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Pack Right and Travel Light: Tips for Packing Light

Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or planning an exotic vacation, you need to pack right and travel light.  These 10 tips will keep your life—and luggage—in good shape.   Start by making a list of the essentials you’ll need.  “Essentials” means those can’t-do-without items like reading glasses, cell phone charger, a versatile scarf or jacket.  Things like slippers, books, or fancy lotions are usually not in the essential category. Once you’ve listed your essentials, lay out all the...

Baby Boomer Infographic

More than 500 baby boomers (ages 49-67) were surveyed about their upcoming travel plans.  Would they bring a smartphone on vacation?  Digital camera?  Laptop?  Would they travel with family?  Friends?  Solo?  How much were they willing to pay for exceptional accomodations?  And what was their first concern when choosing a destination?  Lab42, a market research group, put together the answers in this infographic. Click below for full-size image. Infographic source:  www.lab42.com/infographics/the-travel-boom   ...

A Trip in Search of James Joyce’s Ireland

IN SEARCH OF IRELAND For four months in 2012, I was living in London with an old British friend, Matthew, whom I knew from a boarding school we had attended together in Taunton, England, in the late 1980s.  I was commuting up to Oxford twice a week to take a course in James Joyce, with the main desire to finally read the very complex Ulysses. It was a buzzing time from June to September with the Olympics set in...

Oceans of Fun: Cruising with the Grandkids

By Roberta Sandler— Of all the great trips I have taken with my grandchildren, a cruise made the biggest splash. For my three young grandsons, Hunter (age 3), Spencer (age 6) and Justin (age 8), it meant oceans of fun vacationing with their parents (Lori and Jason) and both sets of grandparents.  (Yes, my husband and I, aka Papa and Grandma, enjoy the company and friendship of my daughter’s in-laws, aka Pop-Pop and Nana.)  For me, as a grandmother,...

Beauty on Alcatraz

By Sherri Daley— Nature created the rocky island as barren, forbidding, colorless, windswept and cold. Think Alcatraz, and you think of the face of Burt Lancaster as Robert Stroud in “Birdman of Alcatraz,” his handsome jaw set in defiance.  The movie was filmed on Hollywood sets in black and white, everything grim and cruel; the actual island appears only a few times as a grey rock in the foggy distance. The interior of the notorious penitentiary can be seen...

Traveling to Chile and Patagonia – Scrapbooks of Memories

Are you an explorer-type traveler seeking an itinerary that will add a “wow” to your travel experiences? If so, now is the time to add a trip to Chile and Patagonia to your YOLO (you only live once) list. Chile is  one of the most unique destinations on the map, and the excitement of visiting this amazing country is difficult to describe. A land of deserts, forests, volcanoes, and lakes, Chile is a country of dynamic contrasts and unsurpassed...

Planning to Retire?

  LIVING THE RETIREMENT DREAM Florence Lince looks positively ebullient on Skype, talking from the (temporary) home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she and her husband Mike have (temporarily) retired.  “We’ve always been travelers, both of us,” says Florence, focusing her bright smile at the camera on her computer screen.   She’s irresistibly engaging.  “This isn’t a vacation; it’s a choice.” The choice she’s referring to is the decision that she and her husband Mike made upon Mike’s retirement in...

Travel in China

By Gayle Howard— “The reason we have tears in our eyes is that we hold such a deep love for the land under our feet” – A Popular Chinese Poem The vast country of China is home to many fascinating and interesting treasures for adventurous travelers. It is a country of a variety of customs, languages, smells, sights, dress and people. Most tourists visit the capital of Beijing (formerly known as Peking) to climb the Great Wall, wander around...

Beach Vacations Within Driving Range

by Meg Barone The sound of waves lapping the shore has served as a siren call since the dawn of time luring nature lovers, sporting enthusiasts, artists and tourists to the water’s edge and beyond for a host of recreational and leisure activities. While many people are attracted to the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the south Pacific, others know they don’t have to travel that far to find beautiful ocean views and activities. The...

Travel to Africa – An Amazing Journey

By Gayle Howard— “I believe there is no sickness of the heart too great that cannot be cured by a dose of Africa.  Families must go there to learn why they belong together on this earth; adolescents to discover humility; lovers to plumb old but untried wells of passion; honeymooners to seal marriages with a sense of bafflement; those shop-worn with life to find a tonic for futility; the aged to recognize a symmetry to twilight… ever I have seen magic, it...

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