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Cruise Passengers Bill of Rights Finally Adopted By Cruise Lines

Cruise Passengers Bill of Rights Finally Adopted By Cruise Lines

Do you love to cruise? Well you’ll be happy to learn that there is FINALLY a cruise passengers bill of rights establishing how cruise lines are expected to conduct themselves during unexpected events and emergencies.

For much of the past year news headlines about cruising have been about equipment breakdowns, norovirus outbreaks and disasters, instead of the pleasures of cruising. As aging fleets are renovated, and cruise lines roll out mega-ships the size of floating cities, the chance of unpleasant incidents aboard ships has increased.

May 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
How To Keep Lilacs From Wilting

How To Keep Lilacs From Wilting

It seems I wait all year long for the precious few weeks of lilac season in New England.  One of the very first purchases we made after buying our first home was to add a purple lilac bush.  And like you, I have always found it frustrating to find them wilting after just a few […]

May 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free!  You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]

May 6, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Easy Recipe for Luscious Low Country Shrimp & Grits!

Easy Recipe for Luscious Low Country Shrimp & Grits!

Okay all you afraidie-cats (a.k.a Northerners) it’s time to break out of your mashed potato doldrums and add some smooth, decadent, Low Country Shrimp and Grits to the menu.  Break away from the stodgy mashed potato routine, move past polenta and learn to savor the creamy goodness of southern grits.  I promise you, you’ll be […]

May 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Is It Crazy To Love An Island?  Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

Is It Crazy To Love An Island? Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

  I’ve fallen in love with an island destination, and it might surprise you to know that it’s not in the Caribbean.  In fact, you can drive there!  But be forewarned, after visiting you may want to sell everything and move to St. Simons Island, Georgia! St. Simons Island lies 12 miles off the coast […]

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Can You Guess The Top USA Destinations in 2013?

Can You Guess The Top USA Destinations in 2013?

Can you guess the top destinations for travelers in the USA for the first quarter of 2013?  Sojern, the world’s leading data-driven traveler engagement platform, recently analyzed data from more than 400 million travelers, and the results are totally of fascinating.  Here’s a wonderful infographic that shows just where travelers are heading this year, the […]

April 18, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Go Caddy – Product Review – A Great New Travel Tote

The Go Caddy – Product Review – A Great New Travel Tote

Have Water… Will Travel… Go Caddy to the rescue! Earlier this month Linda and I were off to a conference in Miami where we needed to conveniently carry a bottle of water, business cards, a notebook, cell phone, and still have room left over to stash some primo swag items.  The Go Caddy came to […]

March 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
How To Save Your Camera From Common Travel Disasters

How To Save Your Camera From Common Travel Disasters

Oh NO! “What can I do when my camera gets wet?” is one of the most asked questions by travelers.  Here’s an absolutely essential video to watch  from our good friend, world traveler and videographer, Mike Corey, of KickTheGrind.tv. Mike’s very entertaining video walks  you through everything you need to know to save your camera […]

March 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Top Things To Do When Your Cruise Ship Stops In Mykonos

Top Things To Do When Your Cruise Ship Stops In Mykonos

Mykonos stands out as one of the most desired stops on a cruise among the islands of Greece.  With so much to choose from, here are top things to do while your on the island of Mykonos.  Windswept, remote and simply beautiful, the Greek island of Mykonos is a little over 40 square miles of […]

March 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience!  For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed […]

March 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Getting Married Abroad – Tips for Planning an Overseas Wedding

Getting Married Abroad – Tips for Planning an Overseas Wedding

Getting married abroad often offers couples a cheaper alternative to many wedding spots at home, as well as beautiful surroundings, unique venues and often guaranteed sunshine. But there are many additional aspects of the planning of your big day that you will need to take into consideration when the venue is miles away from where […]

March 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
Costa Rica: The Complete Guide by James Kaiser is a Must For Anyone Seeking Pura Vida

Costa Rica: The Complete Guide by James Kaiser is a Must For Anyone Seeking Pura Vida

Costa Rica: The Complete Guide – Book Review Whether you are currently planning a trip to Costa Rica or it’s on your someday list, you will love reading the latest travel guide written by James Kaiser.  James is a writer and photographer of exceptional talent and his new guide book brings Pura Vida (the pure […]

March 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
Most Popular US Cities For St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Most Popular US Cities For St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Can you guess the most popular cities in the United States for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Well without question, nowhere on earth could possibly compare with Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day for authenticity.  This year will be particularly vibrant with “The Gathering”, Ireland’s year-long heritage celebration that will stage events and festivities throughout the  2013.  […]

February 28, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Travel Book Review – Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys is a Winner!

Travel Book Review – Lonely Planet’s Cooks, Clowns, and Cowboys is a Winner!

Today it is my great pleasure to write a travel book review for Lonely Planet’s newly published, Cooks, Clowns and Cowboys – 101 Skills and Experiences to Discover on Your Travels. A travel book review can sometimes be a chore trying to put a new spin on a typical compilation of ‘must-see’ sites and reviews […]

February 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Visitor’s Guide to the Striking Art of Kuala Lumpur

A Visitor’s Guide to the Striking Art of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, part Chinatown and part Bollywood, is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in Malaysia and a popular hub for culture and art. When you visit this federal capital, you will want to have a little background in Malaysian art to see why Kuala Lumpur could be a great choice for your next trip […]

February 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Wildwoods Lodge of Maine – Snowmobile and ATV Nirvana

Wildwoods Lodge of Maine – Snowmobile and ATV Nirvana

Now that winter has arrived in earnest and snow blankets the hills and valleys of New England, it’s time to don your winter woolies and venture out to make long lasting family memories in the snow. Last fall we visited an amazing outdoor sports wonderland tucked in the woods of Brownville Maine – close to […]

February 14, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cuddle and Bubble on a Romantic B&B Getaway

Cuddle and Bubble on a Romantic B&B Getaway

Love is in the air. But, do work schedules, kids’ appointments or the never-ending alerts sounding off from your smartphone have you and your loved one running circles around each another? Maybe it’s time to stop, take a deep breath and get back to basics this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not sure how, let Cupid […]

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Can I Bring Alcohol On A Cruise? – 13 Cruise Lines That Say YES!

Can I Bring Alcohol On A Cruise? – 13 Cruise Lines That Say YES!

While excitedly packing up for a cruise vacation, most of us have asked ourselves, “Can I take wine or alcohol on a cruise?”  For years the answer has been no, but increasingly that is changing.  We’ve found 13 major cruise lines that now say, yes you can. Half the charm of booking a balcony cabin […]

February 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Dozen Fun and Imaginative Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day

A Dozen Fun and Imaginative Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day

We’ll make sure you look for love in all the right places with – A Dozen Red-Hot Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Has Valentine’s Day been reduced to grabbing a box of chocolates off the store shelf and picking up a cello-wrapped bouquet of flowers at the grocery checkout line?  Confess, romance has taken second […]

January 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Merry MunchThrough Beautiful Strasbourg – An Alsace Trip Report

A Merry MunchThrough Beautiful Strasbourg – An Alsace Trip Report

I am so happy to be back in Alsace, especially here in Strasbourg. I have not been here since the 90’s when while teaching at Boston Latin Academy, I was part of a French teacher exchange hosted by the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Strasbourg Sister City Association of which I am a trustee. This […]

January 10, 2013 | By | Reply More