January links: Scenic beauty in Hawaii, Utah, Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

This month’s most interesting links from the travel world include posts about two beautiful places I haven’t been to yet, one very wet place I want to visit again, an inspiring call to action and a quirky video. Enjoy!

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Where to see alligators in the Everglades
My first trip to the Everglades resulted in a few memorable up-close alligator sightings. So I wrote about where you should look if you want to see alligators – and other creatures – in the Everglades. Just beware of the vultures!

January travel links of interest:

Otts World: Big Island Helicopter Tour
Hawaii will be the last state I have yet to visit, once I complete my great Alaskan adventure this June. But I feel like I’ve seen it after this great post from Sherry at Otts World, who was lucky enough to take a helicopter tour of the Big Island. Check out the amazing pictures of the island’s coastlines, valleys and volcanoes.

yTravel Blog: 12 Spectacular Photos of Bryce Canyon National Park
Speaking of scenic locations, there’s Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. The colors in these pics from Craig and Caz are amazing. This is one of the few remaining big-name national parks in the U.S. I have yet to see. Rest assured, it’s at the top of my travel bucket list!

Adventurous Kate: Yes, You Will Travel This Year. Here’s How
An inspiring post for the new year from Adventurous Kate that encourages you to stop making excuses and start traveling – and lays out the steps you need to take in order to do it, including tips on how to make friends if you’re traveling alone. Best advice: If it makes your heart stir, go there.

Don’t Ever Look Back: Getting Soaked at Niagara Falls
When I visited Niagara Falls, I didn’t bother to take one of the boat tours or to stand at the bottom on a tour where you can get splashed by the falls. It looks like I missed out! Amy and Kieron did both and had a great time – and snagged some sweet pics and video.

Travel Yourself: Shit Travel Bloggers Say
Putting a new spin on the popular internet meme of the moment, Cailin at Travel Yourself put together a fun “Shit Travel Bloggers Say” video. There are a lot of inside jokes that you’ll probably pick up on if you read a lot of blogs. It seems that I fall into a lot of these stereotypes myself without even realizing it, like taking pictures of meals before touching them. But I have yet to say, “I got it in Antarctica!”


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Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based journalist and blogger who seeks out offbeat attractions and awesome destinations around the world. He has been featured in Travel + Leisure, Connect Magazine, Matador Travel, and the Washington Post.

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