The popularity of river cruising is soaring like a white-hot rocket and getting more popular by the day! Ships are sold out over a year in advance of their sailing dates and cruise lines continue to launch new ships to answer the demand. What is the allure that travelers around the world find so irresistible?
Boy do I wish I had a crystal ball for airline ticket prices. I checked in with my “go to” airline expert and her response was, “Predicting airfares is like predicting the stock market - it can be a bit chaotic with the fluctuations. Airlines load fares 3-15 times per day. Every day. 365 days a year.” Yikes!! How can we figure out the best time to book?
With its “gourmet” food trucks, local coffee houses and craft beers, the Pacific Northwest is the poster child of cool and edgy. Trendy and bohemian, it attracts hipsters with its new age vibe. North of the US border, drizzly Vancouver, with its microbreweries, vegan restaurants, and tattoo studios is the kissing cousin to Seattle and Portland. Victoria, which lies on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, shines in a much more classy and sophisticated way. It really does shine! It’s one of the sunniest cities west of the Canadian Rockies.
A tropical nation, Panama captivates with stunning natural beauty, outdoor adventures, vibrant culture, amazing beaches, and diverse plant and animal life. Bordered by the Caribbean Sea on the north and the Pacific Ocean on the south, this sideways S-shaped isthmus sits between Costa Rica and Colombia.
A hiking vacation is ideal for immersing in a destination’s landscapes, culture and people. And, you can’t go wrong with the following five tour operators and the unique value they offer to their guests.
If you think river cruising is just for “old” people, toss that idea overboard. The industry is breaking the old stereotypes and offering activities for vibrant, active travelers who want more than to settle into a lounge chair on deck. River cruising is hot and getting more popular with younger travelers.
This will come as a surprise. Travelers get sticker shock when they see the price of luxury cruises. Most people love the all-inclusive aspect - wonderful food, great amenities, larger cabins, smaller ships, and superb service. Very attractive. However, the price point makes them run to the premium or budget lines. I mean, those price points are so much more reasonable, right?
Come face to face with a blue footed booby, snorkel with sea lions, soak up the sun with iguanas, enjoy the brilliant display of stars in the night sky, or simply enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. Yep, it’s just another typical day in the Galápagos. One of the few locations on earth without an indigenous human population, the Galápagos Islands are an especially unique place.
You can leave Africa, but it never leaves you. The magnificent landscapes, diverse wildlife, vibrant people, and off-the-charts experiences will leave you wanting more. Some people say that their time in Africa truly changed their lives.
I opened the door to a shrill beeping noise. My first thought was, “I’m so glad that smoke alarm battery chose to die during the day time, rather than the middle of the night.” As I walked through the house to figure out which one was making all the racket, I discovered it wasn’t a smoke alarm. It was my carbon monoxide detector.