TALLINN OLD CITY – ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES IN THE WORLD!

May 17th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Day 1: Tallinn amazed us incredibly with its historical charm! It was a three day visit to the capital of Estonia which is the shining star of Northern Europe. Weather was still cold with lots of wind but we had the sun every day. The small…

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Summer Fun on Catalina Island

May 17th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

While in California, be sure to plan an overnight on Catalina Island. Just 26 miles by boat from Long Beach on the Catalina Express passenger boats to the Mediterranean style city of Avalon. This picturesque town is just one mile wide and one mile…

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Getting Around Canada: Transportation Tips

April 20th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Visitors wanting to explore multiple places in America’s sprawling neighbor to the north will likely require several forms of Canada transportation. Read on for your best options for getting around Canada.

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Where to Stay in Canada: Lodging Tips

April 20th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Canada lodging is similar to that of the United States, ranging from business-class hotels and luxurious spa resorts to small inns and B&Bs. Learn where to stay in Canada.

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10 Fun Family Activities in Orange County, CA

April 20th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

During my daughter’s Spring Break, we decided to explore Orange County in Southern California, instead of flying to an exotic locale. First I reserved a two night stay at the centrally located Hotel Irvine. It’s near the beach, Disneyland, three…

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Lompoc – Flowers. Art. Wine. Dine

April 20th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Santa Barbara County is one of the most beautiful destinations in California. The city of Lompoc is just above the city of Santa Barbara and closer to the beach than the towns of Solvang or Los Olivos. It’s also one of the most affordable areas in…

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Technicolor at La Costa and Carlsbad

April 7th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

While receiving a kale and citrus facial from Grace inside the The Spa at the Omni La Costa Resort, she told me that she has been working at the property for 35 years. “There have been four owners in 52 years,” Grace told me. In 1963, La Costa…

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My first awesome Sahara adventure in Morocco

March 22nd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Like most of travellers think towards the end of their trip, I wish I could spend more time in Morocco. But hey, for a first timer in this breathtaking land in North Africa, I got to see the desert, mountains and beach. Not bad.
One first piece of…

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Getting Around Germany: Planes, Trains and More

March 22nd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Read advice for getting around germany by plane, rental car, train, bicycle, bus and boat.

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Where to Stay in Germany: Lodging Tips

March 22nd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

With so many tempting possibilities, deciding where to stay in Germany can be a dilemma. Check out our guide to your best Germany lodging options.

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8 reasons to visit Kiev

March 22nd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

8 reasons to visit Kiev 1. It’s so cheap! Probably one of the highlights of spending five days in Kiev was figuring out how much we’d just paid for each meal, trip etc… After eating a ridiculously large lunch at the fantastic restaurant,…

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Overall, nice trip, but never to return.

March 16th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

This was my first trip to NYC as an adult (50+). I was very, very reluctant to go, but my fiance wanted to see a concert there and I wasn’t going to turn her down. The trip from the airport was so long (relatively) and traffic-filled. The airport…

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Hiking Diamond Head

March 8th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

When vacationing on Oahu, part of the Hawaiian Island chain, one of the most photogenic spots in Waikiki Beach is Diamond Head. The sun drums up the energy to rise above the dormant volcano and illuminate Waikiki Beach in the morning. The…

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Where to Stay in Vietnam: Lodging Tips

February 23rd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Vietnam lodging is available for every budget and taste, from bare-bones backpacker hostels to luxe resorts and everything in between. There are international chains, historic lodgings and small boutique hotels too. Here’s our guide to where to stay in Vietnam.

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Getting Around Vietnam: Transportation Tips

February 23rd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

From being pedaled along in a cyclo to a wild ride on a motorbike taxi to jetting among more than 20 airports, Vietnam transportation runs as big a gamut as you’ll find anywhere. Check out our guide to getting around Vietnam.

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Two Weeks in Japan for the First Time

February 22nd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Useful things I did before the trip. I ordered the Japan Rail (JR) pass about one month ahead. Once it was ordered and paid for online, the Exchange Order was delivered by FedEx to our home address. Be sure to bring it to Japan! The Exchange Order…

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11 Days in Havana

February 22nd, 2017 Travel & Leisure

HAVANA GEOGRAPHY Havana is a BIG city with over two million people, 30 miles from east to west and 13 miles north to south. But, most of the interesting stuff is in the area to the west of Havana harbor for 10 miles or so and within a mile or so of…

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My Visit to Cuba As A Volunteer

February 15th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

In mid-January, I flew from Tampa to Havana on a trip that would introduce me to a country that has been off limits for me (and most Americans) for most of my life. I participated in a one-week service program in Cuba with Global Volunteers, a…

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Diving into Caribbean yesteryear: The Corn Islands

February 8th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

Corn Islands Nicaragua
Bill Mashek The Corn Islands are located about 50 miles east of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. Little Corn is an interesting place; it is only about 1.5 sq miles in size, no cars, motorcycles or golf carts, but full of…

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Getting Around the U.S. Virgin Islands: Transportation Tips

January 25th, 2017 Travel & Leisure

We break down your options for getting around the U.S. Virgin Islands. Transportation choices include everything from flights and ferries to taxis and rental cars.

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