Category: Destinations

Exploring Coorg

My travel bucket list is long and one of the longest standing countries on the list is India. In public school, I developed a close friendship with a girl from India. Her stories about her country painted a picture in my mind that I’ve always longed to see in reality.  I lost touch with my friend a long time ago and I believe she returned home to India after she completed her education, as that was always the plan. While I know it is highly unlikely I would ever find he there, I would still like to go and...

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Finding Peace and Dinosaurs in the Badlands

–Originally published in the St. Marys Independent– I was afraid. The trail was steep and smooth from a recent rainfall. I took a couple of clumsy steps down, slipped and gave into my own fear by retreating to the top. I was angry at myself and more than a little embarrassed, but rather than fall into self-pity I took the opportunity to breathe in the beauty of Horsethief Canyon from above.  A mama and baby prairie dog popped in and out of their den and I crept closer to capture their photos. The mama skittered away to a nearby...

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Crested Butte: Colorado’s most serious ski resort

Crested Butte is Colorado’s most serious ski resort. Seriously challenging, seriously scary — and seriously fun. The mountain’s almost-vertical, double black diamond runs, most of them accessible from a T-bar lift, are in a class by themselves. (A T-bar? Haven’t seen one of those in years.) These slopes will put the fear of God in you even if you’re a lifelong skier. And yet, the fun is serious, too. A series of much more forgiving blue and green runs are available for your kids, and there’s no shortage of things to do in town, none of which involve you...

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Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton for Families

I was graciously treated to a stay at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton. All opinions are my own. If you are considering a family vacation in Jamaica, the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa needs to be on your short list. This all inclusive resort on the Jamaican north coast boasts stunning scenery that creates a backdrop to the soothing sounds of the ocean. It hosts 516 rooms that are divided into 13 villas, each with 6 one-bedroom suites and 30 junior suites. The resort has a modern and luxurious design that breathes relaxation. It is perfection for the adults who...

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Kayaking without the Effort of Paddling

As someone who started traveling a little later in life, there are many “firsts” on my journeys. My first plane ride was at 36. I first went parasailing at 39 and my first hot air balloon ride was at 42. This year has had it’s share of firsts too, including motorized kayaks. Conquering my fears I was afraid to kayak. I’m not sure why because I’ve always been a strong swimmer and I love the water, but kayaks intimidated me. Perhaps it was the idea of flipping in the water and not being able to get back in the...

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Experience Tonga Lumina at Mont Tremblant

Our summer visit to Mont Tremblant had been anticipated for awhile. The kids were excited to go ziplining and I was looking forward to spending some time with nature in the Appalachians. We would be doing a few new things this time around, including Tonga Lumina. “What is Tonga Lumina?” Each of my children had asked this question over the past few days, and now my husband was wondering the same thing. I didn’t really have an answer for them, other than what I had read on signs through the Mont Tremblant Pedestrian Village. “It’s a nighttime activity where...

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Montserrat

Located at the heart of the Leeward Islands chain in the Caribbean, the tiny island of Montserrat boasts a diverse cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, and unique eco-friendly activities that have made the island a highly-anticipated destination for visitors wishing to discover and explore the little-known vacation hideaway. Recognized for its rich Irish heritage, the “Other Emerald Isle” enables travelers the opportunity to soak in an environment of soothing tranquility, partake in unique adventures that include black-sand beaches and bountiful marine habitats, verdant green forests and moonscape-like lands, as well as immerse themselves in the diverse culture that has made...

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Find Carnaval Celebrations Throughout Brazil

With the Olympics and the Carnaval Celebrations nearly six months away, Brazil is set to be (once again) the #1 destination for international travelers. The idea of Carnaval at first might seem easy to grasp and maneuver, but consider this: Over 3 million revelers are expected to attend this year’s celebration in Brazil. So we ask: how much do travelers actually know about Carnaval in Brazil, and are they missing out on the full experience? You might know about the Rio de Janeiro parade, but there are other cities that throw equally massive parties in even more gorgeous settings....

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