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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

An exciting time of the year to see Yellowstone wildlife, especially newborns, is in the spring. 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...

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...

Women Travel Statistics and Women Travel Trends

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...

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Philanthropic Travel Ideas: How to Volunteer on Vacation

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,...

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Cleveland Boasts a Vibrant Art Scene

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...

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France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

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...

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Royal India: Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings”

From the moment I step off the plane, India starts working its magic on me. The air swirls with smoky sandalwood and spices, and the streets are teeming with people, cars, and cows. One of my favorite places to visit is Rajasthan, the "Land of Kings." The Land of...

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Walking Tours in England

Tours in England often overlook the fabulous footpaths in the Cotswolds.  The ancient network of footpaths were created over the centuries as villagers found the quickest way to their place of work, local market or church. Today you can walk across open fields of...

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 Ten travel tips from the Womens Travel Fest

          Last weekend I picked up great travel tips at the sold-out Womens Travel Fest. I had the honor to share the stage with  with Patricia Schultz,  author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die,  Felicity Aston, the first and only woman in the world to ski across...

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Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

Crystal clear seas and more than 1,000 islands lure sailors to cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands every summer.             My husband and I chartered a 42-foot Jenneau sloop for a sailing holiday among these idyllic islands. Our two teenage daughters...

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Best Walks in San Francisco. Secrets From the Locals.

The best walks in San Francisco are free.  As local residents, here are our secrets. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the...

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