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Floating Through France on a River Cruise

River cruises are attracting gourmets, art fans and avid travelers for a leisurely way to explore Europe. Unpack once and watch vineyards and vistas in the French countryside from the top deck or your stateroom balcony. My husband and I selected a Scenic...

San Francisco’s National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, The Presidio is San Francisco’s great escape. This huge National Park is nestled along the Bay and Crissy Field extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. The...

Bucket List Trip: Cruise Australia and New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it, they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New...

Travel safety for women

  Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I've written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about "how to stay safe and travel the world". Here are ways to be prepared and avoid...

Chasing the Midnight Sun in Norway. Hut-to-hut hiking and Freedom Camping.

Hut-to-hut hiking and Freedom Camping is the way to go in Norway if you love the outdoors and want stay on a budget. Last summer my partner and I hiked above deep fjords, slept in comfy huts, drove scenic remote roads, soaked in panoramic views of sheer mountain faces...

Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

Yellowstone Country wildlife. Welcome bear cubs, bison calves and wolf pups

Spring is an exciting time of the year to see Yellowstone wildlife, especially newborns. If you ask the locals, most residents of northwestern Wyoming’s Cody – situated east of Yellowstone National Park – will tell you the season truly begins when the babies make...

Loving Lucerne

Along the shores of Lake Lucerne, ringed with snow-capped peaks, couples promenade arm-in-arm as the sun dips behind the mountains. Families, catching the last light, head home pushing strollers past docks decked with flower boxes spilling red geraniums. Seagulls...

Grizzlies in the Mist in British Columbia

On a distant islet off British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, our group of six donned flotation coats and boarded a yellow inflatable raft for an “Eco-Adventure Tour.” Jillian Leonard, our guide, said that unlike the Grizzly Bear Tour we would go on later, “This tour’s...

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Overtourism.

We all have experienced overtourism and huge crowds at the popular tourist destinations: the Statue of Liberty, Yosemite National Park, Barcelona, the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. The statistics of overtourism in Europe are staggering: Barcelona hosted 32 million visitors...

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Floating Through France on a River Cruise

River cruises are attracting gourmets, art fans and avid travelers for a leisurely way to explore Europe. Unpack once and watch vineyards and vistas in the French countryside from the top deck or your stateroom balcony. My husband and I selected a Scenic...

read more

Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada is not to be missed.

Why wait if you love horses and a good party? I dusted off my cowboy boots and joined daredevils, music lovers, families, and wannabe cowboys, at Calgary's Stampede Park to take part in one of the world's largest rodeos. Spanning ten days in July, the Stampede draws...

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San Francisco’s National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, The Presidio is San Francisco’s great escape. This huge National Park is nestled along the Bay and Crissy Field extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. The...

read more

San Francisco Locals Share the Best Things to Do

As a San Francisco local, we have lots of recommendations of things to do that are a bit off-the-radar. After our guests have gone to the “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden Gate Bridge, here are our favorite places to...

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Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

Women travel statistics indicate that women consumers now drive the world travel economy. Women are earning more, spending more and influencing all levels of the travel industry. Women's purchasing power in the travel segment has never been higher. I've written 6+...

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Bucket List Trip: Cruise Australia and New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it, they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New...

read more

France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

  Normandy attracts anyone who loves the impressionists and their paintings, as well as food lovers.  Last spring  I jumped at a chance to go to Normandy to follow in the footsteps of the Impressionist Painters. I criss-crossed the countryside from Giverny to the...

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Millennials. Safety Tips.

Safety Tips for millennials going abroad.  Including college students and professionals traveling for business. Bar Tips - Buddy System Go with a buddy. It's better to have two sets of eyes to watch for bad situations. Don't leave without your buddy. Get smart about...

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Travel safety for women

  Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I've written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about "how to stay safe and travel the world". Here are ways to be prepared and avoid...

read more

Packing for a Cruise

Packing the right clothes for a cruise has always been a big challenge. I’ve packed for more than a few cruises by now but it is getting even harder because cruise companies are offering more activities that need a greater mix of formal, informal and casual evenings...

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