The Amazing Petra, Jordan

Attempting to write a “short story” about Petra, Jordan, would be like trying to summarize Will And Ariel Durant’s epic 12-volume The Story of Civilization in a few sentences. So this article won’t try to cover all of the area, just some of the photo highlights of our tour there on 11/11/11 — yes, November […]

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Beating the Baggage Charge Blues

Note: While the tone of this article slants toward European travels, the information is equally attributable to travel within USA, to Asia, South America, Australia, etc. The U.S. Bureau of Transportation (www.rita.dot.gov/bts/home) released data for airline revenues for excess baggage charges made between 2012 and 2013. And it’s no surprise the largest 15 airlines in […]

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A hidden Gem in downtown Cabo San Lucas

I’ve been going to Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, each year since 2003. It started out while I was still working, and I’d go one week a year. A few years later it became two weeks a year, and now it’s anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks a visit, […]

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Versailles—A Worthy Day Trip from Paris

The golden main gate at Versailles is closed to the aristocratic ways of the 18th century, but the side entrances welcome you inside this marvelous estate. What used to be a several-hour carriage ride from Paris is now just a short train trip, and it’s one that everyone should take. Many people think of Versailles […]

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Volun-Tourism — a New Way to Travel

There’s a new way to travel; it’s called volun-tourism. I know; you’re thinking that helping out in another city or country has been around for decades, so how is this new? It’s new because of how you travel along with the well-planned activities once you’re “there.” Quoting from their website, Fathom Travel (www.fathom.org) is “a […]

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