15 Reasons to Take a Small Ship Cruise in Alaska. The Last One is Life Changing.

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“Oh, come on…let’s do it!” pleaded Alison, my travel buddy and co-founder of Boomer Travel Media. “Alaska is at the top of my bucket list.” I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical. For one thing, I’m more of a “tropical adventure” kind of girl vs. a “glacial eco-nature” type. But perhaps more … [Read more...]

Responsible Observation of Wild Bears in Alaska

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Observing bears in their natural habitat in Alaska is a privilege and life-long memorable experience. While there are always risks with wild animals, these can be mitigated greatly if you follow well-established guidelines. On August 10th, I had the opportunity to travel with AdventureSmith … [Read more...]

Hierve el Agua: Panorama, Mineral Pools & Petrified Waterfalls

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If you’ve been waiting to visit the natural salt terraces at Pamukkale but feel the country of Turkey is still too dangerous, there’s an alternative you may not have heard about. Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, Mexico is a similar, but off-the-beaten-path gem. And not only will you find the mineral pools, … [Read more...]

After the Crash: Celebrating Life in Death Valley

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley

It had been four months since my near-death experience.  Flying cross-country was challenge enough – I really was not aware of the obstacles that lay ahead. Death Valley, California.  The lowest place in the United States with the highest recorded temperature (134°F in 1913) in the world.  I … [Read more...]

4 Dalmatian Islands that Make Croatia the Best Girls’ Getaway

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Sometimes your journeys transform in unexpected ways. That’s how my cruise on the Dalmatian Islands turned out. What began as a solo adventure turned into a sensational island hopping adventure, gathering up other women from other countries, and forming what became a girls’ getaway … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Dirty Tricks: Erase Years with St. Lucia Mud

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Sometimes getting down and dirty is a good thing. Take my birthday, for instance.  Instead of advancing a year, I decided I’d rather try taking a few years off, using therapeutic mud.  At least that was my goal… well, that and jumping on the opportunity to unleash my inner 5 year-old. Sulfur … [Read more...]

Mo’orea Jeep Safari Adventure

Overwater bungalows at the Sofitel in Moorea

The open-air “safari” jeep bucked hard on the vertical jungle path on Mo’orea, a small island in French Polynesia. I banged into the side of the 4×4, which was better than being hurled over the enclosure and down the mountain, only inches from the path.  I use the word “path” loosely; it soon gave … [Read more...]

The Adrenaline Junkie’s Guide to Bora Bora

Ramon finds a baby octopus in a shallow lagoon of Bora Bora

To most, Bora Bora conjures up images of an exotic palm-fringed, sugar-sand paradise somewhere out in the middle of the South Seas, mostly visited by starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely adventure beyond their private overwater bungalow. While it is all that, Bora Bora can be so much … [Read more...]

Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies

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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 … [Read more...]

Costa Rica: The Cure for Boredom

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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 … [Read more...]

The Egypt I Knew: When Western Women Were Welcomed

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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 … [Read more...]