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Join us, a Smashbrothers and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
If you want to make a difference and lend a hand, here's how to volunteer on vacation. I promise you, you will never be the same. Philanthropic travel is a life-changing experience. You might teach English to children in Brazil, do art projects with Nepalese orphans,...read more
Cleveland is in the news. I grew up in Akron, Ohio and Cleveland has changed a lot since I was a kid. A world-class arts and culture scene Today, visitors to Cleveland will find a vibrant culture scene in opulent vaudeville-style theaters and former industrial...read more
Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours. When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago -- Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca -- we too had a long lay-over in Lima. Recently I returned to Lima en route...read more
From the moment I step off the plane, India starts working its magic on me. The air swirls with smoky sandalwood and spices, and the streets are teeming with people, cars, and cows. One of my favorite places to visit is Rajasthan, the "Land of Kings." The Land of...read more
Tours in England often overlook the fabulous footpaths in the Cotswolds. The ancient network of footpaths were created over the centuries as villagers found the quickest way to their place of work, local market or church. Today you can walk across open fields of...read more
Last weekend I picked up great travel tips at the sold-out Womens Travel Fest. I had the honor to share the stage with with Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Felicity Aston, the first and only woman in the world to ski across...read more
I think of Chicago as “New York Light” or "The Other Coast". A dynamic city on the shores of Lake Michigan that boasts art museums, ethnic neighborhoods, architecture, night life and superb shopping that could go head to head with any international city. The BEAN is...read more
Crystal clear seas and more than 1,000 islands lure sailors to cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands every summer. My husband and I chartered a 42-foot Jenneau sloop for a sailing holiday among these idyllic islands. Our two teenage daughters...read more
I just returned from a five country, fifteen-day trip zipping around Europe with a Eurail Pass. Discount train travel in Europe can save you time and money if you plan to visit several neighboring countries. As a student in Europe, I learned to love to...read more
The best walks in San Francisco are free. As local residents, here are our secrets. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the...read more
There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. With so may San Francisco-based IfOnly experiences, its hard to believe anyone would ever want to stray. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for...read more
In Bali, I was reminded that there are all kinds of people who transform a ho-hum trip into a magical memory. One morning as the roosters announced a new day, my husband, two daughters and I met Mahdey, our hiking guide, in the hotel lobby in Ubud, Bali. He grinned...read more