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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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Amazon River cruise

Adventures on the Amazon | Amazon River Cruise

I stepped back into the dark brown muck and leaned on the tree behind me to get a better photo of the anaconda slithering in my direction. I was motionless for a mere two seconds when Ericson Pinedo, our local naturalist, jerked me back by my arm and quickly snatched the hat from my head. […]

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India's west coast

Touring the West Coast of India, the Right Way

Traveling in India can be daunting for even the savviest travelers.  Infrastructure is lacking, there are hordes of people to contend with, putrid-smelling trash everywhere, sanitary issues with food and water, and the traffic is pure bedlam beyond anything I’ve ever seen, anywhere in the world. You’re probably thinking, “why would I want to go […]

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China Three Gorges

Touring China’s Three Gorges with Viking River Cruises

China can be a logistical challenge for foreigners. The country’s recent tourism boom has put this country on many bucket lists, but maneuvering by plane or train is still difficult due to the language barrier and cultural differences. Touring by boat, however, is a different story. Viking River Cruises provides a luxurious, stress-free journey throughout […]

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china

Why Everyone Should See China with Viking River Cruises

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 – the ultimate bucket list trip See as much as possible 2 weeks, 9 cities/destinations […]

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small ship Alaska

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

“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 importantly, I knew […]

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Alaska's Wild Coast

How to Responsibly Observe Wild Bears in Alaska

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 Explorations on the historic ship Westward to view brown bears, also known under […]

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Bahamas on a budget

Carnival Cruise: How to Visit the Bahamas on a Budget

Have you ever looked at a friend’s Facebook pictures of frolicking fun on exotic islands and wondered how they could afford it?  Have you lamented being able to visit the Bahamas on a budget? You’re not alone. Taking a tropical vacation with a limited budget is easier than you think.  Carnival’s cruises to the Bahamas out of […]

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11 reasons to do a back-to-back cruise in 2016

11 Reasons to Do a Back-to-Back Cruise with Carnival

I’d really never considered a back-to-back cruise, i.e. combining two cruises on the same ship, until a friend suggested it.  I was in the process of booking a cruise to the Caribbean out of the port of Miami – one of Carnival’s shorter five-day cruises which would visit Grand Cayman and Jamaica.  After returning to port, […]

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dalmatian islands

4 Dalmatian Islands that Make Croatia the Best Girls’ Getaway

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 escapade. The Dalmatian Islands – undiscovered by most American tourists, are […]

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