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Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

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Women—young, old, single, married, and widowed—are fueling an explosive growth in the travel industry. More women are traveling, for business and for pleasure, and they’re calling the shots. Just look around in a restaurant, how many tables are occupied by groups of women? Of those who currently take nature, adventure or cultural trips, 75% are […]

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A Local’s Guide to Traveling in Saigon

A Local’s Guide to Traveling in Saigon

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  The past six years of my life have been spent in Southeast Asia—more specifically in Thailand, Cambodia and now Vietnam. Living and working in Saigon gives me a unique perspective on one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I enjoy this city so much. It has amazing architecture, interesting history and a […]

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Myanmar: Photos, Reflections and Tips

Myanmar: Photos, Reflections and Tips

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When I  traveled to “Burma”   for the first time, an iron-fisted militant government ruled and people were suffering from the horrors of one of the longest running civil wars in history. Myanmar has been slowly emerging from a prolonged era of isolation and repression with new freedoms of expression, a new Constitution and elections. […]

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Save children in Nepal. Olga’s promise.

Save children in Nepal. Olga’s promise.

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Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

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The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto’s 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her first trip to Japan and the seven temples that were her favorites – […]

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Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

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To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture… as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two ryokans – one truly traditional and one hip […]

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Surviving the Thailand Tsunami

Surviving the Thailand Tsunami

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My family and I couldn’t wait to vacation in Southern Thailand where the weather is almost always sunny and deliciously warm. The ocean is calm and clear. That’s where my husband, two daughters and I joined many other North Americans, Europeans and Australians. We had  plans to snorkel, dive, sail, kayak and relax. We had […]

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Returning to Paradise, Bali

Returning to Paradise, Bali

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  This was all my idea. And there were many moments before we boarded the twenty-five-hour flight for Bali via Taiwan when I thought I was crazy. Like when our fourteen-year-old daughter, J.C., announced we just had to get a hotel with a pool and internet access so she could lounge by day and email […]

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Burma or Myanmar. Now’s the time to go.

Burma or Myanmar. Now’s the time to go.

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Mayanmar is a “hot” destination these days. My travel writer colleague at USA Today told me she had a very hard time getting hotel reservations. My experience was quite different. We made plans online and stayed in family-owned little hotels and guesthouses.  We went to see the ancient Buddhist temples, and meet the warm, gentle, […]

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Best Tropical Islands

Best Tropical Islands

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Go off the the grid, feast on fresh-caught seafood and sink your toes into soft sand at my picks of the best island escapes, including  the Caribbean, Hawaii, Bali, Easter Island, and Fiji. Bali  Bali is my idea of heaven. On my fourth trip to Bali I was introduced to the Amanresorts’ award-winning, secluded properties. […]

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