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Paso Robles. Worth the detour between San Francisco and Los Angeles

Paso Robles, mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angles, is known for wine tasting and summer concerts. Recently  my husband and I drove 3 ½ hours south of San Francisco to visit the famous wineries. An added bonus was the temporary outdoor exhibition of British...

Take Me To Telluride

Think Telluride is all about powder skiing and film festivals? Thing again! This is the place where Butch Cassidy began his bank-robbing career at the San Miguel Valley Bank on June 24, 1889.  After the heist, Cassidy and two buddies mounted their steeds, shot their...

Go beyond the vineyards for the Sonoma County you may not know

When you think of Sonoma County, images come to mind of vineyards and vine-covered hillsides, elegant tasting rooms and fabulous dinners at intimate restaurants. Beyond the famous food, wine and vineyards, Sonoma offers plenty more to discover. Go West Beyond the...

Cruise news. Green travel update. The first hybrid-powered cruise ship by Hurtigruten makes Maritime history.

Do you recycle your trash, compost your garbage or drive a hybrid car? Do you travel with a water bottle - as opposed to buying plastic water bottles? If so, you most likely look for ways to “go green” on vacation. Here’s the bad news: cruising is not a green...

San Francisco’s National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, The Presidio is San Francisco’s great escape. This huge National Park is nestled along the Bay and Crissy Field extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. The...

Bucket List Trip: Cruise Australia and New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it, they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New...

Travel safety for women

  Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for 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 be prepared and avoid...

Chasing the Midnight Sun in Norway. Hut-to-hut hiking and Freedom Camping.

Hut-to-hut hiking and Freedom Camping is the way to go in Norway if you love the outdoors and want stay on a budget. Last summer my partner and I hiked above deep fjords, slept in comfy huts, drove scenic remote roads, soaked in panoramic views of sheer mountain faces...

Revel in Barcelona and Beyond

Barcelona’s sensory-rich food scene, stunning Gaudi-designed architecture and glitzy nightlife lure big crowds in the summer. Last year over 18 million tourists descended upon the Catalan metropolis of 5.5 million people. If you want Barcelona to yourself and you want...

Yellowstone Country wildlife. Welcome bear cubs, bison calves and wolf pups

Spring is an exciting time of the year to see Yellowstone wildlife, especially newborns. If you ask the locals, most residents of northwestern Wyoming’s Cody – situated east of Yellowstone National Park – will tell you the season truly begins when the babies make...

Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada is not to be missed.

Why wait if you love horses and a good party? I dusted off my cowboy boots and joined daredevils, music lovers, families, and wannabe cowboys, at Calgary's Stampede Park to take part in one of the world's largest rodeos. Spanning ten days in July, the Stampede draws...

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San Francisco Locals Share the Best Things to Do

As a San Francisco local, we have lots of recommendations of things to do that are a bit off-the-radar. After our guests have gone to the “must see” tourist places: Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and The Golden Gate Bridge, here are our favorite places to...

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Women Travel Statistics from Women Travel Expert

Women travel statistics from research done by the #1 women travel expert, indicate that women consumers now drive the world travel economy. Women are earning more, spending more and influencing all levels of the travel industry. Women's purchasing power in the travel...

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Bucket List Trip: Cruise Australia and New Zealand

  Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it, they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New...

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France. Impressionist Painters in Normandy.

  Normandy attracts anyone who loves the impressionists and their paintings, as well as food lovers.  Last spring  I jumped at a chance to go to Normandy to follow in the footsteps of the Impressionist Painters. I criss-crossed the countryside from Giverny to the...

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Millennials. Safety Tips.

Safety Tips for millennials going abroad.  Including college students and 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...

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Travel safety for women

  Travel safety for woman is the number one concern for 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 be prepared and avoid...

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Packing for a Cruise

Packing the right clothes for a cruise has always been a big challenge. I’ve packed for more than a few cruises by now but it is getting even harder because cruise companies are offering more activities that need a greater mix of formal, informal and casual evenings...

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Travel Tips for Students

As students get ready to travel, there is more to consider than what bathing suit to pack.   Here are some useful tips to prepare you for a seamless vacation. Lock it up Many hotels, condos, or hostels don’t have “in-room safes”.  Put your passport, cell phone,...

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Lost luggage. What to do? The best and worst airlines.

Lost luggage is the fear of every traveler. An interesting study came across my screen this week with research about lost luggage who has the worst record and tips (scroll down) what to do if you loose your luggage. See details about the research at the end of the...

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Discover France’s Secret Villages

Walking in the Maritime Alps leads to the Mediterranean Coast Rocky, snowcapped Alps tumble down to the dazzling waters of the Mediterranean coast along the French and Italian border. My love of France and its sleepy villages fueled my choice to hike through this...

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