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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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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”...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
When we traveled on a family vacation to Yellowstone and onward to Cody, Wyoming we spotted bear along the road, caught fish in lakes, hiked, and attended our first Western Rodeo with riders, ropers, bull riders and bronc busters from all over the country. We...read more
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...read more
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,...read more