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...]

When In China, Take a Left at the Great Wall

great wall of china

Ask a random sampling of people about their bucket list destinations, and virtually all of them will mention the Great Wall of China, probably near or at the top. "He Who Has Never Been to the Great Wall Is Not a True Man" I’m no exception. My two week trip to China was prompted by my desire to … [Read more...]

9 Cities in China Tugging at Your Wanderlust

china

China. Just utter the word at a party and you’ll get an avalanche of responses, each one differing according to that person’s perspective. But there is one common thread…it’s one of the most intriguing places on the planet. Claiming 5,000 years of history and culture, the discoveries of tea, … [Read more...]

Best Ever Guide to Terceira Island, Azores

Terceira Azores

Our overnight flight landed us in Terceira, Azores just after sunrise. Expecting to be driven to our hotel for a short nap, we were surprised when Paulo, our guide suggested that we take advantage of the clear spring morning and start our tour. “Yes!” I said, garnering a glare from Alison, my … [Read more...]

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

small ship Alaska

“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

Alaska's Wild Coast

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...]