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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
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
“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