Water Journeys: Travels and Stories

Rivers, lakes, oceans, beaches: waterways were among people’s earliest highways and means of travel. People lived near water for sustenance, for travel, for trade, and for joy, too. Sea and ocean, lake, river, waterfall and waterside continue engage as places to explore. Perhaps you are planning a trip to the waterside sometime soon, yourself?

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At Perceptive Travel we’ve done quite a bit of exploring the waters, traveling from the Mississippi to the Ganges, from Zimbabwe to Iceland, from the Arabian Sea to the Irish one to the Tasman.

As part of a continuing series I am creating exploring our archives, here is a selection of our best features to help you enjoy and explore water and waterside related travel.

Why not begin with full immersion? Immersion in ideas, anyway — Chantae offers that in her story about how diving will change the way you travel. Even if you never dive, her thoughts may open up new ways for you to think about your own travels.

Victoria Falls peek through

Chantae knows how to explore water in other sorts of ways, too. She has advice on visiting Victoria Falls, which lies on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Coastal communities have to deal with unique challenges when storms strike. Chantae went to the Caribbean and Sheila visited Texas coastal towns which are rebuilding from hurricane damage. They reported back that both places are ready to welcome you back, and have tips on how to find out how things are going as you plan your visit.

Relaxing on the beach in Port Aransas Texas in late April 2018 (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Relaxing on the beach in Port Aransas Texas in late April 2018 (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Speaking of waterfalls, Skye was able to visit five of them on a trip to Iceland. Liz wrote about two hidden waterfalls in New Zealand, while I let you in on a restful place to stop by a waterfall (Glasnevin, pictured below) on a trip to Ireland’s Inishowen peninsula in Donegal.

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Jennifer often explores one of the world’s most iconic rivers, the Danube. Sailing a particularly scenic section of the Danube, in the Wauchau Valley in Austria, was a new experience for her, though.

On the other side of the world, Jennifer took to the waters in Kerala in India, at a series of lagoons which run parallel to the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea.

Skye looked for the best surfing beaches in Portugal, Sheila shared quiet reflections along Lake Travis in Austin, and Liz explored cruising in a historic ship in Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand.

Kristin went cruising in a historic ship too, her journey taking place on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, a trip which also involved bald eagles. Skye explored many aspects of Odessa, Ukraine, and has pointers on visiting the city’s Black Sea beaches.

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I took you for an exploration around the northeast coast of Scotland, which included the castle which may have inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula, an aquarium open to the sea, and a museum of lighthouses. I have also taken you to explore Loch Lomond, through nature, history, and, of course, music — including links to two favorite versions of the song itself played by native Scots, one by a Celtic rock band and the other by a classical violinist.

Pittsburgh river cruise money shot Point State Park from the water Gateway Clipper cruise (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

Pittsburgh river cruise money shot Point State Park at sunset from the water on a Gateway Clipper cruise (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

We have, naturally, explored many other water related adventures over the years, including lakes in Croatia and Texas, a river cruise in Pittsburgh, and sea coasts in Cinque Terre in Italy and Nova Scotia in Canada. Stay with us as we continue to explore the world through its waters and in many other ways.

Do you have a favorite water related place? Let us know in the comments.

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Photographs courtesy of the writers of the original articles. You may find those stories and further photo credits through the links. The photos at the top and end are found only in this story.

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