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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...

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...

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....

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...

Fall Foliage Drives for Birders and Wildlife Viewing

From Florida to Michigan, Calif. and Beyond. Visit Our National Wildlife Refuges To really explore an area and see birds and animals, you’ll want to get out of your car. But sometimes time is short, or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on foot. No...

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Tip of the Week : Avoid Dental Disasters

Remember Tom Hanks in the gripping survival drama Cast Away? Using a rock, he knocked out his sore tooth to end the excruciating pain. A cracked tooth, that I was unaware of, could have sent me to a rural hospital in Myanmar. Most people neglect to pack a dental...

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Solo Travel is Easy and Rewarding

Have you ever wanted to see a Broadway play in New York City, take a road trip to see the fall foliage,  or splurge on a vacation to Paris, but couldn’t find anyone to go with you?  Solo travel is the answer! I can imagine what you're thinking. You'll be lonely,...

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How to Survive Long Flights

Over the years I've learned some tips to help survive long domestic or international flights. The key is a combination of activity, water and sleep. Here are my travel-tested tips (and those of several flight attendants), to help you arrive feeling and looking good....

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Myanmar: Photos, Reflections and Tips

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...

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How to Breeze Through Airport Security

Avoid the long lines at airport security. Frequent travelers, if you travel internationally, check out the Global Entry pass. Once you qualify, you will zip past the long lines waiting for the passport check.  Use the pass when you return to the USA. The wait at...

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An Oasis of Calm and Luxury in Las Vegas

I'm going to get to the good part right away and tell you to get the salted mini pretzels. Order whatever drink you like, try all the wonderful small plates, but do not leave PRESS at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas without trying the salted mini pretzels. PRESS...

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Air France business class wins accolades.

Like me, do you dread long flights? I’ve flown my share of overnight flights wedged into a middle seat or cramped in the last row next to the toilets.  Recently I had the very best experience I’ve had in years; a non-stop 10 ½ hour flight from California to Paris....

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Ten Tips for Saving on Summer Travel

Pack your bags and get ready for summer vacation. Here are my best tips for saving on summer travel and keeping to a budget during the season of inflated travel prices. 1. Avoid buying too much car rental insurance If you plan to rent a car, don’t make the mistake of...

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Turkey: A Rich Historical Land

On a recent trip to Turkey our guide stated that there are more Greek ruins in Turkey than in Greece. And everywhere I visited, from Ephesus to Cappadocia and beyond; there were more historical treasures and archaeological attractions than I could explore in a...

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Travel Diseases in Popular Summer Destinations

Some of the most popular travel destinations during summer include cities and regions in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the South Pacific.  Whether you plan to visit the Taj Mahal in India or check out the Great Wall of China, an important...

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