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  1. Travel Trends Study for 2016

    Travel Trends Study for 2016

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    In 40 years, we’ve swapped Florida Keys for Cancun, but where’s next?

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  2. 9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

    9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

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    With the Baby Boomers increasingly choosing to vacation with their children and grandchildren, the odds are good that a multigenerational vacation is in your future  Although these shared experiences provide opportunities to connect with family members, traveling with both your kids and your aging parents at the same time poses unique challenges. Here are nine tips to help you take a multigenerational vacation that you can all enjoy together.

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  3. Hawaiian Adventure

    Hawaiian Adventure

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    Experience the perfect blend of relaxation and excitement on the 10-day Hawaiian Adventure tour with Collette. 

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  4. Britannia dining room

    The Queen Mary 2 Journey - Luxury Personified: Part One

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    REMEMBER WHEN?   LUXURY WAS A GIVEN, AND THE CUNARD SLOGAN WAS “GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN”? That was in the Golden Age of transatlantic crossings. When people really going to or from someplace had to resort to sea travel to go long distances.  With the advent of jet planes, carrying more passengers at greater speeds, ocean travel has become almost extinct. But, the QUEEN MARY 2 keeps it alive in all its luxury and splendor on its run from New York (“Brooklyn!”) to Southampton (and some other European destinations).  And I’m telling you, if you have the time, and the money, then treat yourselves to 7 days of luxury, elegance, grand living, and of being suspended in time and place. Getting there really was more than half the fun!!!

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  5. Flamenco Dance

    Madrid, Spain: A Step Back in Time

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    As a young teen, I spent my first three high school years in Madrid, Spain. My father was a career USAF officer and we were stationed in Madrid.  I always dreamed as a young woman of returning, not realizing that once my sons flew away to college, I would fly away as a flight attendant for a major airline.  My first assignment as a new graduate was to Madrid! I was thrilled, not only to visit Madrid but also to Barcelona, Seville and many other Spanish cities.

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  6. Grand Canyon

    Canyon Country

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    Journey through the colorful world of stunning southwestern vistas and unique topography on Collette’s Canyon Country tour. Visit the three renowned national parks of Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon as you make your way through Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. 

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  7. Chokoloskee Island (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Chokoloskee Island, Florida

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    A few miles south on US29 from our home base in Everglades City, we discovered Chokoloskee Island. It is a wonderful Off the Beaten Path spot with great food, photography, fishing and the historical and mysterious Smallwood Store. 

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  8. San Juan

    A Spicy Side of the Caribbean

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    San Juan Puerto Rico is a wonderful destination for a Caribbean style vacation, with some of the creature comforts many of us enjoy.  San Juan is the Capital of Puerto Rico, which is officially a territory of the United States.  This is great news, as it means that US citizens do not need to have passports to travel, and US dollar bills are the current currency.  Add this to the fact that San Juan is a 2 hour nonstop flight from many east coast cities, and that English is spoken, and you have a terrific location for a vacation.

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  9. Grand Del Mar

    The Grand Del Mar: San Diego, California

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    Heading to the west coast and looking for a touch of Mediterranean luxury – the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego is the place to go if you have a decent budget for your stay. Rooms start at $495 per night and in addition Villa style suites are available.

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  10. Switzerland

    Switzerland – Land of Mountains and Lakes

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    What you will remember most about Switzerland is how refreshingly clean and clear it is.  It sparkles, even on dull, grey, rainy days; it has a clarity of its own.

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  11. Grand Union Hotel

    A Trip Back In Time - Grand Union Hotel: Fort Benton, Montana

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    If your travels take you near Great Falls, Montana, then please add a couple nights and visit the Grand Union Hotel in Fort Benton. Located 36 miles north of Great Falls, this is Montana’s oldest operating hotel. Built in 1882, 7 years before Montana became a state and at the height of the Steamboat era, this property cost $50,000 to construct and $150,000 to furnish. It ran on hard times in the 1980’s and had to close, but thanks to Jim and Cheryl Gagnon, Montana natives, the hotel was purchased by them in 1997, restored and then reopened in 1999. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  12. Palermo

    Splendid Sicilia

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    “Splendid Sicilia” will allow you to discover the wonderful blend of cultures that converge on this beautiful Mediterranean island! On this grand tour, you’ll see the influences left by ancient Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans. 

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  13. Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

    Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

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    Hilton has a new digital app to assist in travel bookings that is easy to use whether you are a Millennial or a Boomer. Boomers are using more digital tools to assist in all aspects of travel. The Boomer Travel Patrol will be periodically reviewing what is available to let our readers know what they can download to their smart phones or tablets. 

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  14. Cruising with Parkinson’s

    Cruising with Parkinson’s

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    My mom had Parkinson ’s disease for 30 years.  She did not want “Parky” to stop her from enjoying her grandchildren, traveling, or being part of important family events.  Mom had just found independence as she had successfully launched all 4 of her kids, so she was ready to travel and see the world.  My family was ready to explore the world a little more as well.  My girls, aged 12 and 6 invited mom to join us on a Royal Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas on the Freedom Of The Seas.  After getting approval from her Dr.’s and doing some medication adjustments, she was ready to go.

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  15. The New Cuba: Casa Particular and Paladar

    The New Cuba: Casa Particular and Paladar

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    After the change in policy towards Cuba started on December 19, 2014, the number of American visitors to Cuba has increased in more than 50 percent. There are two names, specific to things in Cuba, that every visitor is most certainly going to hear and probably try to pronounce. These two names are symbol of the changes in Cuba towards some form of free enterprise: “Casa Particular”, and “Paladar”.

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  16. Puerto Banus

    Marbella, Spain: Romantic Get-a-way for your Valentine

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    The holidays are over and with it we have packed up the decorations as well as completed those gift exchanges!  One word that keeps penetrating our thoughts as we try unsuccessfully to ignore … escape!  

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  17. Exterior

    Going To Kansas City - 816 Hotel

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    If I say Barbecue, Baseball and Hallmark – what comes to your mind? How about fountains, over 200 of them, only second to Rome? Still don’t know, well welcome to Kansas City, Missouri! I just love sharing great places with you and we have the entire world to cover.

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  18. Come To Kauai - Sheraton Kauai

    Come To Kauai - Sheraton Kauai

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    It’s always a good time to think about visiting Hawaii, but what’s the first island that comes to mind? Oahu, Maui, the Big Island? What about the Garden Isle, Kauai? It seems that this is one of the overlooked gems, so we are going to explore it!

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  19. Ice Chips Candy: A Review

    Ice Chips Candy: A Review

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    I’m always on the lookout for things to take with me when I travel. There seems to be some sort of delay or unexpected incident that I’m not always prepared for like making my mouth fresher and cleaner after I eat something on the plane – usually something that I bring aboard since meal service has taken a nose dive on most flights. But I digress.

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  20. Temple of Poseidon

    Temple of Poseidon – Sounio: “Sacred Sanctuary”

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    “We know what we are, but know not what we may be..”

                                                                                            William Shakespeare

     

     

    As baby boomers at this stage in our lives we feel truly blessed to be able to venture out into the world, as we rekindle the joy of discovery and adventure!  Much like a child I find myself giggling as I pack my bag the night before I embark on my next adventure!

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  21. Generations Riviera Maya Mexico

    Generations Riviera Maya Mexico

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    Hola! It’s time to think about a beach getaway with the family and by family, I mean multigenerational. It’s about time the travel industry has begun to acknowledge that Baby Boomers like to travel with their kids and grandkids. For the longest time, that meant going to Disneyland and Disney World, which are still great options. However, there are now more choices for this type of family vacation.

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  22. Grand Central Station

    Grand Central Station in New York City

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    On a recent trip to the New York City area I had the pleasure of catching a train at Grand Central Station.  This is a historic building that continues to be used by many commuters, and visited by plenty of tourists.  The building has lots of ramps and elevators, making all trains and platforms accessible for the wheel chair bound individuals.  The trains are also very accessible, and provide much more room than the buses or subways.  

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  23. How to Avoid Long Lines

    How to Avoid Long Lines

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    You've spent weeks planning your itinerary and trip to Europe – only to be greeted by long waiting lines at your first destination!  Waiting in line to enter the Louvre in Paris oftentimes may take up to three hours!  Who wants to spend half a day just waiting in line?  I shall share with you some insights and tips to help you get around these lines!

    It will be worth the wait!

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  24. The Water Lily Pond

    The Gardens at Giverny

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    Do you remember the first time you fell in love?  You fell in love with a person, a place, a thing, a piece of music, a book, a play, a piece of art, an artist?

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  25. California Highway 1 Discovery Route And Morro Bay - Part Three

    California Highway 1 Discovery Route And Morro Bay - Part Three

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    Well, guess what – it was time to eat again! All that fresh sea air makes one hungry! So I walked over to the Blue Skye Café where I was able to sit outside and my server Jesse took great care of me. The breakfast was delicious (pictured above) and an added bonus was running into Pat and Don, two locals who come here every morning to enjoy the view, friends and great food. I was lucky enough to sit with them the 2 days I was there and they just proved once again what a delightful and friendly city this truly is. AJ is the manager so be sure to say hello to him as well – he moved here from LA and just loves it.

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