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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...

African Safari by water and by land

An African safari by water and land in three countries offers a window into the African bush, surrounded by wild animals, multicolored birds, sensational sunsets and friendly local guides. By Marybeth Bond  The throaty growl was wild and untamed – the primeval voice...

Safety Tips for Women Travelers

Safety and security are super important for women travelers. I know, I traveled around the world ALONE for two years. And I had very, very few difficult situations. Here's what I learned.   I plan my accommodations, daytime activities and clothing to avoid...

Monterey Bay Aquarium New Exhibit

What to do in Monterey Spend an afternoon at the Monterey Aquarium. Here's the latest on the new exhibit. Dive into the food scene of Pacific Grove. Meander along the pedestrian trail to Lover's Point. Go for a walk along the unsoiled nature beaches. Enjoy fine dining...

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...

Traveling Solo Jump Started Change in My Life

        Traveling solo? That can be a scary idea. Travel is, or can be, as much an inward as an outward experience, and mine proved to involve an important inner dimension. Cut off from all of my support systems, I was tested in some rather wild...

A road trip through our national parks in Utah and Arizona

When the walls feel like they are closing in and I need a boost again, I return to the wide-open spaces of the southwest and the healing peacefulness of the canyons for a road trip in Utah and Arizona.                 Nothing...

San Francisco Presidio National Park at the Golden Gate Bridge

With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, the San Francisco Presidio National Park is a 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...

TransAmerica Bicycle trip is a mother-daughter challenge.

The Challenge of a Cross Country Bicycle Trip Why another bicycle trip? My daughter asked if I would bike across the US with her. I'm impulsive so I jumped at the chance to spend time with her as well as to have a great adventure. But I had no idea what lay ahead....

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...
How to visit National Parks and avoid crowds

How to visit National Parks and avoid crowds

For years I've been trying to figure out how to visit National Parks and avoid the crowds. From the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone and Bryce and Zion (all my favorite national parks), I'm zoning in on one park and 4 tips to help you enjoy your vacation.  Yosemite...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium New Exhibit

Monterey Bay Aquarium New Exhibit

What to do in Monterey Spend an afternoon at the Monterey Aquarium. Here's the latest on the new exhibit. Dive into the food scene of Pacific Grove. Meander along the pedestrian trail to Lover's Point. Go for a walk along the unsoiled nature beaches. Enjoy fine dining...

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Holland America Line Celebrates New Ship Rotterdam

Holland America Line Celebrates New Ship Rotterdam

“Isn’t this fabulous? We are making history together as Holland America names the new ship Rotterdam with her Royal Highness” said Julia from Amsterdam. I agreed with Julia as we raised our mugs of cold Dutch beer in a toast. My husband and I had never been to a...

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Traveling Solo Jump Started Change in My Life

Traveling Solo Jump Started Change in My Life

        Traveling solo? That can be a scary idea. Travel is, or can be, as much an inward as an outward experience, and mine proved to involve an important inner dimension. Cut off from all of my support systems, I was tested in some rather wild...

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Paris Tips for women, solo travelers, romance.

Paris Tips for women, solo travelers, romance.

  Paris promises something for everyone – sophistication, beauty, culture, history, cuisines, art, escape and that nebulous quality called ambiance and tips from a resident help you capture it all. Hopefully when you visit Paris you’ll carve out time to do more...

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Treasures of California Gold Country

Treasures of California Gold Country

History, adventure, chic western towns and gold: You'll find them all in California's Calaveras County. As we drove to California Gold Country, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, I was wowed from the get-go: a vivid landscape of golden-hued hills, grazing cows, a bounty...

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Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur with your pet

Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur with your pet

Carmel, Monterey and beyond with your pet.  Tips for pet travel. When I was young our pets stayed in the kitchen. When we started planning our pet travel to Monterey, Carmel and beyond, we were clueless. In the past, our poodles and terriers always knew their...

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