The Best of Barcelona

Barcelona

Ranked one of the most popular cities in Europe to visit, unlike its rivals London, Paris and Rome, Barcelona is also one of the most affordable cities on the continent, according to Forbes magazine. Walking through Barcelona is like walking around in a semi-dream state. The architecture … [Read more...]

Videos of China – Highlights and Street Markets

Three Gorges china

Highlights of China Claiming 5,000 years of history and culture, the discoveries of tea, silk, papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder, Confucianism, through dynastic rule, and on to Communism, Chinese culture has made an impact on the world. The last few decades have seen not just an … [Read more...]

Finding Bliss in Bali

bali

First published by International Living Magazine. I'm not a morning person. But waking up in the plush surroundings of an ocean-view room in a luxury resort on the island paradise of Bali is a breeze. I happily left my cozy bed to take in the view from my private terrace as the soft orange and … [Read more...]

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.

mexico city

“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

china

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...]

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...]

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...]

11 Winter Activities on Amelia Island, Florida

amelia island florida

A barrier island stretching along the northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is the perfect place for a relaxing romantic weekend during the chilly shoulder season. The island, named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, has a laid-back vibe, reminiscent of “old … [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...]

Cooking Authentic Macedonian Food at Lake Ohrid

Macedonian cooking

Full transparency: I’m not a foodie. I’m an adventure traveler. So when our JayWay tour guide said we were going to take a cooking class while traversing Macedonia, I was not thrilled. I anticipated boredom. I was wrong, very wrong. Lake Ohrid We started out from our hotel on glorious Lake … [Read more...]

Loveland, Korea: #1 Most Bizarre Park in the World

loveland korea

I already knew South Korea was quirky. After all, how many countries have not one, but two “toilet” museums dedicated to the human digestive and elimination system? Was I prepared for our adventure in Loveland on Jeju Island? Probably not. Jeju is South Korea’s largest island, just off the … [Read more...]

12 Quirky Things to Do in Prague

quirky Prague

Arguably the most beautiful city in Europe – certainly at least an equal with Paris – Prague is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, picturesque town squares, secluded courtyards, castles, towers, and jaw-dropping views. A place where even a non-beer drinker like me has to acknowledge that here is … [Read more...]

Albanian Wine: Europe’s Oldest and Possibly Best

Albanian Wine

Albanian wine is no stranger to Europe. Archeological evidence near the capital of Tirana indicates traces of tannic acid, which produces the bitter taste in wine, dates back to a 6,000-year viniculture, making Albania arguably the oldest winemaker in Europe. Albania, a small country bordering … [Read more...]

48 Hours on Corfu, Greece

Corfu Greece

It’s no secret that the Greek Islands rank high on the list of “must do” destinations. But which one to choose? Each island has its own magnetic charm, but I submit that the beauty and activities on Corfu, Greece make it difficult for anyone to resist the island’s pull. Corfu Island is the second … [Read more...]

The Albanian Riviera: Affordable, Jaw-Dropping Beauty

Albanian Riviera

When I set off with JayWay Travel to for the southern coast of Albania, my friends were more than a little skeptical. Known for scouring the earth in search of the best beaches, they didn’t see the lure. To be honest, besides it being an off-the-beaten path destination, I wasn’t sure what to expect … [Read more...]

Alaska: Disconnect. Explore. Learn. Eat. Repeat

Alaska

“You have to disconnect, there is no choice,” said Lucila. “That was one of my favorite things about this adventure cruise.” Lucila Lancaster, her husband Girish Nair and their two children Isabel (Izzy) 21, a senior at John Hopkins University studying neuroscience, and Sam, a 6’1” water polo … [Read more...]

Spa Lovers: Go to Highlands. You’ll Thank Me Later

highlands spa

“It’s a surprise,” he said with twinkling green eyes as he tucked me into the passenger seat and gently closed the door. My ridiculously huge grin gave away my glee… I do love surprises! We drove for an hour and a half, winding our way across the state border and into the Blue Ridge Mountains of … [Read more...]

When You’re Better Off Dead in Mexico

Day of the Dead

= While Americans are celebrating Halloween and All Saints’ Day, Mexico has its own sort of eerie celebration. Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead which began as a ritual by the Aztecs 3,000 years ago is now publically celebrated on November 2nd as a way to honor friends and family who have passed … [Read more...]

Amazing Food Experience on Alaska Adventure Cruise

Alaska

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ~Matsuo Basho Tracie Triolo thought her life would be that of a musician. And it was…for a while. But her roots in the love of food and the pull of the ocean proved irresistible, and she found herself on an entirely different path. One … [Read more...]

Seeking Adventure? Try Alaska’s Baranof Island

Baranof Island

A land where the population of bears exceeds that of humans, few places on earth can satisfy the wanderlust of the off-the-beaten-path adventurer in search of the wild nature and the cultural richness of the Tlingit Indians like Baranof Island. Baranof Island, along with Admiralty and Chicagof, … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why You Will Love Macedonia

Macedonia

If you are looking for a European destination that is scenic and affordable, quirky but friendly, has beaches, mountains, and vineyards….then look no further than Macedonia. One of the Balkan Peninsula’s landlocked countries in Southeastern Europe, the Republic Macedonia was once part of the … [Read more...]

8 Places in Albania That Will Wow You

Albania

What if I told you there is a county where medieval castles stand perched on mountaintops overlooking the red tiled rooftops of villages below; where iridescent turquoise waves lap onto sugar-sand beaches; where picturesque rows and rows of juicy grapes are producing some of the region’s finest … [Read more...]

Chillin’ on a Houseboat in Naples

Naples houseboat

It seems to be on everyone’s bucket list. Just mention the word “houseboat” and you’re sure to evoke romanticized images of a buoyant home floating in some exotic paradise. The marriage of a water-bound “hotel” to a gorgeous tropical setting can be found right here in the United States. I … [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...]