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Hot American City: Asheville, NC

    BETTER BRING A LIST… OR TAKE OURS! This mountain city in western North Carolina calls you, but you will absolutely need a list from the locals to find the in places.  Sure, you can tour the ornate Biltmore Mansion which defined tourism in Asheville for many decades, but with the craft beer boom dropping 20 or so (who can keep up?) breweries in and around town—and a blossoming folk, country, punk and rock music scene—there is really...

Savannah, An Easy City

  SAVANNAH, SWEET SAVANNAH. When my friend Bernie got back from his trip to Savannah, he was quite proud of the wad of Spanish moss he had smuggled through airport security in a two-quart Ziploc baggie. He was going to plant it in his garden because he thought it would look “rustic” around his perennials. I had to tell him that Spanish moss is airborne and lives in trees and no amount of mulch was going to secure it...

Retiring Abroad – Can You Afford It?

AMERICANS RETIRING ABROAD: The decision to retire abroad requires you to take several unique factors into consideration.  The Social Security Administration allows eligible individuals living outside of the United States to collect Social Security retirement payments. There are exceptions to the rule, however. In addition, the IRS expects Americans to pay taxes on income earned anywhere in the world. You’ll also need to consider the implications of spending and budgeting in a foreign currency. It pays to research which...

Home Exchange Tips from Ainslie Waldron

AINSLIE WALDRON INTERVIEW Part 1 of 3. ACT TWO:  You have written an impressively detailed travel book, Luxury Globetrotting on a Staycation Budget:  An Insider’s Guide to the Home Exchange Experience, on international home exchange vacations.  What inspired you to write this wonderfully researched guide? I wrote the book because so many of my friends and acquaintances asked me endless questions about home exchanging.  Friends were envious of my lifestyle, and wondered how I could live in luxury for...

Baby Boomer Travel Trend: Agritourism

BABY BOOMER TRAVELERS Fact #1:  Baby Boomers love to dine out.  Fact #2:  Baby Boomers love to travel.  What happens if we put those two things together?  You have the perfect formula for a new adventure in the form of agritourism and vinotourism—not to mention molecular gastronomy. Vinotourism If you appreciate good wines, what could be better than spending your holiday in the vineyard where your favorites are produced?  Think Tuscany… Chile… South Africa… Spain… Portugal.  You get the idea.Vinotourism...

65 Things To Do When You Retire – TRAVEL!

BOOK REVIEW OF 65 Things to Do When You Retire 65 Intrepid Travel Writers and Experts Reveal Fun Places and New Horizons to Explore in Your Retirement by Mark Evan Chimsky, Sellers Publishing, Inc. The world abounds with how-to books that often become relegated to a box in storage, never to really be used, but Mark Evan Chimsky’s 65 Things to Do When You Retire might earn top shelf space in your house and spark a fire in you to...

My Faroe Islands Adventure

I DECIDED TO VISIT THE FAROE ISLANDS. My favorite vacation was a few years ago to Iceland where I motorcycled across an otherworldly landscape of boiling spring water and volcanic rock.  I blasted around on a glacier on a snowmobile and rode little Icelandic horses. But I hadn’t had a real adventure since then.  Arizona and Canada don’t count as real adventures, unless you get caught in an avalanche or slip into a crevasse and have to cut your...

Travel Europe… Again

LOOKING FOR NEW IN ALL THE OLD PLACES— At this stage in your life, perhaps you’ve been to Europe many times.  You’ve seen all the requisite sites and returned home with wonderful memories.  Yet Europe calls to you again, but with many other places on your list yet unseen, do you really want to return again?  Indulge that yearning by experiencing Europe in a new way that’s appropriate for your life today.  As Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451,...

The Landscapes of Britain

John Keats, the English Romantic poet once wrote: “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness…” When it comes to travel, the same can be said for the landscapes of Britain. You may find adventure around the globe, sure  the lush rainforest of Costa Rica to the stark beauty of Antarctica, the world holds endless surprises.  However, as the gateway to Europe with a cultural history that stretches back...

The Spirit and Soul of Sedona, Arizona

There are said to be spots on this earth where energy swirls in a magnetic field, creating a vortex of spirituality. There are four such vortices in and around Sedona, Arizona. The Hopi felt it, the early settlers honored it. Others simply yearn for it. On these rare and beautiful spots, we can stand where the Hopi and the Sinagua Indians stood, for hundreds of years, on hallowed ground. A popular family vacation spot now, Sedona had a first...

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