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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...

How to Prepare for Your European Trip

My best trips to Europe began long before departure day. Thanks to advance planning I had more choices and less stress.  Here's how I streamline  my research and reservations. How to start Research online at guidebook websites such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and...

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A Local’s Guide to Traveling in Saigon

  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...

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Tasty Travels: The All-American Corn Recipe

Have you seen a corn dish on a menu in Europe or Asia? Corn casseroles are as American as meat loaf. I grew up anticipating holiday meals -- the only time my mom made this wickedly wonderful, sinfully rich corn dish. When I was an exchange student in Luxembourg, I...

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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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