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I just returned from a five country, fifteen-day trip zipping around Europe with a Eurail Pass. Discount train travel in Europe can save you time and money if you plan to visit several neighboring countries. As a student in Europe, I learned to love to...read more
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...read more
There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. With so may San Francisco-based IfOnly experiences, its hard to believe anyone would ever want to stray. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for...read more
In Bali, I was reminded that there are all kinds of people who transform a ho-hum trip into a magical memory. One morning as the roosters announced a new day, my husband, two daughters and I met Mahdey, our hiking guide, in the hotel lobby in Ubud, Bali. He grinned...read more
My Mickey ears were cast aside in my teens when I graduated to American Band Stand and Woodstock. Later in life, as a parent, I bought new ears on our numerous family visits to the Disney parks, but I thought our Disney days were over when our daughters reached their...read more
Love it or hate it, India ignites the imagination and unsettles the soul. After 8 fabulous trips to India, you can guess how I feel about it. One of the most luxurious experiences of my life, shared with my daughter, was staying at historical palaces in Rajasthan. My...read more
Some sources estimate that cruisers gain 1-2 pounds per day. There are always a few dedicated gym-goers on every cruise, but most of us go on cruises to relax, not to chain ourselves to an elliptical between ice cream binges. To hedge your bets for an enjoyable,...read more
Many travelers think only of Napa or Sonoma when they plan a California wine road trip. Don't miss out on Santa Barbara County, where the “mountains meet the sea”. Santa Barbara County has a 200- year history that was put in the spotlight by the indie hit film,...read more
I'm going to tell you right away what the best part of traveling and my job is: meeting amazing people when I travel. I looked up a friend-of-a friend in Istanbul recently and was really glad I did. Part 2 of the Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Feats Series.Part 1....read more
Is travel insurance is really worth the cost? What a tough question because every trip and every traveler has different needs and different levels of comfort. Know Before You Go: Before traveling out of your home state or internationally, take time to check with your...read more
I live near California Wine Country, not far from Napa and Sonoma, and I love to be active by day and sip and eat sinfully by night. Based upon dozens of trip to wine country, here are my suggestions of where to hike, bike and sip in dozens of wine regions. Visit a...read more
There’s a lot to see in Scandinavia. From deep fjords, jagged snow-covered peaks, thundering waterfalls, to smorgasbords of succulent salmon and pickled herring, to hip cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Scandinavia has it all. If you want to cover great...read more