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Join us, a Smashbrothers and freelance writers for tips and inspiration to journey around the world.
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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,...read more
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....read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more