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Ethiopia has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Twelve African countries later, it was finally time. As I would find out, it has a lot of similarities to other African countries with the abundance of wildlife, indigenous culture and stunning landscapes. But what makes it stand out is that the country can trace its long-recorded history back millennia.     (More)

 

Follow an Ox to Zenkoji! This sage advice is explained by a legendary Japanese fable. We stood before the main hall of the 7th Century Zenkoji Temple in the city of Nagano as our guide related the story of the old, faithless woman who lived in a small village nearby.    (More)

 

Portugal has garnered a lot of positive attention in recent years. It’s been on the top of travel lists everywhere; tourism has seen record numbers for six years in a row, and even Madonna has decided to make Portugal her home.   (More)

 

Two hours after leaving the booming metropolis of Shanghai, we parked at the entrance of Wuzhen, fondly called by some of its admirers the ’Venice of the East.’ In a few moments, we had climbed into a pole-steered large barge that ploughed the waterways of Wuzhen - the last of China’s ‘water towns’ to be opened to visitors.    (More)  

 

AmaWaterways  Avalon  Azamara  Carnival  Celebrity  Costa  Crystal  Cunard  Disney  Holland-America  Hurtigruten  MSC  Norwegian  Oceania  Ponant  Princess  Regent  Royal-Caribbean  Scenic  Seabourn  SeaDream  Silversea  Star-Clippers  Uniworld  Viking  Windstar       (More)

 

I had a wondrous opportunity to experience the Crown Princess this past December, on one of the first weeklong sailings back to the Eastern Caribbean following the disastrous hurricanes earlier in the fall of 2017. The experience was an eight-day sail, beginning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and porting in St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Thomas and Grand Turk.   (More)

 

There’s an expression: “Once you drink from the Nile you are destined to return.”    (More)

 

It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska (or the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii or Europe)?   (More)

 

Spain + Germany + Good-To-Go Travel Gear 
World Expeditions + South Africa + Ethiopian Airlines + Panama
Turkish Airlines + The Travel Corporation + Tropical Tidbits 
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Northern Arctic Europe is a living paradox—physically defined by the contrast of the unceasing darkness of its winters and the perpetual light of its summers, when the midnight sun rests contently in the sky.  (More)

 

In recent times, Ubud has emerged as a bonafide hotspot in Indonesia offering tourists much to see and do and even acts as Bali’s cultural hub. Known for its traditional crafts and dances, visitors are often spoilt for choice when setting their itineraries.   (More)

 

When travelers picture Namibia, the southern African country that sits on the eastern coast of the continent right above South Africa, they likely imagine sprawling sand dunes of the Namib Desert that the country is so famous for.    (More)

 

Hanoi is a thousand-year old city that truly represents the heart and soul of Vietnam. In just a week, you can immerse yourself deeply into its culture, without leaving exhausted or regretting not seeing everything.   (More)

 

InterContinental New York Times Square - New China Hotels                               The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina - Puntacana Resort & Club, DR Bombay Peggy’s, Dawson City - Martinhal Resorts, Portugal                                 Hotel RIU Palace Paradise Island - Grand Residences Riviera Cancun                 Holiday inn, Panama City - Holiday Inn Resort Aruba   
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New Orleans has a cousin, and her name is Mobile. She’s cool and quirky, artsy but down-to-earth, and has a love of fun times and good food that is true to her French roots.  (More)

 

Ireland is one of those magical places on earth where the land of make-believe becomes real if only for a moment. Case in point: The brooding edifice that sits atop Kilmantin Hill in County Wicklow is out of this world.    (More) 

 

I first heard about Guatemala when I was a young girl and received Guatemalan worry dolls as a gift. According to the legend, you tell your worries to the dolls, place them under your pillow and by morning, the dolls will have taken all of your problems away. I remember looking at these cute little worry managers, thinking that I would like to visit Guatemala one day. Any culture that wanted to help me with my problems was one I wanted to check out.   (More) 

 

Last year my family and I spent our winter vacation in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, when it came to shopping and dining, we found ourselves making the 30 minute commute to Tampa on a fairly regular basis. We liked what we saw and were sure to make it our base this time around  (More)