Food Markets in China: A Peek Behind the Curtain with an Insider

food markets China

Danny Tang, 48 years old, has been the Chef de Cuisine for Viking River Cruises’ Imperial Jewels of China tour for 10 years. It’s a plum job. China’s flourishing inbound tourism has led it to becoming the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy. The Asian country has sustained its … [Read more...]

12 Reasons to Visit Mexico City. #9 is a Hoot.

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“Mexico City? Why would you want to go there? It’s dirty and dangerous.” I hear that every time I tell some unknowing person where I’m going. I’ve traveled solo to Mexico City and have never found either of those issues to be true. Oh, Mexico City! How do I love thee? Let me count the … [Read more...]

Why Everyone Should See China with Viking River Cruises

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Radio Interview with Kevin and Sue McCarthy Travel Planners Radio Show Internationally syndicated on the GAB Radio Network Broadcast on 1590 WCGO 3/25/17   China: The Ultimate Bucket List Trip Click on or below image to play     Overview China … [Read more...]

Adventures in Thailand: Caves, Kayaks and Breathtaking Beaches

Phuket Thailand

Phuket is Thailand’s tropical paradise. Dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” it’s the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s southern peninsula. It has a population of around a quarter of a million people. The island has a rich culture and history, and was one of … [Read more...]

Adventures in Queensland: 28 Pictures to Spark Your Wanderlust

Queensland Australia

When people think of adventure in Australia, they imagine trekking through the dry outback in rough conditions. But Australia also has an exotic, tropical side, for adventurers seeking more water-related or rainforest activities. Tropical North Queensland offers myriad of nature and activities … [Read more...]

12 Reasons Shanghai Became My Favorite City

Shanghai China

“You’d better hurry!” said the concierge. We’d just returned to our hotel after a day of sightseeing in Shanghai. We wanted to see the Bund at night, but had just been informed that the lights go out at 10:00 pm. Prompt. With a mere 15 minutes before lights-out, we took a right turn out of our … [Read more...]

Heading to Beijing? Don’t Miss These 12 Experiences!

Beijing

Beijing is China’s colossal capital, with a rich and fascinating history dating back 3,000 years. It’s a location with architectural marvels from the ancient dynastic palaces to stunningly unique modern skyscrapers. It’s arguably China’s cultural center, offering a glimpse into the old hutong … [Read more...]

20 Reasons to See China with Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruise China

“Aaarrrggghhhh,” I screamed when I felt something crawling on my head. “What is it?” “It’s a giant grasshopper,” said Alison. “Wait a minute, hold still. I want to get a picture.” “Get it off! Now!” I bellowed “No, leave it. It’s good luck,” she insisted. China is full of surprises, from … [Read more...]

This Is What Happens When You Visit Sweden For The Coffee

Swedish Fika

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel… There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.” ― Gabriel Bá, Daytripper Coffee in the United States has become somewhat of a pop culture.  Get in line, order the most complicated, tongue-twisting combination of caffeine on the menu, and … [Read more...]

Unlock the Secrets to the Great Smoky Mountains in a Weekend

Great Smoky Mountains

With 520,000 acres spanning North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rockies and the most visited park in the American Park System. The park preserves the history of the Appalachian Mountains from the prehistoric Paleo … [Read more...]