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Author Bio: Lana Law

Managing Editor of PlanetWare

Lana Law is a travel writer and photographer with a passion for adventure, exploration, and the outdoors. In 1999, following trips to Europe and Northern Africa, Lana embarked on a year of independent travel through Asia, India, Eastern Europe, and parts of the South Pacific, which began her career in travel writing. Since then she has traveled extensively around the globe, visiting more than 50 countries on six continents, and 40 US states.

Lana currently resides near Toronto, Canada. She has a strong attachment to the mountains, with particular interests in hiking, skiing, camping, mountain biking, canoeing, and SUPing. During the summer months, she spends considerable time in Canada's parks, enjoying a variety of wilderness adventures. In winter, she can often be found in the American Southwest, which she considers the perfect playground for all of her outdoor pursuits.

Lana Law is a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers), NASJA (North American Snowsports Journalist Association), and the ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association). She has been with PlanetWare Inc. since 2000. You can see more of her photography and connect with her at lanalawtravels.com.

2019 Travels & Articles:

Cartagena | Photo Copyright: Lana Law

Cartagena: After hearing travelers speak about the beautiful scenery and people of Colombia, it was time to check it out. Basing myself in the historic walled city, I spent three weeks seeing the sights, enjoying the food, heading out to the beaches, and soaking up the ambience of this beautiful city.

Cartagena Articles: Top Attractions & Things to Do in Cartagena, Where to Stay in Cartagena, Best Hotels in Cartagena

Panama: Neighboring Colombia, Panama is just a short flight or boat trip away, and this became the next leg of my journey. Beaches, mountains, wildlife, coffee, and beautiful scenery along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are just some of what makes this country worth visiting. Articles coming soon.

Future Travels for 2019: While plans are always subject to change, adventures for the rest of the year include, exploring the outdoors of North Carolina, Western Canada, and Northern Ontario. In the fall, Greece, Mexico, and as always, some time in the American Southwest are currently on the agenda.

Recent: 2018 Travels & Articles

Lana hiking in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: Photo Copyright: Michael Law

West Texas: Much of the winter was spent in the US Southwest, including a nine-week trip through West Texas and Arizona, covering the outdoors with my tent and hiking boots. In Texas, I began in Big Bend National Park, hitting the hiking trails, camping in the park, and relaxing at a couple of resorts in the area. Other highlights of West Texas were stops in Lubbock and Amarillo.

West Texas Articles: Things to Do in Big Bend National Park, Best Hikes in Big Bend National Park, Best Campgrounds in Big Bend National Park, Best Places to Stay near Big Bend National Park, Attractions & Things to Do in Amarillo, Attractions & Things to Do in Lubbock

Arizona: Although I've spent several winters in Arizona, this was an awesome adventure of nights spent under the stars in a tent and days spent hiking and mountain biking, staying in the national and state parks, and exploring the most popular outdoor areas around the major cities. The main highlights outside of the parks were Sedona, Tucson, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Prescott, Flagstaff, and Payson.

Colorado: On the way home, I cut through Colorado, spending time in Durango and hitting the slopes at some of the ski resorts.

Hiking & Mountain Biking Articles: Best Hikes in Arizona, Best Hikes near Tucson, Best Hikes near Phoenix, Best Hikes in Sedona, Best Mountain Bike Trails in Sedona, Best Hikes in Prescott

Camping Articles: Best Campgrounds in Arizona, Best Campgrounds near Tucson, Best Campgrounds near Phoenix, Best Campgrounds in Sedona, Best Campgrounds near Prescott, Best Campgrounds near Payson

Sightseeing and Things to Do Articles: Attractions & Things to Do in Scottsdale, Attractions & Things to Do in Prescott, Top Things to Do in Flagstaff, Best Day Trips from Phoenix

Resorts and Hotels Articles: Best Places to Stay in Flagstaff, Top Resorts in Scottsdale, Top Resorts in Tucson, Top Resorts in Phoenix

Colorado: Best Ski Resorts in Colorado, Things to Do in Durango

Lana stand up paddleboarding on Vancouver Island | Photo Copyright: Michael Law

Vancouver Island: By late May, I found myself traveling around Vancouver Island, again hiking the trails and enjoying the outdoors, but also stopping to spend some time in the cities. Some of the most memorable areas were Tofino, Port Renfrew, Nanaimo, and of course, Victoria.

Tofino Articles: Top Things to Do in Tofino, Best Hiking Trails in Tofino, Best Campgrounds around Tofino

Victoria Articles: Top Hikes near Victoria, Best Campgrounds near Victoria

Around Vancouver Island: Best Hikes on Vancouver Island, Best Campgrounds on Vancouver Island, Top Things to Do in Nanaimo

More Travels and Stories from 2018 and 2019

While some of these were return trips to favorite destinations, others were new places that unexpectedly ended up on my travel itinerary. New York and Ontario are places I visit every year; the Dominican Republic is repeatedly on my itineraries; and some cities, like Houston and Galveston, tend to draw me back for short breaks. New for me this year was Barbados and North Carolina, where I discovered you can find skiing in December on your way to Florida!

Below are a mix of articles based on travels to random places I visited in 2018 and 2019, either for quick getaways, ski trips, or some relaxing time at the beach.

New York: Top Tourist Attractions in New York City, Attractions & Things to Do in Syracuse, Attractions & Things to Do in Rochester

North Carolina & Florida: Best Ski Resorts in North Carolina, Top Things to Do in Hendersonville, Top Attractions & Things to Do in Naples, Top Attractions & Things to Do in Fort Myers

Barbados: Top Attractions and Things to Do in Barbados

Dominican Republic: Best Places to Visit in the Dominican Republic, Things to Do in Santo Domingo

Texas: Top Attractions & Things to Do in Houston, Top Attractions & Things to Do in Galveston