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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...

Hiking to Heaven: A Hut Trip Above Aspen and Vail

When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. --Emerson Utterly unlike camping and walking in the woods, your first backcountry hike and hut experience is an initiation into the soul of the high mountains....

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Top Ten Reasons: Turkey

From our friends at Thomson Family Adventures: 1) Maybe you’ve been to all the usual places… but Turkey is NOT a usual place. It’s full of more surprises than we can even  tell you about. 2) History. World history was practically invented in Turkey. From the Roman...

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Bond Girls Bike America

Mother's Day 2010 found me and my daughter JC on a grand adventure for a good cause: biking across America to raise funds and awareness to help fight osteoporosis, which runs in our family and affects millions of American women. Daughter Annalyse trained with us and...

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Ten Best Gardens to Visit With Mom

1. Winterthur Garden, Wilmington, Delaware http://gardenblog.winterthur.org/ Before you go, check their garden blog, a resource for garden lovers who want the nitty-gritty details of what’s currently blooming. 2. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, on Biscayne Bay near Miami,...

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Boomers Kick Butt – Technology & Trends

As I learned at a summit on "Boomer Consumers" last week in San Francisco, 2011 is a year like no other: Beginning in January, 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day. An emerging market is already out there, but the technology is unsophisticated, the vendors small....

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Boomers Kick Butt – Statistics, Business & Travel Trends

I was surprised to discover how many Boomers were buying my travel books, communicating to me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, but of course I've featured Smashbrothers Boomers traveling the world in A Woman’s World, Smashbrothers Women, and my Girlfriend Getaway books. It turns...

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Friday Fotos: Blaine Harrington III

Check out this week's featured travel photos! Blaine Harrington is a travel/location photographer, based in Metro Denver (Colorado, USA). He is the 2005 and 2006 SATW Travel Photographer of the Year. He has worked on assignment for most major news, business and travel...

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Training for Kilimanjaro

Our friends at Thomson Safaris interview Marcus Shapiro, the founder and CEO of Fit For Trips Q: What are some of the concerns your clients have before climbing Kilimanjaro? A: I commonly get asked about altitude. Although altitude issues can affect anyone, being...

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Reintroducing Rhino in Serengeti National Park

From our friend Ali Riley at Thomson Safaris With its sturdy build, menacing horn and impenetrable hide, it is hard to imagine that the fate of the rhinoceros – one of the iconic Big Five – hangs in such a delicate balance. Over the past several decades, the rhino...

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Kilimanjaro Adventure: Why Climb the Mountain?

From our friends at Thomson Safaris Guest blogger  Helga Ausman on climbing one of the world's great peaks--at 78. Five years ago when I was climbing Mt.Shasta (14,162 ft) I found myself surrounded by experienced mountaineers who had climbed just about every mountain...

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Migration Update

From our friends  at Thomson Safaris: Professional photographer Andy Biggs just returned from leading two back-to-back Africa Through the Lens trips in Tanzania. He searched out the large herds of the Great Migration in the southern plains of the Serengeti and was...

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