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Truly one of the world's top adrenaline-rush experiences. I hope you take a look, from 440 feet above the water, at one of the most beautiful harbors in the world- sliding sailboats, blue water, sun-battered cliffs, iconic Opera House, and the iron arch of Sydney...read more
"You're lucky mate, you are doing something most Aussies never do. Ninety percent of Australians haven't seen red sand and even fewer have ridden on a camel," said the announcer at the Camel Races and Rodeo in Uluru. And that’s why I flew three hours from Sydney to...read more
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...read more
I learned on my recent trip that Sydney is a treat for the committed gourmand. Fresh local produce, seafood and delightful ambiances got these hot spots at the top of my list for the best restaurants in Sydney. I highly recommend Nomad, a new and glamorous food, wine...read more
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...read more
I'll admit, it's easy to be "wowed"by Paola's accomplishments. She retired at age 55 from a marketing career and traveled to 55 countries to interview women for her 5 books. When I met her at an art show in Northern California a few weeks ago, she was jetting off to...read more
Living in a village in Nepal —in the middle of the tourist off-season, I might add—has taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy...read more
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...read more
From Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe, luxury properties at ski resorts and beaches offer deep discounts in their off season - springtime. Here are some springtime getaway ideas for travelers with wanderlust. Ritz Carlton (Lake Tahoe, California): Beginning May 6th, starting...read more
As a travel writer, I frequently fly across oceans and time zones. Here are my travel-tested tips to avoid jet lag or minimize jet lag fatigue. 1. Avoid alcoholic beverages, or salty drinks (like Bloody Mary mix) and caffeine during the flight. 2. Drink a glass of...read more
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...read more
Let's face it. Packing for a trip is not easy. Even the most organized or seasoned traveler, like me, still makes stupid mistakes. Learn from my “almost disasters” and leave the stress at home. Here are my tried and true packing tips for travel: Look Backwards 1. ...read more