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Travel safety for women

Travel safety for women

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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 prepare ourselves and avoid trouble.   1. We can be aware of our […]

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A bit of culture and the best tour at the Sydney Opera House

A bit of culture and the best tour at the Sydney Opera House

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On my last trip to Australia my best tour of the Sydney Opera House was backstage. No doubt you’ve laid eyes on an image of the Sydney Opera House – a waterfront theater topped by semi-circular domes that jut dramatically into the Sydney sky. The opera house is a World Heritage Listed Building, for good […]

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Remembering the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, and how the city has changed

Remembering the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, and how the city has changed

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Before the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Check Point Charlie was the gateway for intrepid tourists to cross into East Berlin to witness life under the iron fist of communism.   The greatest adventure I could imagine, when I was a student in Europe, was to cross the wall at Check Point […]

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How to Explore the Great Barrier Reef

How to Explore the Great Barrier Reef

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Sharks were far from my mind when I walked the mile around the island at sunset. Imagine my surprise, when I came upon a shallow area and saw shadows, yes, dozens of shadows, and realized they were huge, sting rays. As I walked into the surf to click a few photos they shimmered off into […]

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Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

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Hanoi is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colonial Indochinese cities. It was a bucket list item for my adult daughters and me — to stay at the crowning jewel of Asian colonial-style hotels, the Sofitel Hanoi Metropole. This Grand Dame, built in 1901 by the French, is in the same luxury league of “Legendary Hotels” […]

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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

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With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of Urban Hiker SF, it’s my job and my pleasure […]

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Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

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When Judy’s doctor called and gave her the good news about her remission from breast cancer, we screamed, laughed and cried together. “Let’s do something big – let’s take a trip,”  Judy suggested. For several months we were always too busy –work, family, doctors appointments, dog sitters — there were always good excuses. Finally the […]

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Packing Tips for Travel : Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation

Packing Tips for Travel : Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation

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Let’s face it. Packing for a trip is not easy.

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Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

Why I Rappelled 23 Stories Down the Hyatt Regency for Outward Bound

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My friends all thought I was crazy. “Climbers fall you know. Splat — on the pavement. That could be you,” I was warned. After all, I’m not a so young any more and  I had never rappelled off a skyscraper. Nor had I ever done a “free” rappel — you have no with the […]

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Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

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Now is not the time to start a diet: ditch your guilt and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile! In the land of culinary riches that is Napa Valley, Yountville, a small town has big reputation for exceptional cuisine and extraordinary wine. Located in the heart of Napa, about an hour drive from San Francisco, […]

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