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Volunteer Vacations Many tourists hunt for a meaningful service project overseas, however, most volunteer vacations are for a week or longer. Family Vacations What do you do with three teenage kids in Cambodia? Anthony Damaschino found a unique opportunity for his...read more
Normandy is like a beret perched askew on a Frenchman’s head, the 360-mile Normand coast curls along the north and northwest of France. After visiting Rouen, I headed for the coast to soak in the beaches and soft-green landscapes bathed in shifting light. Claude...read more
Bike tours? Wasn't it enough to take bike tours? Well no. For reasons that made perfect sense to us, but not to my husband or most of my friends, we chose to bike from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, camping, preparing our own meals and charting our own course...read more
No one escapes stress. All people can do is to manage it. There are a multitude of causes, but airports rank among the worst of them. A neuropsychologist remarked while passing through London Heathrow, the sixth busiest airport in the world, that it was a similar...read more
It's the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as...read more
For advice, ideas, tips on women travel, the New York Times recommends Marybeth. Marybeth is a journalist, editor, author based in San Francisco. She has traveled to over 100 countries on 7 continents and writes for National Geographic. Outside Magazine featured...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more