Sydney Knows How to Shine

the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera HouseThere are so many things to love about Sydney, Australia. It’s the type of place you can go back to again and again and find something new every time. But for the first-time visitor, there are some must-dos that stand out, get you out, and keep you moving.

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Senado Square, Macao

Wandering Can Be Magical in Macao

Senado Square, Macao

So many places to see, so little time. Vacation choices can be tough, especially when you’re planning a once in a lifetime trip to faraway destinations like Asia or Europe. But there is a way to have some of both in one trip. Just head to Macao.

Like Hong Kong – which is just 37 miles away – Macau, is a special administrative region of China. It essentially governs itself, but is still a part of China.

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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”

outdoor sculptures at Taliesin West

Spring Training 2018

Baseball fans are counting the days. 2018 spring training is about to get underway. For the Cactus League, 15 major league teams head to the Greater Phoenix area to practice cracking bats under sunny skies.

With so many teams and stadiums in close proximity to each other, catching numerous games in play is easy. Well, in theory at least. With so much to see in the desert that isn’t tied to a baseball field, fans may have some tough choices to make. Continue reading “Spring Training 2018”

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

Snorkeling the Galapagos Islands

Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos

Snorkeling provides one of the best opportunities to watch wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Granted, I’ll admit I have a thing for being in the water, every time you put on a mask and snorkel you are rewarded in the Galapagos. Unlike diving it doesn’t require any special training or certification, you just need to be comfortable in the water.. Continue reading “Snorkeling the Galapagos Islands”