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Join us, a National Geographic author and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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 &...read more
“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...read more