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Cruise news. Green travel update. The first hybrid-powered cruise ship by Hutegruten makes Maritime history.

Do you recycle your trash, compost your garbage or drive a hybrid car? Do you travel with a water bottle - as opposed to buying plastic water bottles? If so, you most likely look for ways to “go green” on vacation. Here’s the bad news: cruising is not a green...

San Francisco’s National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, The Presidio is San Francisco’s great escape. This huge National Park is nestled along the Bay and Crissy Field extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. The...

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...

Travel safety for women

  Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for students, seniors and world adventurers. I've written chapters in my books and spoken at universities and at travel shows about "how to stay safe and travel the world". Here are ways to be prepared and avoid...

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...

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...

Safety Tips Before You Go and On The Road

What should you know when you check into a hotel? What should you take out of your wallet or purse when you go out on the town? What can you do to protect your home before you go out for an evening or on a trip? How do you make your home look “lived-in”? Here are...

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Ten Ways to Make Holiday Travel Easier

Whether you go by car, train, or plane this holiday season, you will be traveling with millions of other people who are in a hurry. So here are some things to consider before you go. Beware: the most dangerous seat on the plane can be the aisle seat. An estimated...

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Ten Things to Do Before an International Trip.

Before beginning a long trip, I review my checklists. I hope they help to make your packing and planning easier. For the Airplane 1. Silicon ear plugs. 2. Eye Shield. 3. Warm sweater. 4. Comfortable Socks. 5. No Jet Lag Pills. Begin taking them as soon as you board....

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Seven Haunted Hotels…Stay Here if You Dare

 To celebrate Halloween, check out the seven spookiest hotels in the U.S. While we all know about the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park where the movie The Shinning was filmed, check out these hotels where you may just cozy up with the ghosts. We can’t say if the “haunted”...

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Top 10 Travel Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Even the most seasoned traveler, like me, still makes mistakes. Here are the worst dumb mistakes that could have ruined my trips, but I've been very lucky. Learn from me and avoid unnecessary disasters. Look Backwards 1.     Before you leave for your next destination,...

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Where is Machu Picchu? The Lost City of the Incas?

Where is Machu Picchu?                  Somewhere in South America, right? I’ll admit Machu Picchu’s exact location was a bit fuzzy to me before we visited last month. This world famous Inca city is located in Peru in the Cusco Region nestled among gigantic mountains...

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Temples for a First-Time Visitor to Kyoto, Japan

The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto's 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her...

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Traditional and Hip Ryokans in Kyoto, Japan

To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture... as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two...

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Peru 101: Fun Facts We Learned in Peru

My family and I always learn so much on a trip, especially if we have a good guide. On our recent Peru trip, Ernesto, our very-well educated, and friendly guide, gave us A crash course in Pre-Columbian History and Andean cultures. Story telling makes history come...

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Woman to Woman in Marrakech

Learning to shed extra baggage is a mother’s dilemma. My career involves frequent travel and often for extended periods, making me  vulnerable to self-doubt and guilt.  I questioned about my role as a parent. Was I a good mother? A good enough mother? Was my...

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Best Places to View the Golden Gate Bridge

I drive across the bridge several times a week and never tire of its moods, magnificence and changing faces. Here are some of the best viewing spots. Those listed below are all free and open to the public. Note for out-of-towners: San Francisco can be very windy,...

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