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What’s the Best Valentine Gift: Dinner, Diamonds or Destination?

Full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day.  It’s just too forced and commercial for my liking.  But for many, the dilemma of a Valentine’s Day gift can be stressful. Dinner? Too impersonal. Diamonds? Too committal.  Roses?  Meh. But what about… DESTINATION?  Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Why not create a perfect Valentine’s […]

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Marriott Review: Why Marriott Hotels Became My Brand of Choice

As 2014 ended, I found myself thinking about accommodations that I’ve favored over the years.  It didn’t take very long for me to come to the realization that Marriott has been my brand of choice more than any other hotel – JW and Casa Magna luxury resorts, full-service Marriott hotels, Courtyards, Fairfield Inns, Residents Inns, […]

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Raising a Family and Running a Business in Mexico

Angela Damman is one of those people that can do it all.  And in Telchac Pueblo, she has done just that. Four years ago, she and her husband Scott sold their home in Salida, Colorado.  They gathered up their children, four-year-old India, and two-year-old Finley, and headed for the Yucatan state of Mexico. Telchac is […]

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Meet Puerto Rico’s Most Impressive Woman: Doña Fela

Felisa Rincón de Gautier, known affectionately as Doña Felisa or Doña Fela, was the first woman mayor of San Juan and one of the most prominent political figures in the history of Puerto Rico — a gorgeous Caribbean island that Americans generally do not need a passport for. Dona Fela’s Background Born in Ceiba as […]

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Bahama Cruise from Charleston

I didn’t want to do it. Every fiber of my being was screaming, “NO!” The seemingly vertical drop looked bottomless. But I had no choice… after all, I had a reputation to maintain. I’d already nailed adrenaline stunts like skydiving,  hang gliding, and tons of bad-ass roller coasters with ease. So why was a  “little” […]

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South Dakota Road Trip: Seeking the Famous Wall Drug Donuts

“You have to stop at Wall Drug,” said Kathy, my buffalo safari guide at Custer State Park. I’d just told her that my road trip in South Dakota was taking me to the Badlands the next day.  “And make sure you get one of their homemade donuts – they’re legendary.”  Decision made.  I’ll travel just about […]

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What to Do in Houston with Kids

I must admit, I was a bit surprised. I’d never thought of Houston as a place for a family getaway. My first visit changed my opinion of the largest city in Texas due to the variety of attractions and activities to please every member of the family. Here are some of the best things to do for […]

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Exploring Mexico’s Yucatan with Kids

When it comes to finding a family-friendly vacation spot that offers perfect weather, vibrant colonial cities, calm crystal-water beaches, important and fun cultural sites, and delicious local cuisine, few places can beat the Yucatán state of Mexico. Mérida, the capital of the Yucatán state, is a great base for exploring the region.  The city itself […]

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Rosarito Spring Break at the Rosarito Beach Hotel

Looking for a last-minute spring break destination?  The Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja California, Mexico, offers students families, and expats everything they’d want in an affordable beach getaway. This iconic hotel was made popular mid-century as a retreat that catered to Mexican presidents, international royalty, and Hollywood stars, and the little beach town grew around […]

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Bend Oregon Activities for Solo Travelers | Washington Post

Bend Oregon activities have given it the nickname of the “outdoor playground of the West,” is the perfect destination for women traveling solo.  With outdoor pursuits like dogsledding and snowshoeing, to touring microbreweries, and boutique hotels with staff that cannot do enough for you, the friendliness of the residents is second to none. When, Where, […]

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