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Peru Ruins: 6 Inca Sites That Aren’t Machu Picchu

I’ve been obsessed with the Incas and Peru ruins since my early 20’s. Maybe it’s because the Inca civilization is so enigmatic.  Or perhaps admiration at having created such an impressive culture without written language, monetary system, iron, or slaves. I’d pour over photos of Machu Picchu in glossy magazines, imagining myself standing on that […]

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Dog Sledding Oregon with Trail of Dreams

The first dog started yelping, barking and jumping wildly on his hind legs, instigating the others to join in the commotion.  “They’re really excited,” grinned Jerry Scdoris, sled dog trainer and racer.  “This cold, clear weather is exactly what they like, and they can’t wait to run!” I was excited, too.  I clambered into the […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Dubai Now. No. 7 Will Surprise You. [Gate1]

Half a world away, there are so many reasons why this fascinating city is magnetically drawing me in. Dubai Gate1 tours offer excursions to all the best places! Once considered just a stopover connecting the continents, Dubai is now a destination unto itself.  The contrasts are extreme.  In the same day, you can have fun […]

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Fredericksburg Virginia

12 Fun Things to Do in Fredericksburg Virginia

Resting on the banks of the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, Virginia is a quintessentially charming historic city, with an appealing and lively downtown area brimming with shops, cafes, and restaurants.  Sporting a mild autumn climate that can only be described as perfect, there’s no better time to visit this gem of a city. Within hours of […]

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Here’s How to Find Bali Bliss

First published by International Living Magazine. I’m not a morning person. But waking up in the plush surroundings of an ocean-view room in a luxury resort on the island paradise of Bali is a breeze. I happily left my cozy bed to take in the view from my private terrace as the soft orange and purple […]

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Adventures in Thailand: Phuket’s Caves, Kayaks & Breathtaking Beaches

Phuket is Thailand’s tropical paradise. Dubbed “the Pearl of the Andaman,” it’s the largest and most well-known of the islands in the Andaman Sea on Thailand’s southern peninsula. It has a population of around a quarter of a million people. The island has a rich culture and history and was one of the major trading […]

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Albanian Wine

Albanian Wine: Europe’s Oldest and Possibly Best

Albanian wine is no stranger to Europe. Archeological evidence near the capital of Tirana indicates traces of tannic acid, which produces the bitter taste in wine, dates back to a 6,000-year viniculture, making Albania arguably the oldest winemaker in Europe. Albania, a small country bordering Greece on the Adriatic Sea, has four separate wine regions, […]

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Dalmatian Islands

Ultimate Guide to the Croatia’s Dramatic Dalmatian Islands

They sit shimmering in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, mostly unknown to American tourists. Island hopping around these undiscovered gems onboard a small ship cruise is discovering paradise, over and over again. Bustling marinas, medieval town squares, sapphire, and turquoise beaches, boutique hotels, al fresco dining, and chic bars are all part […]

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers [Travel]

I was so excited to learn that I’d been chosen as a member of the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers group by my friend and colleague, Alison Abbott of Green with Renvy. I met Alison in April in Barcelona, Spain, right before the TBEX conference that we were both attending in Costa Brava. Alison is […]

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50 best travel quotes

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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