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Eric Chamberlain

I'm kimkim's Head of Destination Development, focused on helping more travelers have amazing experiences in key destinations.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Greece, Italy, Norway, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and my beloved home state of California!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"My love of travel stretches back to a childhood spent exploring the great outdoors throughout the western US with my family, but my first opportunity for extended international travel came during undergrad, when I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany. It was my first time in Europe, and I spent virtually every weekend exploring different corners of the continent, from Ireland to Hungary. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"For my honeymoon, I spent three months backpacking with my wife in Southeast Asia. We traveled from Thailand down through Malaysia and Singapore and into Indonesia. While work or academic commitments have normally limited the time I could spend traveling and forced me to move faster through destinations than I would have liked, during this extended adventure we were able to really immerse ourselves in the places we visited, and explore off-the-beaten-path destinations. Highlights included a city-wide water fight during Songkran (Thai New Year's) in Bangkok, hiking in Malaysia's Cameron Highlands, eating delicious home-cooked meals in Singapore, exploring temples near Yogyakarta on Java, and scuba diving among wrecks and colorful reefs on the north coast of Bali."

Coast of Corfu
Best Off The Beaten Path Itineraries in Europe

Europe's charms are no secret to travelers, but there are still many places across the continent where the crowds are sparse, yet the incredible experiences are limitless. Explore beautiful villages in the mountains of Northern Greece, admire the jagged mountains and coastlines of Norway's islands above the Arctic Circle, or tilt at windmills in Spain's land of Don Quixote. No matter your interests, traveling to these lesser-known regions is sure to be a unique adventure.

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Best Safari Itineraries in Africa

Africa is a vast continent, so if you're keen to see the best of its wildlife, it can be hard to know where to start. From South Africa to Kenya, these six itineraries showcase the Big 5 and other wildlife amid Africa's dramatic landscapes. Whether you're looking to spot elephants by the dozens in Zimbabwe or see mountain gorillas in Uganda, these trips are sure not to disappoint.

Big Sur Coast
Central California Road Trip: Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, & More - 7 Days

This loop through Central California offers a delightful sampler of the best of the Golden State: dramatic coastline, charming towns, captivating history and, of course, plenty of wine. Following the coast south from the Monterey Peninsula to Santa Barbara and Channel Islands National Park, before heading back north through some of the state's best wine regions, makes for an unforgettable week.

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One Week in Northern California - 5 Unique Road Trip Ideas

With one week in California, it takes careful planning to fit in the many attractions that the Golden State has to offer. From famous Highway 1 with its scenic views of the Pacific to the sheer cliffs of Yosemite National Park, California’s open roads form the perfect canvass for unforgettable road trips. Beyond these highlights, there are many lesser-known attractions that are equally worthwhile and largely undiscovered by the masses. Discover boiling mud pots in Lassen Volcanic National Park, go sea kayaking off the Channel Islands, or see the tufa towers of Mono Lake. History and culture play a role in each itinerary as well, from hearing stories of the Gold Rush in Old Sacramento to sampling exquisite varietals in the Napa and Paso Robles wine regions. Below are five itineraries that showcase the best 7-day long road trips in California.

Mendocino Coast
Northern California Coast and Wine Country Road Trip - 7 Days

This weeklong road trip will take you along the stunning, uncrowded coastline of Northern California from Bodega Bay north to Mendocino, before heading back through some of California's top wine regions. After taking it slow in The Sea Ranch and kayaking through sea caves near the charming village of Mendocino, you'll make your way via the Anderson Valley wine region to the famous Napa Valley for hot springs and more vineyard hopping before returning to San Francisco.

Sonoma Coast
Mendocino and Sonoma Coast Adventure - 3 Days

The rugged, isolated coastline of Northern California is perfect to explore over a long weekend. This route showcases the best of this remote feeling, yet accessible, stretch of shore, from Bodega Bay north to Mendocino. Say goodbye to cell service and hello to spectacular natural beauty and incredible modernist architecture as you explore The Sea Ranch, then make your way north via Point Arena Lighthouse to the charming village of Mendocino. Stop off for a tasting of pinot noir in the Anderson Valley as you make your way back to San Francisco.