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Scuba Diving Cancun at the Underwater Museum

It’s nothing short of surreal… A man “on fire” with fire coral flaring out of his eyes, nose and ears… A small smiling girl looks up to the surface… A group of businessmen with their heads in the sand, oblivious to the world around them… No, these are not real people, but just a few […]

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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling: Is It the Best Spot in Hawaii?

Hawaii is well-known for its many azure and aqua beaches that offer prime snorkeling opportunities.  If you are looking for a location teeming with marine life, head to Hanauma Bay on the southeast side of Oahu. An easy 10-mile drive from Waikiki, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is actually the floor of a volcanic crater, believed […]

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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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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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My Day as a Geisha in Kyoto, Japan

“No giggling allowed!” I said to Rebecca and Marie, head turned away to hide my own smirk. “We need the right attitude to pull this off.” Shuffling our feet an inch at a time, we painstakingly made our way towards the shrine looming at the end of the cobblestone street, less than a quarter of […]

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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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52 Places to Visit This Year

Is this you? Do you need a “vacation motivation” to get through the day-to-day monotony of your workday? Or maybe you just want to travel the world without ever leaving your favorite armchair? 52 Places to Visit This Year* is for you! This short postcard delivered right to your inbox once a week features an […]

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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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