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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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
“Campfire smoke rising up the canyon walls, stars overhead, and a full belly, what more could you want?” our Navajo guide asked us on our family horseback trip in Arizona. I glanced at my two daughters, huddled close to the blazing fire, and nodded. Maybe it was the...read more
My five most useful packing tips for frequent travelers. Packing is always stressful. Even though I've packed for trips to over 100 countries on seven continents, it is always stressful and I keep learning ways to make it easier. Also check out: Ten Mistakes That...read more
The urge to splurge is driving consumer travel habits this season. Take to the Sky: Airlines are rolling out new fees for everything from seat selection to bringing a carry-on bag. However, despite these new charges, the majority (62%) of travelers polled plan to...read more
From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany. I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting -- Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the...read more