My husband and I recently visited Costa Rica for our 20th wedding anniversary in January 2019, and it was spectacular! Simply hearing about how wonderful this small, enchanted country is wasn’t enough—we had to experience it for ourselves. We were not disappointed!
Shimane Prefecture is home to Shintoism’s oldest shrine as well as what is possibly the world’s most visually stunning Japanese garden.
Last weekend I got my first Sunday off this year. Rather than stay home and rest, we hit the road for some fun. Travel along with us and see what we saw!
Despite much effort to see the beauty in this bustling metropolis, I have come to accept that I truly hate Hanoi. Here's why.
Nestled high in the Arkansas Ozarks near the Missouri border is a small crystal cathedral. Despite its diminutive size, the chapel is world-famous, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. You are cordially invited to visit my state and drink in its beauty.
During a vacation to the Bahamas, my husband and I took a day trip to the Exuma Islands with Island World Adventures. It was a day in paradise I will never forget.
Here's a journal of my summer trip from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry, including resources and information to help you plan your own expedition across the Baltic sea.
Arizona is known for its iconic landscapes, but certain man-made attractions are just as breathtaking. One such place is the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. In 2014, my friends and I spent a delightful day at the garden's exhibit of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures.
Who hasn't heard of Aokigahara, the notorious Japanese forest at the base of Mt. Fuji? People seem to be universally fascinated by it. Having visited it in July 2017, by pure coincidence, I wanted to share my experience with you.
My first time in China provided some unique challenges and great opportunities to reevaluate my preconceived notions about the country. Hold onto your chopsticks, and come along for the ride.
Not only is Snoqualmie Falls a gorgeous site, but it also provides hydroelectric power to Washington State, and the Salish Lodge has a bird's eye view of it all!
In June 2018, my Thai family and I had an enjoyable outing at a mountain reservoir lake in the Loei area of Thailand. For two or three fun-packed hours, we rented a bamboo raft that was towed to the middle of the lake. Then the real enjoyment began.
Anyone wishing to see authentic gold mining towns should visit Cripple Creek. Casinos and tourism helped to keep it from becoming a ghost town. Please enjoy the pictures and videos below.
I only had a long weekend in Philly, and I wanted to see as much of it as possible, from the Liberty Bell to bar hopping down South Street.
Join me on our trip around New Brunswick, Canada. There's beautiful scenery, great food, and a fascinating multi-cultural history.
Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and the former capital of the country. It is renowned for its colonial architecture, art, food and cultural festivities. My four-day visit to the city only left me wanting more!
This article describes my family's visit to the town of Madrid, NM. It's a charming little artist community just outside of Albuquerque.
Port Vila, Vanuatu, South Pacific. These romantic words conjure images of mysterious islands and an idyllic paradise bathed by the sun and lost in an emerald sea—an image not too far from the truth.
Gold prospecting is like fox hunting—the chase is more exciting than the capture. The fresh air and beautiful scenery make it worthwhile, though, and a little gold in the pan spices things up.
Back in the "strike-it-rich" days of the 1800s, prospectors put the scenic setting of Georgetown, Colorado on the map. Today, visitors are still lured there for its beauty as well as the casinos hoping to take home their own load of silver! Read on for a brief history and photo tour of Georgetown.
Discovering unique and picturesque aspects of Maine left me wanting to learn more about their history.
There is such awesome scenery in this part of the world! Lush valleys and snowy mountains made for spectacular views from the Glacier Express Train. Photos and videos are included.
As we sat on the patio, the sound of a drum echoed across the river from some hidden Tarahumara village. I felt a thrill run through me. This is what we had come for.
While the sun is still high in the sky and the smell of wet soil and evergreen plants and fruit trees spreads like a veil of the finest perfume after the night's heavy rainfall, we decide to explore Ítrabo, a small village on the other side of the mountains.
My husband and I recently visited Costa Rica for our 20th wedding anniversary in January 2019, and it was spectacular! Simply hearing about how wonderful this small enchanted country is wasn’t enough—we had to experience it for ourselves. We were not disappointed!
Few things in life have left an impression on me that could compete with my first visit to Asia. I'm happy to reminisce and tell you about it.
Travelling down memory lane can be disappointing if you hold on to the past, but if you're open to new discoveries, you'll be rewarded with new memories.
An American couple tours their favorite literary haunts in the United Kingdom, including the homes of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, and more.
Nepal is a landlocked country located in the Himalayas. It has a diverse population and culture and is a hotspot for budget travelers and adventurers. Let me share my experience with you.
Here are two must-see places just north of Sedona and one bonus site on the way back to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix.
My recommendations for what to see, eat, and do in the lovely province of Nova Scotia, Canada. For armchair travelers or anyone planning a trip to the Maritimes.
A few hours by train from Florence, this 'City of Artists' is a Tuscan gem seemingly known to only a few tourists. Although Tuscany boasts many famous places, it also abounds with villages and towns worth a detour to discover, especially in the heat of summer when the rest of Italy is over-crowded.
This is a story I wrote about my six-day backpacking trip in Wyoming's Wind River Range with five friends from Pennsylvania.
We were lucky enough to be in Minorca for the flower festivals in 2017 and 2018, but it wasn't until our second visit that we learned what the festival was really all about!
You may recognize this site from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." It was the Temple of the Holy Grail. But there's more to Petra than Al-Khazneh. Read on to hear about my two perfect days in Petra.
Cambodia has a very tragic recent history. Some of the worst things man is capable of happened in the killing fields, which is one of the most tragic remains of that period. They are a must-see for visitors to Cambodia, though their contents are difficult to bear.
I spent a few days exploring the Central Lakes district of Tasmania, home of its hydro-electric scheme, a breathtaking sculpture and plenty of cold weather.
Despite the tragic history of Cambodia, its people are welcoming, warm and extremely friendly. If you have a chance to visit this beautiful country, traveling to Siem Reap to experience one of the most impressive religious sites in the world is an absolute must.
Touring Copenhagen by bicycle, I thought we were on our way to see Denmark's crown jewels. Instead, we found an unexpected treasure when we turned onto Pusher Street.
My family and I took the train to Washington D.C. to spend the day there. There's so much to see, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Museum.
A favorite vacation spot in autumn just happens to be the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about this + Gatlinburg in photos & videos.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, bills itself as “The Sweetest Place on Earth.” This article is based on my personal experiences, including missteps, during visits to the Hershey area. The visits span from 2002 to 2014.
A visit to Nablus, the second-largest city in the West Bank, famed for its soap and syrupy cheese dessert, Kanafeh (which is strangely addictive). We climbed up Mount Gerzerin and visited the beautiful Roman ruins of Sebastia.
There are many great places to visit in New Mexico, from the white, sparkling dunes of White Sands National Monument and the subterranean chambers of Carlsbad Caverns National Park to the forested mountains of Ruidoso and the desert waters of Bottomless Lakes State Park, there is so much to see.
I went to Bosnia with quite a lot of stereotypes and false notions of the country, showing the dangerous nature of half-formed opinions.
My husband and I visited Geneva two years ago when the Kiwanis International Convention was held there. I fell in love with the history, architecture, and beauty of the city.
In Montana, Glacier National Park is the place where the land strives to touch the sky. This is one of the last places in the United States where the mountains are still topped by glaciers. Sadly, it is said that in 30 years time, given current weather trends, these glaciers will be gone!
Though we were only in the area for a short time, the Riviera Maya stole our hearts and has us aching for another visit!
On our summer vacation, my husband decided he would like to try out Woodford Reserve. He put the idea out there and my two sons and I thought it would be fun to do. So we made it happen. Here I share my thoughts on our special time at these two locations.
My trip to Eritrea was unforgettable. From the history of the places I visited to the forced digital detox that is the norm for locals, it was an eye-opening experience.
In October of 2018, my family and I stopped through Roswell, NM. What we found was a town full of friendliness and charm and, of course, aliens. This article describes all the fun we found in Roswell.
Here are 18 photos and videos showcasing the history and charm of this quaint, scenic village set amidst mountains in Washington State. It's a unique place to see architecture like that found in Germany and Switzerland!
Bhubaneswar is an ancient city in India’s eastern state of Odisha. It is a centre of economic, educational and cultural importance of in East India.
Hoi An remains one of my favourite places in Vietnam. There is always something new to find in this UNESCO-listed town and the surrounding countryside. It is the perfect place to sip a coffee (Vietnamese-style, of course) and watch the world pass by.
In February 2018, I traveled from Udon Thani City to the peak of Phu Bo Bit Mountain in Loei Province. Relive the experience of a senior citizen scaling a mountain peak 647 meters above sea level.
Japan's aging population is driving its rural life into extinction, but one village bucks the trend.
Should you ring in the New Year at Times Square? This article gives the inside scoop, shares tips to make the time pass quicker, and provides all the info you need in order to decide if you want to experience this live or just stay home and watch it on TV.
Although I've lived in New Orleans for 40 years and have no desire to leave, I left a small part of my heart in Arkansas.
Summer is almost ending, so my husband and I decided to have a wonderful morning weekend in Millcreek. We brought the essential items so we can make coffee and cook breakfast in the woods!
While visiting my sister in San Antonio, we made a trip to the hill country and visited LBJ's Texas White House. It was fascinating!
Here's a look at the challenges, new experiences, and beauty of my stay on a small farm in rural Thailand, and why I highly recommended taking a similar trip of your own.
Revered as Japan's Grand Master of Buddhism, Kobo Daishi brought Shingon Buddhism to the country in the 800s. His mausoleum, the Oko-in, is at Koya-san, one of Japan's most sacred mountains.
As a traveller, you know when you’ve found that sweet spot—that place with all the right ingredients, where your wandering soul starts to think ‘hey, this is where I want to be’. For me, it was Peneda-Gerês National Park in Portugal.
My wife recently witnessed a once-in-a-decade blooming of an Amorphophallus Titanum (or Corpse Plant) at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful flower, but it smells like rotting meat...
My first-ever trip out of the country did not go exactly as I planned, but I ended up learning to just go with the flow. Looking back, all of the imperfections of my trip were 'perfect' and just what I needed to lighten up and enjoy the moment.
Come along with our two families as we explore the Mitchell Corn Palace, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Custer State Park and more on our vacation . . . in the 1950s.
A cautionary tale about mistakenly taking the rugged mountain road from Gold Beach, Oregon to Grants Pass, Oregon through the Klamath Mountain range.
The Western Australian Wheatbelt is a wildflower wonderland. Here are the places I went and the sights I saw (photos included!).
Puerto Princesa on the island province of Palawan is an enormous city in size, but not in population. One of the more popular diversions there is island-hopping.
Once an essential stop on The Grand Tour, there is always something to discover in Venice. A convent or monastery stay gives a unique experience when visiting this treasure of a city.
I will never forget the 10 days I spent in Marrakech. From the wonderfully chaotic Djemaa El-Fna to the jaw-dropping scenery of the Atlas Mountains, it was truly a trip to remember.
If you live in the UK or Northern Europe, it’s a short flight to Dublin, and you can even go for the day if you are in London. That’s what I did, and I really enjoyed what the city had to offer.
Visiting the Big Island so you can flop on a beach at one of the top resorts? Then this review isn't for you. But if you like to explore parks, visit historical sites, and have adventures, read on!
Join me on a tour of four must-see places in Belgium. From the world-class museums of Brussels to the nature reserve in Knokke-Heist, this country is full of wonders to explore.
It was our first thrilling jet boat ride ever, and what prettier a place to have experienced it than on the placid and sometimes turbulent Rogue River in Oregon? Pictures & videos are included.
Hiking Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) in Eastern China in August 2019, we were enveloped in fog and mist during the entire trip. Though we missed the wide-open vistas the mountain is famous for, it was made up for by the special ambiance created by the ever-shifting fog.
I am 66 this year, and I am WWOOFing in Dorset. WWOOFing you ask? Is that something to do with regression and dogs? No. I haven't gone mad (yet). WWOOFing is an acronym for “Willing Workers On Organic Farms." Learn about my experience here.
Hong Kong is a place of variety and contrasts, with something to see and do (and eat and buy!) for everyone who visits. The problem can be in finding what appeals to you without becoming overwhelmed. Here are 10 suggestions in 10 photographs for Hong Kong Island.
I traveled to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada in April of 2018. Here's a detailed rundown of the things I saw, the people I encountered, and the activities I partook in over the course of three days filled with outrageous beauty and disturbingly mesmerizing wilderness.
Laos: a land where green mountains rise to the sky, valleys hidden by mist, and rivers and lakes twinkle in the distance. In 1353, Fa Ngum established his kingdom Lan Xang Hom Khao—The Kingdom of a Million Elephants and the White Parasol. The kingdom is gone, but Luang Prabang remains its heart.
My friend and I discovered a chocolate truffle factory and affiliated restaurant, scented candles and handmade jewelry, gorgeous antiques, scrumptious kolaches, cedar furniture, and more in this delightful small town of Calvert.
Is it safe, or even possible, to travel around the West Bank? An overview of a month spent doing just that.
The beautiful town of San Gimignano is the jewel of the Tuscan crown. Like stepping into the pages of a medieval book, a visit to this historic destination will capture your heart and inspire your imagination.
Our trip along the Maine Coast was full of adventures. It ended at Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, with a tour of the home of Franklin Roosevelt and a film about his life.
Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. This city is where North India meets South India, creating a unique mix of culture in aspects such as its architecture and world-famous biriyani.
We moved to New Orleans 40 years ago. It is filled with friendly, fun-loving, mostly religious people. Although they work very hard when they work, the people here love to play and that is what they do best: From backyard crawfish boils to Mardi Gras day, it's a party.
During our time in Tunica, we stayed at several casinos and hotels, which made this trip a fun but fragmented one. Read on to find out which was our favorite and why.