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Unique holiday idea – a medical vacation to Thailand

As United States health costs continue rising, many baby boomers are looking for less expensive alternative for treatment. Recently I tacked a foreign medical adventure in Thailand to the end of a group trip. For several years I studied options to U.S medical care and discovered Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, a facility rated among the […]

Faith-based traveling can offer learning experiences

The arrival of Easter goes beyond the Easter Bunny, colored eggs and new outfits for some people.  It’s a time of reflection and remembrance of those in the faith-based community. So I thought, what better time than now to write about faith-based tourism. Faith-based tourism is more than trips to the Holy Land. Journeys and pilgrimages are available to […]

April 04, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

40 years later, a circle closes on the Vietnam War

I spent a wonderful day in January in Saigon, a buzzing metropolis of 15 million people now called Ho Chi Minh City.  Although the city streets are filled with traffic, there are Asian, French and American treasures all over the area. With so many people, the city is amazingly clean and yellow flower displays strung across the […]

March 07, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time your Caribbean trip with an island special event

With some of the world’s most stunning beaches, exotic wildlife and cuisine, the Caribbean is a haven for those seeking fun. Its crystal clear water, more than 700 islands, reefs and bays is a mecca for sun lovers and water sport enthusiasts. The Caribbean’s history was created by a variety of conquering nations leading to an evolution […]

February 07, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Advance planning makes for hassle-free travel

As we welcome the new year and make resolutions we often don’t keep, vow to keep the one that says you’ll be better to yourself. Don’t just think it. Write a plan for the year that includes financial, health,and personal development – and travel goals. A plan provides a road map to achieving. It doesn’t need […]

January 03, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Travel industry begins to meet solo traveler needs

As the face of American households change and more people are living single, travel vendors are adjusting their offerings to meet the needs of this growing market. Travelers are also altering their mindset as more and more are willing to go it alone or in small groups to see the world. In the past, single […]

December 06, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Discover Bad Doberan, a little off beaten tourist track

When you think of Germany, most likely the major cities and attractions of West Germany come to mind; the Berlin Wall, the Black Forest, the Disney-like Neuschwanstein Castle. I loved seeing all those things, but my best memories were born in the quaint town of Bad Doberan. Situated in northeastern Germany, about 9.3 miles west of […]

November 01, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Take advantage of an agent for your travel needs

Do you know everything about everything? I certainly don’t. When my car has a problem I take it to a trusted mechanic rather than fixing it myself. When ill, I may look up information on the Internet, but I get to a health care professional to diagnose and treat the problem. So when planning your […]

October 04, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Fiji, a bucket list destination

If you have dreams of getting away from it all, I have the place for you. Imagine sparkling beaches, spectacular waterfalls and tropical rainforest scenery in the unspoiled setting of the Fijian islands. Coupled with majestic views, an abundant underwater world and miles of untouched beaches, your mind and spirit have no choice but to […]

September 06, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Which is best: All-inclusive resorts or cruises?

When it comes to vacations there are a lot of options. Among the most popular these days are cruises and all-inclusive resorts. But which is best suited for you? First, determine if you like being in one spot your entire vacation or rather visit multiple destinations. If it is one spot, then the all-inclusive may […]

August 02, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cruising the Caribbean, Italian style

Cruising Italian style took a giant leap in my eyes in May as I experience the MSC Divina; now deployed year-round from the port of Miami. I sailed another Italian line several years ago and was quite disappointed. The food quality was poor and I discovered at one port day pallets of dehydrated ravioli, pre-baked bread […]

July 05, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Rock ’n’ roll is alive at Hard Rock Cafe

Over the past four decades, many of us were fans of the Hard Rock Cafe. I’ve met fanatics who wanted to visit every Hard Rock Cafe in the world. They now have a bigger challenge as this enterprise has grown into casinos, resorts and a theme park (Rocksino). Founded in London in 1971, Hard Rock […]

June 07, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Visit the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon

One of America’s most awe-inspiring jewels is the Grand Canyon. The hand of Mother Nature paints a multicolored picture of geological formations that is hard to imagine. The enormous size of this 277-mile marvel is breathtaking, whether you’re rafting down its river, flying over or standing on one of its rims. Millions of people a […]

May 03, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Cruise lines unveil the latest, greatest for 2014

As the cruise industry continues to grow, suppliers are jockeying to be the best at sea. Consequently, many lines are revamping existing ships and adding new ones. This month, I’m taking a quick look at three vessels deploying in 2014. Princess Cruises launches the new Regal Princess in May 2014. The 141,000-ton ship begins its […]

April 05, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Claim a little paradise in Turks and Caicos

If you’re a fan of turquoise blue water, white sandy beaches and a laid-back lifestyle, plan a visit to a rising star in the Caribbean: the Turks and Caicos Islands. Here you can escape the trials of everyday life, enjoy marvelous cuisine and dance to the rhythm of Afro-Caribbean beats. Turks and Caicos is a […]

March 01, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Don’t let fear prevent you from traveling the Holy Land

Sometimes fear keeps us from experiencing new things and places. Some people fear a trip to the Holy Land. I just returned from Israel and I believe there is nothing to fear. A historical or faith-based journey to this location will produce an unforgettable travel experience. I took the trip with 35 other travel professionals […]

February 01, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Add variety to your vacation life

It’s been said variety is the spice of life and I must agree. There’s time for exciting vacations and time to be quiet. Last Christmas, I celebrated the season with 3,600 other passengers on a Western Caribbean cruise. This year, I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the homey La Terraza Guest House in Grecia, […]

January 04, 2014 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Watching nature unfold, the sand to ocean trek of baby turtles

Do you have a bucket list; things you want to do before you leave this world? Two weeks ago I checked off one item from my list; seeing the birthing and migration of baby turtles at the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica. I’m not an early riser, but for this I rolled out of […]

December 07, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Time to make plans for 2014 vacations

We’re two months away from 2014, so now is a good time to begin planning next year’s vacation. Although the vacation selection process may not be underway by your employer, if you stay away from peak holidays, you can usually get your requested time off. In addition, you can save big bucks by vacationing in […]

November 02, 2013 | Posted in Travel | Tagged ,

Indulge your inner child with a trip to Orlando

Life can be overwhelming at times, but staying in touch with your inner child is a great way to deal with the curves life throws you. This week, my inner child (little Rosy) and I spent the day at Universal Orlando in Florida. We laughed, squealed and released some adult stress. Universal Orlando is comprised […]

October 05, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Relaxing Canada, friendly, fun, hospitable

A few weeks ago, I experienced an extraordinary vacation in the Blue Mountains region of Ontario, Canada, which is located less than two hours from Toronto International Airport. It wasn’t an exotic, whirlwind adventure, but actually a good old-fashioned visit with caring friends, neighbors and extended family. Mayor Ellen Anderson was our superb host for […]

September 07, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Roatan Island a fascinating paradise

If you’re looking for a new vacation destination with a laid-back lifestyle, consider the paradise of Roatan Island. Located 37 miles off the north shore of Honduras, this legendary locale boasts turquoise waters, emerald hills and sparkling white beaches. Since the 16th century, it has been home to pirates, Mayan Indians, English settlers, descendants of African […]

August 03, 2013 | Posted in Travel | Tagged ,

Cruise ship companies roll out amenities to woo back customers

Mechanical and operational mishaps have plagued the cruise industry in recent months, but cruising is still a great vacation value. To attract new and foster repeat customers, the cruise industry is striving to develop more innovative ships and entertainment to appeal to a wider demographic of customers and create a cruise niche for everyone. The […]

July 06, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Be a responsible traveler

This week I enjoyed dinner with a group of Canadian friends on holiday in Costa Rica. They shared about one of the group members who was left at the airport because her passport had expired. One of the ladies said, “The travel agent should have told her (the passport was expired).” While a good travel […]

June 01, 2013 | Posted in Travel | Tagged ,

Visiting a gem in southeast Asia, the Philippines

More than 1 million Filipinos call California home. We’ve been influenced by their culture, cuisine and recipients of myriad products and services. But in the past decade, very few of my American-born clients have considered a vacation in the Philippines. Asking myself why, and doing a bit of research, I concluded a lack of promotion […]

May 04, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Singapore: Busy, indulgent island beckons the tourists

Where can you go to experience warm weather all year, beautiful gardens, indulge all your senses and find just about everything made on Earth? It’s an island state, the fourth-leading financial center and the fifth-busiest port in the world. A total of 63 islands make up this republic sandwiched between Malaysia and Indonesia. I’m talking about Singapore; […]

April 06, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged

Some shipboard secrets from the professionals

Whether you’re an avid cruiser or thinking about taking your first cruise, there are things the cruise lines don’t always openly advertise. To help you make the most of your shipboard experience and get greater value from your cruise dollar, take note of the following: Room service is free. Norwegian Cruise Line charges for pizza […]

March 02, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Try a vacation ‘hot spot’ this year

It’s that time of the year to start planning your annual vacation. If you haven’t thought about it, consider traveling to one or more of the 2013 “hot spots” identified by various consumer groups and travel industry experts. Surprisingly, a trend has developed to more exotic destinations, but the U.S. also has its share. Domestically, […]

February 02, 2013 | Posted in Travel | Tagged ,

A new way to celebrate the coming of a new year

In past years, my New Year’s Eves were spent in a variety of ways. The past few were dining with friends and watching fireworks on the beach in Costa Rica. This year, I decided to do something quite different and went for a “bang-up time in Bangkok.” The journey involved a lengthy flight to Bangkok, […]

January 05, 2013 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Sometimes a silly side to travel business

The travel industry is a serious profession, but sometimes you can’t take it too seriously. Otherwise you could lose your mind. So rather than writing about a destination, I thought I’d share some of the lighter moments I’ve experienced over the years. I apologize in advance if I offend anyone, but sometimes you just have […]

December 01, 2012 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

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