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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...

Family travel on a Disney Cruise

My Mickey ears were cast aside in my teens when I graduated to American Band Stand and Woodstock. Later in life, as a parent, I bought new ears on our numerous family visits to the Disney parks, but I thought our Disney days were over when our daughters reached their...

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Royal India: Rajasthan’s Hidden Treasures

Love it or hate it, India ignites the imagination and unsettles the soul. After 8 fabulous trips to India, you can guess how I feel about it. One of the most luxurious experiences of my life, shared with my daughter, was staying at historical palaces in Rajasthan. My...

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10 Easy Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight on a Cruise

Some sources estimate that cruisers gain 1-2 pounds per day. There are always a few dedicated gym-goers on every cruise, but most of us go on cruises to relax, not to chain ourselves to an elliptical between ice cream binges. To hedge your bets for an enjoyable,...

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California road trip through the vineyards

Many travelers think only of Napa or Sonoma when they plan a California wine road trip.  Don't miss out on Santa Barbara County, where the “mountains meet the sea”. Santa Barbara County has a 200- year history that was put in the spotlight by the indie hit film,...

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Changing Women’s Lives in Turkey with Exercise.

I'm going to tell you right away what the best part of traveling and my job is: meeting amazing people when I travel. I looked up a friend-of-a friend in Istanbul recently and was really glad I did. Part 2 of the Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Feats Series.Part 1....

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Travel Insurance. Travel Anxiety. Yes or No?

Is travel insurance is really worth the cost? What a tough question because every trip and every traveler has different needs and different levels of comfort. Know Before You Go: Before traveling out of your home state or internationally, take time to check with your...

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California Wine Country. Where to hike, bike, sip.

I live near California Wine Country, not far from Napa and Sonoma, and I love to be active by day and sip and eat  sinfully by night.  Based upon dozens of trip to wine country, here are my suggestions of where to hike, bike and sip in dozens of wine regions.  Visit a...

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Cruise Scandinavia to discover Norway, Sweden, Denmark

There’s a lot to see in Scandinavia. From deep fjords, jagged snow-covered peaks, thundering waterfalls, to smorgasbords of succulent salmon and pickled herring, to hip cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Scandinavia has it all. If you want to cover great...

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In Nepal, One Women Helps End Child Slavery

In Nepal, child slavery wasn't on the national radar until one women came upon the scene.  Olga and I became friends over a decade ago. At that time she told me  "some women fall in love with men--I fall in love with countries." She visited Nepal in 1984 to go...

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Family Travel and Language School in Mexico

Family Travel A true story about family travel, by Marybeth Bond about living in Mexico with her young daughters. A mother worries about safety living in Mexico with her young daughters. I was misguided in my anxiety. “Are you scared, Mommy?” whispered my...

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

        A shared obsession with with the ocean was the unlikely impetus for a family trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium. Our children are now adults, are 23 and 26 years old - and they are still obsessed with the aquarium. In fact, we all are passionate about the aquarium....

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Ways to explore in a new city

Finding your way around a new city by trial and error makes for great stories after the fact, but usually isn't so fun at the time, and wastes a lot of time and money.  Go beyond what the guidebooks suggest and find the hidden gems of a new city. 1. Taking a peek at a...

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