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Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

Family Travel. The best and the worst family getaways.

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Family travel is a time to make memories that last a lifetime. Over two decades and to over two dozen countries, I traveled with my kids, usually without an adult partner to help out. If you want to do more than beaches and amusement parks, then read on for tips and scroll down for suggestions for […]

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Solo traveler. Tales and tips.

Solo traveler. Tales and tips.

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No one expected me to be a solo woman traveler. I had never eaten a meal alone in a restaurant or traveled on my  own — except for business trips. I surprised everyone, including myself. You too can travel alone. I discovered it’s not lonely, it’s empowering. You’ll learn to talk to people: from taxi drivers, […]

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Travel dangers for women

Travel dangers for women

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These days, it’s discouraging to read all the stories about travel dangers, especially for  women whose vacations have become nightmares. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe while you indulge your wanderlust in this big, wide, wonderful world. Pack your street smarts along with your hiking boots and bikini. Remember Aruba. Natalee Holloway, […]

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Managing Airport Stress

Managing Airport Stress

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No one escapes stress. All people can do is to manage it. There are a multitude of causes, but airports rank among the worst of them. A neuropsychologist remarked while passing through London Heathrow, the sixth busiest airport in the world, that it was a similar experience to being in a riot, according to the Telegraph newspaper […]

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Debit and Credit Card Fraud

Debit and Credit Card Fraud

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Unfortunately, debit and credit card fraud are hazards of travel. Although rates of fraud vary in different countries, according to Forbes, “Mexico and the United States are more prone to fraud with 44% and 42% of respondents there saying they’ve experienced card fraud.” What can you do to protect yourself? Unfortunately, debit and credit card fraud are hazards of […]

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10 Easy Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight on a Cruise

10 Easy Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight on a Cruise

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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, gym-free cruise without the post-cruise belly roll, ditch […]

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Travel Life Lesson #2: Feeling Small

Travel Life Lesson #2: Feeling Small

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I’ve stood at the precipitous edge of the Grand Canyon and felt as tiny as a flea. I’ve climbed to the top of Mt. Nimbus in the Canadian Rockies with my daughter and walked across a precarious suspension bridge, feeling dwarfed by the natural wonders around me. I’ve plunged into the paradise blue of the ocean […]

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Money, Credit Cards and Debit Cards

Money, Credit Cards and Debit Cards

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I am repeatedly asked for travel tips about how I deal with cash, credit cards and debit cards when I travel.  Here are my top five tips. 1. Plastic Promises Power Bring  plastic and debit cards. Two credit cards, two debit cards. Forget about Travelers’ Checks, They are a hassle to get changed. Fewer and […]

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