Archive for 2013

Soaking up the Sun: Best of Sarasota, Florida

Soaking up the Sun: Best of Sarasota, Florida

When temperatures drop, I would rather chill on the beach than catch a chill. Growing up in Ohio, we endured the long, cold, grey winters.  For several years we made the two-day car trip to Fort Myers to soak in the sun. Recently I visited Florida’s west coast for a conference and stayed a week to […]

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Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

Women Travel Statistics – 80% of All Travel Decisions Made by Women

Women—young, old, single, married, and widowed—are fueling an explosive growth in the travel industry. More women are traveling, for business and for pleasure, and they’re calling the shots. Just look around in a restaurant, how many tables are occupied by groups of women? Of those who currently take nature, adventure or cultural trips, 75% are […]

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Istanbul, Turkey Tantalizes the Senses

Istanbul, Turkey Tantalizes the Senses

Considered a favorite city by many Europeans, Istanbul is vibrant, exotic, chaotic and very exciting. I spent eight dynamic days in Istanbul, wandering the lesser known neighborhoods, riding the trams and ferries, zipping back and forth between the Asian and European sides and seeing more than just the mosques’ minarets. Istanbul appealed to all my […]

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Walking Tours in England: Why and How in the Cotswolds

Walking Tours in England: Why and How in the Cotswolds

The  Cotswolds are known as the walking capital of England. Why?  The ancient network of footpaths were created over the centuries as villagers found the quickest way to their place of work, local market or church.

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Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago trail, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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Woman to Woman in Bali

Woman to Woman in Bali

It’s the name that immediately comes to mind when you think of the romantic ending of Eat, Pray, Love. The lush, languid island of Bali lingers, embedded in our imaginations from Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling book and the movie starring Julia Roberts. As much as Bali is known for its romantic resorts, sandy beaches and luscious green […]

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Five Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Five Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Moving to a small town in Greece from California—in the middle of the tourist off-season, I might add—has taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy yourself regardless […]

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For Wine Adventurers: Tasting Classes in Napa

For Wine Adventurers: Tasting Classes in Napa

It’s the weekend! So what did we do for fun last Sunday? We’re food and wine lovers so the answer was simple. Napa Valley is only an hour from our home, so turned up the tunes in the car and drove north for a leisurely lunch and a brain-teasing, palate-pleasing  wine class at the Culinary […]

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Top Turkey Destinations: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia and More

Top Turkey Destinations: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia and More

The spires and summits of mosques, churches and rolling hills are the first thing to greet descending travelers as they arrive in one of Turkey’s many airports. A country rich in culture and history, its architecture is one of the most enduring memories visitors take away. With strong influences from the Ottoman Empire, much of […]

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Face-toface with Polar Bears in the Canadian Arctic – Churchill, Manitoba

Face-toface with Polar Bears in the Canadian Arctic – Churchill, Manitoba

Less than an hour after we landed at the remote lodge on Hudson Bay, we saw our first polar bear. In fact, it was a cuddly-looking mother and cub who lumbered along the shoreline. We photographed them from the safety of the lodge windows and settled in for a “safety talk” before we headed out […]

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