The Best Coral Reef Locations: the Maldives or the Great Barrier Reef?


Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

Coral Reef of the island of Funamadua, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the Maldives.

The underwater map of the world has few great snorkeling locations. We constantly look for new places, learning about the Seychelles, Belize, or the Bahamas, but every time, we return to the Maldives.

It seems like snorkeling does not require special training and expensive equipment: just buy a mask and fins, and you can admire underwater life as long as you want or can. However, the incredibly beautiful and extremely fragile global coral reef ecosystem is threatened with extinction, so for a healthy coral reef, you will have to search. Unfortunately, in most cases, it will not be located near your home.

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Castles in Switzerland: Oberhofen Castle


Castles in Switzerland. Oberhofen Castle.

Oberhofen Castle. Switzerland.

Most fans of ancient castles travel around Great Britain, France, and Germany, but few of them know anything about Swiss castles. Of course, the best things in Switzerland are nature—wonderful mountain peaks and lakes, endless forests, and flower meadows—and surprisingly low prices… The latter was a joke. But I think it’s fair to say that dozens of well-preserved castles perfectly complement the Alpine landscape.

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The Best, but Cheapest Trout Farm in the World


The Luis trout farm. Bosnia.

The Luis’ trout farm. Bosnia.

Irina and I are not cut out for fishing. This is a fact. We are too lazy and impatient for brook trout fishing, but dinner on a trout farm is quite another matter. In other words, trout fishing season is not interesting for us. The main thing is to know the right “fishing spots,” and simple, rustic food often tastes better than that which is served in expensive restaurants. This time, we went to the Balkan Peninsula, to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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