Clear your mind in these open spaces made for exploring

  • Get out there

    Fifty percent of the world's population lives on just 1% of the Earth's surface.  That leaves plenty of wide-open, uncrowded spaces to explore.  Taking a break from the hustle and bustle can help you find a new perspective or ease your troubled mind.  Here are a few places where you can get away from it all.

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  • Traveling in Mongolia

    Traveling by van in Mongolia

    For eleven days, I traveled by van in Mongolia. Two hours outside of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city, there were no more roads, street lamps or electricity poles.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • Traveling in Mongolia

    One camel in the distance

    When they told me I was going to the vast expanse of nothingness in Mongolia, I asked, "How will I know when I get there?"
     
    They said, "You will know."

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • Traveling in Mongolia

    The Gobi Desert

    The goal of our van trek was to walk in the sand dunes of the Gobi Desert. 

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  • Traveling in Mongolia

    Sleeping in gers

    Each night we stayed in different gers (you may also know them as yurts) along the route to the Gobi Desert. 

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  • Traveling in Mongolia

    Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs

    This area in the Gobi is called the Flaming Cliffs, Bayanzag, Bain-Dzak or in Mongolian, Улаан Эрэг, and it's where many dinosaur fossils have been found. An America paleontologist, Roy Chapman Andrews, discovered dinosaur eggs here in the 1920s. 

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • Arctic Safari

    Walk with polar bears

    If you're interested in wildlife, perhaps travel to the northern reaches of the planet where you'll be outnumbered by animals. At Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge near Hudson Bay, I walked with polar bears with Churchill Wild. It was one of the best bucket list adventures I've ever experienced.

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  • Arctic Safari

    Touch the Arctic

    I took four planes to arrive at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. There was nothing else around for miles and miles.

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  • Arctic Safari

    Polar Bear at Hudson Bay

    Ride the Arctic Rhino (a lunar rover-like vehicle), spot a polar bear and walk with wild animals.

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  • Arctic Safari

    Wolves walked with us, too

    During my time at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, we saw over a dozen wolves. 

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  • Arctic Safari

    Arctic beauty

    As we drove in the Arctic Rhino and walked in single file to see the polar bears, the landscape seemed surreal.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • Traveling in the Rocky Mountains

    Over the river and across the bridge

    If the Arctic isn't your scene, perhaps traveling by rail through the Canadian Rockies will be more your speed. You'll feel like you could stare out the giant train windows all day.

    Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer

  • Traveling in the Rocky Mountains

    Welcome to Hell's Gate

    We traveled along British Columbia's Fraser River and were able to see Hell's Gate in southern Fraser Canyon. 

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  • Traveling in the Rocky Mountains

    Reflections on the lake

    During the day, we saw bears, eagles, osprey and the reflections of the clouds in the calm, blue-green waters.

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  • Traveling in the Rocky Mountains

    Sunset from the train

    In addition to spectacular views, we saw the historic Spiral Tunnels and Craigellachie, where in 1885, the "last spike" united the East and West of Canadian railway track.

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  • Traveling in the Rocky Mountains

    Snow in the peaks of the Rocky Mountains

    See the highest peaks in the Canadian Rockies and the remote vistas of Canada's West.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • African Safari in Tanzania

    Watching zebras in Tanzania

    For wide-open spaces in warmer climes, a trip to Tanzania and Kenya might be in order. I saw these zebras on the first day of my African safari in Tarangire National Park with Abercrombie and Kent. 

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • African Safari in Tanzania

    Hippo pool at sunset

    It was a treat to be allowed out of the safari vehicle to walk around high above the hippos. As the light faded, we went back to our mobile tent camp, Sanctuary Kichakani, and heard lions roaring around us during the night.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • African Safari in Tanzania

    Lions in the Serengeti

    Early in the morning, we saw these four lions. Soon after, one of the lionesses killed an antelope.

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  • African Safari in Kenya

    A family of giraffes in Maasai Mara

    After visiting the children at Enkereri Primary School, we passed by this family of giraffes. The Chief of the village near Sanctuary Olonana, Richard, invited me to teach his warriors in the Maasai Mara how to hula hoop.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

  • African Safari in Kenya

    A parade of elephants

    We spent hours watching elephants in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Some of them were practicing fighting, some were eating and all were moving along towards the water.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel


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