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5 Things to Do for Car Safety Before Hitting the Road

5 Things to Do for Car Safety Before Hitting the Road

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Before you hit the road, here are some basics everyone driver needs to know for car safety and to save money. Avoid expensive repairs that you don’t want or have to make—you’ve got a tan to catch! In light of the recent Tesla Model S crash and automatic brake failure, it’s vital to be proactive in […]

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Unforgettable Cape Town. Exclusive, Discrete Luxury at the Ellerman House

Unforgettable Cape Town. Exclusive, Discrete Luxury at the Ellerman House

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Are we having a “deja vu” of the Amalfi Coast or the Cote d’Azur , my husband and I asked ourselves as  we walked into the Ellerman House, a Cape Town luxury hotel. Our arrival was discrete. There are no signs outside Edwardian-era mansion in a “billionaire’s residential neighborhood of Bantry Bay (home to some of […]

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Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

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When the frigid fog rolls into San Francisco, locals head across the Golden Gate Bridge to hike, bike or drive to Marin County where the wether is sunnier and the temperatures are warmer.     Although Marin was the birthplace of George Lucas’ Obi Wan Kenobi and home to the Grateful Dead, it is the […]

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Top ten must-dos in Quebec City and Nearby Nature

Top ten must-dos in Quebec City and Nearby Nature

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North America Quebec City is a delicious slice of old Europe and North America. Quebecers like to say that their capital city is like France without the jet lag. You’ll love the aimlessly wandering and narrow (and safe) streets, passing boulangeries, old churches, and slate-roof granite house with balconies dripping with flowers. In the morning […]

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Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

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Let me share my travel tips of how to avoid theft, frauds and over-paying. 1.) Avoid baggage fees. Depending upon the airline you can pay $15 to $75 for the first checked bag, and more for overweight bags. When possible, pack lightly enough to carry-on one bag or fly airlines that still allow free checked bags (two […]

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Packing tips for everyone

Packing tips for everyone

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Even the most experienced travelers need help packing and are constantly learning new travel tips. Packing tips Start to pack early. Don’t wait until the night before you leave. My check list of what I’ve forgotten on past trips: a power strip to plug in several electronic devices when there aren’t enough, conveniently located,  electrical […]

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Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

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For a girlfriend getaway, or mother-daughter trip, check out Ashland, Oregon. Theater lovers, foodies and nature enthusiasts all agree that this small hamlet north of the California border is a cultural epicenter the over 50-years of staging Shakespeare and modern plays. It’s not a secret any more, so reserve your tickets early. Girlfriend Getaways I […]

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Debit and Credit Card Fraud

Debit and Credit Card Fraud

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Unfortunately, debit and credit card fraud are hazards of travel. Although rates of fraud vary in different countries, according to Forbes, “Mexico and the United States are more prone to fraud with 44% and 42% of respondents there saying they’ve experienced card fraud.” What can you do to protect yourself? Unfortunately, debit and credit card fraud are hazards of […]

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Hawaii. The Big Island

Hawaii. The Big Island

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    As the jet makes its arching descent across Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we’re mesmerized by the tropical tableau below–translucent blue water fringed with green rolling hills. The couple across the aisle compares the scenery to Ireland. But when my husband and I step off the plane, the floral fragrances […]

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Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

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Living in a rural village in Nepal taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy yourself regardless of your lingual abilities. Travel Tips Translator Apps  are an excellent alternative to […]

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