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Exploration Vacation seeks to inspire and inform travelers and dreamers alike. Whatever your travels may take you, I want to help you travel better.

I’m Cindy and I’m delighted you are here!

As a travel critic, it’s important to me that you get the most from the time and money you invest in travel. At the same time, travel should broaden your world while respecting and preserving the people and places you visit.

If you are looking for beautiful photos, in-depth historical and cultural information, and/or travel tips to help you take a closer look at the world around you, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you are just dreaming or planning your own trip, you’ll find plenty of inspiration along with travel guides and tips to help you plan your own exploration vacation!

photo of a gray whale and boats in Laguna Ojo de Liebre in Baja Sur Mexico © Cindy Carlsson at ExplorationVacation.net

(Gray whales approaching boats in Baja Sur Mexico — soon we’ll be petting them)

I’m working on a post about the amazing gray whale part of my trip to Baja California, Mexico. But if you’re eager to find out more about my close encounters with gray whales (they feel a bit like wet suede) or the rest of my time in Baja, I have more info and photos on the member’s page. Newsletter subscribers can find that page here(If you forget the password, it’s always in the last newsletter.)

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Destinations to explore

Follow these links for travel tips and inspiration to help you dive deeper into the world.

Exploring Asia - ExplorationVacation

Riad with text "Africa and Mid-East"

old harbor with boats and text "Europe"

USA travel on ExplorationVacation

Text "Canada" with a mountain lake and boats

two lama by stone wall by "Mexico, Central and South America"

Islands text with beach and trees




About me

I’m a photographer, writer, blogger, public speaker, and travel evangelist who absolutely loves exploring the world and all its fascinating people and places. More . . .

Contact me at xplormore(AT)ExplorationVacation(DOT)net

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