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Europe Riverboat cruises offer ease and Old World beauty

Europe Riverboat cruises offer ease and Old World beauty

My husband and I are drawn to places with a connection to water in an effort to relax, whether the lapping against the San Francisco waterfront, or the blue depths of Lake Tahoe, or sailing on the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay or along the Cape Cod shore. Many times we are drawn to […]

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Travel Diseases in Popular Summer Destinations

Travel Diseases in Popular Summer Destinations

Some of the most popular travel destinations during summer include cities and regions in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the South Pacific.  Whether you plan to visit the Taj Mahal in India or check out the Great Wall of China, an important component of your travel planning should be a focus […]

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Gutsy Traveler’s Favorite Colorado Hikes and Wildflowers

Gutsy Traveler’s Favorite Colorado Hikes and Wildflowers

I’m dreaming of the sunny, warm days of summer in the Colorado mountains. Perfect weather for hiking and finding meadows of wildflowers. Here are a few of my favorite Colorado hikes and wildflower landscapes. The Colorado wildflower season has begun with peak flowers blooming in June and July. As the trails dry, a hike is […]

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Gutsy Traveler’s Best Walks in San Francisco

Gutsy Traveler’s Best Walks in San Francisco

San Francisco’s best walks are free.  As local residents, here are our suggestions. Golden Gate Bridge Walk The Golden Gate Bridge is the icon of San Francisco and is considered to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Luckily, visitors have the opportunity to walk across the 1.7 miles span of this […]

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Foodie Friday: Tibet and All Things Yak

Foodie Friday: Tibet and All Things Yak

Traveling to Tibet is an experience of a lifetime.  It’s beyond spiritual, as the Tibetan people are their religion.  In the planning stages, I was told by many previous travelers that the food was awful and risky at best.  Part of this is due to the fact that the staple of their diet centers around […]

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Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

Five Easy Hikes in San Francisco

With over 40 hilltops (and 70 by some accounts), San Francisco is the second hilliest city in the world. While we residents are accustomed to our unusual topography, visitors can get weak in the knees just thinking about some of our epic ascents. As the founder of Urban Hiker SF, it’s my job and my pleasure […]

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Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Solo Through the Emerald Isle

Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Solo Through the Emerald Isle

If life seems richer, greener, and more melodic in Ireland, that’s because there is simply more clear air, clean water, verdant countryside, and heart-lifting music in everyday life. Join me as I explore Ireland by bike. For ten entrancing days, I cycled the quiet back roads of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula […]

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Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

Snag Off-Season Discounts at Luxury Resorts

From Cape Cod to Lake Tahoe, luxury properties at ski resorts and beaches offer deep discounts in their off season -  springtime.   Here are some springtime getaway ideas for travelers with wanderlust. Ritz Carlton (Lake Tahoe, California): Beginning May 6th, starting rates drop 40%, starting at $199 per night.  Special romance, golf or Spring Spa […]

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Debuts New “Tentacles” Exhibit

Monterey Bay Aquarium Debuts New “Tentacles” Exhibit

If you live in California, then there’s a good chance you’ve made the trip to beautiful Monterey for a peak into the lives of the exquisite underwater creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium (some of us, ahem, have even been four times). For those of you who have yet to make it there, and even for those who have, […]

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Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

When Judy’s doctor called and gave her the good news about her remission from breast cancer, we screamed, laughed and cried together. “Let’s do something big – let’s take a trip,”  Judy suggested. For several months we were always too busy –work, family, doctors appointments, dog sitters — there were always good excuses. Finally the […]

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