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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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”
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”
From sea lions to swimming lizards, everything you’ve heard about the Galapagos Islands is true. It’s a once in a lifetime trip.
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Traveling during the holidays isn’t what many would consider a joyful experience. But if you’re headed to the right destination, it can also be magical.
Escaping the holiday hustle and bustle, get into the spirit, and get some shopping done at Germany’s Christmas Markets.
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When planning a winter vacation, Europe isn’t typically the first spot to jump to mind.
You’ll need to pack more layers, so your suitcase may be a little heavier. But in most cases, the crowds will lighter. So, travelling off-season is worth the trade-off. And the costs of plane tickets.. I bet you’ll like that too.
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After years of being off limits, Cuba is open to American travelers. But questions still remain about planning a trip.
The idea of traveling to Cuba can be overwhelming. It’s different than anywhere else in the Caribbean. It’s confusing, but it’s doable. There are just some things you need to know.
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Not being able to get a non-stop flight, has a knack for stopping vacation planning before it even has a chance to heat up. But thanks to some new flights taking off, exploring is easier than ever from the San Francisco Bay Area.
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I’ve lost track of how many years I’ve called the San Francisco Bay Area home, but I always get excited about planning a trip to Los Angeles. Southern California and Northern California may call the same state home, but it’s safe to say a bit of a rivalry exists. LA was where I spent my college days, and fell in love with summer-like weather that’s typical all year long.
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When you go on vacation, working is typically the last thing you want to think about, but that may be a changing trend.
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