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Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

Polar Bears and Beluga Whales

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“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 cuddly-looking mother and cub […]

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Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

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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 Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

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You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb. That’s not the case at The Wickannish Inn, located on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, amidst towering cedar and spruce trees.      A smiling, wholesome […]

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British Columbia’s Quirky Attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan Valley and Beyond

British Columbia’s Quirky Attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan Valley and Beyond

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Everybody loves a road trip and kitschy, small-town landmarks are part of the fun. We’ve all seen them on highways and rural byways, massive roadside attractions that elicit a gasp or a guffaw — buffalo as big as locomotives, a helicopter-sized mosquito or a cowboy boot that would fit King Kong.More than 30 totem poles  […]

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Family Safari in Africa

Family Safari in Africa

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The noise was wild and untamed—the primeval voice of Africa herself. The full-chested roars of two male lions echoed across the plain, striking terror into their prey and pumping adrenaline into our veins. Nine-year old Annalyse slipped her tiny hand into mine and squeezed it. I squeezed back with a sweaty palm. Naturally our first […]

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Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

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Women travel statistics indicate that women consumers now drive the world travel economy. Women are earning more, spending more and influencing all levels of the travel industry. Women’s purchasing power in the travel segment has never been higher. Women’s Purchasing Power and  Spending Power Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos […]

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Philanthropic Travel Ideas: How to Volunteer on Vacation

Philanthropic Travel Ideas: How to Volunteer on Vacation

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If you want to make a difference and lend a hand, here’s how to volunteer on vacation. I promise you, you will never be the same. Philanthropic travel is a life-changing experience. You might teach English to children in Brazil, do art projects with Nepalese orphans, help African women learn to use computers, or live […]

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Cleveland Boasts a Vibrant Art Scene

Cleveland Boasts a Vibrant Art Scene

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Cleveland is in the news. I grew up in Akron, Ohio and Cleveland has changed a lot since I was a kid. A world-class arts and culture scene Today, visitors to Cleveland will find a vibrant culture scene in opulent vaudeville-style theaters and former industrial factories as well as in off-the-beaten path colorful neighborhoods. The […]

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France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

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What exactly is a Francophile? Someone who appreciates French history, culture, fashion, art and cuisine, and that describes me.  Ever since I lived in Paris, for four years when I was in my 20’s, I jump at every opportunity to go to France. Last month  I jumped at a chance to go to Normandy to follow […]

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Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

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Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours.  When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago — Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca — we too had a long lay-over in Lima.  Recently I returned to Lima en route to Easter Island and discovered […]

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