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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...

5 Things to Do for Car Safety Before Hitting the Road

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,...

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Marin County. Easy getaway near San Francisco.

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...

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Top ten must-dos in Quebec City and Nearby Nature

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...

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Packing tips for everyone

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...

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Girlfriend Getaway: Ashland, Oregon

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...

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Debit and Credit Card Fraud

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...

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Hawaii. The Big Island

    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...

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Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua travel hotspots

Seasoned travelers know that if you want to know where the next hotspots on earth will be, you ask the backpackers, fishermen and surfers. They are the first to sniff out the deals and find untouched beaches and cultures.Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are...

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Easy Getaways in Canada and the California redwoods. 

Canadian Bargains This fall is a great time to discover Canada and take advantage of our strong US dollar that buys approximately 1.3 Canadian dollars. Explore the Gulf Islands From wildlife spotting to wine tasting, the Gulf Islands off the coast of southern...

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