Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Stay Awhile


Please forgive me for being remiss, dear readers: I’ve known about Mr & Mrs Smith for years, but have neglected to share until now.

Allow me to remedy my oversight and introduce you to some truly spectacular couple-friendly “hotel porn” from around the world.

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Passports with Purpose 2011

It’s that time again, folks:

The travel bloggers’ annual fundraiser, Passports with Purpose!

In its 4th year, the goal is to raise $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia.

The raffle will be open Wednesday, November 30th through Friday, December 16th and there are fabulous travel-themed prizes to be won.

My own prize contribution is a great weekend bag from Lug, one of my favorite travel gear companies.

Now…let’s all get to donating, shall we?

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The Serengeti: Tonight We’re on Safari…Like it’s 1909

Our tent at &Beyond’s Serengeti Under Canvas

If you’ve ever wanted to travel like Teddy Roosevelt in days of yore (minus the animal poaching), I’d suggest transporting yourselves to Tanzania‘s elegant, far-flung Serengeti Under Canvas.

After all, when’s the last time you washed your face over a copper sink, lay down in a bed beneath a sparkly chandelier, and listened to a herd of wildebeest rustling just outside your tent?

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Shifting Sands: In the Wind

Continued from
Olduvai Gorge: Way the Hell Back in Time

Tanzania’s Shifting Sands are two crescent-shaped, bizarrely magnetic dunes in the midst of a long stretch of dusty desert. The sands blow slowly forth, around and back again as though pushed by tides, always holding their shape, never explaining themselves.

The air around them crackles with a strange energy, the vista is seemingly endless, and while there’s nothing else really here per se, there’s a strange pull that wants you (and the sands themselves) to stay.

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Olduvai Gorge: Way the Hell Back in Time

Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania's Great Rift Valley

While staying at the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, we took a short jaunt across Tanzania’s northwestern desert to visit the ancient Olduvai Gorge — aka human history’s Ground Zero. What we found there in the glorious middle of absolutely nowhere was surprising, sad…and inadvertently hilarious.

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