The Best in Kayaking Tours

October 30, 2013 by  
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Tourists interested in water sports and whale watching can take the kayak with orcas expeditions that will see them have a candid and up close view of the gigantic toothed whales. Tourists on such an expedition must be under a guide at all times and the whale watching activity must be conducted from a safe distance. The tour guides ensure that the kayak with orcas experience is not just memorable but also safe. Those on the kayak with orcas experience get to combine two activities in one; i.e. kayaking plus whale watching. Lovers of photography can get up close snapshot of the whale as it swims in the blue seawater.

Another location enthusiasts need to consider visiting is the San Juan Island for an experience of a lifetime. San Juan Island Kayaking is ideal because it has the best routes for Kayak orca watching in the United States. This kayaking tour also allows the kayakers to kayak the lighthouses found on the wilder sides of San Juan Islands and the amazing sea cliffs. The tours can be customized according to the desires of the kayakers. Kayaks can be taken at any time of the day with the early mornings being ideal for seeing eagles, seals, and other wildlife in action. The late evening kayaking allows kayakers the privilege of experiencing tranquil sunset.


This article was submitted by Crystal Seas. Crystal Seas is a leading tour operator in the San Juan Island region. Kayak Vacations is among the tours organized by the tour operator.

The Best of Germany

October 14, 2013 by  
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By Samuel Phineas Upham

There are so many things I love about Germany: The people, the culture, the sites, and the food. It’s hard to encompass my favorites in one, short blog post, but there are a few things about the country that everyone must experience. Here they are in no particular order:

The Opera House in Dresden, Germany: This is an amazing opera house and concert hall. The unique venue is used to showcase various symphonies as well as the world-famous Semperoper ballet. Although it opened in 1841, the Opera House in Dresden still attracts tourists in crowds.

Cologne Cathedral: The Cologne Cathedral is a spectacular sight to see. It’s a Roman Catholic Church that has been around since 1248. It photographs beautifully.

Neuschwanstein: Castles are always intriguing, and this 19th century Romanesque Revival palace is no different. Set on a rocky mount above a little village in southwest Bavaria, this enchanted palace is taken straight out of a storybook. If you want to see the rooms (once only inhabited by the “shy” King Ludwig II) make sure to purchase tickets for the guided tour.

Oktoberfest: If your travel schedule works out, you should definitely visit Germany during Oktoberfest. This world-famous festival is held in the city of Munich and lasts for16 days. Arrive late September and you will be enjoying all the festivities until the first weekend in October. It has been a yearly celebration in Germany since 1810.

Bavarian sausages: Germany is famous for their sausages and for good reason! Bavarian sausages are absolutely mouth-watering, especially when paired with a side of sweet mustard and a Bavarian pretzel. Don’t forget that glass of German beer to go along with it!

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website orFacebook page.


Surf’s Up in Australia

October 14, 2013 by  
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By Phineas Upham

Australia is famous for kangaroos, crocodiles, and of course the famous Sydney Opera House. There is also the Great Barrier Reef –a truly spectacular sight to see. However, there’s something else in this beautiful country that has gained attention from all over the world – surfing!

Australia is renowned as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world. It has a coastline of around 37,000 km. The beaches, reefs, and point breaks rival that of any other country in the world. Here are some of my favorite surfing spots in “the land down under”:

1) North Coast-Angourie to Byron Bay: This spot gained popularly in the 1960s when surfing counter-culture took over. The point break at Angourie went unconquered until the young surfing legend Nat Young changed all that in recent years. Today, there is still a sort of unique culture at these beaches. Kombi vans, dreadlocks, drum circles, hippie crowds abound on this part of the coast.

2) Noosa-Point Break: The point break at Noosa is one of the most famous long-board breakers in the world. This place can get pretty over-crowded, but it’s mostly full of locals who know what they’re doing. When the swell is calmer, it’s a perfect surf spot for real beginners.

3) Margaret River: The Margaret River is known internationally as one of the best surfing spots on the planet. It’s located about 260 km south of Perth. The swells here vary greatly from mild to absolutely humongous. It can actually be quite a dangerous spot if you have no idea what you’re doing on a board. The “Surfers Point” at Prevelly can get so insane that surfers actually wear helmets! There are over 40 top surfing spots to choose from along the Margaret River coast. These waves should definitely be reserved for the more experienced boarders out there.

Some of the other great surfing spots in the country include Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Torquay in Victoria, and Crescent Head in New South Wales. You really can’t go wrong at any beach or coastline in “the land down under!”

Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website orTwitter page.