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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...

Berlin on a Budget

Berlin is top of the list for cities that are “in” right now and here's how to do it on a budget. Twenty-six friends from California, New York, and London joined my partner and me last summer to share the cost of a modern, industrial loft for a week. We cooked many...

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....

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...

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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The Power of Pet Travel Therapy at a Hotel

We already know that, like humans, dogs and cats release the 'love hormone' oxytocin. When I pat my dog, or look her in the eyes, I produce Oxytocin hormones, those same hormones women experience when breasting that relaxes the mother and increase her nurturing...

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Winter Travel Road Tips

December is one of the the busiest travel seasons, and this years is shaping up to be no different. Heavy traffic, long lines, inclement weather and drowsy drivers can play havoc with holiday driving. Consider these tips for your holiday travel. 1.Prep Your Vehicle ...

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Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

The mere name Burgundy evokes splendid wines, fine cellars, history and epicurean feasts. The secret is out among wine and food connoisseurs -- the best way to sample it all is aboard a luxury barge cruising along the Burgundy canals.                     Barging is...

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Escape to Maui. A fabulous find on Kaanapali Beach.

Beat the winter blues by heading to Maui to swim with turtles before breakfast try stand-up paddle boarding at noon and barbecue with your family as the sun melts into the ocean. Now beachfront Kaanapali Alli luxury condominiums, located in Lahaina on Maui's west...

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America’s Best Music Cities

Where can you find the best jazz, rock, folk, or symphony? From Austin to Nashville, Chicago to Branson, here are top ten music cities in North America. 1. New Orleans, Louisiana, www.neworleanscvb.com “New Orleans bleeds music – it’s in the air, in the water, in the...

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California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

Visitors to San Francisco and locals head to the Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Carneros, or Santa Barbara to taste and discover new varietals at the many of the wineries and wine country towns. Consider these California wine pairings: Sauvignon Blanc & Oysters. A...

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Travel With Teens. Tips and best vacations.

Why Travel With Teens? Attitude with a capital A, sullen silence and mono-syllabic conversations are only half the fun of traveling with teens. Add to this the pungent aroma of smelly socks (travel with teenage boys), or being locked out of the bathroom for hours...

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Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

"Polar bears  move as if the country has belonged to them always." John Muir, on a visit to the Arctic in 1899 Less than an hour after we landed in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada at the remote lodge on Hudson Bay, we saw our first polar bear. In fact, it was a...

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Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Many of us travel, among other reasons, for the love of food. These travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky...

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