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Quirky Female Travel Gifts You Can’t Resist!

I know, every blogger and their uncle has a gift guide, and not surprisingly, they all have basically the same mundane gift suggestions.  Most of them you (1) already have, (2) are boring, or (3) don’t want. They are about as far from quirky female travel gifts as you can get. I submit that this […]

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50 Best Short Travel Quotes of All Time

Here are the 50 best travel quotes of all time (in my humble opinion).  Some of them may seem to be more inspirational than travel, but in my world, the two are intertwined. 1.  “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” ~ Roman Payne […]

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Advantages of Traveling: Be Healthier, Happier and More Productive

For those of us who love to travel, it’s difficult to comprehend why somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of Americans do not use all their vacation days. Studies show that people who take vacations enjoy a multitude of benefits to their well-being. Physical Benefits Taking time away from work is not just fun, but […]

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whats the best valentine gift

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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Random TSA Searches: Some Days Are Like That, Even In the Midwest

TSA rules! Tell me…. do I look dangerous to you?  Apparently the TSA still thinks so. Rapid City Regional Airport.  Just another nondescript launching pad in the life of a travel writer.  Or so I thought. But it turned out to be a no-good, very bad, terrible day. As I’m going through security in the […]

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Are Breasts Lethal Weapons? TSA Underwire Bra Rules

Underwire Alert! When traveling, always make sure your breasts are not lethal weapons. Breasts?  Lethal weapons? Apparently, the TSA thinks so. TSA underwire bra scans wreak havoc on their scans. It was 3:30 a.m. and I was on my way to a business trip from New Hampshire to Oregon.  I’m not a morning person so […]

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secrets for a fun family vacation

Tips for Fun Family Vacations

When my kids were growing up, there is nothing I enjoyed more than our fun family vacations — a time when we could leave our laptops behind (or in the hotel room) and disconnect from our cell phones (or mute them). The key lies in being resourceful and creative and to be keenly aware of what excites […]

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Long Layover? 10 Ways to Pass the Time

Don’t let untimely delays causing a long layover derail your trip. As a frequent traveler, few things annoy me more than the tight layovers, which these days can be 35 minutes or less. These short lag times can result in missed flights or lost luggage.  On the other side of the coin, a longer layover […]

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The Suitcase Secrets: How to Choose the Best Luggage

Buying luggage can be extremely subjective.  A good choice can be very dependent on things like frequency of travel, aesthetic importance, the physical strength of the owner, and price. As a travel writer, I’m on the road a lot and have gone through more luggage in the last few years than the average person goes […]

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