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Solo traveler. Tales and tips.

Solo traveler. Tales and tips.

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No one expected me to be a solo woman traveler. I had never eaten a meal alone in a restaurant or traveled on my  own — except for business trips. I surprised everyone, including myself. You too can travel alone. I discovered it’s not lonely, it’s empowering. You’ll learn to talk to people: from taxi drivers, […]

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Millennials travel tips

Millennials travel tips

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Safety Tips for millennials going abroad from college students to professionals traveling for business. Bar Tips – Buddy System Go with a buddy. It’s better to have two sets of eyes to watch for bad situations. Don’t leave without your buddy. Get smart about Rophynol, “the date rape drug”, which is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. If […]

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Seattle’s Best Attractions Selected by Locals

Seattle’s Best Attractions Selected by Locals

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I’ve learned that your first impression of a city remains with you always. Every time I fly into Seattle I am awed by the snowy mountain peaks, forests of black firs and the unrelenting wateriness of the scenery. Even the drive from the airport into town is bordered by huge fir forests and the area is veined with […]

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Active days, comfortable nights in  the Canadian Rockies.

Active days, comfortable nights in the Canadian Rockies.

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The Canadian Rockies Only an hour from Calgary, and three hours from San Francisco, the Canadian Rockies are a fabulous destination for adventurers and nature lovers. Most popular things to do Don’t miss Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. If you go, you shouldn’t miss these, but to get a real taste of the […]

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Ski or hike in Zermatt, Switzerland.

Ski or hike in Zermatt, Switzerland.

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Head to Zermatt, Switzerland for spectacular powder runs, stunning trails and the romantic charm of an idyllic Alpine village.  Matterhorn Magic Walt Disney was inspired by the majestic sharp mountain in southern Switzerland and copied it for the famous Disneyland ride. It’s easy to fall in love with the Swiss winter, especially in the shadow of […]

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Now’s the time to visit Portugal

Now’s the time to visit Portugal

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                                  Lisbon, Porto and the Duoro River Valley have become “all the rage”. One of the Great European River Journeys The Duoro Valley east of Porto, in northern Portugal, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to it’s […]

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The Best Travel Apps for 2017

The Best Travel Apps for 2017

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As avid travelers, we want to share the best travel apps we have found useful before and during our journeys worldwide.  Walking tours anytime by local experts Detour, is a cool new app for people who hate conventional walking tours (meeting with large groups at an appointed time, having to follow along at the tour […]

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Travel dangers for women

Travel dangers for women

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These days, it’s discouraging to read all the stories about travel dangers, especially for  women whose vacations have become nightmares. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe while you indulge your wanderlust in this big, wide, wonderful world. Pack your street smarts along with your hiking boots and bikini. Remember Aruba. Natalee Holloway, […]

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Best Places to Heal

Best Places to Heal

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My mother shared her love of gardening with me when I was young, and when she died after a long illness, I planted myself in my garden to tear out weeds and wail to the winds. Many friends suggested eating my favorite chocolate as I racked my brain for the best places to heal. Here’s […]

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Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Through the Emerald Isle

Ireland by Bike: Pedaling Through the Emerald Isle

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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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