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Backpacker’s Thailand Trip Report – Two Weeks Is Just Not Enough!

Backpacker’s Thailand Trip Report – Two Weeks Is Just Not Enough!

To give you some context, Thailand featured in my RTW trip as a final stop off to break up the flight home from Australia. I knew it as a country that featured as one of the original must travel locations and being a hub for the whole South East Asia region. However I did regard this as a generic itinerary and therefore I had tailored a different trip, one that was a little bit unique and not a carbon copy of ones my friends had been on.

January 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
Quebec Winter Carnival – Fun Worth Shivering For

Quebec Winter Carnival – Fun Worth Shivering For

What makes the Winter Carnivale so special is, firstly, most Americans don’t know about it. Second, there is fun for literally everyone. If you have kids, head for the snow slide, face painting and parades, if you are a couple looking for romance, the skating, and steamy spas are for you. If you are a party animal, you can “laissez les bon temps rouler” all around the city, for all 17 nights of the festival. Whether young or old, no visitor can resist the majesty of the Ice Palace, the awe-inspiring snow sculptures and overall magical ambiance of the city.

January 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Exuma Trifecta – Swimming With Stingrays, Sharks & Pigs!

Exuma Trifecta – Swimming With Stingrays, Sharks & Pigs!

The ever changing shades of aquamarine are stunning as we skip over the waves. Before long Captain Pat swings us around as he spots huge sting rays sweeping across the flats. Next stop – an amazing coral grotto big enough for us to enter boat and all. Our morning is spent zipping between one beautiful island to another, ogling at movie star’s private cays and trying to out-race the occasional squall.

November 16, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Sublime Delights of the Exuma Islands –  Deep Fried Lobster Tails & Swimming Pigs!

Sublime Delights of the Exuma Islands – Deep Fried Lobster Tails & Swimming Pigs!

Exuma in the Bahamas is filled with so many sublime delights, it’s a challenge to name just a few.  But without a doubt, the fried lobster tails and swimming pigs where mind blowing. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision that I would have the chance (or desire) to swim with pigs, but that’s […]

November 15, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands – Make One Fabulous Vacation

Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands – Make One Fabulous Vacation

Two Adventure Vacations in One – Trip Report of a Fabulous Family Vacation to South America and the Galapagos. Many times, when you travel a long distance, you want to grab every adventure you can while you are that far away. That’s what happened when we planned our family vacation this summer.

October 18, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Recipe For A Perfect Summer Weekend – The Newport Wine and Food Festival

Recipe For A Perfect Summer Weekend – The Newport Wine and Food Festival

Sip, nibble and be entertained in grand style at Newport’s annual Winefest in August.  Here’s my trip report of this sparkling event. The day was beautiful, the setting magnificent and before us stretched all the beer, wine and spirits you can consume in a day. We attended the 2nd annual Newport, RI Winefest, held August 19-21st, and […]

September 8, 2011 | By | Reply More
We Have Secrets To Share – A Trip Report

We Have Secrets To Share – A Trip Report

Jamaica has a new all-inclusive luxury resort that’s just opened in Montego Bay promising “Unlimited-Luxury” for their guests.  Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James sit side by side on a lovely stretch of beach just a short journey from the airport.   It’s time to let the Secrets out – these are beautiful properties! […]

August 9, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More
Discover a Love For The Sea on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

Discover a Love For The Sea on a Maine Windjammer Cruise

When did the urge to go to sail on a Tall Ship first tickle your imagination? Was it while watching Errol Flynn swashbuckle his way through tropical ports, reading Jim Hawkins’ adventures on Treasure Island, humming Crosby, Still & Nash’s Wooden Ships, or perhaps watching Captain Jack Sparrow command the Black Pearl? For old and young, the romance of a wooden schooner setting a course for adventure is compelling and should not be put off a moment longer.

July 26, 2011 | By | Reply More
Visit San Antonio for Smooth Jazz, Great Food & Rich History

Visit San Antonio for Smooth Jazz, Great Food & Rich History

San Antonio is a magical place where the famed River Walk ambles along the San Antonio River delivering fun, creative food venues, great shops and adventure. With the recent expansion, the River Walk has expanded to 5 miles of attractions with new walking and biking trails, and the city of San Antonio has exploded with energy.

July 10, 2011 | By | Reply More
What To Do In Lisbon – Travelers’ Recommendations

What To Do In Lisbon – Travelers’ Recommendations

Lisbon is a great city for walking although there are some steep hills. We took a half day private guided walking tour around the central city, Baixa, and the old Moorish district, Alfama, with www.LisbonExplorer.com . Our guide was excellent, speaking perfect English and giving us a good orientation to the neighborhoods around our hotel along with a lot of insights not found in guidebooks.

July 1, 2011 | By | Reply More
Niagara On The Lake – A Romantic Wine Country Getaway Closer Than You Imagined

Niagara On The Lake – A Romantic Wine Country Getaway Closer Than You Imagined

Picture a location with miles of handsomely tended vineyards, fabulous artisan farm to table restaurants, a beautiful waterfront setting, charming historic village, delightful luxury inns, grand estate wineries, active arts community and world renown theater performances. You might be imagining that I flew off to Napa or Sonoma, Bordeaux, or perhaps Argentina, but my fabulous getaway was a very short flight away…. to Ontario Canada…. just a bit west of Toronto on the north side of Niagara Falls, and a short drive from Buffalo New York. Who knew that Ontario boasts one of the finest wine growing regions in the world?!!

June 13, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
Amelia Island – An Enchanting Getaway Destination That’s Easy To Reach and Full of Fun

Amelia Island – An Enchanting Getaway Destination That’s Easy To Reach and Full of Fun

Beautiful Beaches, Intriguing History, Gorgeous Inns,  Divine Food, Good Shopping – Wow What A Great Vacation Spot! I’ve just spent a completely magical long weekend on Amelia Island in Florida.  If you’ve never visited this beautiful and fascinating island just off the coast of Jacksonville Florida, you’re missing a lot. When I think of what […]

April 6, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Old Bahama Bay Resort Review – Discover A Tropical Treasure

Old Bahama Bay Resort Review – Discover A Tropical Treasure

Not far off the coast of Florida where pirates once roamed, there lies a secluded tropical resort that you will definitely consider a treasure!  Yachtsmen who sail from the southeast coast of Florida have obviously been keeping this pristine location a secret from the rest of us! Clint and I have just spent a fabulous […]

March 29, 2011 | By | Reply More
Affordable Turks and Caicos – We've Found A Hidden Gem

Affordable Turks and Caicos – We've Found A Hidden Gem

As Turks and Caicos continues to welcome an amazing array of new upscale hotels and restaurants that attract a loyal following of celebrities and a-list vacationers, it has also become a financially challenging destination for many. It seems like yesterday when mentioning Turks and Caicos would draw quizzical looks from vacationers – where???  But word […]

March 22, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Nisbet Plantation, Nevis – One of the Friendliest Places on Earth

Nisbet Plantation, Nevis – One of the Friendliest Places on Earth

The island of Nevis is  perched off St. Kitts’ southern shore like an emerald punctuation point.  And although this region of the Caribbean is always referred to as St. Kitts and Nevis (with Nevis taking second billing), for me Nevis is the star.  While St. Kitts has embraced cruise ships, large resorts and casinos, Nevis […]

March 14, 2011 | By | Reply More
St. Kitts A Good Time Island – Trip Report

St. Kitts A Good Time Island – Trip Report

America Airlines flew us to the intriguing island of St. Kitts from Miami on a 3 hour fully booked flight – lots of vacationers had chosen the sleepy islands of St. Kitts and Nevis for their prized winter vacation.  Grabbing a cab, we followed a serpentine route down to the sea from the hilltop airport; […]

March 7, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
6 Weeks In The Dominican Republic – A Trip Report

6 Weeks In The Dominican Republic – A Trip Report

We’ve just left the Dominican Republic after renting a condo in Punta Cana for 6 weeks to escape the miserable New England winter weather, and we’re happy to report is was a great success.  Here’s what you need to know about vacationing in the DR. Overall Impressions of the DR: As I walked along a […]

February 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Death Valley Is A Suprisingly Great Sightseeing Tour from Las Vegas

Death Valley Is A Suprisingly Great Sightseeing Tour from Las Vegas

I’m just back from Las Vegas where Clint and I took a one day excursion into Death Valley with Pink Jeep Tours.  We really had a great time and Death Valley turned out to be way more interesting than I had imagined. Here’s a link to my trip report just published on the Huffington Post: […]

December 23, 2010 | By | Reply More
Wentworth By The Sea – A Stunning Historic Hotel, One Hour North Of Boston

Wentworth By The Sea – A Stunning Historic Hotel, One Hour North Of Boston

A bodacious seaside escape awaits you just a short drive north of Boston at the stunning Wentworth By The Sea Resort, one of America’s most inviting historic grand hotels. For 20 years or more the imposing Wentworth Hotel lay shuttered and crumbling on it’s rocky outcrop just over the New Hampshire boarder in New Castle, […]

May 3, 2010 | By | Reply More
Tradition and 'The Good Life' Is Alive and Well at The Balsams in Dixville Notch New Hampshire

Tradition and 'The Good Life' Is Alive and Well at The Balsams in Dixville Notch New Hampshire

I’ve just returned from three wonderful ‘north woods’ days spent at The Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch New Hampshire.  You’re probably familiar with DIxville Notch from news broadcasts of  Presidential election campaigns, and the ‘first in the nation’ voting that takes place at the notch on the eve of every Presidential election.  As historic […]

September 7, 2009 | By | Reply More