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Hi there, travelers and wannabe's!  I qualify for both, depending on life's demands at the moment. I'll bet the same is true of you. That's why I keep up with the latest travel news and deals... because you just never know when the mood will strike......more

Anna Maria Island for Floridians

Just out, this feature on Anna Maria Island, published in the summer 2015 Travel Florida section of The Tampa / St. Petersburg  Tribune.......more

A Whale of a Tale

Welcome Andrew, our newest guest journalist! This nature-lover is also an environmental consultant. Today he is taking us whale watching.......more

Summer in the City

Cosmopolitan \koz-muh-pol-i-tn\ adj  1: glamorous 2: sophisticated 3: culturally diverse A charismatic city that’s oh-so-chic any time of year, Naples is west coast Florida’s prestigious answer to Palm Beach. Dining venues that delight gourmands, haute couture boutiques, championship golf courses and performing arts that please even the......more

The Adventure Capital of the World

"I believe that South Africa is the most beautiful place on earth… we have been blessed with a truly wonderful land."  ~ Nelson Mandela Soaring mountains, stunning beaches and a colourful history that harks back to the very dawn of humankind… this is South Africa, one......more

5 Ways to Hurricane-Proof Your Vacation

Hurricane season is officially from June 1 through the end of November, peaking late summer through early fall. Whether you are driving, flying and/or cruising, a hurricane, or even the threat of one, can disrupt your travel itinerary. Here are some ways to help “weather the......more

Love on the Beach

Every Valentine's Day, committed couples from around the world gather on Siesta Public Beach to renew their wedding vows. While many have participated faithfully for years, for us, it was a first that came gift-wrapped in wonderful surprises, including a personalized certificate......more

Beach Tails

Sand between our toes, wet noses and wagging tails… oh and lobster tails… these are a few of our favorite things. So there was no doubt in our minds that we would celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary at the beach with our kids. Since they happen......more

There’s No Place Like Here

Roaring waves are a rarity when you live on Florida’s Gulf Coast. But a short drive across the state renders a different reality. Perched on the wide, sandy shores of Riviera Beach in northern Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa offers......more

Summer Fashion in Bloom

At the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach The air is electric – and I’m not referring to the sporadic lightning storms that occur during a typical Florida summer. The brilliant flashes that light up the sky simply serve to bring more heart-pounding excitement to this international stage.......more

Safari in South Africa

The Call of the Wild If animals and and nature are among your passions as they are among mine, you'll enjoy this quick read about a "typical" day in the bush... Going on safari is definitely the experience of a lifetime. And in South Africa, there are......more

Frommers’ Top 10 Vacation Destinations

Each year, Frommers' editors, authors and experts from around the world sit down to talk about the best cities, islands, beaches and other vacation destinations for the coming year. They aim for a list that steers clear of too-hot spots or places that are so under......more

Luxury Travel Meets Lady Luck

You can have your cake and eat it too! If you love gaming AND traveling in style, check out these top luxury casino destinations, some of the best in the world.......more

No Habla Espanol? No Problema!

Special Guest Journalist, esteemed colleague and Super-Star Alyssa Villarreal provides tips on how to overcome language barriers while traveling abroad.......more

A Dutch Treat: Top 5 Floral Events in Holland

Tulips are synonymous with Holland. The brightly colored bulbs bloom in all their glory throughout the spring. But visitors who find themselves here during other seasons have discovered that this horticultural haven is a perennial garden. Crocuses, daffodils, yellow narcissi, hyacinths and - my personal favorites......more

How to Pay for Dinner with Your Phone

I'm nowhere near as smart as my smart phone. So tips like these are invaluable to me. Hope they will be to you! Mobile payment transactions are predicted to reach $1.3 trillion per year by 2017, and the restaurant industry appears ripe to scarf down......more

5 Ways to Prevent Identifty Theft While Traveling

More smart travel tips! These shared with us by guest journalist, Meghan Keane. Identity theft is on everyone's minds these days, and with good reason. Meghan offers some sage advice on how to travel with peace of mind, and identity intact! When you travel, you become much......more

Thanks, Guys… More Good News!

If it weren't for you,  a number of amazing things would not have happened. For one, this website recently came in third, just after usatodaytravel, for "Best Travel Journalism Website". And now, yours truly has been named as the "Featured Writer of the Month" for July,......more

Send us your Trip Clips!

Share your travels with us! Videos that are 30 seconds or less. Here's one from Michael Flanagan at the Grand Canyon, one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that he has visited. Michael, this is simply, well, grand! ......more

Advice for Smart Travel

We rely on our phones a lot when we're traveling. They help us get from port to port, keep us in touch with home and entertain the kids in the backseat on a long road trip. Now that it's time to head out of town for......more

“Take my Man Card” ?

Perry Montoya is an AMAZING writer and has graciously agreed to allow me to feature his Portland article. You will love it!......more

Stars of the Silicon Valley

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are a few from a recent visit to some Silicon Valley icons. I've got a special "in" - as my brother-in-law was Apple's first Director of Operations and has the inside scoop on all things......more

Celebrate the New Year in America’s Oldest City

Thanks to Vacation Rental Pros for sharing the really cool infographic below about some of the fun things to do in St. Augustine. It's displayed as an image; you can also view (and share!) the live source here: Things to do in St. Augustine. ......more

Flying Just Got Friendlier

New consumer protections for airline passengers take effect New consumer protections for airline passengers established by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) went into effect this month, making flying more convenient and hassle-free for air travelers nationwide. The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this......more

Penguin on a Plane

Flying Penguin? Every now and then you stumble upon something silly in cyberspace that just makes you smile. That was the case with this post on Southwest Airlines’ blog which is populated by posts from employees, customers and just plain fans of the......more

Don’t Break the Bank: Tips for Calling Abroad

Here’s the scenario: You’ve just checked in to your hotel at a luxurious European resort, and you’re looking forward to a fun and exciting vacation. You dump your bags on the bed and pull out your cell, eager to call up that great......more

6 Reasons to Take Your Computer on Vacation

Computers have become increasingly powerful and portable. With more and more devices like tablets, netbooks and sliders being introduced that are no larger than a children’s book, it’s completely practical to bring one on your next vacation. Here are a few reasons why: 1.You’ll have......more

Condé Nast Traveler Votes for Paradise Coast

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler recently heralded Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades as a winning combination, placing three area properties in the Top 100 Reader’s Choice for Mainland U.S. Resorts. Naples’ Ritz-Carlton Beach Resort and its sister, Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, ranked 14th......more

The Conversation Secret

There’s this amazing poet and philosopher, Allen Jesson, who’s got lots of secrets to share. Here’s one of his 77: when traveling, ditch the earphones and strike up a conversation! The Conversation Secret By Allen Jesson I'm one of those annoying blokes on the plane. If you look half......more

How to Save Money on Cruise Ships

You’ve booked and paid for the cruise. Whether low- or high-end, you’ve predetermined your vacation budget. Problem is, many novice cruisers neglect to factor in unexpected and less than obvious costs. Cruise lines are in business to not only encourage loyalty from their guests with their......more

Bradenton Beach, Then and Now

[youtube width="480" height="385"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyDyixBVWrQ&feature=sub[/youtube] Emmy-award winning producer Charles Robert Neuf presents both the historical and modern day charms of Bradenton Beach. He also provides a glimpse of the Internet's future with his Rich Media Video site, an exceptional way to "travel" online. Check out this excerpted clip.......more

How to Open Wine with a Shoe

Great wine, no corkscrew? You don't need to know French to understand these instructions. But do they really work? Sommeliers and oenophiles, can you attest? After viewing this video, I'm guessing that spike heels won't quite cut it.........more

Pack it In – and in, and in and in ….

My esteemed editor commented recently that since I travel so frequently, I must have some good packing tips to share. I’m guessing she assumed I’m one of those people that can travel for a weekend or a month with nothing more than a carryon. Oh honey.......more

Tips for Stress-Free Honeymoon Planning

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Ask any bride. But working with an ASTA travel consultant who specializes in honeymoons means one less thing to worry about. And finding the perfect agent is even easier, thanks to the ‘Find a Travel Agent’ directory on TravelSense.org, where......more

Pet Travel Tips

Pets are often a big part of the family, and sometimes it's hard to leave them behind when you leave town. With these simple tips from ASTA, your pet won't have to miss out on one fun moment of your family's big vacation. “Traveling today involves countless......more

Beautiful St. Augustine Beachfront Vacation Rentals

Click here for beachfront vacation rental options in scenic and historic St. Augustine. St. Augustine Beachfront Vacation Rentals......more

Radio Daze

WTMY has relocated to a jazzy new space on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida. Gearing up for an exciting season of shows! Home of Florida's largest talk travel radio network, it promises to continue to entertain and inform. Talking Travel with Roy Lowey on WTMY 1280......more