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America’s Best Music Cities

America’s Best Music Cities

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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 people. You can’t go to New Orleans without the music […]

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California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

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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 romantic, sensual classic: the bright, crisp liveliness of a California Sauvignon Blanc […]

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Travel With Teens. Tips and best vacations.

Travel With Teens. Tips and best vacations.

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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 (travel with teenage girls) and you might wonder if family […]

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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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