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Thermal Valley Hang Gliding

If you think hang gliding is just for adrenaline junkies, think again.  At Thermal Valley Hang Gliding, the mission is to share the joy of free flight with as many people as possible. Soaring like a bird is the purest form of flight…especially with the stunning aerial views of Burke County and the Blue Ridge […]

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Skydive Wind Tunnels: All Pleasure, No Plane

Indoor skydiving is all the rage, especially for those who’d like to experience the thrill of skydiving without the fear of jumping out of a plane.  Skydive wind tunnels allow you to do just that, and our wind tunnel experience at Skyventure New Hampshire was a hoot! History of Skydive Wind Tunnels Indoor skydiving is […]

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cuba road trip

Homestay Hopping: Amazing Cuba Road Trip

*This Cuba road trip article is the cover story in the Spring 2018 issue of Vacation Rental Travels Magazine (pages 34 – 47)* It’s been one of the most controversial destinations for Americans since the 1960s.  But love it or hate it, no one can deny that Cuba is intriguing. Starting in January 2015, President Obama opened […]

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Amazing Azores Holidays: Sao Miguel Road Trip Planner

Officially part of Portugal, São Miguel is the largest of the islands in the Azores archipelago.  More than half of the Azores’ population calls this island home. Also known as “the green island,” it’s all about nature and enjoying the outdoors in São Miguel. The island is packed with volcano craters, lagoons, small rivers, natural […]

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sedona pink jeep tour

Jeep Tours Sedona AZ: Pink Jeeps Are Not for Prissies

Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure: Not for Prissies first published in Ladies’ Home Journal, 2011 “You simply must go – it’s so…. you,” friends would suggest.  This beach girl would always respond with the same condescendingly sweet smile.  The desert? But when I was invited to speak at a national conference in Phoenix, Arizona at the beginning […]

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Dirty Tricks: Erase Years in St. Lucia Mud Bath

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. The Sulfur Springs on St. […]

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adrenaline junkie's guide to bora bora

10 Adventures Beyond the Beaches in Bora Bora

To most, a Bora Bora holiday conjures up images of an exotic palm-fringed, sugar-sand paradise with overwater bungalows somewhere out in the middle of the South Seas, mostly visited by starry-eyed honeymooners who rarely adventure beyond their resort. While Bora Bora is one of the best places for a honeymoon or romantic escape, it can be […]

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kayaking flint river georgia

Flint River Kayaking: That Time My Friends Left Me for Dead (Sort of).

Albany, Georgia has a lot of really fun outdoor pursuits.  When I heard our girls’ getaway weekend was going to include on a Flint River kayaking excursion, I had mixed feelings.  I like kayaking…but I don’t love it. “Will we have to struggle against the current?” I asked, recalling most of my previous excursions in […]

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Best Hikes for Baby Boomers Peru Sacred Valley

Inca Trail Hike and Other Journeys in Peru’s Sacred Valley

“Way up there?” I asked Silver Ballón, our guide, who was pointing up to the 13,000 ft. summit. “Don’t worry. You don’t have to go all the way up. There are amazing views all along the way.” he replied. I immediately thought it was a trick.  And it was, but the very best kind. Few […]

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hacienda guachipelin in guanacaste

Costa Rica: The Cure for Boredom | Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste

Pristine waterfalls, myriad geysers, natural swimming holes, bubbling mud pots, fumaroles, rejuvenating thermal hot springs, hiking, horseback riding, orchids, bird-watching, a canopy zip line, white-water rafting, and a quarter-mile waterslide…a visit to Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, is anything but boring. The Hacienda is located at the foot of Rincón de la Vieja (“Old […]

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