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2 Ways to Inject Positivity In Your Day Right Now

Are you in need of a bit of a positivity boost sooner rather than latter? You can count on Plum Deluxe to help you out with that. 🙂 Here are two ideas that will give you some inspiration right away. 1. Drink This Tea We just launched our first non-profit partnership with The Joy Team […]

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The Best of Plum Deluxe: Our Top 5 Articles in 2014

It’s that time of year when Plum Deluxe staff are taking a quiet moment to reflect on the past year, and planning a promising new year. One of the things we are always curious about — and it seems you are, too — is what articles and topics were the most popular over the year. […]

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Evergreen Enchantment: Seattle Dinner Party Wrap Up

On September 18th, almost 30 folks from the Plum Deluxe community gathered for our first Seattle community event, Evergreen Enchantment. Our concept was to celebrate the end of a fantastic Pacific Northwest summer, while welcoming autumn with open arms (the fall equinox being just 4 days later). Our venue host was Tulio Restaurant, part of […]

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Display Your Love for Plum Deluxe – with a Badge!

We’re so thankful for all the support we’ve received as the Plum Deluxe community continues to grow! Many of you have asked for permission to link to the site, or if we have badges and banner ads you can use. Now, we do! 🙂 For readers and community members, we’ve designed this simple “heart” badge […]

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Best of 2013: Our Most Popular Stories This Year

Phew, 2013 was a huge year for us.  Over 395 features posted, several wonderful sponsors, the launch of Plum Deluxe Collections, and countless conversations with friends new and old. Given all of our great articles, we thought it would be interesting to share some of the most popular Plum Deluxe stories from 2013. Not counting […]

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Introducing Plum Deluxe Collections

We’ve been working on so many projects behind the scenes recently, but these were all in preparation for the launch of Plum Deluxe Collections. Classic and curated, pretty and practical, Plum Deluxe Collections feature fabulous, hand-picked product finds from across the Internet.  We’ve always wanted to explore how to integrate content in commerce in a way that looks […]

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Photo Essay: Inspirational Outdoor Spaces

This feature was brought to you by The Home Depot. Our spring gardening series of inspiration is coming to a close. By far, our most popular feature was our first, the inspirational gardening project ideas to tackle this year. This whole project has been quite the experience for me, since our patio has been pretty […]

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Tips for Gardeners Planting (and Living!) in Low-Sun Areas

This feature was brought to you by The Home Depot. During my back patio makeover kickstart last weekend (click here for the pictures), I encountered a major setback in the planning process: a lack of products suitable for our patio area, which is both a morning-sun-only area – it’s on the east side of our […]

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Celebrate Today by Supporting World Make-A-Wish Day

This feature was brought to you by our charity partner, the Make-a-Wish Foundation of America. When I think about the mission of Plum Deluxe, I often think about myself. Self-care is an important topic for me. But I also often think about gifts and treating others, as well as treating yourself. Today, I’d like you […]

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3 Tasty Tips for Tempting Your Tastebuds

Today’s feature is brought to you by Hidden Valley™ and Relish.com Would you like to spice up your next meal – both literally and figuratively? While there’s a time and place for “comfort food,” today I’d like to tempt you to get out of your rut and try something new. Leave your taste bud comfort […]

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Letter from the Editor: The Year Ahead [Help Wanted]

In previous years around these parts, we would generally publish a “where to go in the new year” styled post, highlighting a variety pack of destinations to put on your proverbial bucket list. We publish plenty of lists of ideas and roundups of travel themes, so let’s skip yet another list. Today, I’d like to […]

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5 Pleasant Surprises Camping Along Costa Rica’s Pacuare River

Costa Rica’s friendly people, stable economy and picturesque views continue to attract snowbirds, wilderness enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. This small Central American country offers a diverse landscape with low-key activities for city escapists and high-adrenaline adventures for thrill seekers. Bridged between the Pacific and the Caribbean, Costa Rica’s “rich coasts” (as the name signifies) […]

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5 Offbeat & Affordable Ski Destinations to Try this Season

One of the biggest objections to a ski trip is the cost – and that’s understandable, as flights, equipment rental, and often inflated wintertime prices in ski villages can really add up. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a great skiing trip. Apart from trying to think outside the […]

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What to Do in Quirky Boulder, Colorado? Q&A with a Local

Today, we have a special guest from Boulder, Colorado. Boulder was recently featured on our tour of Haunted Colorado, and as a city that is cited for its quality of life just as often as for its quirky vibe, I wanted to get a local’s perspective on town. Never a stranger to unique interviewees, I […]

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Top City Destinations for Waterway Lovers

Canals and waterways give a city a certain charm, whether it’s the relaxing effect of flowing water, the creation of wildlife habitats in an urban setting, or the buzz of a city which was once a trading hub.  And who hasn’t dreamt of a romantic night on a traditional canal barge or narrowboat. Amsterdam: Canal […]

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Pinterest: Travel the World by Color

A couple of years ago, one of our readers shared with me an invite to the inspiration social network Pinterest. I used it a bit, liked it, but got busy and didn’t think much else about it. Then Pinterest exploded. It’s now one of the most popular (Free!) social networks with 12 million people pinning […]

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What’s in My Suitcase?

A couple of years ago, I wrote a rather popular article here entitled “How to Pack a Suitcase Like a Travel Ninja. One thing you’ll find out from most frequent fliers is that they have a certain way they pack their case, and certain items, and they stick to routine. (It helps you prevent forgetting […]

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Interview: "Travel is about Feelings & Discovering Colorful Places…"

We kicked off the month by exploring what to do in the city of Copenhagen. It’s one of my favorite European capitals, and along with its Scandinavian neighbors, is definitely a year-round destination with tons of sweet and savory treats to try. Today, I’d like to get an insider perspective on Scandinavia with a Copenhagen […]

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I’m Going to Tokyo

While I think I’m more of a hotel geek these days, I’m also a huge aviation geek – perhaps I’m nostalgic for those glory days of flying. You know, the ones that ended before I was ever old enough to actually fly. I’m writing this post today from an airplane, and I’m here to tell […]

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Finding Your Story: Tips from a Professional Travel Photographer

When I think about it, I think that travel photography is a healthy dose of art, with a generous sprinkling of science. I don’t consider myself a professional photographer – I take lots of photos, you only see the decent ones around here. 🙂 However, in today’s interview, I’m talking with Ami Vitale, one of […]

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Better Business Class – Or, Surviving Your Next Long-Haul Flight

I travelled many thousands of business miles when my children were small. A close friend remarked: I expect the thing you enjoy most is not the business class seat, the glass of bubbly and a copy of TIME, but the fact that nobody is screaming, climbing into your lap, or vomiting on you. (Now and […]

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One Step Forward: Taking the Opportunity to Travel

One thing I recently noticed when talking with community members and setting up interviews (like this one) is that I tend to immediately focus on two things: what have they done that I haven’t, and what are our similarities. I guess it’s just an interviewing thing where I’m trying to establish where to start the […]

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What Gives a Destination a “Sense of Place?”

Part of my job as a writer is to describe the memorable experience that a particular city, town, or attraction imparts. But what gives a destination a “sense of place?” We all know that some places are truly more memorable that others – reflecting back on a tender moment in a ancient religious building (or […]

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What are your legal rights as a traveling passenger?

Traveling can be stressful because of everything that can go wrong, especially with the ever-changing situation in security regulations. It’s important to know your traveling rights, which vary by country and region, and insist on them if you ever are put in less-than-ideal circumstances that are the transport providers’ fault. This is NOT legal advice, so that’s […]

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Fort Cochin: The Best of India (Without the Worst)

You’ve heard it before: traveling to India represents a polarizing experience for many Westerners — you tend to either love it or hate it. Having spent time in India, this is a notion that makes a lot of sense. The streets and roads of India are beset by piles of trash and seem to have […]

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This is Not a "Places To Go in 2012" Article

The internet is awash right now in “places you should go in 2012” lists. Some of them suck. Some of them are pretty good. This is neither. However, I did want to sit down for a quiet moment and spend a minute reflecting on 2011 and sharing with you some personal reflections on the year […]

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Puerto Rico Travel Tips: Q&A with a Local

A couple of weeks ago, we featured some Puerto Rico Things to Do, including some resorts and places to visit. Today we chat with Alisha Miranda, who is now is based in New York City, but her roots are in Puerto Rico. She’s got some great tips for making the most of a trip to […]

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3 of the Best Mexico Beaches For a Quiet Siesta

When most people think Mexico and beaches, they think of the well known ones – like Cancun. But one question I always get asked is, where are some quiet places? You have to remember that despite swine flu and the threat of kidnapping, Mexico is by far one of the most travel popular international destinations […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers: 10 Must-Have Gadgets and Gizmos

Yes, it’s that time again. Time to start thinking about gifts for friends and family, and perhaps treating yourself to something nice too! This year, we’ve joined up with our affiliate partner Magellan’s to feature some hot holiday gifts – all things that I am desperate to be in my stocking this Christmas. 🙂  Here […]

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5 Travel Things I’m Thankful For

Given that we’re nearing the eve of thanksgiving in the United States, and just a couple weeks past Thanksgiving in Canada, I wanted to stop for a minute and reflect on the world of travel and share 5 important things I am thankful for. Safety

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Talking about Travel Memoirs with Alexis Grant

In today’s interview, I’m talking with Alexis Grant. Alexis is a travel writer with an interesting work history and current working on a book about travel memoirs as well as busy with her other travel-related projects. I love all her practical travel tips and advice – some great stuff here.

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Travel Experiences in 12 Happy Countries Around the World

As we wander towards winter (there’s even been a dusting of snow in places recently), also comes the long nights, dark days, and blustery weather. The kind that gets everyone in a funk. Hence why I thought we could talk a bit about some happy places to visit. There are several happiness indexes but I’ve […]

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Things to do in Faro, Portugal

While Lisbon is probably the most popular destination in Portugal, the city of Faro is starting to increase in popularity. It used to be mostly a winter-sun destination for Brits, but with the many direct flights to Faro and Ryanair calling it a hub now, you can very easily and cheaply get here to enjoy […]

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10 Scenic Railway Destinations in England

Getting away from London can be a challenge – there’s so much to see and do there to take up days and days – but if you do you’ll see how diverse and unique England’s travel opportunities are. One aspect of England relatively undiscovered are the scenic railway lines – trains used to criss-cross Great […]

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Photo Essay: The Wildlife of Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Since 1997, I’ve had the great privilege of traveling literally all over the world with humanitarian and mission teams, mostly of the medical variety. We work hard, but we also find time to relax a bit and on my last trip to Kenya and Sudan, I was able to spend a morning in a safari […]

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The 8 types of clouds you might meet on your next trip

You know the story… the perfect sunset, or the most unique vista, and the one thing that makes it perfect are… the clouds. I love clear blue skies for miles, but clouds just add something special to it. And as you can see in this photo essay, clouds can be beautiful! Here are a few […]

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From Tattoos to Visionaries: The Top 5 Art Museums in Baltimore

Recently I got to spend a few days visiting friends in Balitmore, Maryland. It’s a nice city, with a ever-changing reputation. I only really knew Baltimore as the backdrop for the famous Broadway musical Hairspray, though I’m constantly hearing more and more about Balitmore being a foodie destination. I’ll have to visit again to further […]

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Tales from the Fast Trains of Europe

As you may know, I am a huge train buff – it is my number one preferred mode of transportation (after my own two feet, I suppose). So I was excited to receive a copy of Tom Chesshyre’s Tales from the Fast Trains – with such a fun cover, I expected to lap up stories […]

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A 100 Degree Guide to a Fun Summer in Phoenix

When I told people my sister and I were vacationing in Phoenix in July, everyone asked the same question: “Why?” Why visit one of the hottest parts of the country during one of the record hottest summers of the year? The answer was simple, because we were broke but still very much in need of […]

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What are America’s best national parks? Q&A with an Expert

When it comes to America’s national parks, James Kaiser is known as “the man in the know.” An outdoorsman, an author of a number of books on the national parks, and an award winning photographer (as you’ll see below), James is certainly an interesting guy to talk to – he’s been hiking in the parks […]

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Sleep and Travel: Like Oil and Water?

Recently on our Facebook wall (you’re a fan, right?), I posed the following pithy question: What do you prioritize whenever you travel? Our good friends at ExOfficio responded with a very good answer that left me pondering. Still. Taking a little extra time to sleep so a fully-rested me can completely appreciate my travels. No […]

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4 of the World’s Best Places to Try Rock Climbing

Adventure holidays have never been more popular, and rock climbing is the perfect adventure. It combines adrenaline with stunning scenery and (under the right circumstances) provides a physical challenge is much safer than it really feels. With a guide or an experienced and qualified instructor, climbing is actually a very safe sport. The hazards can […]

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What’s Important When Choosing Travel Luggage? A Lightweight Carryon Review

My mother, like many other mothers around the world, had plenty of pithy words of wisdom. One of them was about where to spend your money – and she always it is worth spending the money on good luggage. If you’ve ever taken cheap luggage on a trip abroad and found yourself with a crumbling […]

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How to Travel Fearless (even when you don't have enough time or money)

Interviews were one of the first “viral” features at Sharing Travel Experiences – they were wildly popular, but for some reason we haven’t done as many lately as we used to.  Hopefully we’ll be bringing them back in style and today we’re doing our first ever podcast audio interview! It’s an experiment and hopefully you’ll […]

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Liverpool Sightseeing: What to See in Liverpool?

Liverpool is one of the most famous cities in the UK, with thousands of tourists visiting the city each year to discover what makes it so special .  But what to see in Liverpool? The first thing most people think of when they hear the name Liverpool is, of course, The Beatles, who became the […]

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You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune to Travel Luxuriously

I think nearly every vacation has two things in common:  one, there is never enough time to see/do everything – even if the main thing on your list is umbrella drinks by a pool.  Two, there is never enough money to go around. If you stop for a minute, though, and think about how you […]

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On a Bus: When Travel Becomes a Transformative Journey

There is perhaps a slight irony in an article with the words “transformative journey” in the title reviewing a book called “The Queen of the Road.”  The book, written by the cheeky and tickle-the-funny-bone hilarious Doreen Orion, came into my presence per her own recommendation during my search for great reads while on the road. […]

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Making Friends on the Road: Where to Go When You Know a Local

On my trip to Pasadena, I was on Twitter sharing a few live shots from the Huntington Gardens when a friendly face from the Triptrotting team said “hey, let’s meetup.” And so we did – and I loved what they’re doing, connecting local guides with travelers. I invited them here to share some stories about […]

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Trip Report: Isle of Jersey

One of the Channel Islands in Europe, the Isle of Jersey is the largest island among the Channel Islands of Great Britain. The island is home to 90,000 people, it’s well known by many for its interesting banking laws and “close but separate” relationship with the UK. The island may only be 45 square miles, […]

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The Nine Toughest Railway Stations in Europe

When in Europe, the best way to travel from one city to another or from one country to the other is by train. Europe probably has the most extensive railways in the world. There must be over a hundred train stations, all exceptionally well-connected to each other. Because railway stations are numerous, there will always […]

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In Search of the Best Travel Shoes, and Other Travel-Weary Foot Advice

When it comes to travel and vacations, there is a whole heck of a lot of “sweating the small stuff.” Luggage is one of them – or more specifically how to pack a suitcase. Language is another. And don’t forget your maps. But one thing many travellers don’t pay a lot of attention to (and […]

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Photo Essay: 10 Really Big Fruits in Australia

Big fruits? As a Tourist Attraction?I thought it was crazy too. These massive, gigantic structures found in Australia have built a cult tourist following, with people driving from one town to another just to catch another photograph of these fruity monstrosities. Although there are several types of big attractions in Australia, let’s take the healthy […]

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Travel is Like Jazz, and Other Hiking Epiphanies

As I sit on the plane at the start on a new journey, I have just finished reading about the end of another. The story was in Over the Top and Back Again: Hiking X The Alps, and the journey itself was both long and extraordinary (not always in a good way); the book is […]

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Interview with Lainie Liberti

It is that time again – time to talk travel with one of our inspiring community members. Today we’ve got Lainie and Miro. One’s a parent, one’s a child, but sometimes the roles are reserved. We’ve had many parent-child duos here as interviewees and their perspectives – as a group and as individuals – is […]

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Interview with NYC Travel Maven Annemarie Dooling

It’s Sharing Travel Experiences loves New York City week! Hurrah! Check the end of all our features this week for a chance to win a trip to NYC. Given all the great info and advice we’ve had so far this week, it will be hard to top that, but today we’ve got a special interview […]

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A 1,000 Mile Walk on Lake Michigan

In 2009 I decided to take on a big challenge – an ADVENTURE – and ended up getting to know my favorite place by walking entirely around it. That place? Lake Michigan, the world’s fifth-largest lake. My journey of 1,019 miles allowed me to see the lake in all its moods and – by tackling […]

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What is there to do in Adelaide?

For people who want one of the best travel experiences “down under,” Adelaide offers almost everything – from beaches to hiking trails, quaint cafes to fine dining, historical architecture to modern art – just a few of the answers to the “what to do in Adelaide” question. As the most populous capital city in the […]

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11 Awesome (but Really Remote) Places to Visit in New Zealand

As part of the effort to encourage travel to the recovering areas around Christchurch and South Island, this week we’re supporting the Blog4NZ effort with a series of articles promoting tourism to New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the world’s most remote countries to begin with.  It is home to the “most remote city […]

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Traveling Disaster: 6 Unfortunate Mishaps And How to Deal with Them

Happy “Everything You Think is Wrong Day” dear reader! 🙂 This unusually named event doesn’t seem to have much ‘official’ descriptions, but the common descriptions seem to be “a day when nothing goes right.” So to celebrate, I thought I’d share some “worst case scenario” travel disasters and traveling mishaps, and how to deal with […]

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Why would anyone go to Canada’s Chilly Yukon?

It’s time for one of our favourite features! We haven’t had an interviewee for awhile since we decided to cut back on the content frenzy, but today’s is a friend I met last year on Twitter and is so busy kicking back in the Yukon, she hasn’t even had time to draft up an email. […]

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Letters to Zerky: Part Travelogue, Part Memoir, Part Love Letter

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re thinking about a special gift to give someone (including treating yourself), how about a copy of the book Letters to Zerky? Letters to Zerky is part lost love letter and part  travel tale, but the book itself is a story of its own.  The story […]

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Cruising with Disney? Awesome.

We just got back from one amazing vacation. We went on one of the 4 day Disney family Cruises with our two boys (2 and 1) and I must say it was something I would recommend for any parents of small children. I thought I would share some details with parents who might be considering […]

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Banff Tips and Recommendations from the Most Popular Guy in Town

Today’s interview segment is with possibly our most humorous “guest” yet – you see, he’s not even human. And, he’s a cheeky little… guy. In fact, after reluctantly agreeing to allow me to call and interview him, his first response to my list of “what to do” Banff questions was: This is completely BS. Slightly […]

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A New Destination for a New Year

One question I seem to be getting a lot these days: Where Should I Go in 2011? It is a fair question – especially after we challenged you to go out and celebrate something this year. Many travel magazines and publications printed their “120 Places to go in 2011.” Those are fun, but we opted […]

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Been There, Saw the Crazies, Done That

Today’s interview guest really has been there…saw the local crazy people (we all know they are out there), and then shot some film footage while he was there! From roadtrips in the USA to teaching English in Asia, he’s seen it all, and his stories range from the poignant to the down right funny. He’s […]

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Groupenture: Spend Less, Get More Adventure?

A I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, we are very excited to be a launch partner with Groupenture, an adventure travel deal portal. As soon as I announced it, there seemed to be a flurry of chatter – most of it similar to this: That’s cool, but Why should you care? The Groupenture concept […]

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The Difference Between Travel and a Pilgrimage

I have always called myself a spiritual person, but not religious. I do believe something big and magical must be going on out there, but I’m not so sure modern society has it pegged. Nonetheless, questions of this sort were swirling around my mind as a beautiful copy of Whereabouts Press’ book, Traveling Souls – […]

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Traveling as a Couple: the Good and the Bad

Oour first interview of the year is a fun one – a fighting couple! Ok, well, they don’t fight all the time, but they’re open and honest about what it takes to travel successfully as a couple. I think their insights and their tips for making travel more special are useful for all of us, […]

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The Paperless Boarding Pass: My Experience with Mobile Check-In

I have had a smart phone for about two years now, but it was only most recently had an opportunity to try the very ‘en vogue’ paperless boarding pass – that is, a pass that you download on your phone. It was surprisingly hassle-free (I was half expecting people to look at me in disbelief […]

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Find a Reason to Celebrate in 2011

Right about this time last year, our superhero lifestyle-guru friend Alex Fayle wrote an article titled “Make 2010 a Travel More Year.” Did you? (Travel More, that is.)

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Travel Forces You to Grow

The old saying “travel forces you to grow” is certainly a true quote, if not a tad bit cliche. Today’s guest is proof – these two ladies met while traveling, and little did the know that the gods of travel were about to change their lives – and help them try to change the world […]

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself about Overseas Volunteer Opportunities

Many travelers, after a few international trips, find that they long for a richer, deeper, and more satisfying cultural experience when they travel.  Overseas volunteer opportunities have been around for over 40 years but since 2000, this kind of travel has exploded with so many choices that it is easy to become overwhelmed.  You can […]

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How My View of Travel Has Changed

Recently, an interviewer asked me the following question: Now that you’re in the tourism business, how has your view of travel changed? I understood where the question was going, but perhaps what I think the reviewer failed to appreciate is that my travel lifestyle has undergone a number of metamorphoses over the past 33 years […]

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Inspirational Spiritual Places

There are many places of worship that seem to have a special energy. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re religious or not, but often you  feel a sense of calm when you enter them. Such places provide the space to sit, contemplate and get in touch with your inner self. I’ve been lucky enough to […]

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Traveling with Attitude

Warning: today’s guest has plenty of spunk and attitude. She’s making a name for herself as she travels the world, and tells it like it is. Let’s see what she has to say about my questions on her travels.

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Camping in Rain: What To Do When the Heavens Open

Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than a little bit of rain.  If you are ever unfortunate enough to have had rain interrupt a family camping trip you know that staying dry is only half the battle – managing your children’s morale is really the ultimate goal. Unless you are camping in the Arizona deserts, […]

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