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Canadian Train Journey Mimics Road Trip in Convertible – Without the Wind Mussing Your Hair

Conductor Caitlin Bailie, who also does a highly entertaining interpretive dance for explaining safety regulations, leads passengers in a toast with the signature Rocky Mountaineer beverage: orange juice and peach bubbly from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. All...

Rodeo Fever at the Calgary Stampede. Giddy Up Cowboy.

I’ve always loved rodeos, and the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada was on my bucket list for years.  I finally dusted off my cowboy boots and joined daredevils, horse enthusiasts, music lovers, families, and wannabe cowboys, at the western extravaganza....

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...

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...

Paris Tips for women, solo travelers, romance.

  Paris promises something for everyone – sophistication, beauty, culture, history, cuisines, art, escape and that nebulous quality called ambiance and tips from a resident help you capture it all. Hopefully when you visit Paris you’ll carve out time to do more than...

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...

Travel Life Lesson #3: The Meditation of Flying

While constant jet lag and waiting can be a challenging aspect of air travel, those precious hours spent in the sky are far from a hardship for me.I value the time in the air when no one can get in touch with me. It's a very rare thing. I listen to music, read a...

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A High in Sydney: Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge

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...

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The Australian Outback: Camel Rides and Ayers Rock

"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...

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How to Explore the Great Barrier Reef

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...

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Food Down Under: The Best Restaurants in Sydney

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...

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Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

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...

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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

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...

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Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

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...

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Ten Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

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...

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Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

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...

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