River of the Red Ape – First Descent 1986

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The first descent of the Alas River (The River of the Red Ape) in Sumatra, running through the heart of the world’s greatest orangutan reserve, down crazy rapids, past villages with almost no contact with the outside world, and through the richest and most bio-diverse rainforest on earth. Led by Richard Bangs with veteran Sobek […]

Most Scenic Drive in the World? Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

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This is a story about brilliant branding. It’s about Ireland, but it begins in Chile. In the early ’90s one had to head to the far south of South America to sample the tasty, thick, snow-white fillets of a large, deep-water cod called the Patagonian toothfish. No eatery in the U.S. wanted to serve a […]

Where in the World Are You? Quest #52

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We give hints about an undisclosed location in this geo-quiz. It has the longest defined coastal routes in the world, and it may be the wildest…So, where are you are? Click George at the end of the video to find out. For more tips on traveling Ireland, click here.

Top Five Game of Thrones Locations (Northern Ireland)

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Northern Ireland is home of the Game of Thrones studio (in Belfast) for all the interior sets and many exterior locations of the popular TV series. The Locations (in no particular order) 1) Carrick-a-rede and Larrybane (Viewpoint) Larrybane, meaning ‘the ancient white site’, is classic Storms End – with panoramic views of the limestone cliffs […]

The Wild Atlantic Way: Ireland’s Ultimate Road Trip

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The Wild Atlantic Way is a 1600-mile route along the western coast of Ireland, winding from Kinsale in County Cork in the south to Malin Head in Donegal in the far north, seamed with lighthouses, abbeys, cairns, stone circles and golf courses along the way. For more tips on traveling Ireland, click here.

The Most Luxurious Castle in the World

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There are so many castles and so many luxury accommodations around the globe, but there is only one Ashford Castle – the most luxurious castle in the world. Ashford Castle With a history as old as 1228, Ashford Castle is an enchanted hotel of dreams. The castle, situated on 350 acres along the shores of […]

Inside the Irish Pub

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In this video, we check out one of the greatest establishments in Ireland – the Irish pub. What makes these pubs so welcoming and popular among locals, tourists, first-timers, and seasoned regulars? Watch the video to find out: The Irish Pub Tradition The Irish Pub is where truth can never get in the way of […]

“When You Are Old”- Irish Locals Read W.B. Yeats

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In an homage to famous Irish poet Yeats W.B. Yeats, Irish locals read the poem, “When You Are Old.” Yeats lived in a space where history, myth, legend, magic, and reality all seemed to swirl around him as one big here and now, moving forward, and drawing the past into the present. [ William Butler […]

Illinois Improbable: A Story of Upending Expectations

Jasper Bangs for Illinois. Photo by Laura Hubber.

When I was a high-school student in Bethesda, Maryland, and beginning to think about college, my parents sat me down and set a parameter: they would only allow a school within 1000 miles of our home, with the idea that I would be more likely to visit over holidays if within that range. My elder […]

Illinois: “It’s Just a Great State!”

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An Interview with Cory Jobe, the Illinois Director of Tourism, who lists the many attractions and attributes that make Illinois a great state. From wineries and museums, to craft breweries, ghost tours, and scenic landscapes, Illinois’ diversity offers endless opportunities for fun and excitement.