European Engagement, Part 1: Paris

“Marry me” he whispered in my ear, holding me close, protecting me from the chill Autumn air. One year earlier, my boyfriend Jeff and I wrote down our 10 top travel destinations, threw them in a hat and picked out one: France. We saved our airline miles, booked a ticket, and set off for the…

Tips for Visiting Cuba

In September, I flew into Havana, Cuba by way of Cancun.  I made a LOT of mistakes, and I’d like to help you avoid these same pitfalls by sharing some tips for visiting Cuba. 1. Don’t set a Cuba travel alert with your credit cards. I set a travel alert on my credit cards and…

How to Pack for any Trip

In August, my family and I are preparing to take a 14 day Alaskan cruise, including visiting Denali National Park.  There will be 10 in our party, ranging from children to seniors, with different levels of travel experience and interests.  We will need to be prepared for a range of temperatures and surroundings (sunny excursions,…

Lisbon, Portugal

After Marrakesh, we jumped a plane and flew to Lisbon.  Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Western Europe. Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a beautiful coastal town with steep hillsides, magnificent plazas, tree lined streets and historic bright yellow electric street Trams.  The oldest neighborhood in…

Postcards from Peru: Days 10-15 Amazon Jungle

Hola!   Greetings from the jungle! This morning I woke up in Cuzco.  Two plane rides later, tired and starving, I arrived in Iquitos, the largest town in the Peruvian Northern Amazon, and only accessible by car or boat. From the airport in Iquitos, I hailed a mototaxi.  IT. WAS. AWESOME!!!! It was my first…