Welcome to Exploration Vacation

Dream Big & Travel Better

Exploration Vacation is a travel website designed to delight, inspire, and inform travelers and dreamers alike. But, more than anything, it aims 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.

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!

night at Liseberg Amusement park

(Christmas at Liseberg Amusement Park in Goteberg, Sweden)

Destinations to explore on Exploration Vacation

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 . . .

My travel map

These are the countries I have visited. I’ve traveled extensively in some, sometimes returning multiple times over the years. And there are a few where I’ve only spent part of a day, stopping to explore while en route to somewhere else or on a cruise tour. But in all of them, I’ve taken time to look around and try to understand what makes that place unique.

There are about 75 countries and territories on this map. However, many of these trips pre-date the creation of this website. Others are just awaiting the time I need to tell their stories. Thus there are not posts on all countries.

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World Travel Map


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Legal notices

Copyright: I hold the copyright to material on this blog. More . . .

FTC disclosure: I’ve blogged about my travel for years without any advertising, but I do use a few affiliate links for products and services I recommend. These don’t cost you anything, but pay me a small commission if you use them to purchase goods or services.

On the rare occasions I take a special deal (or a free trip!), I’ll make sure you know that. I am very aware of the fact that regular travelers don’t have the same access and free stuff that media and influencers often get.

You can read the details of my advertising and disclosure policies here . . .

Privacy policy: I don’t have any interest in collecting your data except to understand (in aggregate) what visitors to this website are looking for OR to send your email subscription OR respond to your comments and requests for information. Unless you contact me, I have no way of knowing who you are or where you are located. More. . . .