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Canadian Train Journey Mimics Road Trip in Convertible – Without the Wind Mussing Your Hair

Conductor Caitlin Bailie, who also does a highly entertaining interpretive dance for explaining safety regulations, leads passengers in a toast with the signature Rocky Mountaineer beverage: orange juice and peach bubbly from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. All...

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....

Bucket List Trip: Cruise Australia and New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it, they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New...

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...

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...

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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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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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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A family trip on horseback in Arizona Navajo Country

“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...

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Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

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...

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Family Travel Trends

 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...

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Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

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...

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