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Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada is not to be missed.

Why wait if you love horses and a good party? I dusted off my cowboy boots and joined daredevils, music lovers, families, and wannabe cowboys, at Calgary's Stampede Park to take part in one of the world's largest rodeos. Spanning ten days in July, the Stampede draws...

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...

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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Bagettes and Biodiversity in the Coral Sea, New Caledonia

A tiny island, a dot on the map between Fiji, Tahiti, Australia and New Guinea, is attracting attention from avid divers and botanists.  Flying into the French Territory of New Caledonia, within the Melanesian sub-region of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll cross the barrier...

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British Humor at the Olympics / Baltics and France

Hi Friends, I'd like to share my travel friend, Londoner Nick's perspective about the Olympic Games. P.S. Links to blogs about my recent trips to Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Germany and France are here. LONDON  The British Bollywood Celebration for the Torch The...

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Best of the Baltics: Estonia

                  5 Factoids About Estonia: 1.) Second tallest people in the world. First are the Dutch. 2.) Estonian's are known for their fashion models. It is the birthplace of the legendary supermodel Carmen Kass. 3.) It has the oldest Medieval Gothic 14th Century...

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Burma or Myanmar. Now’s the time to go.

Mayanmar is a "hot" destination these days. My travel writer colleague at USA Today told me she had a very hard time getting hotel reservations. My experience was quite different. We made plans online and stayed in family-owned little hotels and guesthouses.  We went...

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Berlin; Top 5 Sites to See

Top Five Sites to See in Berlin, Germany   My third trip to Berlin I realized you'll never have enough days to see all you want to. Last year I visited friends who live in Berlin and these are their recommendations for Must See Sites. Make it Fun One of the most...

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Best of the Baltics: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of Europe's oldest capitols with a royal touch; the monarchy. Denmark is known for having the highest quality of life among developed countries. The Danes love to drink, party, soak up the sun and tell you how great Denmark is.  Take a peek at some...

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Video: Meet Travel Expert Marybeth Bond

If traveling to more than 100 countries on six continents doesn't teach you something, well, you're just not paying attention. It's safe to say that Marybeth Bond is an A student. She's the author of 12 travel books and the editor of Alsunnah.info, an online...

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Riding the Rails in the Rockies

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” --Robert Louis Stevenson “A-a-a-all abora-a-ard,” chimed the conductor at Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station as we hurried down the platform toward the...

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Stockholm’s Vasa Museum

  and for over 300 years it lay at the bottom of the Stockholm harbor. In the 1950's a private researcher began to search for her. He knew that wooden ships are preserved in the brackish waters of the Baltic. In more salty water, wood is rapidly destroyed by the ship...

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