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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...

Hotel Security

When You Reserve Your Room Ask if they have security personnel 24/7. Reserve a room located between the second and seventh floors – within reach of a fire department ladder. Request a room that is not near vending machines (noise and loitering), and far from elevators...

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Bargain for Your Hotel Room

Do your homework You can call the hotel directly. Ask the hotel reservations staff the “occupancy rate” of the hotel for the dates you’ll be visiting. If the hotel is near full you won’t have as much bargaining power. To attempt to bargain with the hotel manager you...

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Giving Back

A rewarding aspect of travel is learning about organizations around the world that help the people and places we visit, and giving back to them to support their causes. Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation, founded by...

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Travel Tips from Readers

What To Pack, from Delia, Alexandria, VA If you are wondering what to pack when travelling south of the border, a long cotton skirt and short sleeve shirts are perfect. When I travelled to Guatemala in 2003 I packed shorts and some sleeveless shirts not knowing this...

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Travel Tips for Everyone

Leave Your Itinerary with someone back home. Whether you’re single or have a million relatives, leave your travel itinerary with a colleague, friend or loved one. Carry extra copies with you in case you lose it. It’s also a good idea to carry photocopies of your...

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Family Travel Tips

Ask these questions when booking a room: Do kids stay free? Is breakfast free? Does the hotel offer a discount for adjoining rooms? Does the hotel have cribs and roll-away beds? Do they charge to rent them? Are there any supervised programs for kids? How much do they...

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Keeping Women Business Travelers Safe

Women now constitute almost 50 percent of all the business travel in the United States, and spend $175 billion on 14 million trips annually. Women also have safety concerns that men don't. Here's a collection of safety tips. Place the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your...

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How to Survive Overnight Flights

What is “economy class syndrome?” I thought it referred to dark circles under the eyes, cramped legs and sore necks that are part of the joy of long haul flights. Recently I learned that “economy class syndrome” is a more serious condition, described as “deep-vein...

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Safety Tips

A key to safe travel is to make smart choices and use your common sense, especially when traveling alone. Don't be paranoid, but be aware that bad things do happen, and protect yourself. An important safety tip is to trust your instincts. They are well-honed from...

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Pack Like A Pro

Start packing at least a week before your departure. If you’re going on an adventure or overseas trip, begin several weeks in advance. Plan, plan, plan. Make lists of what you will wear each day and what tops go with different skirts or slacks. Pick a color theme....

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