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Join us, a Smashbrothers and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
Have you seen a corn dish on a menu in Europe or Asia? Corn casseroles are as American as meat loaf. I grew up anticipating holiday meals -- the only time my mom made this wickedly wonderful, sinfully rich corn dish. When I was an exchange student in Luxembourg, I...read more
From Florida to Michigan, Calif. and Beyond. Visit Our National Wildlife Refuges To really explore an area and see birds and animals, you’ll want to get out of your car. But sometimes time is short, or you want to get the lay of the land before you set out on foot. No...read more
Remember Tom Hanks in the gripping survival drama Cast Away? Using a rock, he knocked out his sore tooth to end the excruciating pain. A cracked tooth, that I was unaware of, could have sent me to a rural hospital in Myanmar. Most people neglect to pack a dental...read more
Have you ever wanted to see a Broadway play in New York City, take a road trip to see the fall foliage, or splurge on a vacation to Paris, but couldn’t find anyone to go with you? Solo travel is the answer! I can imagine what you're thinking. You'll be lonely,...read more
Over the years I've learned some tips to help survive long domestic or international flights. The key is a combination of activity, water and sleep. Here are my travel-tested tips (and those of several flight attendants), to help you arrive feeling and looking good....read more
Meet a celebrity chef like Charlie Palmer, sip wine and eat well at the Bacchus-inspired festivals all over the country. How do you find them? C heck the "Events Calendar" in area websites for the latest offerings. For Northern California wine areas try these sites:...read more
When I traveled to "Burma" for the first time, an iron-fisted militant government ruled and people were suffering from the horrors of one of the longest running civil wars in history. Myanmar has been slowly emerging from a prolonged era of isolation and repression...read more
Avoid the long lines at airport security. Frequent travelers, if you travel internationally, check out the Global Entry pass. Once you qualify, you will zip past the long lines waiting for the passport check. Use the pass when you return to the USA. The wait at...read more
I'm going to get to the good part right away and tell you to get the salted mini pretzels. Order whatever drink you like, try all the wonderful small plates, but do not leave PRESS at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas without trying the salted mini pretzels. PRESS...read more
Like me, do you dread long flights? I’ve flown my share of overnight flights wedged into a middle seat or cramped in the last row next to the toilets. Recently I had the very best experience I’ve had in years; a non-stop 10 ½ hour flight from California to Paris....read more
Pack your bags and get ready for summer vacation. Here are my best tips for saving on summer travel and keeping to a budget during the season of inflated travel prices. 1. Avoid buying too much car rental insurance If you plan to rent a car, don’t make the mistake of...read more
On a recent trip to Turkey our guide stated that there are more Greek ruins in Turkey than in Greece. And everywhere I visited, from Ephesus to Cappadocia and beyond; there were more historical treasures and archaeological attractions than I could explore in a...read more