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LP Pathfinders: top posts from June 2016

Colorful houses alongside canal, Burano, near Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe The colourful canals of Burano, Venice © Cornelia Doerr / Getty Images

June's round-up features outdoor adventures in Alberta, Canada, a stormy Antarctic crossing and a feast of delicious dishes from Southeast Asia. And if that doesn’t peak your wanderlust, we’ve also got tall tales of scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge and discovering hidden gems in Venice. You Pathfinders get more adventurous every month!

Antarctica cruise: crossing the Drake Passage during a storm – Victorina Piccio

From sea sickness to sewage spills, Victorina’s vivid play-by-play of enduring a class 10 storm on an Antarctic Cruise lifts the lid on the reality of such an epic voyage. Whilst it could appear like a scene from a disaster movie, the buoyant tone keeps the piece positive which helps the element of adventure shine through.

Victorina caught the travel bug on a road trip to Texas. Follow her blog at squirmyfeetexplores.com

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a terrible fear of heights – Karisa Klee

Karisa's post gives you the how, what, where and when of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But it is her emotional account of the experience that makes this piece stand out – between the narrative and the unique perspectives captured in the images, you really feel as though you're harnessed in and attached to the safety wire next to her.

This Atlanta attorney has a serious case of wanderlust. Follow her blog at flirtingwiththeglobe.com

Favourite feasts of Southeast Asia – Jenny Stephens

Warning: do not read when hungry! This mouthwatering list goes on and on, covering an array of dishes from your classic pad thai to some more mysterious morsels. The layout of this post makes it really easy to digest and the colourful snaps of each dish are sure to get your tummy rumbling.

Jenny has always had itchy feet and a passion for discovering different cultures. Follow her blog at exploreadventurediscover.wordpress.com

The hidden Venetian gems: Murano and Burano – Charlotte Kona

The first thing about this blog that captured us was the kaleidoscope of colourful images – vibrant blues, pinks and greens jump off the page before you even get stuck into the text. Venice is an incredibly beautiful and intriguing city and, consequently, very well travelled – so this offbeat guide is a refreshing read.

This blogger travels to gain new perspectives on the world. Follow her blog at bluetrainertravels.com

Epic outdoor adventures in and around Sundre, Alberta – Tamara Elliott

It's all about the great outdoors in this rundown of adventures in Alberta, Canada. Channel your inner cowboy with an overnight horse trek, battle the rapids of the Red Deer River or hike through scenic landscapes to discover secret waterfalls. Between these activities and more, Tamara proves why Sundre could give better-known Banff a run for its money.

This Canadian native is on a quest to discover unique travel experiences. Follow her blog at globeguide.ca

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