Photo Tour of “The Living Desert”

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, formerly the Living Desert Museum, is a desert botanical garden and a zoo located in Palm Desert, California — visit its website www.livingdesert.org/. I was there recently while on a 17-day road trip, and I had a great guided tour conducted by a local who is also a 40+ […]

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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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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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How to Select a Tour

Do you receive emails and brochures on a regular basis from travel companies enticing you to go on one of their tours? I get a lot of them, partly because I’ve taken a tour with them, or I’ve signed up to have information sent to me. They ALL look wonderful; so the question becomes — […]

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Starting All Over

I know it seems strange that a person who has traveled as much as I have doesn’t have dozens and dozens, if not hundreds, of blog posts. Well, I used to. [the short version] I was speaking on several cruises this past fall when my website came under attack from outside the U.S. I have […]

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