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Patti Morrow is an adventure travel writer, blogger and photographer. Her focus is on Baby Boomer travel, beaches, and adventure.
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Conquering Communism: Best Things to Do in Warsaw This Year

Careening through the backstreets of Warsaw in a minibus that bumped and jostled us through a former Communist neighborhood, I immediately regretted that extra pierogi I’d had for lunch that now threatened to expel itself. As if clairvoyant, Tomas, our guide, stopped and guided us into an area where partially destroyed, bullet-ridden brick structures were oddly […]

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Gdansk Beaches: 7 Reasons to Visit the Polish Riviera

The wind whipped my ponytail across my new Polish sunglasses and into my mouth – which was open because I was laughing.  In spite of the brooding sky and rapidly approaching cloud formations, I was at one of the Gdansk beaches.  The beach.  My happy place. Poland has something that most of the other land-locked […]

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Pickpocketing in Europe: How to Avoid and What to Do If It Happens

The 7th-floor terrace of House of Legends restaurant was small and cramped, just two tables taking up any excess space.  I squeezed past the diners, made my way over to the railing, and whipped out my smartphone to snap a photo of the stunning sunset over Lviv, one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities. Recalling […]

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Baby Boomer Travel: 15 Bucket List Holidays

Baby boomer travel is exploding!  Baby Boomers comprise approximately 26% of the U.S. population and are responsible for 80% of all luxury travel spending.  AARP statistics indicate that Boomers who are still working will take all/most of their vacation time and an average of five trips a year. Baby Boomer travel is different than Millennial […]

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Go Gwinnett! Top 10 Things to Do in Atlanta’s Playground

If you’re looking for something in the Atlanta area other than big city crowds and traffic, go Gwinnett!  Just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Gwinnett County offers an entirely different experience and offers some of the best things to do near Atlanta. Charming small towns dot the landscape and delectable food experiences from nouveau gourmet […]

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chernobyl tours

10 Reasons Why Chernobyl Tours Are the Best Dark Tourism Experience

Broken glass crackled and crunched beneath my feet. Sun streamed through the remains of a once-magnificent stained glass window. Broken dolls and filthy baby shoes littered the floor.  A child’s storybook stood open as if waiting for its reader to continue.  Never would I have imagined that Chernobyl tours, the site of the worst nuclear […]

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Outer Banks Beach Rentals and Activities in Outer Banks

With over 100 miles of pristine blue beaches that fringe the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination.  Four narrow barrier islands stand between the North Carolina mainland and the Atlantic Ocean, each with its own unique vibe – from chill to action-filled. The best way to stay in the Outer […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kiev Ukraine

Kiev is the lively capital and largest city in Ukraine, greedily taking up both banks of the Dnieper River.  Three million people call this fusion of ancient and modern architecture home. Kiev’s beautiful cathedrals and monasteries spill out onto cobblestone streets and abundant green spaces and parks. Although many buildings were destroyed during the Communist […]

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Best Places to Visit in Poland: Travel Guide to Krakow, Warsaw & Gdansk

Poland.  It’s one of the few countries in Central Europe that I had not visited. Gloomy images of tragedy, poverty, and food lines were all I knew.  But I was wrong, so wrong. What I found was a county that boasts the sixth largest economy in Europe and is one of the safest places to […]

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Go LoCo! Best Things to Do in Loudon County TN: Lakeway to the Smokies

First, there’s that sweet spot – the prime location between Chattanooga and Knoxville.  Add to that the million dollar lake views, hiking trails, winery, and antiquing.  Finally, finish up with sumptuous food, and you have Loudon County  TN, a must see in our list of places to spend a weekend in the South. Recently, Kary […]

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