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12 Amazing Ruins You Have To Visit In Your Lifetime

In March I rode our new BMW bike down from Bucharest to Antalya, about 1600 km, 1000 miles. One of the stops on the way was in Ephesus, which is not the name of the city, but the names of the ancient ruins. Those ruins are at the top of my Best Ruins list as I reflected upon others I have visited. In the past four years I have been to 26 countries and collectively I’m at 39 over my lifetime. Most

Casablanca: How Pop Culture Can Absolutely Spark Your Travels

As a baby boomer, most of my pop cultural touchstones date back to the 1950s through the 1970s. Bob Dylan will always speak more to me than Jay Z; the Kardashians are only names to me. What is it they do, exactly? I have no idea. My all-time favorite actors and actresses are long since deceased; some of my favorite movies were filmed in black and white. But many of them — along with popular songs,

Confronting Hodophobia: The Fear Of Travel

When my family and I lived on City Island, New York, a little island in the Bronx that’s the farthest northeast point in New York City, our next door neighbor — a born and bred City Island resident then in her 60s or 70s — made a startling confession: she had only once in her life ventured into Manhattan, and that was to visit a friend in the hospital there. If you walked a short distance down the

Amazing Rain Forest Fun: Eat Grubs & Swim With Piranhas

I have no idea why I came to trust Dave. The man loved snakes, scorpions, and spiders. I hate spiders — and I’m not too keen on snakes or scorpions. But this was the rain forest, where Dave seemed at home, and where, to me, everything seemed strange and foreboding. I watched as a line of ants, dwarfed by the leaves they were hauling, marched past my feet. I listened as distant howler monkeys made

Want To Take An Affordable And Beautiful Excursion? Consider National Parks!

As we age, many of us may find ourselves looking for new and exciting ways to enjoy our retirement years. For many seniors, one great option is to explore the natural beauty of the United States by visiting the country’s abundant national parks. And, for those seniors who plan on visiting multiple national parks during their retirement, a national parks pass can be an excellent investment. We are here to tell you that a National Parks pass for seniors is affordable, easy to obtain and worth every penny.

10 Hawaii Scenic Spots You (Probably) Haven’t Visited Yet

So, you think you’ve visited all of the breathtaking must-sees in Hawai’i? You’ve been to Waimea Canyon on Kaua’i, the Nu’uanu Pali lookout on O’ahu and the Haleakalā volcano summit on Maui. You’ve even watched the evening glow of lava at Halema’uma’u crater on Hawai’i Island. But, are there any Hawai’i scenic spots you haven’t seen yet, but should? The answer is always “Yes”. Whether you’re a fir

5 Benefits To Train Travel When Making Your Way Around The World

I never knew how much I liked trains (and train travel) until I started using them more than ever before. As a matter of fact, trains are now my primary means of transportation. As a American, and Southern Californian for decades, train travel was rarely a topic of conversation. There it’s all about cars. Cars here, cars there, along with the hassle of owning a car and commuting for business or fo

How Travel Helped Heal My Heart

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Without warning, a massive heart attack took my husband at 55. Losing Bob was never on my radar. He was my answer to prayer after twelve years of being a single mom. I told him he was my boyfriend every chance I had, since we were still basically newlyweds compared to our friends. Oh, and the plans we made! Someday, we were going to be the fun grandparents! The destination for family fun and grand

Yellowstone – What A Gas Hole!

We continue our look at ways to travel during the COVID-19 pandemic with a look at Yellowstone. National Parks are a good way to enjoy a getaway while still keeping our social distance. Vast expanses of open range stretch as far as the eye can see, the deer and the antelope really do play in America’s West. The lack of a gold rush back in the 1800’s left Wyoming sparsely populated, with just over

A Week In Beautiful Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

For as long as I can remember I had friends and colleagues going to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and several other popular locations in Mexico. About 10 years ago I remember hearing about Tulum, Mexico. It was hard to get to, not full of tourists and an oasis in the jungle. My interest was piqued. Having never been to Mexico, I spent a week in Cabo in December of 2019. Had I have known that would be my l