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9 Things to Do in Cape Town. The Last One Will Blow You Away

Cape Town, also known as “the Mother City” of South Africa, finds itself on several “places to visit” lists for 2014. And for good reason. It’s an exciting city, with lots of adventures and amusements. Read about all the exciting things to do in Cape Town, South Africa. … [Read More...]

I jumped out of a perfectly good plane!

Girls Get “High” in Hawaii

The small round light turned green, the plane decreased speed to the point of hover (or so it seemed), and the bottom of the garage-like metal door began to creak its slow, ominous rise.  Strapped into my tandem jumpmaster as snuggly as I would allow without dinner and a movie, there was no turning back now. Read Girls Get "High" in Hawaii in Travel Girl Magazine, October 1, 2013 … [Read More...]

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Turning Japanese: My Geisha Makeover

“Stop laughing. You need the right attitude to pull this off,” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. We shuffled our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of a mile away. The wooden platform of the Japanese geta on our feet was only several inches, although it felt more like a foot. Check out My Geisha Makeover in … [Read More...]

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Beyond Thailand’s Temples: Top 10 Things to do in Phuket

Sure, Thailand is a wealth of intriguing culture and rich history. But after you’ve had your fill of the gorgeous temples, stately palaces, and Golden Buddha’s, head south. Phuket, dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” is the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s southern peninsula. Hosting leafy jungles, white sand beaches fringed by swaying palms, … [Read More...]

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Some days are like that, even in…..the Midwest

Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the small but deserted airport, the TSA agent stops me and declares that I’m a “random person” and has to … [Read More...]

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Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies

Click here for pdf of Sedona's Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies Over the Kitchen Counter -  October 5, 2011 “You simply must go – it’s so…. you,” friends would suggest.  This beach girl would always respond with the same condescendingly sweet smile.  But when I was invited to speak at a national conference in Phoenix, Arizona at the … [Read More...]


Up, Up and Away! Hang Gliding at Kitty Hawk, NC

Having already experienced and loved sky diving, I was interested to try hang gliding to see how they compare. And what better place to try out this unique flying experience than at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, especially in August! There are two ways a novice can hang glide. One is to take a lesson and then strap on a small pair of wings and jump off the dunes; the other is to fly tandem with a … [Read More...]

Costa Rica: The Cure for Boredom

Pristine waterfalls, myriad geysers, natural swimming holes, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, rejuvenating thermal hot springs, hiking, horseback riding, orchids, bird-watching, a canopy zipline, white-water rafting and a quarter-mile waterslide…a visit to Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is anything but boring. Read Costa Rica: The Cure for Boredom in International Living Magazine, … [Read More...]

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Unplugged and Underwater: Mother and Son Dive in Curacao

These days, it’s nearly impossible for a mother to finds ways to bond with her teenage son that don’t include X-Box, dirt bikes or soccer. Family vacations are a great time to reconnect, but in planning a family trip to Curacao, I had an epiphany. Why not ask my teenage son to join me on a dive? Diving could be a great multi-generational activity. Read about our mother and son scuba diving … [Read More...]

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The Egypt I Knew: When Western Women Were Welcomed

It was one of those milestone birthdays, over ten years ago. One of those times when you want to do something unique that will provide a lifetime of memories. Some call such places a “bucket list.” For a long time, Egypt had been at the top of mine. And so I took off from that runway in Boston, as excited as a school girl on her first date. Even my extensive research and wildest dreams would not … [Read More...]

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Travel Makes You Better

For those of us who love to travel, it’s difficult to comprehend why … [Read More...]

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Breasts = Lethal Weapons?

Apparently the TSA thinks so. I was on my way from New Hampshire to … [Read More...]

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Fun Family Vacations

  When my kids were growing up, there is nothing I enjoyed more … [Read More...]


10 Tips for a Long Layover

As a frequent traveler, few things annoy me more than the tight layovers, … [Read More...]

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The Suitcase Secret

As a travel writer, I'm on the road a lot and have gone through more … [Read More...]


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Rosarito Beach Hotel, Baja California, Mexico

Located just an hour’s drive south of San Diego are the … [Read More...]

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Westin La Paloma, Tucson AZ

Looking for a great place for a girlfriend's getaway?  Try … [Read More...]

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Casa Ybel, Sanibel, FL

Looking for a great place to kick back and escape that … [Read More...]

Stunning tropical pool view from a ground-floor room at the resort.

CostaBaja, La Paz, Mexico

Located on the azure Sea of Cortez, CostaBaja Resort and Spa … [Read More...]


Sea4Two, Baja Mexico

From its prime location overlooking the crashing aquamarine … [Read More...]