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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

Spring is an exciting time of the year to see Yellowstone wildlife, especially newborns. 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 make...

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...

Cruise Scandinavia to discover Norway, Sweden, Denmark

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...

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In Nepal, One Women Helps End Child Slavery

In Nepal, child slavery wasn't on the national radar until one women came upon the scene.  Olga and I became friends over a decade ago. At that time she told me  "some women fall in love with men--I fall in love with countries." She visited Nepal in 1984 to go...

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Family Travel and Language School in Mexico

Family Travel A true story about family travel, by Marybeth Bond about living in Mexico with her young daughters. A mother worries about safety living in Mexico with her young daughters. I was misguided in my anxiety. “Are you scared, Mommy?” whispered my...

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

        A shared obsession with with the ocean was the unlikely impetus for a family trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our children are now adults, are 23 and 26 years old - and they are still obsessed with the aquarium. In fact, we all are passionate about the aquarium....

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Ways to explore in a new city

Finding your way around a new city by trial and error makes for great stories after the fact, but usually isn't so fun at the time, and wastes a lot of time and money.  Go beyond what the guidebooks suggest and find the hidden gems of a new city. 1. Taking a peek at a...

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Women business travelers safety tips

Women business travelers now constitute nearly fifty percent of all business travel in the United States, holding an annual travel spend of $175B. Excerpt from an interview with  Corporate Traveler's:                         A guest on the Oprah Show, CNN Travel, and...

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Packing for a Cruise

Packing the right clothes for a cruise has always been a big challenge. I’ve packed for more than a few cruises by now but it is getting even harder because cruise companies are offeringmore activities that need a greater mix of formal, informal and casual evenings at...

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Travel safety for women

Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I've written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about "how to stay safe and travel the world". Here are ways to prepare ourselves and avoid...

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Tour Company Gives Free Bike Trips to Great Teachers

For over a decade, outstanding teachers have won free bike trips during their summer vacations, thanks to the generosity of Bicycle Tour Company, ExperiencePlus!    Teachers have biked in Europe and South America so that in the Fall, when they return to the classroom...

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Tips for Solo Travel

Solo travel is a fast-growing travel trend for men and women.What's so great about it? For starters, you no longer have to stay home because you don't have a travel companion. But remember, just because you start alone doesn’t mean you’ll stay alone. If you are...

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Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

My husband and I are drawn to places with a connection to water in an effort to relax, whether the lapping against the San Francisco waterfront, or the blue depths of Lake Tahoe, or sailing on the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay or along the Cape Cod shore....

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