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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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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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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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Paragliding Lima: How to Survive a Crash Landing

How hard could it be?  I’d already tried tandem skydiving and hang gliding.  I had my first inkling of trouble when paragliding Lima came as we leaped off the Miraflores cliff in Lima, Peru.  But instead of taking flight, we started to descend.  This was the first of several white-knuckle episodes in the Miraflores sky. […]

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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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Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour

Travel Planners Radio Show With Kevin & Sue McCarthy.  Internationally syndicated on GAB Radio Network and broadcast at 1590 WCGO Peru’s Machu Picchu is without doubt, one of the most sought-after destinations.  And it’s no wonder.  The mist-shrouded Inca citadel is magical and mysterious.  Getting there is just as exciting….hiking to numerous other Inca archaeological sites, […]

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

One of my first adventures of 2018 will be Dubai.  Half a world away, there are so many reasons why this fascinating city is magnetically drawing me in. 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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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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