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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...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
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
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
From Acapulco to New Delhi -- in tourist bars, hotel rooms, taxis and deserted streets, women are less safe than ever. Traveling to see the world is exciting and entirely safe for most of us, most of the time. However, for us, for women, we move around the world with...read more