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A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts.  Follow the call of the weird and wild.

A scorpion hunt for nature enthusiasts. Follow the call of the weird and wild.

In addition to birding or hiking, many nature enthusiasts look for the weird and wild such as a scorpion hunt to break out of the mold. Consider these wild and wooly events some national wildlife refuges have planned this spring. Earn bragging rights on a Scorpion Hunt Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge – Alamo, NV Moapa […]

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Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Many of us travel for the love of food. Here are my favorite travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Historic Hawaiian Hotels

Historic Hawaiian Hotels

  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Mauna Kea Beach Hotel History with a twist of luxury is seductive.   When I think of famous, elegant hotels – the Ritz in Paris, the Plaza in New York and the Pera Palas in Istanbul – come to mind. When I think of  Hawaii two historic properties join the club […]

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 Ten travel tips from the Womens Travel Fest

 Ten travel tips from the Womens Travel Fest

          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 Antarctica alone […]

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Women business travelers safety tips

Women business travelers safety tips

Women business travelers now constitute nearly fifty percent of all business travel in the United States, holding an annual travel spend of $175B. Excerpt from an interview with  Corporate Traveler’s:                         A guest on the Oprah Show, CNN Travel, and National Geographic Weekend, and […]

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Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

Cruise the Croatian Islands or the Greek Islands

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 accompanied us – spending most of their […]

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

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 Castle. That’s […]

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Getaway to Carmel and Monterey Bay Aquarium

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. Given all this, it […]

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Travel safety for women, students, seniors

Travel safety for women, students, seniors

Travel safety is the number one concern for women, 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 prepare ourselves and avoid trouble.   1. We can be aware of our surrounding. […]

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All Aboard for deals on train travel in Europe

All Aboard for deals on train travel in Europe

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 travel by rail, but […]

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