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How could I have missed Thailand for so long? 61st country on my travel list and within days it immediately jumped to one of my top favourites. Two weeks might sound like enough time to see and experience this land, but I found that I have barely started discovering amazing Thailand instead.     (More)


This trip would have a new twist for me. I have flown, driven and been driven by car, boarded a train and a boat, but for the first time in a dozen trips to Italy I would actually bicycle through some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer.   (More)


This would be my third time in the Czech Republic in three different decades, and it would prove to be the best visit yet. I would start and end my week of discovery in Prague and for the first time venture out to visit the wonderful countryside and smaller Czech cities. In this first of two articles, we will focus on this proud and handsome city.  (More)


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It was only 5:04 am, yet that drastic Arabian sun was eager to heat the stark and rugged landscape of Muscat, Oman’s capital port city. Still jetlagged, I had meandered to the 10th floor of the Seabourn Ovation, the refined ship that would be my home for 21 days as we snaked around the Arabian Peninsula, beginning in Dubai and culminating in Athens, Greece on the “Arabia and Antiquities” itinerary.    (More)  


There's a new Danube River cruise designed to meet the “Your Way” European river cruiser who likes action and notable experiences, healthy dining mixed with sustainability, and let's admit spacious suites with sweet views.  (More)


“Breathe in deeply. Now breathe out slowly, and open your eyes.” 
I lifted my lids and saw a shining palace with swooping curved eaves of gold on a riverbank. We had just ended a sunrise meditation and what I was seeing was not a left-over visualization, but a reality with the softening urban haziness. 


Planning to Cruise
Whether you’ve cruised a dozen or more times, like me, or it’s your very first trip at sea, it takes a fair amount of planning to make sure that you meet your cruise vacation goals and expectations...


Sipping coffee in the realm of teas, we sat on a balcony, cruising past little islands woven in morning mist. We were approaching the tall modern buildings of Hong Kong. Wooden fishing boats bobbed below and tugboats headed toward us, ready to guide the 12-deck high MS Queen Elizabeth to this thriving international metropolis.  (More)


Hội An, Vietnam + Jodipan, Indonesia + Good-To-Go Travel Gear 
Intrepid Travel + Viñales + Copenhagen + Chernobyl + Broadway
Cancún + Turkish Airlines + Insight Vacations + Tropical Tidbits 


Visit Bahamas to Help the Bahamas
As I sat down to write this edition’s column, I’d just been discussing with my Caribbean tribe of how fortunate we were to have such a quiet hurricane season this year. Then bam! Along came Dorion. 


“Since you are here in Huangshan, you must visit our two traditional villages, Xidi and Hongcun. They are little gems of elegance and tradition.” A guide advised when I asked him his favourite attractions in the region. We had already made plans to visit these villages and his advice reinforced our decision.     (More) 


Luxury Hotels...Grand Resorts...Charming B&B...Opulent Villas...Quaint Country Inns...Luxary Safari Camps...Ecolodges...Ice...Cave...Treetop... Hotels    (More)


It’s been 500 years since the city, originally known as San Cristobal de La Habana, was founded by the Spanish on November 16, 1519. On a recent visit, equipped with a camera, a pair of good walking shoes, a very minimal knowledge of Spanish and lots of energy, I set out to get lost on the main streets, back streets, Plazas and markets that make the historic core of this photogenic city so intriguing, mesmerizing, captivating and fun.    (More) 


When in search of a holiday, there are not too many places higher on my list than Las Vegas. With more than 42 million visitors and nearly 24,000 conventions annually, this place has everything that a vacationer could possibly ask for: concerts, shows, sports, shopping, nightlife, golf courses, spas, adventure activities, luxury accommodations and fabulous dining experiences.   (More)