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Travel safety for women

  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 be prepared and avoid...

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...

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...

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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Best Romantic Spots in San Francisco to Steal a Kiss

From sunsets on the beach to expansive views of the city by the bay, here's some local expertise  on great romantic places to kiss around San Francisco. Here are a few of my favorites. 1. The Marin Headlands  is open space above the Golden Gate Bridge and a perfect...

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Ten Most Romantic Travel Destinations

All destinations are not created equal. Picking the right location for natural beauty, relaxation, superb dining and stunning sunsets can make a difference when you’re falling in love or recharging your relationship. Tips: Buy a rose, pull off the petals and sprinkle...

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Food Writer & Contributor Barbara Davis Treadwell

My world is a large one – a delicious, delectable, luscious view of life in many countries. For over 42 years, I have worked as a flight attendant and have been traveling the globe for over 50 years. I have learned much about the people and places I have visited. My...

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Save children in Nepal. Olga’s promise.

Save the children of Nepal, well that's a lofty goal that only Olga could tackle.  Let me explain why she's not any ordinary woman or volunteer. Olga was an attorney who worked for 37 years, helping write opinions for two California Supreme Court chief justices in San...

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Kick up Your Heels in Canada’s Festival City – Edmonton

I put down my blanket and settled into the grassy hillside of the ski resort in Edmonton Canada with fellow folk music lovers. We were old and young, mellow and magnanimous.  My spirit soared to the music of Arlo Guthrie and Dougie MacLean - one of Scotland's biggest...

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Sundance: A Little Resort That’s Big on Rustic Charm

For some people, the word “Sundance” conjures images of Robert Redford in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a mail-order catalogue, a film festival, or a cable channel. To me, however, Sundance equals a majestic mountain retreat—nestled at the foot of a...

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New York City Travel Deals for the Frugal Traveler

Is it possible to visit New York without breaking the bank?Here are  cheap and chic hotel suggestions and alternative sightseeing activities that are both fun and affordable!   New York City's average daily room rate in 2012 was a whopping $290, according to NYC &...

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The Best of Napa (When You Abandon Your Diet)

  “The Gourmet Mile” in Yountville, a small town with a big reputation for exceptional cuisine and extraordinary wine. Located in the heart of Napa, about an hour drive from San Francisco, the dining tables of some of America’s most celebrated chefs are within walk...

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