tree swing on beach along Queen Charlotte Drive, New Zealand

Cruising New Zealand

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

From steep cliffs and stunning coastline, to famous wine regions, New Zealand offers a colorful variety of surprises.

New Zealand doesn’t get the credit it deserves. As a vacation destination, most folks don’t have pre-conceived notions about any big ticket items, or automatic must-dos while there. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It just means that New Zealand good at keeping secrets.

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McWay Falls, Big Sur, Highway 1

California Dreaming, Big Sur Road Trip

Limekiln State Park Beach, Big SurFolks come from all around the world to see Big Sur. Now that the Highway 1 detour is gone, it’s a good inspiration to revisit this great stretch of Northern California’s backyard.

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camels in Cabo

Escape to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas at sunrise

If you want quick and easy, with plenty of sunshine, it’s tough to go wrong with a trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Flights are plentiful. Cruise ships love Cabo San Lucas. My cruise out of Long Beach, California (near Los Angeles) with Carnival Cruise Line came with two days in port in Cabo. That left plenty of time for the beach or one of the many of tours and activities. For obvious reasons, many are tied to the water and the coast. Continue reading “Escape to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico”

Windmills of Kinderdijk

Escapes Worthy of Leaving Amsterdam

 

Big cities have big name recognition with travelers, especially when planning a once-in-a-lifetime type trip to a destination like Europe. But getting out of town, and leaving those well-known cities behind, can come with big benefits.

Paris, London, Rome and Amsterdam. They’re all big cities, and even if you’ve never been, you tend to know a decent amount about them. Leave city limits – and all bets are off. But in Amsterdam, that’s a good thing.

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