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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Women's Travel Fest 2016

    This coming weekend, March 4th and 5th, with a kick-off evening networking event on Friday, March 6th, New York City will be host to the 3rd Annual Women's Travel Fest (sponsored by Expedia). The “festival” is a consumer event that helps women to explore the world and discover deeper meaning in their travels. It is the brain child of entrepreneurial travel writer, Kelly Lewis, Founder of Go-Girl Guides, a guidebook series for women!  Although Kelly herself is a millennial, the conference is for women travelers of all ages. I personally attended both last year in San Francisco and the inaugural year in New York, and over 350 women of ALL ages attended, and some grandmothers came with their granddaughters!

  • Amtrak Expands Pet Travel Program

    Susie has some good news to share with pet owners who travel by rail on Amtrak. Previously a pilot program experimented with including cats and small dogs on select Amtrak routes in Illinois and on the east coast. During the trial last year 2700 pets traveled with their humans.

  • Tips for Grandparents on How to Navigate Theme Parks During Spring Break Vacation

    Spring break at Disney World and Orlando theme parks ranks as one of the busiest time of year behind Christmas and New Year’s. If you’re taking the grandkids to the Orlando parks this March, it pays to plan ahead. Fortunately, there’s lots you can do to avoid lines, monitor crowds and maximize your fun.

  • I Know A Secret! : Secret Harbour Beach Resort - St. Thomas, USVI

    Want to go to the Caribbean and not worry about having a passport? Well, this is the place for you – St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of you who have taken Caribbean cruises have most likely made a stop here, so you know the beaches are amazing, the shopping is fantastic and the temperature stays around 85 degrees year round. But you can’t just make a stop here, you need to spend a bit of time. Admittedly, it is not a bargain destination, so save your pennies and make the splurge.

  • Morro Bay Spring Break

    Party with Nature in Morro Bay this Spring Break, Rain or Shine, and Enjoy Special Family Savings with Lodging Packages, the New Morro Bay Adventure Pass Family Edition and The New Summit to Sea Adventure Passport

  • Time is a Traveller – Choices and Remembering with Kindness

    “We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder. We always have the choice.” Dalai Lama

  • Red Mountain Resort: St. George, Utah

    Located in the southwestern corner of Utah, St. George is convenient to other attractions such as the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.  It is just north of the Arizona border. The Red Mountain Resort is a premium property in the area and provides a number of rooms that are pet friendly.  There are 82 deluxe rooms and 24 villa suites.

  • Dive Right In: Cobalt Coast Resort & Suites - Grand Cayman Islands

    You can thank the wind and Christopher Columbus for discovering the Cayman Islands. His ship blew off course on his final voyage to the New World and he landed on two islands filled with turtles, which he named “Las Tortugas.” The Caymans are a British Overseas Territory located south of Cuba and Northwest of Jamaica. They are known for their diving, so I decided to fill you in on a Dive Resort that, for this area, is a value. The Islands are a financial center, so this is not a bargain destination, but the Cobalt Coast Resort and Suites won’t break the bank.

  • Multigenerational Ski Vacation

    Our family has been traveling together during the winter ski season for the past twenty-five years.  Yes, every year we look forward to leaving the snow and cold at home to vacation at 8,000 feet above sea level in the snow and cold of the Rocky Mountains.  Of course, now, we are three generations…from ages 4 to 66…who, for a week, live together under one roof and share some fun that is ripe with laughter, camaraderie, and bravado.  As you can imagine, the planning and preparations start several months before that first burst of chilly air comes.

  • Antarctica: A Great Place to go in Winter

    The last thing those in the throes of the winter deep freeze think about is going to a place with more snow and ice.  People north of the equator think of going south.  But what if you went WAY south to a land where the wind-chill factor was conceived and snow and ice are daily companions?  Sounds crazy, but I can assure you that you are in for a spectacular experience if you head to Antarctica.  Seasons are opposite south of the equator so the middle of winter in the northern hemisphere is the height of “summer” in our most remote continent. It almost gets up to freezing!  Let me share my experience in Antarctica as the medical officer on an icebreaker taking 100 high school students and 9 scientists to do experiments.

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