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Hawaii. The Big Island

Hawaii. The Big Island

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    As the jet makes its arching descent across Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we’re mesmerized by the tropical tableau below–translucent blue water fringed with green rolling hills. The couple across the aisle compares the scenery to Ireland. But when my husband and I step off the plane, the floral fragrances […]

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Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

Five tips for traveling where you don’t speak the language

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Living in a rural village in Nepal taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy yourself regardless of your lingual abilities. Travel Tips Translator Apps  are an excellent alternative to […]

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Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua travel hotspots

Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua travel hotspots

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Seasoned travelers know that if you want to know where the next hotspots on earth will be, you ask the backpackers, fishermen and surfers. They are the first to sniff out the deals and find untouched beaches and cultures.Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua are increasingly popular and it’s easier than ever to travel between countries. […]

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Easy Getaways in Canada and the California redwoods. 

Easy Getaways in Canada and the California redwoods. 

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Canadian Bargains This fall is a great time to discover Canada and take advantage of our strong US dollar that buys approximately 1.3 Canadian dollars. Explore the Gulf Islands From wildlife spotting to wine tasting, the Gulf Islands off the coast of southern Vancouver Island, close to the lovely city of Victoria, are the perfect […]

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The Power of Pet Travel Therapy at a Hotel

The Power of Pet Travel Therapy at a Hotel

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We already know that, like humans, dogs and cats release the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin. When I pat my dog, or look her in the eyes, I produce Oxytocin hormones, those same hormones women experience when breasting that relaxes the mother and increase her nurturing response. This hormone release can also help to enable sleep. Click […]

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Women Travel Safety: Attacks in India and Mexico: Travelers Do’s and Don’ts

Women Travel Safety: Attacks in India and Mexico: Travelers Do’s and Don’ts

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From Acapulco to New Delhi — in tourist bars, hotel rooms, taxis and deserted streets, women are less safe than ever. Traveling to see the world is exciting and entirely safe for most of us, most of the time.  However, for us, for women, we move around the world with a different mind set, one […]

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Winter Travel Road Tips

Winter Travel Road Tips

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December is one of the the busiest travel seasons, and this years is shaping up to be no different. Heavy traffic, long lines, inclement weather and drowsy drivers can play havoc with holiday driving. Consider these tips for your holiday travel. 1.Prep Your Vehicle  Schedule a routine vehicle inspection to avoid any potential issues or […]

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Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

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The mere name Burgundy evokes splendid wines, fine cellars, history and epicurean feasts. The secret is out among wine and food connoisseurs — the best way to sample it all is aboard a luxury barge cruising along the Burgundy canals.                     Barging is not a river […]

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California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

California Wines From Napa to Santa Barbara.

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Visitors to San Francisco and locals head to the Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Carneros, or Santa Barbara to taste and discover new varietals at the many of the wineries and wine country towns. Consider these California wine pairings: Sauvignon Blanc & Oysters. A romantic, sensual classic: the bright, crisp liveliness of a California Sauvignon Blanc […]

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British Columbia’s Quirky Attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan Valley and Beyond

British Columbia’s Quirky Attractions: Vancouver, Victoria, Okanagan Valley and Beyond

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Everybody loves a road trip and kitschy, small-town landmarks are part of the fun. We’ve all seen them on highways and rural byways, massive roadside attractions that elicit a gasp or a guffaw — buffalo as big as locomotives, a helicopter-sized mosquito or a cowboy boot that would fit King Kong.More than 30 totem poles  […]

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