closest wilderness area is certainly in order. But don’t forget about our neighbors to the north, who also boast a wild range of national park adventures, from mingling with... Read More

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Traveling to Myanmar What’s Cheap and What’s Not
Flickr/Gzooh

Myanmar is officially the fastest-growing tourism segment in the world. Just consider these numbers: In 2007, Myanmar had 300,000 tourists. This year, the country is preparing to accommodate more than 5 million. That’s a remarkable jump in such a short amount of time — and one that’s already changing the way... Read More

A Complete Guide to Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Flickr/Eli Duke

Tayrona National Park, located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, is any adventurer’s dream escape as an ocean-rainforest combination. But its remote location and lack of a nearby airport can leave travelers scratching their heads on how to get there without breaking the bank. The good news is that... Read More

PNG
Will McGough

While Papua New Guinea may be a burgeoning destination, it certainly isn’t cheap. Due to the mining industry and the presence of Exxon and WHO, rent prices in the country’s capital, Port Moresby, are on par with those in some of the world’s most-visited cities like Paris. Though the cost... Read More

atacama - Flickr-Jim Trodel

When visiting South America’s Atacama Desert — considered to be the driest place on earth — you have little choice but to make the small village of San Pedro de Atacama your home base. Such isolation typically leads to high costs of living (and visiting), but San Pedro has an... Read More

uluru - northern territory - australia - flickr-nosha - 620

You won’t find too many Americans in Australia’s Northern Territory, and there’s a good reasons for it. Considering the high cost of air travel and the time that it takes to get there, most travelers are content on staying in Sydney or one of the country’s other southern cities.... Read More

glacier national park - dhinal chheda - 620 - 2

The National Park Service, which turns 98 this August 25, will be celebrating by waiving admission to its parks across the country on its birthday. Tagged as “America’s Best Idea” in a PBS series for its part in preserving our natural landscape, the NPS now protects 84 million acres... Read More

Hanoi - Andrea Schaffer

This coming year, 40 years will have passed since the war ended in Vietnam. A political topic still sensitive here in the States, the occasion is all the more reason to dive in and learn more about what Vietnam is like today. And we can’t think of a better... Read More