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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...

Where is Machu Picchu? The Lost City of the Incas?

Where is Machu Picchu?                  Somewhere in South America, right? I’ll admit Machu Picchu’s exact location was a bit fuzzy to me before we visited last month. This world famous Inca city is located in Peru in the Cusco Region nestled among gigantic mountains...

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Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto's 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her...

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Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture... as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two...

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Peru 101: Fun Facts We Learned in Peru

My family and I always learn so much on a trip, especially if we have a good guide. On our recent Peru trip, Ernesto, our very-well educated, and friendly guide, gave us A crash course in Pre-Columbian History and Andean cultures. Story telling makes history come...

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Peru and Machu Picchu with Disney. Beyond the Magic Kingdom

Machu Picchu has been at the top of our "Bucket List" for years. Last August my daughter and I finally made that dream come true with the help of Disney Adventures.   Did you know that Disney has launched land tours on six continents? We joined the Peru trip, which...

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Woman to Woman in Marrakech

Learning to shed extra baggage is a mother’s dilemma. My career involves frequent travel and often for extended periods, making me  vulnerable to self-doubt and guilt.  I questioned about my role as a parent. Was I a good mother? A good enough mother? Was my...

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Best Places to View the Golden Gate Bridge

I drive across the bridge several times a week and never tire of its moods, magnificence and changing faces. Here are some of the best viewing spots. Those listed below are all free and open to the public. Note for out-of-towners: San Francisco can be very windy,...

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Surviving the Thailand Tsunami

My family and I couldn’t wait to vacation in Southern Thailand where the weather is almost always sunny and deliciously warm. The ocean is calm and clear. That’s where my husband, two daughters and I joined many other North Americans, Europeans and Australians. We had...

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Traveling Solo Jump Started Change in My Life

Travel is, or can be, as much an inward as an outward experience, and mine proved to involve an important inner dimension. Cut off from all of my support systems, I was tested in some rather wild situations. I learned a great deal about myself – how to be alone, how...

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Golf in San Francisco and Ideas for Off the Course

You may know San Francisco for its famous Golden Gate Bridge, world class performing arts and museums, and cuisine, but don’t forget that you can play golf too. Here are some examples of how far a day – and night – in San Francisco can take you. Don’t miss the Back 9...

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