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Top ten holiday celebrations and cities in America

Top ten holiday celebrations and cities in America

San Francisco, CA My home town San Francisco is renowned for holiday celebrations on a grand scale and this year’s holiday season will continue the tradition.                      Personally, I love the most exciting “gift” the city gives to holiday revelers; a dramatic-lighting of the iconic Embarcadero […]

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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.  Free Self-Guided Vineyard Walking […]

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Remembering the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, and how the city has changed

Remembering the Berlin Wall, Check Point Charlie, and how the city has changed

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Check Point Charlie was the gateway for intrepid tourists to cross into East Berlin to witness life under the iron fist of communism.   The greatest adventure I could imagine, when I was a student in Europe, was to cross the wall at Check Point […]

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Tips for Solo Travel

Tips for Solo Travel

Solo travel is a fast-growing travel trend for men and women.What’s so great about it? For starters, you no longer have to stay home because you don’t have a travel companion. But remember, just because you start alone doesn’t mean you’ll stay alone. If you are considering going alone on your next vacation, here are a few […]

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Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

My five most useful packing tips for frequent travelers. Packing is always stressful. Even though I’ve packed for trips to over 100 countries on seven continents, it is always stressful and I keep learning ways to make it easier. Also check out: Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation and Ten Things to Pack in […]

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Travel Life Lesson #3: The Meditation of Flying

Travel Life Lesson #3: The Meditation of Flying

While constant jet lag and waiting can be a challenging aspect of air travel, those precious hours spent in the sky are far from a hardship for me.I value the time in the air when no one can get in touch with me. It’s a very rare thing. I listen to music, read a magazine, […]

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A High in Sydney: Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge

A High in Sydney: Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge

Truly one of the world’s top adrenaline-rush experiences. I hope you take a look, from 440 feet above the water, at one of the most beautiful harbors in the world- sliding sailboats, blue water, sun-battered cliffs, iconic Opera House, and the iron arch of Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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The Australian Outback: Camel Rides and Ayers Rock

The Australian Outback: Camel Rides and Ayers Rock

“You’re lucky mate, you are doing something most Aussies never do. Ninety percent of Australians haven’t seen red sand and even fewer have ridden on a camel,” said the announcer at the Camel Races and Rodeo in Uluru. And that’s why I flew three hours from Sydney to attend the Australian Outback festival, ride a […]

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How to Explore the Great Barrier Reef

How to Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Sharks were far from my mind when I walked the mile around the island at sunset. Imagine my surprise, when I came upon a shallow area and saw shadows, yes, dozens of shadows, and realized they were huge, sting rays. As I walked into the surf to click a few photos they shimmered off into […]

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Food Down Under: The Best Restaurants in Sydney

Food Down Under: The Best Restaurants in Sydney

I learned on my recent trip that Sydney is a treat for the committed gourmand. Fresh local produce, seafood and delightful ambiances got these hot spots at the top of my list for the best restaurants in Sydney. I highly recommend Nomad, a new and glamorous food, wine and “cellardoor”, (tasting room) restaurant that makes it’s […]

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